Perham Focus Newsroom
“Providing security through blankets,” is the simple motto of Project Linus. The project is named for the Peanuts character, Linus, who always carries his blue blanket with him wherever he...
Trey Moberg and Tina Scheidecker, left, were chosen Homecoming King and Queen during the Perham High School coronation held Oct. 1. Seniors Autumn Roberts and Taylor Ericksrud, right, were crowned king and queen at the New York Mills coronation ceremony held in the high school auditorium last Tuesday.
A 30-minute documentary featuring a singer/songwriter raised in Detroit Lakes has been awarded an Emmy Award by the Upper Midwest Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. The award was announced on Sept. 28 in Minneapolis. “My Way Back Home: Caroline Smith,” won the award for the best program in the Arts/Entertainment Program Category.
Minnesota Department of Transportation Commissioner Charlie Zelle believes most people understand that highway maintenance comes with a high price tag, and would be willing to pay a little more in gasoline taxes to pay for that maintenance. “A 10 cent increase in the gasoline tax would equal about $67 per driver per year. That’s only $5.58 per month,” said Zelle, who visited Fergus Falls on Monday to speak at West Central Initiative. The Minnesota gasoline tax is 28.5 cents per gallon, and the federal gasoline tax stands at 18.4 cents per gallon.
A new elective at Perham High School, called REACH, is based on one essential philosophy: failure is not an option. Failure in what, one might ask? The short answer is, life. REACH stands for relationships, education, accountability, character and hard work. Each of these is focused on in the REACH classroom.
Students from St. Paul’s and St. Henry’s schools released more than 100 black and white balloons last Friday in memory of prisoners of war and soldiers missing in action. Members of the Perham VFW and Ladies Auxiliary Post 4020 organized the event, which also included a brief question-and-answer session with students. The balloon release was originally scheduled for Sept.
A New York Mills man, 26-year-old John Jacob Heinonen, appeared in Otter Tail County District Court on Sept. 23 to face a charge of criminal sexual conduct in the first degree. According to court documents, Heinonen allegedly engaged in a sexual relationship with a minor under the age of 16, on and/or between Sept. 19 and Sept. 20. The next court appearance for Heinonen has been scheduled for Monday, Oct. 7. By Tom Hintgen, Otter Tail County Correspondent
Thirty-year-old Todd Allen Handt, of Perham, was sentenced in Otter Tail County District Court last Monday after a conviction of terroristic threats during a domestic dispute. Handt was placed on supervised probation for five years, monitored by the Minnesota Department of Corrections, and will also pay a fine of $1,085. By Tom Hintgen, Otter Tail County Correspondent
What started as the theft of a vehicle in the Twin Cities area ended with the arrest of a suspect after the stolen vehicle was spotted in Perham. The incident began Sept. 24 when the suspect, 32-year-old Paul Wayne Krause of Arden Hills, Minn., reportedly took a motor vehicle from an apartment parking lot in Bloomington, just south of the Twin Cities, court records show. Law enforcement personnel in Perham later located a vehicle that matched the description of the stolen vehicle.
Perham High School's 2013 Homecoming week kicked off on Monday with a Pep Fest and coronation ceremony. Students crowned their new king and queen, Trey Moberg and Tina Scheidecker (pictured) at the coronation, and gathered at Meinhover Field to laugh, cheer and groan at their teachers and fellow classmates during a number of games at the Pep Fest. One of those games was a pie throwing contest (pictured)