Perham Focus Newsroom
An exhibit of artwork by local artist Jann Kline is available for viewing at the Perham Area Public Library now through the month of June. Kline has lived in Otter Tail County for five years and captures the beauty of the area and its creatures in her photography. The exhibit will be available for viewing in the library’s multi-purpose room during open hours and when the room is not occupied with a scheduled meeting. For more information, call the library at 346-4892.
The Perham Area Public Library will be hosting author Frederick Blanch on Saturday, June 8 at 1 p.m. Blanch will be reading from his book, “Last Words: Frederick’s Binary.” “Last Words” is an account of the author’s travels, trials and travails.
‘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.
Wednesday evening, May 15, I attended the open house at the East Otter Tail History Museum. It was there I learned of the great gift given by John Karvonen to the In Their Own Words Veterans Museum. He came with a complete beautiful furniture donation and the services of Carol, who works at Karvonen’s.
Legislation to keep an important local project on track provided a silver lining to what was an otherwise disappointing series of bills to wrap up the 2013 legislative session. A slimmed-down capital investment bonding bill for $177 million passed the House just a couple of hours before the House adjourned for the session at midnight Monday. That bill is headlined by $109 million for restoring our 108-year old Capitol building.
The Perham United Methodist Church will present “Big Band Swing,” songs of the 1930s and `40s, on Friday, June 7 at 7 p.m. Twenty-one local musicians will participate in this sing-along of some of the greatest songs of the era. Swing, jazz, and big band music became popular in this period of dust, depression and war. Events of the era include creation of the cheeseburger, air conditioning, the Slinky and the microwave. The music program will be followed by refreshments in the “Stage Door Canteen.” There is no cost for admission.
A man was injured last Friday, May 24, in a one-vehicle rollover accident at the intersection of Highways 35 and 44, south of Dent, at 12:06 p.m. The driver, 28-year-old Thomas Caspers II of Vergas, was extricated by rescue workers and taken to Perham Health. He was later airlifted to Sanford Health in Fargo. The Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Office said Caspers was driving southbound when his vehicle ran off the roadway at a curve in the road.
Two thefts were reported in the area last Thursday. The Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Office said tools were taken from a shed near Big McDonald Lake, northwest of Dent and south of Vergas. The call came in at 2:35 p.m. on May 23. Another theft took place on Nevada Drive, west of Urbank and near Inspiration Peak, with the call coming in at 3:51 p.m. on May 23. Thieves entered a vacant home and took fishing rods, tackle boxes, hunting and fishing gear and a heater. Tom Hintgen, Otter Tail Correspondent
A driver, late last week, escaped injury after hitting the ditch at the intersection of Highways 13 and 146, northeast of Perham near Big Pine Lake. The Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Office said the driver, whose name has not been released, had become nauseated after a tooth extraction, later passing out in the car, which hit the ditch. The victim was checked by members of the Perham Ambulance crew, and was found to be in good physical condition. The vehicle was not damaged. Tom Hintgen, Otter Tail County Correspondent
Sunday, May 26, was a somewhat cold and windy day, but it didn’t stop the warmth people felt in rural Richville for native sons and daughters who fought for their country during times of war. Both men and women who served in the Armed Forces were remembered during a Memorial Day ceremony at the Richville Cemetery. Conducting the ceremony were the Richville Women’s Relief Corps and the Dent American Legion Post 148. A roll c