Marie Johnson joined the Perham Focus more than five years ago, and has since worn many hats as writer, editor and page designer. She lives in rural Frazee with her husband, Dan, their one-year-old son, Simon, and their yellow lab, Louisa.
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Perham High School graduate Kurt Weber has been playing the piano since he was a child, but it wasn't until he was all grown up and halfway around the world that he discovered his deep passion for it. In Kuwait in 2011, as a member of the Army National Guard, Weber found himself wide awake at the end of his late-night shifts on the military base. There wasn't much to do there at 2 a.m., but he needed something to keep his hands and mind busy. He remembered that the chapel on the base had a piano, and one night he decided to sit down at the bench and play.
Eleven-year-old Josie Leitch hugs with her whole heart. Her mentor, Wendy Billie, says that's one of her favorite things about Josie. When she goes in for a hug, she opens her arms, tucks her chin down into her chest, and really leans into it, giving a nice, warm snuggle. "She has the biggest heart," Wendy says. "She's kind to everyone." The admiration is mutual. Josie enthusiastically describes her mentor as, "Awesome!" and "Totally 'the bomb!'"—quite complimentary lingo that young girls reserve for only their very best friends and most favorite things.
A longer-than-expected permitting and environmental review process has temporarily stalled the Star Lake Casino project, and has caused its original opening date to be pushed back. Representatives for the proposed Shooting Star development had first said the facility would be complete in 2017. Later, they said early 2018. Now, the target date is late fall 2018.
Four people were injured in a two-vehicle accident on Interstate 94 southeast of Fergus Falls on Sunday. Bobbie Miranda Nutter, age 21, Champlin, Minn., Destiny Nicole Nutter, age 19, Elbow Lake, Minn., Daniel Christopher Knudtson, age 34, West Fargo, N.D., and a five-year-old all suffered non-life-threatening injuries in the incident, according to the Minnesota State Patrol.
An Otter Tail County man was involved in a rear-end crash in Moorhead on Tuesday. Oliver Dean Anderson, age 53, Fergus Falls, was not hurt when his vehicle was rear-ended while stopped in traffic, the Minnesota State Patrol Reports. The driver of the other vehicle, Michael Aaron Severson, age 32, Portland, N.D., suffered non-life-threatening injuries.
A Fargo woman was injured when her vehicle rolled multiple times on Interstate 94 near Fergus Falls last Friday. The Minnesota State Patrol reports that Erica Marie Cossette, age 25, was driving a 2009 Toyota Camry eastbound down the interstate, south of Otter Tail County Road 1, when the car went off the roadway to the left median and overturned multiple times. Cossette was transported to Lake Region Hospital in Fergus Falls, where she was treated for non-life-threatening injuries.
A Henning woman was hurt in an accident involving a semi-truck just after noon on Thursday. Jenna Rae Zerr, age 20, was driving a 1998 Chevrolet Lumina on Highway 50 in Deer Creek, the Minnesota State Patrol reports, when she attempted to make a left-hand turn onto Highway 29, turning in front of a 2016 Kenworth semi-truck.
An 18-year-old from Verndale was hurt in a two-car crash on Highway 10 yesterday. According to a Minnesota State Patrol report, Kaitlynn Marie Swank suffered non-life-threatening injuries in the accident.
A man was injured in a collision between a semi-truck and an SUV north of Vergas Tuesday. Marshall Aaron Rach, age 37, of Vergas, was taken to Essentia Health-St. Mary’s Hospital in Detroit Lakes after the crash, where he was treated for non-life-threatening injuries, the Minnesota State Patrol reports.
There have been multiple reports this morning of vehicles stalling and sliding into the ditch as drivers contend with blustery, slippery, snowy conditions. As of about 9 a.m. this morning, Highway 10 was almost completely covered with snow and blowing snow all along the west central Minnesota corridor, according to first-hand driver accounts and 511mn.org.