Perham Focus Newsroom
The agenda for a one-day special legislative session Sept. 9 is in place. It includes our top priority – providing funding for storm recovery – but lacks important cancellations of tax increases. Storms ripped through Minnesota last June and damaged infrastructure in at least 18 counties. Damage mainly took place in the western, central and southern portion of the state. I am pleased we will be able to appropriate disaster relief funding to help those areas recover. I am disappointed, however, we will not be working to eliminate a tax increase on repairs of farm equipment Gov.
New York Mills police officers pulled over a driver traveling in the wrong lane along Highway 10 on Sunday night. The driver, a 69-year-old male from the Twin Cities area, was arrested for DWI. Fortunately, there were no injuries to other drivers while the intoxicated individual drove his vehicle eastward in the westbound lane, according to the Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Office. The driver was seen and reported by other concerned drivers.
The driver of a vehicle escaped injury after hitting a bear just north of Parkers Prairie last Saturday. The Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Office said there was significant damage to the vehicle. The accident was reported at 9:12 p.m., and took place near the intersection of Highway 29 and Highway 210. Tom Hintgen, Otter Tail County Correspondent
The Otter Tail Country Tourism Association has teamed up with the University of Minnesota to survey tourists about what makes the Otter Tail County area so attractive, in hopes of finding out what creates and retains tourism. The project, led by a team from the Center for Small Towns at the University of Minnesota-Morris with assistance from Extension Educator Ryan Pesch, is an ambitious undertaking, targeting 1,000 households by mail and thousands of others through an online survey. Student researcher and statistics major, Jordan Wente, explained in a press release, “To get a good sampl
The caregiver for six horses that were found dead, and 11 more neglected, at a farmstead near Vergas last winter has been sentenced to one year in jail. William Vance Tompkins, age 19, of Owasso, Okla., had been entrusted with the care of the horses by his mother, Penny Fick, and her husband, Bill Fick, of rural Vergas while they temporarily resided in Montana. The Ficks still face charges in the case. Tompkins was sentenced in Otter Tail County District Court last Monday.
Construction continues along Highway 78 between Perham and Battle Lake, though the section from Perham to Ottertail was reopened on Monday. The stretch from Ottertail to Battle Lake, meanwhile, was closed off while crews replace several culverts and begin reconstruction work in downtown Battle Lake. Traffic will be detoured to Highway 108 and Highway 210. The detour is scheduled to last through early October. Only local residents and motorists accessing businesses located within the closure area may use Highway 78.
Last week’s International Turtle Races in Perham brought in 260 racers from as far away as Connecticut, Nebraska, Virginia and the Dakotas. This year’s turtle races are drawing to a close, with just one more race left to go, next Wednesday, before the end of the season.
About 50 tax forfeited and distressed properties around Otter Tail County are ready to be demolished. At a meeting with county commissioners last week, County Auditor Wayne Stein and Sentence to Serve Coordinator Pat Griffin shared pictures and information about the properties, which are in various conditions. Commissioners unanimously authorized the clean-up of these properties, starting with some in Dane Prairie Township, Friberg Township, Clitherall, Urbank and Dalton. Stein was authorized to obtain quotations on the work, and proceed with demolition.
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Thanks to a commitment by the Ottertail Rod and Gun Club, the Pelican Bay Handicapped Accessible Fishing Pier Project will be moving forward with full funding. Ron Grobeck, a member of both the Ottertail Business and Community Association and the Rod and Gun Club, presented an update on the project at the August 15 meeting of the Ottertail City Council. The pier will be built on Pelican Bay, directly across Highway 78 from the Otter Tail Lake public launch area. “Since the last (city council) meeting, we brought the proposal to the Rod and Gun Club.