Perham Focus Newsroom
Three new board members have joined the United Way of Otter Tail County. Tracy Bieger is a member of the Perham community and is employed as the Director of Youth...
East Otter Tail County is about to gets its own version of “Dancing With the Stars.” Even people who don’t usually watch this popular ABC TV dance competition won’t want to miss the local performance, which will pair some familiar faces from around the area with local dancers. Audience members will have the chance to vote for their favorites. A fundraiser for the East Otter Tail Relay for Life, “Dancing With the Stars” is slated to take place Saturday, April 13 at the Perham High School Auditorium.
Heart of the Lakes Elementary School will hold its annual carnival on Friday, April 5 from 4-7 p.m. The fundraiser, which is in its 11th year, will feature kid-friendly games and activities, food, prizes, silent auctions, a raffle and more. This is the biggest fundraiser of the year for HOTL. Last year’s carnival raised $27,000.
A Perham High School student is a top 10 finalist in the 2013 Chevy Scholarship Program. Judges selected Jillian Burns, a senior, from a pool of applicants. Area high school juniors and seniors nominated themselves or were nominated by someone else for the chance to win a $5,000 scholarship or one of nine other $500 awards. The winner of the $5,000 award will be chosen by the public, through an online vote. Votes may be cast once per day now through April 1 on Facebook, at www.facebook . com/certifiedheartlandchevydealers. The winner will be announced on April 8.
The Yellowjacket Speech Team competed against 400 other students in Underwood Saturday, taking second place out of 15 teams. The win ended the team’s regular season action. Sub-Sections will be on April 6 and Sections April 13. The Speech Expo has been set for Monday, April 1 with a spaghetti dinner and desserts at 5:30 p.m. in the Perham High School commons, spotlight senior performances in the auditorium at 6 p.m., and all competitor performances in classrooms at 6:45 p.m. The expo will feature 13 categories of fine arts performances, and is open to the public.
The Perham High School 5th Street Band wrapped up their year playing at Sunday’s welcome home celebration for the state gymnastics and boys basketball teams at the high school auditorium. This year’s band started playing together in August at a class reunion. “It’s been just a treat,” instructor Kevin Kosiak said. “We’re a little sad this is over. We like doing this stuff.” “Phenomenal,” Perham Head Basketball Coach Dave Cresap said of the band.
A New York Mills man has been sentenced for disorderly conduct after dumping rotten milk on a minor’s face. Greg David Karvonen, age 44, was sentenced to 10 days in the Otter Tail County Jail, stayed for one year. He also must pay a fine of $385 and perform 25 hours of community service with the Ronald McDonald Ride, according to Otter Tail County Court documents. Karvonen initially pled not guilty to charges of assault in the fifth degree and disorderly conduct; March 6 he amended his disorderly conduct plea to guilty, and the assault charge was dismissed.
Stephanie Rose Schmitt, 21, of Prior Lake, Minn., was sentenced in Otter Tail County District Court on March 15, stemming from previous thefts in Otter Tail County. Schmitt will serve 90 days in the county jail, with 62 days credited for time already served. She also was placed on probation for 10 years, with monitoring by the Minnesota Department of Corrections. Schmitt had been linked to thefts at Rush Lake in April 2012, a stolen ATV near Ottertail and storage locker thefts at 460th Avenue in central Otter Tail County.
Two guns were stolen from a residence northeast of New York Mills on Sunday. The theft was called in to the Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Office at 10:24 a.m. March 24. A 30/30 Winchester and pistol were reported stolen from a home on Curve Road. The day before that, burglars stole tools, chainsaws and other items from a farm shop and nearby semi-trailer at 475th Street, northwest of Perham. The thefts were reported to the sheriff’s office at 3:49 p.m. on Saturday.
Devon Chris Jean Aberle, 19, of Dent, was sentenced for theft in Otter Tail County District Court on March 21. One day in jail was served and a one-year sentence was stayed for two years. Aberle will be on unsupervised probation for two years, and will pay a fine of $250. Aberle had previously borrowed a vehicle and did not return it. Voice mail and text messages left at the time were not returned, and a warrant was later issued. Tom Hintgen, Otter Tail County Correspondent