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A 35-year-old Dent man has been apprehended and arrested after fleeing the scene of a hit-and-run accident in which another man was hurt. Christopher McIlvain was arrested on June 30, according to the Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Office. He was charged with criminal vehicular operation and DWI. Injured in the two-vehicle crash was John Keil, Jr., age 77, also of Dent. The accident took place June 30 near the intersection of Highway 35 and 360th Street, southwest of Dent, near Dead Lake. Keil’s injuries were not life-threatening.
Boat parades are a favorite Fourth of July tradition around many area lakes. Pickerel Lake held its parade at 11 a.m. on July 4.
I always thought the most difficult college-related thing I’d ever have to do was decide which college to attend.
The 549 Family Foundation’s Grillin’ and Chillin’ event was held last Wednesday at the Sturdevant family residence, just north of Perham. The event was a fundraiser for the foundation’s school grant budget for next school year. Attendees were treated to steaks, chicken, burgers and more, as well as musical entertainment by Perham High School’s 5th Street Band.
This picture was taken in 1971 at a Perham business. Name the man in the picture. There were no correct answers to last week’s history mystery photo, which showed Lester and Bernice Platt celebrating the grand opening of Platt’s Variety Store in Perham in 1964. ‘History Mystery’ is a weekly feature of the Perham Focus.
Char Whitman was the lucky winner of the 2013 City Wide Rummage Sale grand prize grill. The contest was sponsored by Coldwell Banker Preferred Partners.
Charged in Otter Tail County Court on June 25, with third degree burglary, was Nathan Allen Welch, 31, of Dalton. The charges relate to a break-in on June 20 at JC’s General Store in Dalton. Court administration records state that Welch is alleged to have entered a building without consent and with intent to steal or commit a felony while in the structure. He had reportedly been in the building beforehand, during regular business hours. Entry was reportedly made through an unlocked door at 8 p.m.
A 31-year-old Dalton woman was arrested after a high-speed chase from Battle Lake to Fergus Falls early in the morning on June 26. In custody last week was Melissa Aasberg. Battle Lake police, at 1:40 a.m., noticed that a vehicle had no taillights and had made U-turns on Main Street. Officers made an effort to have the vehicle pull over.
Surmising that some affected property owners would petition for a vote on the matter, Otter Tail County Commissioners last week approved a plan for a Lake Improvement District (LID) at Star Lake. The commissioners’ vote leaves the door open for opponents, if they wish, to gather a petition of 26 percent of Star Lake property owners. This would put the final decision to a vote among all property owners at the lake. “I wish there were a third leg of the stool to propose a vote,” said commissioner Wayne Johnson, whose district includes Star Lake.
The Otter Tail County Aquatic Invasive Species Task Force continues to take a proactive approach in stopping the spread of invasives throughout the county. The task force is currently in the process of positioning 200 signs along county roads, directly below lake signs. Each sign says, “Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers: Clean, Drain, Dry.” Boaters and anglers throughout the county, residents and visitors alike have the responsibility to inspect boats, trailers and equipment and remove visible aquatic plants, zebra mussels and mud. The next step, before leaving a lake, is to drain water fro