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The proposed establishment of a campground near the southeast side of Otter Tail Lake continues to meet opposition from area lake residents. The campground, tentatively called Homestead at Otter Tail, would be located near the junction of Highways 5 and 78. Developers are Greg and Beth Swanberg; their plans call for 185 recreational camping units. An Environmental Assessment Worksheet (EAW) on the development was recently forwarded to the State Environmental Quality Board.
When a garbage truck couldn't make it down the road to get to one family's Otter Tail Lake home after a recent snowstorm, the kids came to the rescue. Justice Aus and Dena Fischer, with parental supervision by Doug Fischer, got the garbage cans, strapped them onto a sled and pulled them up to the garbage truck behind their 4-wheeler.
Perham High School math teacher Alyssa Rosenow met President Barack Obama recently when he flew into the Air Force Base at the Minneapolis/St. Paul Airport. Rosenow described the opportunity as "eye opening." She said, "When the presidential plane landed, the President jogged over to us and greeted us with nothing less than energy and a warm, personable attitude. He delivered handshakes and high-fives and even passed out a Challenge Coin to a Vietnam Veteran."
Perham city leaders have submitted an application for a Safe Routes to School grant. The application, mailed out just this week, requests funding for a safer pedestrian path between the schools and the Perham Area Community Center - a route often traveled by kids. The grant would also fund a new, safer pathway from the middle and elementary school bus corral area to Coney Street, as well as new paths from the middle and elementary schools to 9th Street SW. In an open house-style meeting about Safe Routes to School last Wednesday, City Manager Kelcey Klemm said kids are already traveling be
Andrea Lund and Seth Grimm are happy to announce their engagement and forthcoming marriage. Andrea is the daughter of Daryl and Brenda Lund, Richville. She graduated from the University of Idaho and is currently employed at The Nature Conservancy, Morris, Minn. Seth is the son of Rick and Jill Grimm, Verona, Wis. He graduated from the University of Minnesota, Mankato. He is employed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Morris. A June 1 wedding is planned in Glenwood, Minn. Friends are welcome to come help celebrate at 8 p.m. at Lakeside Ballroom, Glenwood.
Joe and Jill (Bertrand) Esser of Perham are happy to announce the birth of their daughter, Sophia Anne Marie Esser, born Feb. 3, 2013. She weighed 8 pounds, 11 ounces and measured 21 inches long. She was delivered by Dr. Jaimie Deraney at Perham Health. Sophia is welcomed home by Gavin (12). Grandparents are Joe and Becky Esser, Perham; Pat Bertrand, Lake Park, Minn.; and Ken Bertrand, Clearwater, Fla. Great-grandparents are Delores Anderson, Perham; and Audrey Esser, Perham.
Alisha Evans and Gage Barnes of Wadena are proud to announce the birth of their son, David James Barnes, born at 6:32 p.m. on Feb. 5, 2013. He weighed 6 pounds, 7 ounces and was 19 inches long. He was delivered by Dr. Heidi Olson at Tri-County Health Care in Wadena.
Joshua and Francesca Bakken are the parents of Anna Lea Bakken, born Jan. 31, 2013, at Essentia Health St. Mary's - Detroit Lakes, Minn., weighing 7 pounds, 5 ounces.
Chad Matthew Munson, 40, of Perham, was sentenced Feb. 4 following felony charges of DWI in the first degree. Munson, who was arrested in Otter Tail County last August, had previous multiple convictions for operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated in the state of Wisconsin, according to Otter Tail County Court records. He was sentenced to serve 180 days in the county jail. Credit for time already served is 34 days. Munson will be on supervised probation for seven years and he will pay a $1,000 fine.
Kenneth Jeremy Colling, age 39 of Ogema, was sentenced Feb. 4 following a felony charge of assault by strangulation relating to a domestic assault in Perham that took place last November. Colling was sentenced to serve 60 days in Otter Tail County jail, according to court documents. Credit for time served is 42 days. Successful completion of four years of probation will result in a misdemeanor conviction. Colling must also pay a fine of $500.