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Jobs have been a hot topic in Perham lately. With more than 200 manufacturing jobs currently open in town, plus additional openings in retail and other sectors, employers have been...
The Otter Tail County Veterans Service Office has entered into an operational enhancement grant contract with the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs. The grant will be used to provide outreach to the county’s veterans, to assist in the reintegration of combat veterans into society, and to collaborate with other social service agencies, educational institutions and other community organizations. Grant monies should help enhance services offered to Otter Tail County veterans, reduce homelessness among veterans, and enhance the operations of the County Veterans Service Office. Otte
Hint: this picture was taken at Eldon’s Standard in Perham in 1971. ‘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.
This is a monthly feature of our Columns & Commentary page, in which we either applaud a person, group or event for something positive that we feel is worthy of a little credit (Applause), and/or address something that gives us pause; something that we feel deserves to be addressed in a public forum like the newspaper (A Pause). We welcome rebuttals and feedback. Applause / A Pause expresses the collective opinions of the Perham Focus editorial staff. It is published in the first issue of every month. APPLAUSE to the Perham boys cross country team, of course!
November is National Hospice Month. For more than 30 years, Hospice of the Red River Valley has been providing compassionate care to individuals and families as they navigate life’s final journey. Despite our longevity and reputation for exceptional care, year after year, one of the most common sentiments we hear is, “We wish we had known about hospice sooner.” November is National Hospice Month, a time to learn about hospice care and celebrate this end-of-life care option. Most people have heard about hospice, but don’t fully understand the depth of care.
To all this year’s successful deer hunters, congratulations on your successful hunt. We hope you created cherished memories with friends and family. As fellow hunters and volunteers with the East Otter Tail chapter of the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association, we would like you to consider donating your hide to the Hides for Habitat program. Your recycled deer hide will be worth three times the graded value through matching dollars.
Two homeowners in Otter Tail County happened to return home just in time to scare off would-be burglars in two separate incidents near Henning last week. One incident took place Oct. 31 at about 6 p.m., west of Henning on 480th Avenue. The homeowner had left his residence for a few minutes to run some errands, and when he returned he saw a suspect run away from his property. The would-be thief had broken a window but nothing was stolen from the home. The second incident also took place near Henning, along Highway 134 south of town.
Three people were injured in a traffic accident near Richville on Sunday. According to the Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Office, the crash occurred on 390th Ave. west of Richville at about 10:20 a.m. A 1989 Ford F-150 pickup truck, driven by 19-year-old Jerry Bruce Barnes of New York Mills, entered a curve on the roadway at too high a rate of speed, the sheriff’s office said. Barnes lost control of the truck on the gravel road, and the vehicle entered the right ditch, where it rolled. Two unidentified occupants were taken to Perham Health with non-life threatening injuries.
Benjamin Charles Krieg, 26, of Frazee, was sentenced Oct. 28 in Otter Tail County District Court following a conviction of criminal sexual conduct in the fifth degree. Court records state that he had contact with a juvenile, at undisclosed locations in Otter Tail County, between May 1 and Aug. 31 of 2012. Krieg was sentenced to 365 days in the county jail, with 345 days stayed for two years.
A Vergas man, 36-year-old Matthew Dell Kenyon, appeared in Otter Tail County District Court on Oct. 29, charged with domestic assault by strangulation. According to court documents, Kenyon allegedly assaulted a woman in her vehicle in Fergus Falls on Oct. 27. Alcohol is a factor in the case. Kenyon’s next court appearance will be on Nov. 12. Tom Hintgen Otter Tail County Correspondent