Perham Focus Newsroom
The local Multiple Sclerosis Self-Help/Caregivers group will present speaker Jeff Fisher, programs director of the Upper Midwest Multiple Sclerosis Chapter, on Tuesday, Sept. 24 from 1-2 p.m.
Larry and Gloria Lundstrom will be bringing an inspiring and transparent, yet life-changing message to the Basswood Baptist Church in Richville this Friday, Sept. 20 at 7 p.m. The Lundstroms, of Sisseton, S.D., have traveled the United States and Canada for more than 40 years, ministering with a unique style of music and humor. As uncertainty and brokenness have reshaped the framework of today’s families, the Lundstroms have shared a heart for families in crisis.
John Patrick Flatley, 54, of Perham, was sentenced in Otter Tail County District Court on Monday following a felony conviction of engaging in electronic communication relating to sexual conduct with a child. A deputy in Kalispell, Mont., conducted an undercover computer chat investigation and posed as a 13-year-old girl while communicating with Flatley, according to court records. Flatley admitted to authorities that in the recent past he had begun to use internet chat rooms as a method of dealing with his urges for children.
A Fergus Falls man, 19-year-old Kevin Forer, is set to be sentenced Oct. 18 in Otter Tail County District Court after pleading guilty to an amended charge of felony first-degree aggravated robbery. Forer is one of eight people charged in a drug-related murder conspiracy case related to events that occurred in Pelican Rapids last October. According to court records, the plan was to purchase drugs and then set the house on fire, killing everyone inside.
A Perham man was sentenced in Otter Tail County District Court last Monday for fifth degree drug possession after calling a pharmacy and trying to obtain the prescription drugs of a person who had died a month earlier. Brandon Richard Libby, age 30, will serve his time in the county jail, with 50 days of credit for time already served. He will be on supervised probation for 10 years, monitored by the Minnesota Department of Corrections. According to court records, on Feb.
Pickup trucks collided with cows in two separate incidents in Otter Tail County over the weekend. One accident took place on Highway 32 near Richville at 9:09 p.m. on Friday. There was severe damage to a pickup driven by Jamie Curtis Hofmann of Vergas. The owner of the cow was notified after the accident took place. Another pickup struck a cow at 7:49 a.m. on Saturday, at Curve Road northeast of New York Mills.
Perham-Dent’s iEngage initiative continues, with mostly positive reviews Year two of the iEngage program is underway in the Perham-Dent School District. For the second time, all high school students, freshmen through seniors, have been entrusted with their own iPads for the year. “We think it’s fantastic,” said Sandra Wieser-Matthews, one of two technology integrationists at the high school.
Perham High School students will be volunteering around town next Wednesday, Sept.
This week, September 8-14, is National Suicide Prevention Week. In Minnesota, suicide ranks as one of the top 10 causes of death among all ages, and is the second leading cause of death among youth (exceeded only by automobile accidents). According to the 2010 Minnesota School Survey, 17 percent of freshman and 12 percent of seniors thought about taking their life in the previous year, and 3 percent of freshman and 2 percent of seniors attempted suicide in the previous year.
It’s time for some more Darwin Award contenders. As you know, Darwin Awards are given to those human beings (usually male – go figure!), who through boneheaded activity remove themselves from the gene pool. Three Eaton, Ohio men died on the evening of July 4. James, Billy and Ashley were killed early Friday morning after their blue Ford pickup rolled over on a country road. Hogs and alcohol were contributing factors to the accident. (Hogs and alcohol, now that’s pretty unique.