Perham Focus Newsroom
“There’s a little good in the worst of us, and a little bad in the best of us. It scarce behooves the most of us, to talk about the rest of us.” I don’t know who the author of that quote is. I can tell you that my uncle quoted it to my cousin so many times and for so many deserved reasons that, via my cousin, it has survived my uncle’s death. Now, years later, it has survived my cousin’s death, too.
Rep. Collin Peterson, D-Minn., is square in the sights of the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC). The long-serving District 7 congressman is described in a new NRCC cable TV ad as an out-of-touch politician who has been in Congress too long. The voters of the district disagree. And it is likely (although anything can happen before November 2014) Peterson will easily win another term if he decides to run again. By the way, he should seek re-election.
Have you noticed the extra buses in town this month?
A driver of a vehicle backed into the deck at the At The Hop Diner in Ottertail on Saturday. The deck received only minor damage. The incident was reported at 10:59 a.m., but likely took place the previous evening. The diner is located near the intersection of Highways 1 and 78 on the north side of Ottertail. Tom Hintgen, Otter Tail County Correspondent
Two cabin burglaries were reported to the Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Office in the last few days. Last Friday afternoon, a cabin owner at 380th Street, in central Otter Tail County, reported a break-in and theft of fishing equipment (rods and reels) as well as liquor. A suspect was later questioned and then arrested for second degree burglary. Charges were pending at press time. On Sunday, another cabin burglary was reported, this time on the 39,000 block of County Highway 1. Two tackle boxes and fishing rods were taken.
A motorcycle driver was seriously injured and airlifted to a hospital in Fargo after a rollover accident in Dora Township on Saturday. The Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Office reported that the accident occurred at 4:31 p.m., at the intersection of Highway 41 and Minnesota Street, south of Vergas. No further details were available at press time. Tom Hintgen, Otter Tail County Correspondent
From tractor pulls to target shooting, from axe throwing to period-costume demonstrations, and from dancing to vendor sales, Perham’s 42nd annual Pioneer Days and Black Powder Rendezvous offered plenty of fun, educational and hands-on activities for visitors to enjoy. Events at the encampment at Pioneer Village are designed to re-enact the pre-1840s pioneering era, in living-history style.
The 2013 Wolf Lake Harvest Fest Royalty has been chosen. They are: Junior Miss Wolf Lake, Charity Neis of Nevis; Miss Congeniality, Kirsten Tollefson of Frazee; Miss Wolf Lake, Allison Christenson of Perham; First Princess Wolf Lake, Lindsey Sternberg of Frazee, Little Miss Wolf Lake, Serrennity Neis of Nevis; Little Princess Wolf Lake, Jaida Hogan of Wolf Lake; and Junior Princess, Sarah Aschnewitz of Frazee.
This year’s “Scramble for a Cure,” an annual Ladies Invitational at Balmoral Golf Course south of Ottertail, raised more than $8,000, which will be split between the Susan G. Komen Foundation, the Lake Region Cancer Center in Fergus Falls, and a private individual battling cancer. Teams of golfers got dressed up for the event, in hopes of winning the Best Outfits Challenge. Many local businesses and individuals helped support the cause.
New York Mills held its annual Corn Feed and Puppet Pageant last Friday. As in past years, a truckload of corn was cooked up for the event, which also featured an original large-scale puppet performance based on The Kalevala, a 19th century work of epic poetry rooted in Finnish folklore. Local residents help make the costumes and participate in the pageant every year.