Perham Focus Newsroom
A vehicle struck a Black Angus steer just before midnight on Aug. 8 near the intersection of Highway 210 and Kolstad Road, west of Battle Lake, Minn. The Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Office said there was extensive damage to the vehicle but no apparent injury to the driver. The animal’s owner was located and the steer was transported back to the owner’s property. Tom Hintgen, Otter Tail County Correspondent
A grass fire was reported northwest of New York Mills at 6:42 p.m. on Aug. 8. The Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Office said a farmer who was baling hay had a bearing go out on a piece of equipment. This, in turn, started hay stubble on fire. The New York Mills Fire Department extinguished the fire within about half an hour. Tom Hintgen, Otter Tail County Correspondent
Two motorcycle drivers were injured in accidents in Otter Tail County last weekend. Jennifer Broker, 53, of Breckenridge, Minn. was driving her motorcycle westbound on Highway 22, northwest of Phelps Mill, when a deer came out of a ditch at 2:50 p.m. on Aug. 11. Broker attempted to avoid the deer and, in doing so, the motorcycle left the road and went onto the shoulder, causing her to lose control. She was thrown from the cycle and landed in the ditch. Broker suffered injuries that were not life threatening.
Two ‘turtle doves’ who first found love at Perham’s International Turtle Races a little over a year ago came full circle with their romance last week, with a marriage proposal at the Wednesday races. Fred Swanson came out of his shell and made a surprise proposal to Kelli Case, happily stunning his bride-to-be and shocking tourists and turtles alike. During the starting announcements of the races, Swanson was handed the microphone, and he turned to Case and said, “I love you and I want to spend my life with you.
This weekend, there will be an opportunity to return to the ‘good ole days’ and discover what it was like to live in them. At Pioneer Grounds in Perham, the focus is always on pioneer living. A great time to visit the grounds is during Pioneer Days. This weekend will mark the 42nd year the East Otter Tail Historical Society has hosted Pioneer Days. The Pioneer Grounds include many historic log cabins, such as the Westby House, which was moved to the grounds in 1988.
ROSEVILLE, Minn. — A project engineer from a northwest Minneapolis suburb has come forward to claim one-third of a $448 million Powerball jackpot. Paul White, of Ham Lake, was introduced Thursday afternoon at a news conference at the Minnesota State Lottery's headquarters. The other two winning tickets were sold in New Jersey. White says he learned he was holding a winning ticket Thursday morning after his "significant other" called him to say one of three winners had been sold in Minnesota.
LIVESTOCK SHOW RESULTS 4-H DAIRY SHOW RESULTS The East Otter Tail County Fair included six Cloverbud cattle and 51 head of dairy cattle in the dairy show held July 26. Dairy trophy winners included: -Jr. Dairy Showmanship, Chris Blashack; reserve, Blake Malone. -Int. Dairy Showmanship, Brittany Bachmann; reserve, Jonathon Schwartz. -Sr.
Motorists on Highway 78 between Perham and Ottertail will encounter a detour and delays when a road resurfacing and culvert replacement project begins next Monday, Aug. 12, weather permitting. During the first phase of the project, crews will replace several culverts north of Ottertail. Highway 78 will close, and motorists will use a detour. Southbound traffic from Perham will detour east onto Highway 10 to New York Mills, south on County Road 67 and west on County Road 52/Highway 108 to Ottertail.
Christi Stoll, of the local United Way, was at the 2013 Stuff the Bus school supplies collection event outside of the Perham High School on Tuesday. Stoll said Perham is always one of the top communities in Otter Tail County when it comes to the number of backpacks and other supplies donated every year. The supplies go to kids who may not otherwise be able to afford them, ensuring that all area children can start school equipped with the things they need.
Perham’s two museums have a new executive director and chief operating officer. The Friends of the History Museum of East Otter Tail County this week announced the hire of Darla Ellingson. Ellingson will oversee the history museum, the In Their Own Words Veterans Museum and the White Elephant Thrift Store. Ellingson brings a wealth of experience in helping businesses thrive and grow.