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Shawn Otto, an award-winning science advocate, author, filmmaker, speaker, novelist, artist and humanitarian, will be speaking in Battle Lake this Saturday along with Rebecca Otto, Minnesota’s State Auditor. The pair will appear at The Shoreline restaurant as part of the Otter Tail County DFL’s autumn dinner and keynote event, starting at 5 p.m. Shawn is a regular speaker on the topic of science and democracy at policy and science conferences, in churches and on TV and radio. He is the co-founder and producer of the U.S.
Folk musician Charlie Maguire will present a free concert in New York Mills at the Cultural Center on Friday, Oct.
The Perham Rotary Club, along with the American Red Cross, will be holding a blood drive next week at Calvary Lutheran Church in Perham. Every two seconds, someone in the United States needs blood, and as blood cannot be manufactured, it must come from donors. -A single car accident victim can require as many as 100 pints of blood. -Although an estimated 38 percent of the U.S. population is eligible to donate, less than 10 percent actually do each year. -One pint of blood can save up to three lives. The blood drive will be held Monday, Oct. 21, from noon to 6 p.m.
A burglary along Highway 78 south of Perham has led to charges against a Minneapolis man, 31-year-old Carl Sylvester Harcus. Harcus appeared in Otter Tail County District Court last Wednesday, charged with burglary in the third degree. Court records state that on Oct. 7, Harcus allegedly conspired with two other individuals and entered a building with intent to steal. The owner of the property came upon the trespassers, and they dropped some items as they fled the scene.
An open letter to the Commander of the VFW, Commander of the American Legion and the Director of Perham Health: Gentlemen, every time I drive past our new hospital, Imarvel at what a nice location it would be for a veterans memorial.
It’s cold out. It’s October, but I can’t turn the furnace on for heat. Not yet. Outside, it’s raining, windy, icky. Where was all this wet stuff back in July when we needed it? Doesn’t it almost seem like we’re being tortured? Hot, hot, hot, then cold, cold, cold. It’s really chilly here in the house, but like I said, I cannot turn the furnace on quite yet. Why, you wonder? It’s because there’s a problem that has to be solved first. And what might that problem be? It’s a common house fly. The last one. The last fly of summer. And he’s smart, and quick, and cagey. There.
Who are these men? Pictured are Co-op officers in the 1930s. Name at least three of them. ‘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.
A cancer-fighting team of Minnesotans has been recognized as the top advocacy volunteer team in the country by the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network. The team’s Lead Ambassador, Robianne Schultz, is a Perham native. The Minnesota team was recognized for its “outstanding efforts to support both federal and regional legislative initiatives in the fight against cancer,” according to a press release. The Cancer Action Network presents the award each year to volunteer teams that work in exceptional and cohesive ways toward meaningful change in cancer-related public policy. “
Organizers of the local sober ride program known as JOYRIDE say the initiative has thrived in its first year, and will expand in year two. Perham, Ottertail and Battle Lake have been participating in the program, which was started last summer by the Safe Communities Coalition of Otter Tail County. JOYRIDE targets rural areas that have no late night public transit options and limited or nonexistent taxicab service.
October is Domestic Violence Awareness month. To raise awareness, Someplace Safe displayed its regional Clothesline Project at Pizza Ranch for the evening. The project features shirts hanging on a line, each one a memorial to someone who has died from domestic violence. Someplace Safe has an office in Perham to assist victims of domestic violence.