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Britney Lockhart, of Perham, was the winner of the 2013 Chocolate Saturday promotion in Perham. She won a Chocolate Pearl necklace and earrings set from T.A. Gould Jewelers. For Chocolate Saturday, participating retailers handed out free chocolates to customers on Feb. 9. Customers also had the chance to register to win the jewelry set.
Front 20 Outfitters, LLC Fly Shop in downtown Perham is offering free fly tying classes. The classes will be held March 2 and March 16 from 9:30-11 a.m. They are limited to six people per class. To sign up, call 218-640-3163 or 346-3871. These classes will provide an opportunity for those interested in fly tying to learn, share and have fun tying. The classes are designed to introduce people to the sport of fly fishing as well as to fly tying.
This photo pictures the last steam engine to run through Perham. On what date, in what year, did this Northern Pacific train pass through town? Congratulations to Len Hotakainen, who was the first to recognize the church in last week's History Mystery photo as the Apostolic Lutheran Church on the south side of new York Mills. Maria Bachim also answered correctly, adding that her mother, Esther (Niska) Underdahl, was 12 years old at the time the photo was taken, and she went with her parents, Walter and Signe Niska, to watch the church being moved into town from the country.
Norman and Lola Hayden were crowned as the Perham Senior King and Queen earlier this month at the senior center. The couple will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary on June 29. They have three children, 10 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. The duo will be honored in the Turtle Fest Parade this summer.
A vehicle fire on Highway 33, north of Dalton, was extinguished by the Dalton Fire Department after an emergency call came in at 3:39 p.m.on Feb. 21. The owner of the vehicle was plowing snow when a transmission cooler line failed, causing fluid to spray onto hot engine and exhaust parts. This ignited the engine compartment. The vehicle was a total loss.
A Dalton woman was arrested after assaulting an Otter Tail County Sheriff's Deputy on Feb. 21. Law enforcement had been called to a residence where a woman was believed to be in physical danger after taking prescription pain killers while at the same time using alcohol. The woman, who has not been identified, was checked out at Lake Region Hospital in Fergus Falls and later booked for assault in the fourth degree at the Otter Tail County Jail.
One man was injured and another man arrested as the result of a car accident in Perham. On Feb. 15, a south bound car on County Road 51 ran a stop sign and T-boned an east bound car on Main Street, according to the Perham Police Department. Police said the south bound car was driven by 22-year-old Tyler Dewitt. When the responding officer did a record search, Dewitt was found to have an active Becker County Warrant. He was arrested and transported to Becker County Jail. The east bound car was driven by Steven Wendt, a 65-year-old Vergas man.
William Lee Erickson, 38, of Richville, appeared in Otter Tail County district court on Feb. 15, charged with criminal sexual conduct with a minor. Charges relate to an incident on May 28, 2012, at an undisclosed location. Some information was kept confidential due to the involvement of a minor. Until his next court appearance, Erickson was ordered by the judge to have no contact with persons under the age of 18, unless he is supervised. Work release will be authorized if Erickson meets certain requirements of the Otter Tail County Sheriff's Office.
Otter Tail County continues to see a rise in gun applications, with many people surmising a link to the national debate on Second Amendment rights. On Feb. 22, the county sheriff's office reported five permit to carry applications, three permits to purchase and two handgun renewals. This was for the previous day, on Feb. 21. Permit to carry applications must be renewed every five years, and applicants must first take classroom training. Permit to purchase renewals take place every year.
Applications for the 2013 Mike Rohde Spirit Scholarship Award are now available. One $1,500 scholarship will be awarded to a youth in Otter Tail County who is pursuing an education beyond the secondary level. This scholarship was founded in 2002 by the Mike Rohde Spirit Scholarship Award, the Fergus Falls Sertoma Club and the Rohde family. After Mike's untimely death of a hereditary heart disease in 2000 at age 51, the scholarship was established in his name.