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What would it take to silence those loud trains that so often blow through town? Anywhere from $470,000 to $2.3 million, according to a preliminary engineer's report. The early results of a Quiet Zone Assessment are in, and they show that Perham could make its railroad crossings quieter - and a lot safer - without having to close any intersections. A final report on the assessment has not been submitted yet, but Rick Lane, of SRF Consulting Group out of Fargo, briefed the Perham City Council on the findings at a meeting last week. Councilors hired SRF last August to conduct the assessment,
Perham city leaders have pared down the number of options that people can choose from on a major street improvement project planned for the southwest side of town, taking the idea of a 36-foot-wide street off the table. Residents who attend a public hearing on the matter on Monday will still have a say in whether to keep the affected streets at their current 50-foot width or narrow them down to 44 feet, and can weigh in on the construction of sidewalks. At a meeting last week, city councilors agreed that it wouldn't make much sense to narrow 50-foot-wide streets down as far as 36 feet, but s
St. Henry's Area Catholic School and St. Paul's Lutheran School held various activities for students and families last week in celebration of national Catholic and Lutheran Schools Week. St. Paul's principal Bonnie Stohs said the purpose of the celebration is really that, "We are happy that we are here." St. Henry's students showcased experiments and projects at their annual academic fair. Kids built displays, conducted science experiments or showcased a favorite hobby. Some included a crystal garden, wood-burning samples and a display of a cow-milking parlor.
This will be the last year people can order daffodils from the American Cancer Society, as that particular fundraiser is being phased out after this year. Perham has been supportive of local ACS fundraisers in the past, according to organizers. Daffodil orders will be taken until Sunday, Feb. 10 by calling Dee Anderson at 346-5352.
This photo, from the History Museum of East Otter Tail County, shows people inside a store in Perham in 1922. The owner, whose name is also in the name of the store, is pictured second from left. What store is it? The first person to contact us with the correct answer will get his or her name published in next week's Focus. 'History Mystery' is a weekly feature of the Perham Focus. Working in partnership with the History Museum of East Otter Tail County, we will publish a 'mystery photo' each week, challenging you, our readers, to answer a question about it.
The Yellowjacket Speech Team took fourth place at a tournament in Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton on Saturday - one of the largest tournaments ever held there. The team took first in the category of single A schools. Perham hosts its own tournament this Saturday, Feb. 9 at the high school. Tournament action will start at 9 a.m. with three rounds of competition. Awards will be announced at 1 p.m.
The Perham High School One Act Players took fourth place at a section competition held in Park Rapids on Saturday. The players were able to advance to sections after taking first place at sub-sections in Battle Lake a week earlier. The troupe gave a serious performance of, "The Terezin Promise," a story about kids who try to preserve their poems and drawings while at a Nazi concentration camp.
The Perham Events Committee is holding its annual Chocolate Saturday event this Saturday, Feb. 9. Participating retailers will be offering free chocolate for customers to sample while they shop. Shoppers will also be able to register to win a Chocolate Pearl necklace and earrings set. The set may be viewed at T.A. Gould Jewelers. Look for posters around town and for the ad in today's Focus for more details.
The Perham Lakes Lions will be hosting their 12th annual Mardi Gras fundraiser this Friday, Feb. 8. Held at a new location this year, The Cactus, the event will include a social hour starting at 6 p.m., dinner of chicken, shrimp or steak at 7 p.m., prize giveaways, raffles and more. Lakes Lion Pat Hendrickx said the main raffle prizes will be two half-hogs and three $200 cash prizes, but there will be many more.
A driver attempting to pass an Otter Tail County plow truck in a no-passing zone contributed to a two-vehicle accident near Parkers Prairie last week. According to the Otter Tail County Sheriff's Department, Kyle Hendershot, 29, of Eagle Bend, violated the law when he tried to pass the plow. Traveling eastbound on Highway 46, Hendershot slid on the icy road and lost control of his vehicle. McKenzie Sigfrid, 17, of Parkers Prairie, was westbound and swerved in an attempt to avoid Hendershot's vehicle. The two vehicles collided and entered the ditch on the north side of the highway.