Perham Focus Newsroom
With roadside landscaping plans underway, a new fishing pier project in the works, and plenty of ideas for improvements in the downtown area, the Ottertail Planning Committee has been hard at work over the past year. At a Nov. 21 meeting, the Ottertail City Council took some time to review the various efforts the committee has been working on.
The Saana Ensemble, a five-voice group performing Finnish music, will give a concert at the Cultural Center in New York Mills at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 6. The much-admired group sings a capella and sometimes with percussion or other instruments. Tickets are available by calling the center at 218-385-3339. There is a cost for admission. Saana Ensemble includes five native Finns who live in the Minneapolis/St.
A Dent woman was injured and extricated from her vehicle, and another woman hurt, in an accident near Perham Friday. Colleen Adella Kroenke, 53, of Dent, and Tina May Kawlewski, age 29, of Moorhead, were both taken by ambulance to Perham Health, where they were treated for non-life threatening injuries. According to the Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Office, the crash occurred along Highway 34, near the intersection of 410th Avenue, west of Perham, at about 12:20 p.m. While attempting to pass a Lincoln Continental driven by 30-year-old Craig Michael Troje, of Moorhead, Kroenke sideswiped
A 16-year-old driver escaped injury in a one-car rollover along 320th Street in extreme eastern Otter Tail County, near Wadena, at 6:09 p.m. on Nov. 22. According to the Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Office, the driver swerved to avoid a dead pheasant in the roadway. The vehicle was totaled. Another 16-year-old driver received minor injuries in a traffic accident near Vining, at the intersection of 160th Street and 405th Avenue, the sheriff’s office said. Tom Hintgen Otter Tail County Correspondent
A Fergus Falls man is facing charges after allegedly assaulting another person with a knife. Arlo Eugene Perry, age 51, was charged in Otter Tail County District Court on Nov. 26 with assault in the second degree with use of a dangerous weapon. According to court records, Perry assaulted a man with a knife in a domestic dispute that occurred at a residence on South Mill Street in Fergus Falls the evening of Nov. 23. Alcohol was likely a factor in the incident. Perry’s next court appearance has been scheduled for Monday, Dec.
Icy roads led to accidents and some injuries in the Perham area on Monday. Three people, according to the Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Office, were injured in a two-vehicle crash at 9:43 a.m. at the intersection of Highway 34 and Harvest Avenue, west of Perham. A vehicle driven by Jenette Rader, 73, of Perham, was approaching the intersection when she was unable to stop at a stop sign due to icy conditions. A second vehicle was driven by Clifton Rott, 78, of Dent. He saw that Rader was unable to stop and attempted to avoid her vehicle, but was unable to do so.
Ottertail’s always-anticipated annual winter festival, Otterdazzle, is coming up this Saturday. With subzero temperatures expected, organizers decided on Tuesday to call off the previously scheduled parade of lights. Other outdoor activities, however, including a fireworks show and turkey bowling, will still go on. All indoor events will go on as planned, also.
What building is this? Hint: this picture was taken in Perham in the 1880s. ‘History Mystery’ is a weekly feature of the Perham Focus. Working in partnership with the History Museum of East Otter Tail County, we will publish a ‘mystery photo’ each week, challenging you, our readers, to answer a question about it.
At the start of the New Year, all of Otter Tail County’s buildings, grounds and county-owned vehicles will be smoke-free. The County Board of Commissioners on Nov.
A Sauk Rapids man will do time in the Otter Tail County jail for his involvement in Rush Lake area burglaries, as well as for a separate meth charge. Chad Allen Kampa, 35, was sentenced in Otter Tail County District Court on Nov. 18 relating to the burglaries, which occurred in April 2012. Two co-defendants were previously convicted and sentenced in the case. Kampa was sentenced to 270 days in the county jail, with 240 of those days stayed as part of a plea agreement. A sentence of 33 months in the Minnesota Correctional Facility, St. Cloud, was stayed for 10 years.