Perham Focus Newsroom
Perham area residents will be hearing sirens today, Thursday, April 24, as a part of Minnesota’s statewide Tornado Drill Day. The outdoor warning sirens will sound at 1:45 p.m. and again at 6:55 p.m. Communities across Otter Tail County will be participating in the drills.
Motorists will encounter intermittent lane closures on Highway 78 between Battle Lake and Perham while crews complete work on last fall’s resurfacing and downtown Battle Lake reconstruction project. Striping work between Perham and Battle Lake began last week. Additionally, the following work will begin in early May: -Pouring concrete amenity zones within Battle Lake; -Paving the rest area parking lots and boat landing lot along Otter Tail Lake; and -Making minor pavement repairs between Perham and Battle Lake. All work is expected to be complete by mid-May. Last fall, cre
This week, April 20-26, is Wildfire Prevention Week in Minnesota. It’s a good time of the year to remind people of the dangers of wildfires, and to spread information about how to prevent them. As the weather warms and snow melts, revealing dead, dry grasses underneath, the fire danger rises. Every spring, wildland firefighters and rural fire department volunteers spend countless hours battling wildfires that could have been easily prevented. “Spring is always a risky time for wildfires in Minnesota,” Larry Himanga, DNR wildfire prevention coordinator, stated in a press release.
A new report ranking the health of every county in the United States shows wide variations in health status among Minnesota’s 87 counties. In this area, Becker, Hubbard and Mahnomen counties are in the lowest quartile. Otter Tail County fairs a little better, falling into the second-best quartile. Clay County is in the top 25 percent of Minnesota counties. Otter Tail County is ranked 36 out of Minnesota’s 87 counties. Becker County is ranked 67. Mahnomen County is ranked 87, or dead last. Hubbard County is ranked 73.
We’ve all seen it, and – let’s be honest – we’ve all done it. Driving down the road, we decide to have a little snack, reprogram the GPS, turn our heads to watch the birds fly by or spot those deer in the field, take a quick call on our cell phones...
Parents interested in registering their children for preschool classes are invited to attend an open house at Kid’s Adventure on Tuesday, April 15 from 4-6:30 p.m. Preschool teachers will be available at the open house, along with registration materials. A light snack will be served. In order to help children with kindergarten readiness, the programs offered for 4-year-olds at Kid’s Adventure will change next year. For 2014-2015, parents will have the option of picking two or four full-day classes.
Otter Tail County 911 Dispatchers have been recognized for their outstanding service on the night of the R.D. Offutt Co. potato warehouse fire in Perham. At a recent Minnesota Sheriff’s Association Conference in Alexandria, Minn., the Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Office was awarded the Association of Public Communications Officers Award, according to a press release. Four dispatchers received certificates for their dedication and good work during the fire.
History Mystery – Who are these men? (Hint: They worked at Perham Farm Supply in 1971) ‘History Mystery’ is a weekly feature of the Perham Focus. Working in partnership with...
Area veterans were honored at Eagle Pride Day at New York Mills Elementary School recently. The veterans answered student questions about their experiences. Kids had an opportunity to give cards to the veterans thanking them for their service. Darla Ellingson, CEO of the History and Cultural Association of East Otter Tail County, was on hand to talk about the In Their Own Words Veterans Museum in Perham.
Prairie Wind Middle School teacher, Darren Glynn, was recently elected to serve a one-year term as an officer on the board of the Minnesota Rural Education Association. The association is a statewide organization that advocates for students and school districts in Greater Minnesota. Glynn, elected to serve as secretary-treasurer, is one of two Perham representatives on the board. Perham-Dent Superintendent Mitch Anderson also serves. Five new members joined the 20-member board this year, according to a press release from the association.