Perham Focus Newsroom
ST. PAUL - Senate Democrats would not go as far as their House colleague in raising taxes in a budget framework they announced this morning. The House proposal calls for a surcharge on Minnesota’s richest of the rich as well as raising taxes on couples earning more than $250,000 in taxable income a year, the Senate plan apparently only includes the permanent increase, not the surcharge. The Senate plan does include more extensive property tax relief than the House or Gov. Mark Dayton.
FARGO – City officials here plan to fill 500,000 more sandbags as worries mount that flooding this spring could be as bad as it was in 2010 and 2011. City Administrator Pat Zavoral said Fargo will open sandbag central to add to its existing stock of 750,000 bags. The concern is the longer the cold weather stalls melting, the more likely it is that heavy April rains could wash away the region’s deep snowpack in a hurry. “It’s always better to be prepared,” Zavoral said. “We don’t want to be caught short on bags.”
Workers are offered two hours of overtime work daily and six hours on Saturday. We have not run more than one shift since the big layoffs between the 2007 and 2010 contracts, I think, Matter recalled “The local management and our plant manager Rick Lewis—they all came up through the rank and file,” Matter said. “We’re like a big family and we all get along,” Maves said. “The local workers, the local management, the business agent for Local 10 —Ricky England —we all get along. The concessions we took were kind of like taking it for the team...”
John Patrick Flatley, 53, of Perham, appeared in Otter Tail County District Court March 11 to face charges of illegal firearms possession. This follows a previous discharge from the armed forces under dishonorable conditions. A search warrant in Perham, conducted Jan. 18 by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, led to the discovery of a Model 94 Winchester lever action 35.30 rifle, Model 15A Stevens gun and Model 742 Remington gun, according to court records.
An expansion to the municipal solid waste incinerator in Perham is a step closer now that the competitive bonding bid process is underway. The Otter Tail County Board of Commissioners will review competitive bids at its April 2 meeting. With the end of the environmental and permit process in sight, work is expected to begin this spring on the project, which will cost an estimated $18.5 million.
High school might just be harder today. Not necessarily on the academics side. That’s still up for debate. But on the social side, no doubt. Sure, kids have always been bullied and teased, beat up and rumored to have done this and that. That’s part of growing up, hardening our innocent selves in preparation for the hard truths of the world in which we live. But social media has really upped the ante.
ST. PAUL – Minnesota schools would be the biggest beneficiaries of a state House Democratic budget proposal that goes beyond the governor’s plan to increase taxes on the rich. Minnesota House Speaker Paul Thissen, DFL-Minneapolis, unveiled a budget outline Tuesday that accepts Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton’s plan to boost taxes on the richest 2 percent of Minnesotans, and he went further by suggesting a temporary surcharge, probably on those earning more than $500,000.
Chairman Michael Paymar of St. Paul said he and fellow Democratic Rep. Debra Hilstrom of Brooklyn Center agreed to kill Paymar’s bill but include background checks for all gun show firearm sales in a new proposal they said will be ready later this week. “Like any compromise, I think people will be disappointed on both sides,” Paymar said. But “we have an agreement the gun show loophole will be plugged,” which he called “a big step.”
MOORHEAD – The head of the Northwestern Minnesota Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America says he and his flock “are relieved to be at this point,” after the synod’s former bookkeeper ap-peared in court for the first time here Tuesday. Robert Duane Larson, 61, is accused of swindling the synod out of $600,000, much of it spent on remodeling his Wolverton home. Larson is charged with one count of theft and four counts of check forgery in Clay County District Court, all felonies that carry a potential 20-year-sentence if convicted.
BISMARCK – Prosecutors are considering criminal charges against the owner of 100 cattle found dead last week in McIntosh County, at least some of which starved to death. Logan County State’s Attorney Gerald Kuhn said Tuesday it is too early in the investigation to say if criminal charges will be filed, but autopsies on three of the animals showed they died from starvation. Kuhn said there are more cattle in the owner’s possession, many in poor shape and others in good condition.