Perham Focus Newsroom
A 24-year-old Fergus Falls man will pay $2,500 in wildlife restitution after being found guilty of killing several deer. The defendant, whose name has not been released, said he was frustrated with deer eating his expensive cattle feed. Court records state that between March 11 and April 4, the defendant did take and illegally possess deer during the closed season.
The driver of a vehicle accidentally struck a horse in the road near the intersection of Highway 29 and 110th Street, south of Parkers Prairie, the evening of Oct. 30. According to the Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Office, the driver was injured and taken to a nearby hospital. No other details were immediately released. Tom Hintgen Otter Tail County Correspondent
Who is this man? ‘History Mystery’ is a weekly feature of the Perham Focus.
After an eight-year absence, the Minnesota Governor’s Deer Hunting Opener is returning to Otter Tail County. Gov. Tim Pawlenty hunted in 2005 near Perham, and this year Gov. Mark Dayton will be hunting in the Fergus Falls area. The hunt will take place on opening day of the general firearm deer season, on Saturday, Nov. 9. Otter Tail County deer hunters take pride in hosting governor’s deer hunting openers.
For Duluth resident Peggy Hiestand-Harri, it all started when her mother received repeated phone calls promising a Mercedes Benz that would be shipped to her if she would first wire money to Jamaica. Over time these criminals were able to learn more about her mother’s assets and convinced her to max out multiple credit cards. In the end, Peggy’s mother was robbed out of $47,000 and left with little chance to bring these crooks to justice or get her money back. Unfortunately, we are seeing these types of crimes happen all too often.
Thanks to the thoughtful generosity of Perham High School Principal Ehren Zimmerman and school faculty, used textbooks from the school are on their way to Cotton Tree in Liberia, West Africa. It all began when my friend Rev. James Kollie, pastor of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Cotton Tree, accompanied me on recent parent-teacher meetings. As my visit with math teacher Kyle Knutson wound down, James asked if there were any textbooks being discarded that he could have for the parochial school associated with his church.
I recently read an article titled “Nobel Medicine Winner Says: ‘I Owe it All to My Bassoon Teacher’” (Lebrecht).
Every once in a while, I run this old column. I wrote it 19 years ago when my prostate and I had just turned 50. Those were the good ol’ days, although at that time I didn’t know it. The point is: Today is one of tomorrow’s good ol’ days – enjoy it. When I grow old, don’t be surprised if I start to do things differently. I’ll grow my hair out, and my gray mustache. I’ll tie what’s left of my hair into a ponytail that will astonish people who love me, and puzzle those who don’t. When they do look twice, and stare, I will merely reply: “Laissez-faire. Let me be.
A grain truck with approximately 250 bushels of high moisture corn was stolen along Highway 35 near Dent. The Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Office said the theft took place between midnight and 8 a.m. on Oct. 22. The incident was called in to authorities at 9:36 a.m. that day. The approximate value of the stolen items was listed at close to $2,000. Tom Hintgen, Otter Tail County Correspondent
A woman from Underwood, 42-year-old Barbara Rae Vaughan, appeared in Otter Tail County District Court on Oct. 23, charged with check forgery. Her next court appearance will be on Nov. 4. On Oct. 17, Vaughan allegedly endorsed or altered checks, court records show. The checks were used to obtain property or services. She allegedly issued 13 checks on the account of her friend for a total of $2,340.