Perham Focus Newsroom
APPLAUSE to everyone involved in planning and overseeing this year’s Turtle Fest events. From the parade to the demo derby, the dog expo to the fun fly, the motorcycle ride to the street fair, and everything in between, all the activities over the nine days of the festival offered fun for families, and suited a wide variety of interests. There really was something for everyone. We were able to cover many of these events, and truly enjoyed it.
Mr. Williams, I truly feel sorry for you after reading your column last week. I wish you could have been around in the 1980s and ‘90s when amateur baseball was THE event on a sunny summer Sunday afternoon. Vergas vs. Dent and Corliss vs. Perham Panthers were games you didn’t want to miss. Good baseball. Good rivalries, good men, and some pretty darn good ball players, too. Watching Greg Huwe and Mike Ramsey turn double plays for the Corliss Wildcats was like watching water wash over rocks.
Organizers of the 2013 Otter Fest are seeking contestants for Otter Idol and entries for the parade. Registration forms and more information may be found online at visitottertail.com, or by calling Lori Field at 367-3014. Entries will be accepted until the end of July.
This Saturday, July 6, Kinship of the Perham Area will take a second stab at setting a world record with its second annual Flotilla on Little Pine Lake. For those who may not know, a flotilla is a group of boats, ships, or, in this case, people on personal flotation devices. The goal behind this event is to achieve a Guinness World Record for the most populous human flotilla.
An elderly man died of injuries following a vehicle accident on Highway 13 late last Tuesday afternoon, north of Perham near the Becker County line. The victim was Oren Hazelton, 88, a resident of Twin Cities suburb of Eagan. The Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Office said Hazelton was driving a 1994 Jeep Cherokee SUV when the vehicle rolled over at 11:42 a.m.
The number of jobs related to leisure and hospitality is expected to increase in Otter Tail County over the next eight years. That’s good news for economic development leaders and county residents in general. As a county known for its 1,000 lakes, this area of west central Minnesota is luring retirees who want to live year-round in Otter Tail County.
I recall when the Obama regime, in its response to the sequester deal Obama pushed through Congress, then realized it would mean spending cuts. Obama tried to tell us that the government had no wasteful spending, no fat to trim from the budget. Obama told us the first cuts would affect cops and firefighters, air traffic controllers and teachers. Well, fast forward to the here and now, and we see the Internal Revenue Service is passing around the generous sums of more than $70 million dollars in bonuses for its agents and supervisors.
Each year, the East Otter Tail County Relay For Life organizing committee chooses two cancer survivors to represent all local cancer survivors for the year. The choices for 2013 are Linda Hendrickson and Kathy Wouters. The cancer stories of these two women inspire and offer hope to all those stricken by the disease. They have much in common: they’re friends, they both are active and involved in fitness activities, they are optimistic, and they are “people-oriented” women.
Phase Two of the nearly $4 million remodeling project at the Otter Tail County Courthouse will get underway in July. Workers will focus on renovations including significant remodeling of the second and third floors. The year-long Phase Two, extending through next June, also will include exterior masonry restoration, re-window work, skylight replacement, reroofing, piping demolition, boiler room prep, boiler replacement and landscaping. At press time, Phase One was nearly complete.
Ottertail residents may soon be able to apply for home improvement funds to assist in making needed repairs to their homes. The funds would be available through a Small Cities Development Program for homeowners. “I got a call from the Fergus Falls and Otter Tail County HRA [Housing and Redevelopment Authority]. They want to do a study and see if there’s any interest for housing and commercial rehab in Ottertail,” Ottertail City Clerk/Treasurer Elaine Hanson explained at the June 20 meeting of the Ottertail City Council.