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Minnesotans were aware democrats raised state taxes and fees by around $2.5 billion this year, but it took until July 1 enactment for many to gather just how far the impacts will reach. The now-majority democrats said they wanted to “tax the rich” and make top earners pay their “fair share” as they sought office in 2012. Now, less than a year later, Minnesotans are paying more for driver’s licenses, motor vehicle taxes, rental cars, tobacco, income taxes, Internet downloads and repairs on farm equipment.
An article recently caught my attention in the Fergus Falls Daily Journal. It was titled, “State leaders say one thing and do the opposite.” I would always pay attention to these articles, as I pride myself with serving my constituents with honesty and respect. The columnist, David C. Olson (president of the Minnesota Chamber association), was totally correct in the facts he presented. Minnesotans will see increased taxes across the board for businesses, individuals and personal services. The fact that I would like to make clear is this was a very partisan vote.
Gov. Mark Dayton’s Children’s Cabinet Right now in Minnesota, 42.5 percent of our first grade students receive free and reduced price lunch, a leading indicator of poverty. Nearly half of those served by Minnesota food shelves are children.
“Why is the sky blue, daddy?” “I don’t know, something to do with the colors, I guess.” “Who is the man in the moon, daddy?” “I don’t know. Nobody; it just looks like a man.” “What’s this, daddy?” “I don’t know; some kind of rock, I think.” “Why don’t people have the same color skin?” “That’s a good question. I don’t know.” “Daddy, what’s your favorite color?” “I don’t know.
Name this building. This picture was taken in Perham, date unknown. ‘History Mystery’ is a weekly feature of the Perham Focus. Working in partnership with the History Museum of East Otter Tail County, we will publish a ‘mystery photo’ each week, challenging you, our readers, to answer a question about it.
Dwayne Michael Morris, 30, of Perham, appeared in Otter Tail County District Court on July 12 on charges of criminal sexual conduct in the first degree with a person under the age of 13. The incidents are alleged to have taken place between Sept. 3, 2008, and July 10, 2013. His next court appearance has been scheduled for July 22. Tom Hintgen, Otter Tail County Correspondent
A man lost mobility in his left arm and suffered a cut to the knee after being run over by a golf cart at Thumper Pond on Friday. According to a report from the Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Office, the man fell from a golf cart and was then run over by a second cart at about 8 p.m. July 12 at the Ottertail course. More information was not readily available at press time. Tom Hintgen, Otter Tail County Correspondent
An abandoned house near Vergas was destroyed by fire late last Thursday evening. The blaze took place near Highway 4 and 460th Street, southwest of town near Loon Lake. The Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Office said the house had been abandoned since the 1980s. Cause of the fire was unknown. At press time, the investigation was continuing. Tom Hintgen, Otter Tail County Correspondent
Four traffic accidents were reported in Otter Tail County over the past weekend, with no serious injuries. On July 12, a one-vehicle crash occurred at 1:28 p.m. at the intersection of Highway 108 and 215th Avenue, east of Pelican Rapids. The vehicle landed on its roof in a ditch and the driver, uninjured, was able to crawl out. Also on Friday, a motorcycle accident took place at 5:36 p.m. at the intersection of Highways 108 and 78, south of Perham. The driver fled from the scene and charges are pending. On Saturday, a single-vehicle crash took place at 5:53 a.m.
Womenade is currently holding a fund drive to raise money for local kids in need. The group works behind-the-scenes to make sure that kids from area school districts have critical things like winter coats, dentist or doctor visits, and student activity fees when their parents or families are unable to meet those needs. Womenade works with teachers in the Perham, Wadena, New York Mills, Henning and Battle Lake school districts, and the Womenade committee consists of representatives from each of these districts. The group provides emergency funding in unique situations, and the assistan