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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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.
Three people were injured in a rollover accident on Highway 10 just east of New York Mills early this morning. The Minnesota State Patrol reports that Matthew Brian Mollohan, age 42, of Henning, had just turned westbound on Highway 10 off of Otter Tail County Road 76 in Newton Township when the 2005 Ford Expedition he was driving spun out of control while accelerating and went off the road. The vehicle ended up sliding in sideways and rolling onto its roof.
When Kathy Hemmelgarn first joined the Perham hospital's board of trustees 32 years ago, healthcare in Perham was in need of a little life support. She took her position as the Pine Lake Township representative on the board in January 1985, at a chaotic time just five months before St. Luke's Hospital (now Sanford) of Fargo, N.D., took over management of what was then Perham Memorial Hospital and Homes.
Four people were injured in a two-vehicle accident in Perham Township on Tuesday. A 2006 Ford LGT driven by Ronald James Carrlson, age 54, was traveling westbound on Highway 108 when it was struck by a Ford 150 traveling northbound down 410th Avenue, according to a Minnesota State Patrol report. The F150 was driven by Nathan John Tobkin, age 40.
A car started on fire on Highway 10 just west of Perham yesterday. Perham Fire Chief Mark Schmidt said there were no injuries in the incident. Eight local firefighters were called to the scene to extinguish the fire, working in frigid temperatures of well below zero.
Wayne Isaacson can’t even remember the last time he was sick. His medicine cabinet, stocked with natural healing products like essential oils and supplements, has been devoid of traditional over-the-counter drugs like aspirin and sudafed for years, and he hasn’t even missed them. His wife, Julie, and their 11 kids don’t really miss them, either.