Perham Focus Newsroom
Gerald Dwaine Engler, 34, of Dent, has been sentenced to prison following a conviction of felony domestic assault. Engler was sentenced in Otter Tail County District Court on Oct. 18 to serve 13 months in the Minnesota Correctional Facility in St. Cloud. Credit for time served is eight days.
Gather with friends and neighbors in New York Mills for an evening of stargazing on Friday, Nov. 1. Interpretation will be provided by John Hitchcock. This free event is sponsored by the Cultural Center.
Crafters, artists and businesses selling gift items are sought for a benefit show and sale at the In Their Own Words Veterans Museum in Perham Nov. 9. Vendors are encouraged to sign up now for a booth for the show in the ITOW gallery. A $30 booth fee will include an 8-foot banquet table and two chairs. No commission is taken; vendors will keep all profits. Space is limited, so those wishing to participate should sign up by the end of October. That same day, the museum will be having a rummage sale in the adjacent community room, featuring vintage dolls and other collectibles.
Perham Rotarians cut down trees, picked up branches, raked leaves and installed a cedar rail fence at Boedigheimer Park earlier this month as part of a club clean-up project. Rotary encourages its members to put “service above self.” The club previously erected the picnic pavilion at the park, located just north of Dean’s, and plans to add a walkway through the park in the future. Materials for the fence were supplied by the park board.
One of Ottertail’s oldest structures will soon find a new home within the city. The St. Paul House, currently located near the intersection of Highways 108 and 78, will make the trek down Highway 108 to its new location near the Ottertail Creamery building. Ed Smith, current owner of the St. Paul House, shared his plans to move the house at the Oct. 17 meeting of the Ottertail City Council.
As part of the Cultural Center’s current exhibit featuring photographs of the upper Mississippi River, the center will be hosting a free screening of the documentary film, “Twilight of the Mississippi.” The screening will take place this Friday, Oct. 25 at 7:30 p.m. at the Cultural Center in New York Mills. “Twilight of the Mississippi” is a haunting look into the troubled environment and psyche of the American Heartland.
I had some luck on my side, which is how I ended up with a special electronics classification in the Army. That luck did not, however, stop them from sending me to Vietnam. There, attached to a maintenance group which provided support to Army long range recon patrols and to a battalion of Marines, we attracted a lot of attention from the Viet Cong.
Heel marks found in the ground at a property northeast of Fergus Falls, believed to be those of a person previously issued a no trespassing order, turned out to be a false alarm. The female property owner called the Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Office at 8:21 a.m. last Thursday to report a trespasser, then later called back, embarrassed, after realizing the heel marks were her own. She had forgotten that she recently purchased a new pair of boots, and had just the day before walked where the tracks were found. Tom Hintgen, Otter Tail County Correspondent
An assault south of New York Mills has led to jail time for a Menahga man, 34-year-old Glen Robert Campbell, Jr. His sentencing took place in Otter Tail County District Court in Fergus Falls last Monday, according to court records. Campbell’s sentence followed a conviction of assault in the third degree resulting in bodily harm. The incident took place near the intersection of Highway 67 and 340th Street in June.
There were at least seven vehicle accidents in Otter Tail County last week, according to the sheriff’s office. On Wednesday, a two-vehicle accident took place at 7:58 a.m. in front of a certified auto care center on Township Parkway in New York Mills. There were no injuries. The driver of one vehicle, while making a left turn, failed to yield to the second vehicle. Both vehicles were towed from the scene. A second accident on Wednesday was reported at 9:42 a.m. at the intersection of Pleasant Avenue and Niggler Street in Elizabeth.