The Otter Tail County Historical Society's Otter Tail 150 Coffee Klatch Series continues on Friday, March 16 at 10 a.m. with Mary Pfeffer, Joan Happel and Sara Canada speaking about Perham. When the Northern Pacific railroad bypassed Otter Tail City in 1871, the line ran north through Perham, making it the first community in Otter Tail County to receive the railroad. Before the first train arrived, a few pioneers had homesteaded on land that would become Perham.
The Perham Yellow Jackets Speech Team participated in the Detroit Lakes Invitational Saturday. The following individuals placed: Extemporaneous Speaking: Rory Sauer 6th Poetry: Brooke Germaine- ribbon, Grace Kalina- ribbon Discussion: Andrew Jacobson-2nd, Jack Anderson- 3rd Original Oratory: Megan Pettow- 5th Humor: Colton Meyers- Ribbon Creative expression: Olivia McNair- 1st Extemporaneous Reading: Ethan Siira- ribbon Informative: Paige Rourke- 6th The next meet is March 17 in Osakis.
A two-person side-by-side ATV operated by a Perham man went through the ice on Graham Lake southwest of Frazee on Sunday. The ATV was pulled out of the lake on Tuesday afternoon by a crew from Tri-State Diving, said owner Gary Thompson. "We were down there from noon until 3:30 p.m.—he went through right on the ice road—this time of year it seems to happen more and more," Thompson said. The Tri-State Diving crew found that the thickness of ice on the lake varied wildly—from 24 inches to 4 inches on the ice road and even 2 inches in places, Thompson said.
The Frazee Spring Arts Festival is tonight from 5:30-8 p.m. in the Frazee High School Green/Main Gym. Admission is free and it's open to the public. The Arts Festival will include a display of visual art from kindergarten through 12th grade that was created within the last year. The display is meant to show the progress of the students through the visual arts continuing curriculum. The high school students will have a portfolio style display of their artwork.
New York Mills Public School will hold a kindergarten information night, Thursday, March 15, at 6 p.m. Parents are asked to enter the building at the Eagle Entrance. A light supper will be served in the school commons for everyone. Afterwards, students will work on activities while parents will move to the auditorium for further kindergarten program discussion. This special information night is a time for the school to share school policies, curriculum and health information. Parents will learn how all-day, everyday kindergarten works at New York Mills Elementary.
Perham High School seniors, Junior Nordick and Ian Christenson, performed at Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis on Saturday, February 24, as part of the Minnesota All-State Choir. They were accepted after an intense audition process and were featured along with 250 of the other top singers in the state.
Teachers Mary Karkela and Alyssa Lepp recently had their Perham High School students plan and prepare a fiesta to promote knowledge of Mexico. Mrs. Karkela's students in the Creative Cooking class prepared enchiladas, refried bean dip, and Spanish rice to create a Mexican fiesta enjoyed by all students. Mrs. Lepp's Spanish one students made colorful flowers as decorations along with placemats highlighting information about Mexico and its people and culture.
Aaron Karvonen, the new owner of the old Thrifty White building, announced at the Economic Development Authority (EDA) annual meeting this morning plans for a premium mens and womens clothing store for the space. “People have been interested in what we are going to do with the building,” he said. The name of the new store is 125 Apparel and Karvonen added plans are to open in the summer of 2018.
It isn't very often that communities are proactive in addressing potential issues. It's even less often that small towns lead the way in innovative ideas. We should be so incredibly proud as we look at the HUB project that both are the case in Perham. This is a project that has never before been done in the state of Minnesota—it is literally groundbreaking. It is a project that nobody is going to get rich off of.
Flames shot high into the air in the small town of Ottertail Wednesday night, as fire ripped through Periwinkle Marketplace, nearly spreading next door the liquor store. The dramatic scene along Highway 78 started around 8:30 p.m. as fire crews from eight communities attempted to put out the fire. Periwinkle was fully engulfed and well on its way to destruction, though, by the time crews arrived.