Perham Focus Newsroom
If I told you there was a piece of legislation that has reduced America’s dependence on foreign oil by 20 percent, supports 400,000 jobs, adds $43 billion to our gross domestic product, reduces greenhouse gas emissions by at least 34 percent and saves the typical motorist $1,200 per year, would you call for that legislation to be scaled back or repealed? It sounds like a silly question, doesn’t it?
Winners of the 2013 National Federation of Press Women Communications Contest were recognized at the annual fall conference in Salt Lake City, Utah. Merrie Sue Holtan, of Perham, was among the winners. Holtan is a freelance writer for the Fargo Forum newspaper and other publications. Fifteen members of North Dakota Professional Communicators earned 36 awards for their work in print media, photography, advertising, writing for and development of the web, promotion, public relations, marketing, speeches and books. Holtan won first place in Specialty articles, in the Travel category.
Downtown shop employees generally reported a good turnout and strong sales at Perham's Crazy Day's over Labor Day weekend.
Joshua Gene Ard, 32, of Perham, will have another court appearance following charges of fleeing a police officer and child endangerment last month in Perham. Until his next court appearance, Ard has been ordered to remain law abiding. His case is being handled by Otter Tail County District Court authorities. As of late last week, no date had been set for his next court appearance. Ard first appeared in district court on Aug.
Otter Tail County Auditor Wayne Stein has reviewed the results of a Petition for Referendum for the proposed Star Lake Improvement District and has found everything to be in order. Thus, a referendum will be held in summer 2014. The petition contained 393 signatures with 321 accepted, which makes it a valid petition. The county board unanimously voted at a meeting last week to call a special election from 2-8 p.m.
The Perham Women of FOCUS recently donated $500 to St. Henry’s Area School for help with field trip expenses.
Boys and girls ages 12 to 16 are invited to participate in Youth Day at the Fort Thunder Road Shooting Center in Perham this Saturday, Sept. 7 from 9 a.m. to noon. Sponsored by the East Otter Tail Chapter of the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association, the event will feature a meal, prizes, and shooting demonstrations in shot gun, black powder rifle, pistol and bow and arrow. For more information, call Chad at 346-2423 or email email@example.com .
Perham Community Ed and Perham High School will be holding auditions for this year’s community musical production of “Honk!” on Tuesday, Sept. 10 and Thursday, Sept. 12 from 4-9 p.m. at the high school auditorium. The performance will be presented in the auditorium on Nov. 15-17. “Honk!” is a modern re-telling of Hans Christian Anderson’s “The Ugly Duckling.” Featuring contemporary music and a funny and heartfelt story, it’s a great show for the whole family. All adults and any students in grades 5-12 are welcome and encouraged to audition.
The 12th Annual Lakeland Hospice Motorcycle Ride is coming up on Saturday, Sept. 7. The ride will begin at the corner of Pebble Lake Road and Highway 210 in Fergus Falls at noon, rain or shine. Registration will start earlier, at 10:30 a.m. Free-will donations will be accepted, with proceeds going to support the Lakeland Hospice Foundation. Bikes will explore 120 miles of Lakes Country with two stops planned. The ride ends at the Fergus Falls VFW at 5 p.m.
Historic and contemporary photographs of the Upper Mississippi River will be featured in the main floor gallery of the New York Mills Regional Cultural Center starting Friday, Sept. 6 and continuing through Saturday, Oct. 26. The exhibit, called “Revisiting Twain’s Mississippi,” will include 30 contemporary black-and-white silver gelatin prints by photographer Chris Faust, paired with cyanotypes of the same views by 19th century photographer Henry Peter Bosse. The exhibit will be open at no cost to visitors. A reception and lecture on the exhibit will be held Saturday, Sept. 7 at 7 p.m.