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At the request of some affected property owners, ditch viewers are taking another look at some properties along Ditch 25, near Perham, as part of the redetermination of benefits process. Ditch 25, which is part of a lake outlet plan now under appeal in court, could at some time be repaired or upgraded beyond its basic needs, at the expense of area property owners. Ditch viewers, Otter Tail County Board members and other county officials met with affected property owners at a public hearing Feb. 4 to answer questions about how benefits are assigned to different parcels of land.
Gardens, maple sugar and conversations about the end of life are among the many topics to be addressed in classes at the Continental Divide Folk School in New York Mills this winter and spring. Among the season's classes is a session on putting a garden in, led by community-supported agriculture producer Kathy Connell of Red Fern gardens near Sebeka. Connell's session will be held at the New York Mills Regional Cultural Center on Saturday, Feb. 23 at 10 am.
"So the cones are the nails? And the cupcakes must be... fingers?" That was the comment from my nine-year-old son last weekend as he checked out his brother and sister's birthday cake for the first time. He was thinking too hard, of course. The cones were in fact just cones and the cupcakes represented scoops of ice cream. In my nine-year-old's defense, though, I've had more than one birthday cake that the observer had to think creatively about in order to understand.
It's been a long winter, so I was out in the machine shed, checking batteries, shoveling some snow, being bored with winter, but still, a little grateful that I didn't have to mow grass yet. I heard sobbing from over in the corner. It was John Deere the Riding Mower, crying his heart out. Blackie Blazer the Chevy Snow Plow, who was parked next to John Deere the Riding Mower, looked at me and shrugged his fenders, said: "I don't know what's wrong with him, but he's sure upset." He looked over at John Deere, then back at me, said: "Can we go plow some snow?" Sure, I said.
The Otter Tail County GOP convened at Thumper Pond in Ottertail on Saturday to select new leaders for the party's executive committee. More than 120 delegates, alternates, and guests attended. Will Blasczyk of Dunn Township was elected to be presiding chair of the convention. Reports were heard from District 8 Senator Bill Ingebrigtsen, District 8A Representative Bud Nornes and 8B Representative Mary Franson on matters and legislation before the State Legislature. Seventh Congressional District chairman Craig Bishop gave an update on projects and activities in the district.
Completion of Phase One of the Otter Tail County Courthouse remodeling project has been pushed back from Feb. 1 to April 15. The extra time will allow contractors to deal with any unexpected issues that may arise from the building's old electrical, plumbing and other systems. Remodeling includes second floor renovations for court administration and the addition of a new courtroom. County employees will have a secure judicial corridor and connection to the court functions on the third floor of the justice center.
Do you sing? Dance? Tell funny stories? No matter what your talent is, the time is now to sign up for the 2013 Interact Community Talent Show. Those interested may register at the Perham High School office or email their name, talent and phone number to firstname.lastname@example.org . The talent show will be held Saturday, March 16 at the high school auditorium. Admission is free, though free-will offerings will be accepted. All proceeds go to the school's Interact Club. Perham Dollars will be awarded to the top three acts ($50, $25 and $15).
Maplewood State Park's one-mile ski trail will be lighted with 150 candles for a Candlelight Ski event this Saturday night. The public is invited to ski, showshoe or just stand around the campfire and enjoy chili, bars and hot drinks. Chili will be served at the Trail Center starting at 5 p.m. The trail will be lighted through 8:30 p.m. Participants will need a ski pass, which is available at the park, along with a Minnesota Park Sticker. With questions, call Maplewood at 218-863-8383.
It's a look into the modern African diaspora in Minnesota. The surprising appearance of a charming, magical African leads a modern interracial couple to a better understanding and appreciation of the experience of immigrants to Minnesota from Liberia, Ethiopia and Somalia, and helps them consider how to connect with and celebrate everyone's heritage. Presented by Mixed Blood Theatre, of Minneapolis, this play, "African America," was written by Warren Bowles. It will be performed at the New York Mills Regional Cultural Center on Friday, Feb. 22 at 7:30 p.m.
This Sunday at 10 a.m. and again at 6 p.m., Northwoods Assembly Church in Perham will be hosting Waled Shoebat, a former terrorist with the Palestine Liberation Organization, or PLO. Shoebat was born in Bethlehem and raised in Jericho in a strong Muslim family. The Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, who conspired with Hitler to liquidate the Jews, was an occasional guest in Shoebat's home as a friend of his grandfather. Shoebat, like so many others, joined the PLO and became indoctrinated with the group's goal of murdering Jews and destroying Israel.