Perham Focus Newsroom
Kids are invited to take part in a new, free program being offered this summer at the Perham Area Public Library, called Clown Academy. This three-day program is open to kids in second through seventh grades, and will be led by Bob Jenson of Princeton, Minn. (a.k.a. Friendly the Clown). It will run July 30-Aug. 1, and will include two six-hour days full of clowning instruction, culminating in a clowning performance for the community.
Tom Berg, author of “Minnesota’s Miracle – Lessons from the Government that Worked,” will be the keynote speaker at a DFL Senate District 8 event at The Peak Supper Club in Clitherall on Thursday, April 25. Berg served in the Minnesota House of Representatives from 1971-78. His book serves as a civics lesson and legislative primer – a living history account that offers suggestions and hope as well as hard truth and cold facts.
Many baby boomers who would normally take a full retirement at age 62 are working longer. This is at least partly due to people living longer and healthier, which enables them to do more of what they really enjoy -- and that requires more financial resources. Chris Farrell, editor of “Marketplace Money,” a program heard by millions on National Public Radio, spoke on this subject April 2 during the Bigwood Lecture Series at M-State in Fergus Falls. The title of his address was “Work-tirement.”
Perham Rotary Club’s Four Way Test Winners this year were Matt Formanek (1st place), Lexi Richter (2nd place) and Destiny Mitchell (3rd place). Each participant is asked to write an essay on a subject of interest and then apply the Four Way Test to that essay. The Four Way Test is as follows: 1) Is it the truth? 2) Is it fair to all concerned? 3) Will it build goodwill and better friendships? 4) Will it be beneficial to all concerned?
Otter Tail County may be making some changes to its ditch system in the future, including combining some ditches and adding buffer strips to any ditches not already equipped with them. Recommendations concerning the county’s 54 operational ditches were submitted to the county board of commissioners last week by County Ditch Inspector Kevin Fellbaum.
Rohde Insurance Services of Fergus Falls was recently named to the Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Company President’s Club for 2013 as a top agency for the company. Recognized by Grinnell Mutual President and CEO Larry Jansen, Rohde Insurance ranks among the company’s top 50 agencies and 11 farm mutual companies from 1,700 independent agents in 12 Midwestern states, in outstanding production and profitability over a five-year period.
The Perham Area Cruisers recently donated $1,000 to area non-profit organizations, including the Boys and Girls Club of the Perham Area, Hospice of the Red River Valley, Kinship of the Perham Area, Lakeland Hospice, New York Mills Area Food Shelf, Perham Food Shelf, Productive Alternatives, Relay for Life and Someplace Safe. Donations were generated through the Cruisers’ annual car show, held the second week of July. The summer event typically attracts people from around the area, who attend to showcase their cars and take a look at other collectible vehicles.
The Otter Tail County Board of Commissioners on April 2 approved a resolution awarding the sale of $19.3 million in waste disposal revenue bonds to finance improvements to the refuse burner in Perham. The burner, operated by Otter Tail County and three adjoining counties, is also referred to as the Perham Resource Recovery Facility. The low bid of 3.22 percent came from Baird of Milwaukee, Wis. The county will pay bond investors over a 20-year period.
APPLAUSE to the state tournament runs from the Perham boys basketball and gymnastics teams. Neither team was favored to win a section title. Both defeated higher-ranked opponents to make repeat trips to Minneapolis, joining members of the boys swim team and the wrestling team and capping a very successful winter season for the Yellowjackets. A PAUSE to Ol’ Man Winter, who needs a sunny vacation as much as everyone else living above the 44th parallel.
Much has been written about the long-term benefits of high quality early education and all day kindergarten, especially for poor children. Research abounds to support investments in young learners as a critical way to close achievement gaps and improve student outcomes. Governor Dayton’s budget contains significant new investments for both early childhood education and all day kindergarten, and every sign indicates that substantial investments for early learning will be coming out of the legislature as well.