Perham Focus Newsroom
A man who previously made terroristic threats at a motel in Rothsay was sentenced in Otter Tail County District Court on March 8. Christian Duarte-Lopes, 20, of Indianapolis was staying at the motel while working as a member of a tower construction crew. According to court documents, he got into a fight with a fellow worker at the Comfort Zone Motel in Rothsay on Oct. 23, 2012. Duarte-Lopes was sentenced to 30 days in the Otter Tail County Jail. He was also fined $500 and placed on probation for four years, in conjunction with authorities in Indiana.
Perham Health Clinic has introduced two new members of its medical team, Steve Sampson, M.D., and Susan Cariveau, Family Nurse Practitioner. Sampson is board certified in family medicine and has nine years of emergency medicine experience. He attended the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences in Grand Forks, N.D. He also works at Sanford Walk-In Clinic in Fargo, N.D. Sampson is married and has two children. In his spare time, he enjoys woodworking, hunting, racquetball and motorcycling.
Thirteen acts have signed up to participate in the 2013 Interact Community Talent Show in Perham. The show will be held Saturday, March 16 at the high school auditorium, starting at 7 p.m. The public is invited to attend. There is no cost for admission, though free-will offerings will be accepted. All proceeds go to the school’s Interact club, and will be used for Camp RYLA. Perham Dollars will be awarded to the top three acts, with first place winning $50, second place $25, and third $15.
Bigger and better is how planners are describing this year’s St. Henry’s Area School Fun Fair. The fair will be held from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 17, at the Perham Area Community Center. “During the past couple of years, we’ve been able to raise close to $50,000 at each of the Fun Fairs,” said St. Henry’s School Principal Jason Smith. “Many people coming together, as volunteers, make this happen.”
The Lakes Area Home and Cabin Show, held at the Perham Area Community Center this past weekend, was a success. Organizers believe the attendance at this year’s show was nearly twice what it was last year, even though bad weather on Friday night caused some people to get a late start on Saturday. The event featured 100 vendors, including Arvig and the Rotary’s “Taste of Perham” booth. There were also demonstrations from Just For Kix as well as many other attractions and entertainment options.
Mary Chase and Colleen Sazama are once again pounding the pavement in and around Perham to raise awareness of multiple sclerosis (MS) and garner support for their cause. This week, March 11-17, is MS Awareness Week. In a press release to the Perham Focus, the local women said that, “this year we are focusing on building the very thing MS seeks to destroy: connections. We are getting the word out to our family, to our friends and to our community. We are sharing what MS is and how we are doing something about it.”
Freezing rain late last Friday, followed by snowfall the following day, resulted in many accidents across Otter Tail County. The sheriff’s office shared a lengthy accident report on March 11. Officials said sleep deprivation due to Daylight Saving Time was also a contributing factor: statistics show that traffic accidents increase eight percent just after turning the clocks ahead. Several minor accidents took place over the weekend along Interstate 94 near Dalton, Fergus Falls and Rothsay, in southeastern Otter Tail County.
The search for a new school superintendent in New York Mills is complete. An offer has been made to the school’s current high school principal, Blaine Novak, who was among four final candidates. “The selection committee was unanimous in its belief that Blaine stood out as the best candidate for the superintendent position,” said school board member Julie Adams on Monday. “Blaine’s educational knowledge and experience will serve him well in his new role as superintendent.” Each of the four finalists were interviewed over the weekend.
Sherri King and Matthew Kiedty of New York Mills are proud to announce the birth of their son, Isiah King, born March 3, 2013. He weighed 6 pounds, 11 ounces...
Brian and Rebecca (Lindell) Rossum of Frazee are proud to announce the birth of their son, Caden Grant Rossum, born March 4, 2013. He weighed 7 pounds, 8 ounces and...