Perham Focus Newsroom
The Perham Area Community Center held an open house last Friday to highlight the center’s recently completed field house renovations. The ceiling and flooring were both replaced. John Turgeon and Kevin Nelson, explaining the projects to a visitor. Elizabeth Huwe/FOCUS
Minnesota Alliance With Youth hosted a Swearing In Ceremony at the Minnesota Capitol on Sept. 16 to honor participants of the Minnesota Youth Council. Heather Weller of New York Mills and her adult sponsor, her mom Kristi Weller, represent District 7 on the council. Members of the council represent each of the state’s eight congressional districts, as well as an at-large district. The council is a collaboration of youth and adults from around the state.
Teachers in the Perham-Dent School District can look forward to a pay increase this year and next. School board members approved a new teachers’ contract at a special meeting last week. Salaries will go up by 3 percent this school year and 3 percent next school year for all teachers, including preschool and Area Learning Center instructors. “Three percent was acceptable to our membership,” said Darren Glynn, the president of the Perham Education Association, in an email to the Focus.
Twenty-three head of Black Angus cows and 32 Black Angus calves, valued at approximately $50,000, are missing from a farm near Henning. The Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Department said the owner noticed the missing cattle while he was moving the herd and conducting a head count. Authorities believe the cattle were stolen sometime in the last two weeks. They were taken from a property at Rocky Ridge Road southeast of Henning. An investigation is continuing. Tom Hintgen, Otter Tail County Correcspondent
Two people were injured in an accident near Vergas last Tuesday morning. Torey Sonnenberg, age 36, of Vergas, was parked in an approach along Highway 17 when his vehicle was rear-ended by a pickup truck driven by Doreen Richard, 68, also of Vergas, the Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Office said. Richard tried to avoid hitting Sonnenberg’s vehicle, but a collision occurred. Authorities said she may have been blinded by the sun.
A groundbreaking ceremony has been scheduled for the new Maslowski Wellness and Research Center in Wadena. The $12.4 million project will break ground on Tuesday, Oct. 22 at 10 a.m., at the construction site just north of Wadena-Deer Creek Middle and High School. The ceremony is open to the public and refreshments will be served.
The Otter Tail County Board of Commissioners last week approved a new logo for the county.
Perham Health will be holding its annual Just for Women wellness event at Perham High School next Tuesday, Oct. 15 from 5-8 p.m. The event will feature booths, a medical panel, yoga demonstration, chair massage, door prizes, a light meal and more. A highlight of the evening will be keynote inspirational speaker Renee Rongan.
The Finn Creek Museum will be holding its 9th annual Holiday Open House on Saturday, October 12 from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. and Sunday, October 13 from noon to 3 p.m. Visitors are invited to visit the museum and share their Christmas memories, enjoy some coffee and pulla, and peruse the special holiday decor. Modern Finnish designs by Iittala, Marimekko, and Aarikka will be on display, as well as functional displays of sauna products, cemetary torches, and nordic candles. Historically, the holiday open house has been the last event on the Finn Creek grounds prior to winter.
The Perham High School Class of 1968 held its 45-year reunion at SteVelly’s on Aug. 23.