Perham Focus Newsroom
Additional law enforcement patrol cars were dispatched to an area northeast of Perham following complaints of reckless driving while school buses were stopped to pick up students. The location was near the intersection of Highways 13 and 8, on the north sides of Little Pine and Big Pine Lakes. The Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Office received reports of at least two vehicles not stopping for school bus stop arms. Drivers reportedly went around the stop arms at a high rate of speed, even as children were standing on the side of the road.
A driver in Ottertail who fell asleep at the wheel and hit a tree escaped with only minor injuries. The accident took place at 7:43 a.m. on March 29, at the intersection of Donalds Road and South Maple Avenue. Assisting at the scene were deputies of the Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Department. Tom Hintgen, Otter Tail County Correspondent
A Fargo resident reported the theft of a wallet and baseball jersey at Thumper Pond Lodge in Ottertail. The incident was called in to the Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Office at 9:06 p.m. on March 30. At press time, there were no suspects in the case. Tom Hintgen, Otter Tail County Correspondent
Omnibus hearings for the owners of horses involved in a local neglect case will be held in May. An initial hearing on the case was held in Otter Tail County District Court on Monday. Charges were previously filed against the owners of 11 neglected horses that were taken from a farmstead north of Perham in November 2012.
A Garfield, Minn. man was sentenced last week for illegal development activities on federally protected wetlands. According to a press release from the Federal Wildlife Service, 49-year-old James Bosek was sentenced on March 27 for constructing a road through land that he knew was a federally protected wetland basin. United States Magistrate Judge Leo I. Brisbois sentenced Bosek to two years of probation on one misdemeanor count of filling a wetland that was subject to a federal easement under the National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act.
The Otter Tail County Board of Commissioners, striving to strike a balance between conservation and economic development, took up the subject of long-term conservation planning at a meeting March 26. Addressing the board on this subject was Craig Johnson of rural Dent, a retired college professor whose background includes land reclamation, forestry and wildlife planning.
Ed and Alisyn Keil of Perham were recognized for their commitment to leadership and the community during an Emerging Leadership Program banquet on March 23 at the University of Minnesota...
With this cold weather still hanging on, I hope you are finding ways to stay warm and active. On Saturday, April 6, I will be going down to the Twin Cities to watch our very own Miss Perham’s Outstanding Teen, Lauren Anderson, compete in Miss Minnesota’s Outstanding Teen pageant along with 14 other amazing young women.
So far this year, a total of 10 state trooper squad cars have been struck while parked during assists to other motorists, the Minnesota State Patrol reported today. Of those accidents, four occurred in March, with the tenth squad hit last Friday, March 29. Two troopers have been injured in the crashes. The March crashes occurred:
The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) is alerting consumers to avoid consuming smoked pork and beef pepper sticks produced by Belgrade Meat Center, Belgrade, Minn., after routine product sampling discovered the products to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes bacteria. There are no reports of illnesses associated with consumption of these products.