Perham Focus Newsroom
Otter Tail County residents will see their property taxes rise by 3.65 percent next year, if a preliminary levy set last week holds true. County commissioners approved the 2014 levy at a meeting last Tuesday. According to law, the preliminary amount may be reduced before being finalized in December, but cannot go any higher. Residents will have the opportunity to provide input on the levy during a public meeting at the county Government Services Center in Fergus Falls on Dec.
This man was a local Rotary president in 1971. What’s his name? ‘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.
The annual Coats for Kids drive is underway in Otter Tail County. The program helps defray costs for parents who may not be able to afford cold weather clothing. Last year, more than 1,500 coats, hats and mittens were distributed to families throughout the county, and organizers say the same number is expected this year. Community members can help struggling families by simply cleaning out their closets.
It’s nearly time for fall orders to be submitted for new memory blocks at the Perham Area Angel of Hope Memorial Park. The order deadline is Tuesday, Oct. 1. New blocks are added to the walls at the park. Located at the corner of 3rd Ave. N.E. and 6th Ave. N.E., the park was dedicated on September 24, 2004.
Sean P. Campbell, 34, and Pamella Whyte-Campbell, 26, of Deer Creek, Minn., died on Sept. 11 due to injuries sustained in an automobile accident in rural Henning, Minn. A celebration of life will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 28 at the Wadena-Deer Creek School in Deer Creek, with visitation one hour prior. Sean and Pam’s daughter, Britania, 8, and son, SeanJay, 5, survived the accident but sustained injuries.
National Tell A Police Officer ‘Thank You’ Day was initiated by Andrew Hale and The Whole Truth Project, an organization with a mission to support law enforcement officers by promoting a pro-police message. This Saturday Sept. 21, I will be extending my ‘thank you.’ Will you? Chances are, at one time or another, a police officer has been there to assist you or a family member in a time of need. These men and women are the front lines of defense here at home. They never know what they might encounter when they are called on duty each shift.
The Minnesota Department of Public Safety sent out a press release earlier this week that serves as a good reminder to parents to always use booster seats when buckling young children into the car. Booster seats are the law in Minnesota, yet crash data reveals that many parents are not using them correctly, according to the state Office of Traffic Safety.
There’s a new law proposed for, unless I’m mistaken, us Minnesotans. My information on this is pretty vague, because I was reading all this first thing in the morning, with only one eye open and half a brain functioning. Anyway. As you know, new car dealers have to put information stickers in the window, with stuff on them that says what the car comes equipped with, and what all that stuff costs, which is a lot.
Jeff Johnson, one of five candidates vying for the Republican nomination in the race for Minnesota governor, visited Perham on Sept. 16 to gather support for his bid. Johnson is a Detroit Lakes native who graduated from Concordia College in Moorhead with an economics degree and went to law school at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. Throughout his career, Johnson has worked at Cargill, been a self-employed business owner, served as a Minnesota State Representative and been on the Hennepin County Board.
Recording artist Meg Hutchinson will open the New York Mills Regional Cultural Center’s fall concert season this Saturday, Sept.