Perham Focus Newsroom
Gov. Mark Dayton recently made it official that he is backing off from his proposals to expand sales taxes to services like auto work and haircuts. He also is cutting his plan to create a business-to-business sales tax.
Right now, there’s a lot of attention paid to guns, known as a general category labeled “firearms.” Defining the term “firearms” requires us to go back to the first invention of a rocket, a device that owes its existence to baffled Chinese alchemists. They were actually chasing yin and yang, passive and active, in the search for something to eat or drink that would make them immortal. (In China, as I understand it, if you can get yin and yang perfectly balanced, all is possible.) Instead of perfection, they discovered gunpowder.
Both the Perham and Battle Lake boys basketball teams will begin play at the state basketball tournament with a state title already in hand. Both teams were named state academic champions for their respective classes – Perham in Class 2A and Battle Lake in Class A, according to voting by the Minnesota Basketball Coaches Association.
The public is invited to attend a viewing of talent, wardrobe and personal platforms of local Outstanding Teen contestants. Lauren Anderson, Miss Perham Outstanding Teen, Becca Sorlien-Riewer, Miss Frazee Outstanding Teen, and Hailey Jutz, Miss Red River Valley Outstanding Teen, will be showcasing the four points of Miss America Outstanding Teen’s Crown – service, style, scholarship and success – on Sunday, March 24 at the Frazee Event Center at 2 p.m. The three contestants are busy preparing themselves for the Miss Minnesota Outstanding Teen competition, to be held April 6 at the Eden P
The Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation commemorates National Agriculture Week this week, March 17-23, and National Agriculture Day was March 19. This year marks the 40th anniversary of National Agriculture Week, which is celebrated in classrooms and communities across the country. This year’s theme is “Generations Nourishing Generations.”
Learn to make maple syrup – and have fun doing it – this Saturday and Sunday, March 23 and 24 at the Bob Sonnenberg farm just north of New York Mills. Ed Ranson of Sebeka will teach this very easy and old process to anyone who wants to learn. Visit the Sonnenberg farm at 9 a.m. on Saturday to learn how to tap the trees and collect sap; return Sunday to boil the sap into amber sweetness. Cost for the two sessions is $10 per person; no charge to students.
Great food, music, and family-friendly activities are on the schedule for the annual New York Mills Trade Show, coming up this Saturday, March 23. The day’s festivities will run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the New York Mills High School. Admission is free with a donation of a non-perishable food item. Start out the day at a pancake breakfast, served from 9-11 a.m. in the commons area. The cost is $3 per plate. Concessions will also be available throughout the day as a fundraiser for Close-Up.
After an unexpectedly huge turnout last year, organizers are making sure that there will be plenty of eggs to go around at this year’s Easter Egg Hunt in Ottertail. “There are over 2,000 eggs this year,” said Lori Field. “We’re making sure people realize it’s bigger and better.” Field is a member of the Ottertail Business and Community Association, which has planned the egg hunt for the last two years.
One of Minnesota’s best bluegrass bands will perform on Friday, March 22 at the New York Mill School’s James Mann Center for the Performing Arts. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. (doors open at 6:30). There is a cost to attend. Call ahead to reserve a seat, at 385-3339 . Student admission is free. Before the concert, the band will give a workshop on bluegrass music for students at the school.
MOORHEAD – An arbitrator has ruled that Clay County must rehire a sheriff’s deputy who was fired after his superiors said he had lied during an internal investigation of a drunken poolside incident the night before a police dog training session in the Twin Cities. Deputy Ryan Carey told The Forum that his attorney contacted him Tuesday to let him know he would get his job back, plus back pay. “This is positive for me and my family – it’s been tough,” said Carey, who was fired on July 25.