Perham Focus Newsroom
Charges are pending against a 28-year-old Pelican Rapids man who drove his vehicle off the roadway and struck two approaches, at one point sending his vehicle into the air. The driver, Jeffrey Kugler, suffered non-life-threatening injuries in the crash. Alcohol is believed to have been a factor. The one-vehicle accident occurred at 2:23 a.m. Saturday, June 1, along County Road 10 near Elizabeth. The Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Office said Kugler was traveling westbound when his 1998 Hyundai drifted off the roadway and struck an approach, sending the vehicle air-born.
APPLAUSE to all the local graduates who threw their hats into the air at recent commencement ceremonies. Nearly 120 students in Perham and 50 in New York Mills graduated this year, and are now preparing for the next phase of their lives – whether that be college, a career, traveling, or something altogether different. Whatever the future holds for each of these graduates, we at the Focus want to wish them all the best of luck.
This letter is in response to Jack Zeleski’s editorial article in last week’s Perham Focus. I take exception to one particular sentence: “And there is no question some religious organizations that sponsor troops will cut ties with Scouting because of the overt admission of gay boys, as they mask bigotry with piety.” As a regular church-going person with a strong faith in God, I live a life of integrity by standing by my beliefs. And those beliefs include treating all people with dignity and respect regardless of sexual orientation.
I understand that Jack Zeleski was an Eagle Scout, but I also was involved in this awesome organization. In response to Zeleski, I would like to point out what the big deal is about the issue between gays and the Boy Scouts of America.
I’d like to start off by thanking all those who came to my 5k Run/Walk this past Saturday morning, and those who donated to the American Diabetes Association. Despite the cold rainy weather, those who came helped me raise $370 for diabetes research and education.
As anyone who’s been in Perham over the last couple weeks has undoubtedly noticed, the foul odor from the wastewater treatment center has been strong – and doesn’t seem to be going away. The city is currently working on a major expansion at the treatment plant, which holds the promise of fixing the odor problem for good.
Apostolic Lutheran Home Services of West Central Minnesota will be holding special services and a Bible study June 14-16 at Finn Creek Museum in New York Mills. The Bible study will be held Friday, June 14 at 7:30 p.m. Services will be Saturday and Sunday, June 15 and 16, at 10:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Communion will be served on Sunday morning, and noon and evening meals will be served.
The youth of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church will be holding a pulled pork dinner fundraiser at the church this Saturday, June 8, starting at 5:30 p.m. The event will also include silent auctions throughout the evening and a live auction starting at 7 p.m. All proceeds from the fundraiser will go toward the youth of St.
Northwoods Assembly of God in Perham will be the site of two special events this weekend. First, on Saturday, June 8 at 7 p.m., Brian Hill, a worship leader from Crosspoint (formerly Community Alliance) will lead a time of worship about marriage. Called “Committed,” the event will focus on God’s model for marriage and marital conduct.
The 2013 International Turtle Races have officially begun in Perham. The racing season kicked off this Wednesday, June 5, and will continue through the last Wednesday in August. Races are held every Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. at the park next to Perham City Hall. Registration starts at 10 a.m. Every participant receives a ribbon and a prize bag full of goodies donated by local businesses.