Perham Focus Newsroom
On Friday, Aug. 2 at 7 p.m., the Swank Singers will perform at Calvary Lutheran Church in Perham. The Swank Singers are a three voice ensemble of brothers Asher, Crispin and Zaq Swank. All three study music at college, at Moorhead State, Oberlin and Bemidji State University. The program will be about an hour in length, and will consist of a broad selection of early music from medieval and Renaissance times to the Romantic and Modern eras. The concert is free to all.
Former astronaut Harrison “Jack” Schmitt, who walked on the moon in 1972, periodically comes from New Mexico to spend time at his cabin at West Battle Lake. He says each visit to Otter Tail County is special, and summer 2013 is no exception. Schmitt’s late father grew up in southern Minnesota and purchased property at West Battle Lake.
Businesses that decontaminate, rent or lease boats or other water-related equipment will now be required to attend aquatic invasive species (AIS) training and acquire a permit under a state law change that took effect July 1, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. “Before this change, the law applied only to businesses that install or remove equipment from state waters,” said April Rust, DNR AIS training coordinator. Employees of lake service provider businesses – which now include boat rental businesses – also need to complete a short online training course before p
Central Minnesota Credit Union was recently selected as one of the Top 50 credit unions in the nation in 2012, according to an analysis by SNL Financial. Ranked number 22 nationwide, CMCU is one of three Minnesota credit unions to make the list. “It’s an honor to be included with such a premiere group of financial institutions,” said Rick Odenthal, CEO of CMCU, in a press release.
Richard Hoeper of Dalton won $10,000 by playing the Minnesota State Lottery’s Cash and Cadillac scratch game. He claimed the prize on July 15 after purchasing the winning ticket at JC’s General Store in Dalton. He is the third person in the area to win a significant amount of money through the lottery in the last few weeks. Proceeds from the lottery go to state functions such as education, public safety and health and human services. Since 1990, more than $2.2 billion has been raised for state programs.
The public is invited to a free Lake Region Arts Council ‘Meet and Greet’ presentation at the Perham Area Public Library on Tuesday, July 30 at 3:30 p.m. The presentation is one of a few that will be held in the region through August, as part of an effort by the LRAC to educate the public about the organization and the services it offers to area artists. LRAC serves individual artists in all disciplines; literary, music, performance, visual arts, etc., with grants, an artist registry and resources.
The New York Mills Class of 1968 held its 45th class reunion on Saturday, July 6 at Mills Lanes. Attendees were, left to right: Richie Brasel, Janice (Muckala) DeMarais, David Kowitz,...
The Minnesota Department of Transportation invites the public to attend a meeting about the Highway 78 improvements between Battle Lake and Perham on Tuesday, July 30. The open house is scheduled for 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Battle Lake City Hall, 108 Main Street East in Battle Lake. A brief presentation will take place at 6:45 p.m. Representatives from MnDOT, the city of Battle Lake and Mark’s Sand and Gravel will be on hand to outline plans for upcoming construction activities.
More money is needed for highway maintenance in Otter Tail County, and officials are considering new taxes as one way of getting it. At the July 16 county board meeting, commissioners discussed two possible options for new roadway funding in the future – a half-cent sales tax, which would raise approximately $4.2 million on an annual basis; and a wheelage tax, which would add $10 per license tab and raise about $500,000 annually. The sales tax option would provide funding for specific highway capital projects.
Otter Tail Power Company has issued its first-ever Commercial Design Assistance program incentive payment, following the completion of the Fergus Falls Public Safety Building. The CDA program encourages increased efficiency in new commercial buildings by providing incentives to eligible building owners and their design teams to exceed Minnesota’s energy code requirements in the building design and construction process. Among the energy-efficiency strategies employed in the public safety building are a high-efficiency geothermal heat pump system, R-22 wall and R-42 roof insulation, carbon