Perham Focus Newsroom
As time goes by, I find that I have less and less patience with some of the word misuse I hear, read and see. By some of it, I mean that when it comes to verbs, I’m pretty obsessive about correct use. When it comes to creatively misusing other English words, I’m all for it. But that doesn’t mean I’m too involved here in verb structure.
APPLAUSE to everyone who took part in this year’s East Otter Tail County Relay for Life, held July 12 in Perham. This important and touching annual event brings people together in a fight against a common enemy that has impacted many of us personally -- cancer. The local relay has a history of success, and this year was no exception. The event raised $70,000 for the cause. APPLAUSE to Jeff and Kay Morris for being awarded the Minnesota State Cross Country Coach and Assistant Coach of the Year for a second time.
I want to thank Representative Mary Franson of Alexandria for her tireless work this session focusing on job creation and working to protect all of us from having to pay more through higher taxes, fees, and costs imposed by the legislature. While a member of the minority in the legislature, Franson rolled up her sleeves and worked in a bipartisan way to get two of her bills passed – a daunting task given the all-Democrat control of state government. Franson also led the charge against the forced unionization of childcare providers.
As a business owner who runs a manufacturing company with 150 employees, I strongly support increasing the federal minimum wage, which has been stuck at just $7.25 an hour since July 24, 2009. It will provide concrete benefits to businesses and will strengthen our overall economy. Fair wages are part of the formula for success at my company, Spectronics Corporation, the world’s leading manufacturer of ultraviolet equipment and fluorescent materials. Raising the minimum wage will help America succeed as well. Consumer spending drives about 70 percent of our nation’s economy.
Kathy Buck, Mrs. Renowski, Helen Krueger, Rose Zilkowski and Rick Boedigheimer are on the job in 1971. Where do they work? ‘History Mystery’ is a weekly feature of the Focus. Working in partnership with the History Museum of East Otter Tail County, we publish a ‘mystery photo’ each week, challenging you, our readers, to answer a question about it.
Christopher Stephen McIlvain, 35, of Dent, was sentenced in Otter Tail County District Court on July 24 following a gross misdemeanor conviction of operating a vehicle with negligence while under the influence of alcohol. His conviction follows an incident that took place June 20 at the intersection of Highway 35 and 360th Street, near Dead Lake, southwest of Dent. Just before 6 p.m., McIlvain struck the driver of another vehicle.
Nine mailboxes were reported as vandalized last Friday on Little Pine Road north of Perham. The Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Office said the vandal or vandals used a baseball bat or other post-type object to swing at the mailboxes while driving by, denting and otherwise damaging them. The first incident was reported to the sheriff’s office at 10:34 a.m. on July 26. The other eight incidents were reported in the afternoon. Tom Hintgen, Otter Tail County Correspondent
Ronald Dean Swenson, 68, of Battle Lake, was injured in a single-vehicle accident south of Ottertail on Saturday. The Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Office said Swenson lost control of his vehicle, a 1992 Nissan 300x passenger car, and the vehicle rolled into a swamp, landing upside-down in the water. Swenson was removed from the vehicle by the Ottertail Fire Department. He was transported by Henning Ambulance to Lake Region Hospital in Fergus Falls. His injuries were not immediately known. The accident occurred at 5:49 p.m.
Two men were arrested in Henning after passersby witnessed a theft in progress last Thursday. According to the Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Office, the men were seen taking steel bed rails from an Arvig truck. The stolen items were later recovered, and the men found. No further information was available at press time. Tom Hintgen, Otter Tail County Correspondent
The Otto Bremer Foundation, majority owner of Bremer Bank, recently awarded $70,970 to Someplace Safe, based in Fergus Falls. The funds will be used to help with community violence prevention...