Perham Focus Newsroom
How nice to read the latest piece from Mary Franson in the Focus. As usual, it’s a blitzkrieg of BS, part of the reason why she lost her home area by such large margins in the last election. She begins with the same distortion that Republicans have been using for decades about taxation, thinking you’re dumb enough to just blindly accept it without any research.
How important is the FairTax? My answer is another question: How important is the future of the United States? Everyone decries the rampant partisanship on Capitol Hill, which gridlocks progress on a host of issues, existential issues. But have you ever tried to carry on a meaningful conversation with a counterpart across the aisle, politically speaking? Congress reflects perfectly what is happening on Main Street. Those of us who understand the FairTax know that it is truly non-partisan.
I’ve been trying, in my retirement, to become one of those people who put stuff on their Facebook page. Well. Not put. “Post.” See?
Tensions were high at a recent Ottertail City Council meeting as residents spoke out against a rezoning request made by Family Dollar. Rezoning, conditional use, and variance consideration requests were all on the agenda at the July 18 meeting. A representative from Family Dollar was present at the meeting, in addition to a second representative available via phone.
Michael Brandon Carlson, 30, of Perham, appeared in Otter Tail County District Court last Thursday on a charge of assault in the second degree with a dangerous weapon. Carlson allegedly stabbed a man in the arm with a folding knife. Authorities reported that the incident occurred at a Perham area residence at 10:46 a.m. on July 16.
A 15-year-old juvenile male was injured at 8:39 p.m. last Tuesday at Liberty Lane, west of Henning, on the north side of East Battle Lake. Otter Tail County sheriff’s deputies described the injuries as “moderate.” Authorities said the juvenile was driving a 2006 Arctic Cat 400 Auto 4-wheel ATV when he approached an intersection and overcorrected after the machine drifted to the roadway shoulder. He was thrown from the ATV, hitting the pavement. The ATV was damaged in the accident. Tom Hintgen,Otter Tail County Correspondent
A pontoon was damaged after falling into a ditch on Sunday. According to the Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Office, the pontoon was being transported when the driver pulling it made a turn onto Highway 67 from Highway 14, southwest of New York Mills. The force of the turn caused the pontoon to go off the road and into the ditch. The mishap occurred at 6:46 p.m. July 21. No one was hurt in the accident. Damage to the pontoon was reported as minimal. Tom Hintgen,Otter Tail County Correspondent
Vergas Looney Daze will be featuring a fun and unique new event this year – wiener dog races. Dubbed the 2013 Wiener Dog Nationals, the races will take place on the Saturday of Looney Daze, Aug. 10, at the Vergas Diamond. KLN Enterprises is sponsoring the event. Organizers are currently seeking pre-registrations from interested wiener dog owners. Registration will also be available starting at 10 a.m.
Judi Siirila Paskowitz, a soprano from Los Angeles, will give a free solo recital featuring show tunes and classical arias on Sunday, July 28 at 2 p.m.
Frazee’s Second Annual Tractor Tracks will be held this Sunday, July 28, on the grounds between Endeavor Road and Main Avenue East. Turnout for this antique tractor collector’s show, being held the last day of Frazee’s Turkey Days celebration, is expected to grow by at least 40-50 percent over last year’s initial attempt, which drew 33 entrants. That estimate could easily be even greater. “I think the numbers will be more like 60-75, maybe close to 100,” stated Roger Boe, one of the event organizers. Last year, many collectors also opted to drive their restored beauties in the Turk