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Unseasonably cold, windy weather didn’t stop a group of 19 local runners from hitting the pavement for the American Diabetes Association Community 5K Run/Walk in Perham on June 1. The...
Lake Region Electric Cooperative held its annual meeting on June 6 in Fergus Falls. About 400 members and friends attended. Three incumbent directors were reelected by acclamation: Ken Hendrickx from...
Anthony James Swanson, 35, of Deer Creek, appeared in Otter Tail County District Court on June 4, charged with leaving the scene of an accident and criminally-related vehicular use resulting in injuries to others. Court records state that at 6:14 p.m. on May 30, a Dodge pickup driven by Swanson collided with a horse-drawn buggy on Highway 73, east of Deer Creek. Three occupants of the buggy were injured and transported by ambulance to an area hospital, with non-life-threatening injuries. Swanson reportedly left the scene of the accident.
Malcolm Charles Adams, 27, of Perham, was charged June 6 with burglary in the third degree, according to Otter Tail County court documents. A resident reportedly saw Adams enter a shed in Perham on June 5 and remove an oil can and chain saw. Adams then left the scene in a van with no license plates. A deputy later stopped the van. Adams will appear in court next on Monday, June 17. Tom Hintgen, Otter Tail County Correspondent
Bill and Penny Fick, the owners of six horses found dead in rural Vergas in February, have each been charged with 21 counts of animal mistreatment in Otter Tail County District Court. After failing to appear at a court hearing May 6, a warrant was issued for their arrests,
Development of a campground near the southeast side of Otter Tail Lake is moving forward. The Otter Tail County Board on June 4 approved a scaled-down proposal that reduces the number of camping units from 186 to 141. Despite strong opposition from nearby lakeshore property owners, board members agreed with the county planning commission, which emphasized that the campsites, near Highways 78 and 5, will be outside the shoreland area. The county board placed conditions on the approval of the plan, as proposed by developers Greg and Beth Swanberg.
Chris Schuelke, director of the Otter Tail County Historical Society, provided an interesting perspective on the history and architecture of Main Street in Perham during a walking tour on May 30. A dozen residents and 16 Perham High School students, accompanied by their instructor, Shelley Bunkowske, took the two-hour tour.
‘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.
Billy Vance Tamkins, 19, of Vergas, was charged with mistreatment of animals last Friday in Otter Tail County District Court. The charges stem from a report in February of neglected horses in rural Vergas. Tamkins’ next court appearance has been scheduled for June 10. Tom Hintgen, Otter Tail County Correspondent
Glen Alan Parsons, 28, of Perham, appeared in Otter Tail County District Court last Wednesday, charged with burglary in the second degree as well as possession of a dangerous weapon and explosives. Parson’s alleged thefts took place along Highway 14, near Richville, and also on Main Street in Vergas. The Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Office said the thefts took place between May 24 and May 27. The next court appearance for Parsons has been scheduled for June 10. Tom Hintgen, Otter Tail County Correspondent