Marie Johnson joined the Detroit Lakes Tribune in November 2017 after several years of writing and editing at the Perham Focus. She lives in rural Frazee with her husband, Dan, their young son and daughter, and their yellow Lab.
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Perham area businesses and civic organizations are reminded to sign up for the Perham Lions Holiday Parade of Lights by the end of this week. After low initial response threatened the parade’s cancellation, organizer Tyler Krumwiede said that, as of Wednesday, 11 floats were signed up to take part, and the parade was “a go.” He’s hoping for at least five to 10 more entries before the end of the week.
The Otter Tail County SWAT team was called out to a home in rural Ottertail early Monday morning for what turned out to be a false alarm. At about 3:50 a.m., 22-year-old Jordan Kawlewski, of Andover, Minn., called 911 to report that a handgun and long gun had been used to threaten him at a home on Long Lake Road in Ottertail. It was believed that another person was still in the house, according to a press release from the Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Office.
The laws regarding rodenticides have changed, and people should be aware that new poison product lines could pose an increased risk to children and pets. The Environmental Protection Agency and Reckitt Benckiser, the maker of d-CON rat and mouse poisons, agreed in May to start cancelling 12 d-CON products that no longer meet EPA safety standards. Reckitt began to phase out production of the products in June, and production will completely stop by Dec. 31.
A public hearing on the major road and utility work planned for next summer brought a crowd to City Hall on Monday. Extra rows of chairs that had been set out for the occasion were filled with residents who live along planned construction routes, and some of them expressed concerns about how the construction would impact their properties and their wallets.
Paul Ceynowa was one of the first soldiers to step foot on the beach of Iwo Jima during World War II. It was Feb. 19, 1945, the first day of what turned out to be one of the bloodiest battles of the war – the Battle of Iwo Jima. A passenger on the first boat to reach the South Pacific island that day, Ceynowa’s boots hit the sand at about 9 a.m.
Perham City Councilors have balk, balk, balked at the idea of keeping chickens in town. In a 3-2 vote on Monday, the council opted against a new ordinance that would have allowed residents to own and maintain up to four hens within city limits. Roosters would not have been allowed.
After the company Victor Guadalupe used to work for shut down, he searched for another job for five years, unsuccessfully, before deciding to take a shot at farming. He had learned the basics of agronomy in school, and he used that knowledge to plant small crops of corn and sweet peas. He bought a small tractor to help work the land. He prepped and planted, watered and watched. He woke early, worked hard, put his sweat and best efforts into it, and eventually harvested.
Next summer's going to be a big one for roadwork and utility improvement projects in Perham, and people should expect traffic delays and detours throughout the season. Residents along the affected routes should also prepare for property tax assessments to help pay for the work. That was the gist of a presentation given to Perham City Councilors last week by City Engineer Jade Berube.
Editor’s note: This is the fifth in a weekly series of feature stories about the temporary seasonal foreign workers at Barrel O’ Fun. Roselyn Serrano and her husband, Don August, would have been able to make it on their salaries in the Philippines – if it weren't for their mountain of medical bills.
Editor’s note: This is the fourth in a weekly series of feature stories about the temporary seasonal foreign workers at Barrel O’ Fun. “Transformation.” That’s the word Vladimir Williams uses to describe what he sees during his shifts at Barrel O’ Fun Snack Foods in Perham. He uses it in relation to food-making processes, such as the “transformation” of potatoes into chips.