Just in time to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Otter Tail County, it's the Perham Summer History Series. How did the townships of Otter Tail County get their names? Find out these hidden histories at the History Museum of East Otter Tail County in Perham. There is no charge and refreshments will be served.
Gina Cavanagh and Wade Sjolie are the 2018 East Otter Tail Relay For Life Honorary co-chairpersons. These two cancer survivors will represent all area survivors at the Friday, July 13 Relay at the Perham Schools track for the year 2018. These two are similar in some ways—both are 55 years old and have survived their cancers. They hope their stories can be useful and inspiring to others who are struggling with this disease. Wade Sjolie
Next Saturday, July 7, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Detroit Lakes & Perham will host the 7th Annual Ride for the Future motorcycle ride, to raise awareness for after school and summer programming provided to youth in Becker and Otter Tail counties.
Brian Trevor Jahnke, 51, of Detroit Lakes has been sentenced in Becker County District Court for felony distributing via electronic communications material that relates/describes sexual conduct to a child. A felony charge of possession of pornographic works and two gross misdemeanor fifth-degree criminal sexual conduct charges were dismissed in a plea agreement. According to court records, Jahnke exposed himself multiple times to two young girls he babysat at his home on Becker County County Road 54. The incidents happened between Christmas of 2012 and Easter of 2013.
Three people were injured in a two-car collision at the intersection of Highway 10 and Otter Tail County Road 60 on Sunday evening, April 29, the Minnesota State Patrol reported. Frederich George Bauck, 77, Frazee, was driving a 2014 Honda Accord westbound on County Road 60 about 6:31 p.m., while James David Henry, 30, Wadena, was driving a 1996 Ford Mustang northbound on Highway 10 towards Detroit Lakes, the Patrol reported. At the intersection, the Honda pulled out in front of the Mustang and was struck broadside, the report said.
Prairie Wind Middle School named it's Outstanding Yellow Jackets for the third quarter. They are: Gage Aaneson (grade 6), Breahna Rodewald (5), Jewel Nordick (6), Breiania Wouta (5), Aiden Kennedy (7), Liz Birkeland (7), Kya Olstad (8), and Stephanie Bernstetter (8).
Brandon Scott Hesse Hamilton, 32, of Detroit Lakes has been sentenced in Becker County District Court on a felony charge of animal cruelty. According to court records, last August a Detroit Lakes police officer was called to Hesse Hamilton's house on Gary Avenue to check on the status of a dog that had been badly beaten. The officer was met by Hesse Hamilton's sister, who was holding a black and white Bluetick Coonhound puppy named Millie. She told the officer she was afraid that Millie's leg was broken.
The Perham Speech team placed 6th at the 2018 Section 6A tournament in Pillager on Saturday, April 14, and will send two members to the state tournament later this month. Overall 17 competitors took part in the tournament, seven of which qualified for finals (top 6 in each category). The section takes the top 3 in each category to the State A tournament on April 21. The individual results from the day: Creative Expression: Kaylee Baumgart- 16th; Olivia McNair- 1st (finals-advancing to state)
Two people are dead after what police are calling homicides in rural Perham. According to a press release from the Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Office, deputies responded to the residence at 5:17 a.m. this morning (Tuesday) on a reported assault. The release states that when they arrived, two deceased victims were discovered at the scene. A suspect was located and taken into custody, but the names of the victims and the suspect have not yet been released. Check back for more updates.
The annual Arbor Day observation in the City of Perham has been set for Saturday, May 5, 2018. Residential property owners within city limits may sign up for free boulevard trees at Service Food, Central Market of Perham, and the city office. Sign-ups will be taken now until April 19. All Perham residential property owners are eligible to sign up for trees at no cost. Planting will be done by volunteers on May 5, 2018. Once the trees are in place, property owners will be responsible for watering the trees.