Perham Focus Newsroom
Lina Belar has been hired as the new interim executive director of the Wadena County Historical Society, effective as of July 9. Belar, who retired last December after 15 years in the field, was the founder and executive director of the History Museum of East Otter Tail County and the ITOW Veterans Museum in Perham.
Homeowners who rely on private wells for their drinking water supply should test for nitrates on a regular basis. Private well owners are encouraged to participate in a free nitrate testing clinic this Thursday, July 18, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Ottertail Community Center. The clinic is sponsored by the East and West Otter Tail County Soil and Water Conservation Districts. Nitrates are the most common contaminants in Minnesota’s groundwater, and a significant number of the state’s wells have high nitrate levels.
Lund Mania took place in New York Mills last Friday, offering festival-goers plenty of fun things to do. There was a parade to watch, games to play, food to eat, a fishing tournament to compete in, and much more. A highlight of the event was the second annual Boatville Drag Races. Teams of racers competed against each other for a chance to win a traveling trophy.
People are gathering from far and wide at area berry farms for the short but fruitful strawberry season in Otter Tail County. The harvest began on July 1, and is expected to last into early next week. There are two berry farms nearby – Herzog’s Berries, overlooking West Lost Lake in Underwood, and Moll’s Berry Farm south of Ottertail, along Minnesota Highway 78. At Herzog’s last Wednesday, the berries were plentiful, with m
Gabe Christenson, a Northwestern Mutual financial representative based in Minnesota, is receiving the company’s Lives Leader Summit Award based on an outstanding year of helping clients achieve financial security. Christenson is a Perham native. “We’re proud of financial professionals like Gabe who are helping so many people develop plans to achieve financial security,” said Northwestern Mutual Executive Vice President Todd M. Schoon.
Perham’s International Turtle Races continue to be a hit with local families and visitors from all over, drawing crowds every week. The races started in June and will continue through August. They are held every Wednesday in downtown Perham, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The Otter Tail County Board of Commissioners has approved a revised Shoreland Management Ordinance, which will take effect Aug. 1. The revised ordinance conforms some language to state statutes and court rulings regarding variances and exemptions for contiguous lots, and cleans up some definitions and word usage. Under the revised ordinance, site permits will be required for alterations to impervious surfaces and vision-obstructing fences, and buildings will be limited to 20 percent of impervious surface.
The word “nincompoop” has been rattling around in my brain lately. I remember my mother using it when I was growing up.
The Otter Tail County Democratic Farmer Labor Party will hold its annual picnic next Tuesday, July 16, at Pebble Lake Picnic Shelter on Pebble Lake Road in Fergus Falls from 5-9 p.m. Ken Martin, state chair for the Minnesota DFL, will be the special guest. Martin holds a bachelor of arts degree in political science and history from the University of Kansas.
Arvig is working with federal regulators to address the issue of long-distance telephone calls not completing to customers in the communities it serves. According to a press release from Arvig, which is based in Perham, these “dropped calls” are happening all over the nation, and rural telephone companies like Arvig are not at fault.