Perham Focus Newsroom
A vacant house on 380th Avenue, east of Dent, was destroyed by a fire on Saturday. The home had been vacant for several months. The Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Office reported that the owners, early in the morning, had three juveniles at the house who were helping to clean the residence. In a bedroom, one of the workers had a candle burning to provide light because there was no other light source. While the juveniles were in the garage, the homeowner noticed smoke from the bedroom where the candle was lit. The fire quickly got out of control.
“May Peace Prevail on Earth” is the inscription on every Peace Pole in the world. A monument dedicated to promoting peace throughout the world, Peace Poles can be found in 180 countries and on every continent in the world. Rotary District 5580 District Governor, Don Cavalier, has encouraged placing Peace Poles in all the communities of the district.
Kenny Nelson, president and CEO of KLN Family Brands in Perham, is a finalist for the 2013 Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Awards in the Upper Midwest region. The award recognizes outstanding entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities.
Agent Keith Leiran of Perham and Wadena has been named an All American Agent by American Family Insurance Group. He joins a select group of agents who have distinguished themselves through outstanding sales of American Family insurance products. Leiran has been an agent for American Family since December 2010. His offices are located at 104 Market Drive in Perham and 405 Ash Ave. N.W., Ste. 2, in Wadena. Based in Madison, Wis., American Family Insurance offers auto, homeowners, life, health, commercial and farm/ranch insurance in 19 states.
Autism Spectrum Disorder is characterized by an individual’s difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors.
Otter Tail Power Company has entered into a 25-year contract to purchase wind energy from the Ashtabula III wind farm near Valley City, N.D., it was announced last Thursday. The 62.4-megawatt Ashtabula wind farm is owned by a subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources. The contract includes an option for Otter Tail Power to own the wind farm in 10 years. According to Harvey McMahon, Otter Tail Power’s manager of renewable energy construction and operations, this energy purchase was below the cost modeled in the company’s biennial resource plan.
The First National Bank of Ottertail will hold the 10th annual Ottertail Area Trade Show this Saturday, May 18, from 9 a.m. to noon at Thumper Pond Golf Course and Resort in Ottertail. Admission to this event is free. The show will include more than 40 local businesses showcasing products and services offered locally. Some highlights of the day’s events will include free chair massages, free appraisals on coins and currency, tips on how to save money on heating bills, and cosmetic tips and makeovers.
The 2013 Great American Think-Off will be moderated by public television host, John Forde. Forde is the creator of “Mental Engineering,” a weekly program featuring professors and comedians deconstructing television commercials. Regular panelists included the creators of “The Simpsons” and “The Daily Show.” “Mental Engineering” was carried on 100 PBS stations nationwide. Bill Moyers called the program, “the most interesting weekly half hour of social commentary and criticism on television.” Forde has been featured in the New York Times and on “Charlie Rose.” He lives in St Paul, Minn.
Nordic Voices, a concert featuring music from Nordic composers Edvard Grieg and Jean Sibelius, will be presented by the Long Prairie Chamber Orchestra on Saturday, May 18 at 7:30 p.m.
For the 11th year running, Calvary Lutheran Church in Perham will be holding a Trash and Treasure Sale – an event that has been called Perham’s largest garage sale. Members of Calvary have been searching through their homes for the past week, looking for items to sell. On Saturday, May 18, the doors to the fellowship hall will open at 9 a.m. As with any good Lutheran church, the coffee pot will be on.