Perham Focus Newsroom
Perham High School held its annual Prom over the weekend, with a theme of “Viva Las Vegas!” Held in the middle school gymnasium on April 27, the scene was one of sparkle and glam as girls and their escorts posed for pictures during the grand march, decked out in their best dresses and tuxedos. Afterward, a Post Prom Party was held at the Cactus. The photos represent only a few of the nearly 200 students who walked in the grand march.
A benefit for Kim and Aaron Veralrud will be held this Sunday, May 5 from noon-4 p.m. at Whiskey River. Proceeds will help defray medical expenses associated with their baby, Bentley’s, heart condition. Bentley passed away March 10. There will be a silent auction and pork feed with all the fixings. Free-will donations will be taken. An account has also been set up at United Community Bank.
The Arvig team of the East Otter Tail Relay for Life will be sponsoring a 5K run and walk, called Run For A Cure, on Saturday, May 4. The race will begin and end at the softball fields north of Perham and will be run on the bike path. All proceeds will go to the American Cancer Society to aide in the fight against cancer. Registration will begin at 7:30 a.m. and the race will start at 8 a.m. There will be separate divisions for runners and walkers, men and women.
The Haining Family, from Branson, Mo., will be appearing in concert at the Basswood Baptist Church in Richville this Friday, May 3 at 7 p.m. Since attending their first acoustic jam in 2001, the Haining Family has gone on to become an award-winning, full-time bluegrass and gospel band, performing from Minnesota to Texas and Indiana to California. The Haining Family’s unique and versatile blend of sweet family harmonies, top-notch bluegrass music and award-winning yodeling allows them to share the gospel of Jesus Christ with a truly joyful noise.
Angela Kay Larson, 30, of Dent, appeared in Otter Tail County District Court on Monday, charged with destruction of a computer network and software system. Court records state that Larson, from Oct. 9 to Oct. 15, 2012, intentionally and without authorization damaged and destroyed a computer system, computer network and computer software at a business in Fergus Falls. Larson allegedly committed the illegal acts after being informed that her hours at work were being reduced.
Kimberly Dawn Ryan, 36, of Fergus Falls, was sentenced April 26 in Otter Tail County District Court on charges of conspiracy to commit a crime and assault in the first degree to commit great bodily harm. Ryan was sentenced to 43 months in the Minnesota Correctional Facility in Shakopee. Credit for time served is 198 days. Her sentence relates to an incident in Pelican Rapids on Oct. 4, 2012. A group of five adults and three juveniles, according to court records, took two vehicles to Pelican Rapids with a plan to obtain drugs and commit murder.
An Underwood man, LeShawn Anderson, age not listed, was injured in a one-vehicle accident near the intersection of Highway 35 and Lazy Loop, west of Phelps Mill and north of Underwood, on Sunday evening. Anderson’s injuries were minor. The Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Office said Anderson lost control, striking a mailbox, county sign and cable junction box. The vehicle then left the road and entered a ditch, ran over a guard rail and came to a stop before entering West Lost Lake. Evidence was collected for suspicion of alcohol being a factor in the accident.
Blankets too close to a space heater started a house fire in rural Frazee on Saturday night. Fire crews from Perham, Vergas and Frazee responded when the call came in, just after 10:30 p.m. on Saturday, from a residence on 428th Avenue. A resident awoke to find blankets near an infrared space heater had burst into flames, according to a press release from the Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Office. The resident was able to exit the home safely.
A grass fire reported at 12:25 p.m. on April 29 near Beaver Dam Road in Dent burned an unoccupied and abandoned trailer home. The Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Office said the fire was extinguished with no reports of injuries. No suspicious circumstances are suspected. Tom Hintgen, Otter Tail County Correspondent
A benefit dinner has been planned for Tom Riewer and his family. Riewer, a Vietnam War veteran, was paralyzed from the chest down earlier this year due to complications from Myasthenia Gravis, an autoimmune disease that affects the muscles and nerves. The benefit will help raise money for necessary medical equipment and to make Riewer’s home wheelchair-accessible. The fundraiser will include a pasta buffet, silent auction, bake sale, and live music from Willy and the Poorboys. It will be held Saturday, May 4 from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. at The Cactus in Perham.