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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.
Shalyn Katheryn Sauceda, age 20, formerly of Perham, was sentenced Feb. 4 on a felony charge of burglary in the second degree. According to Otter Tail County Court records, Sauceda's sentence of 28 months in the Minnesota Correctional Facility in Shakopee was stayed for 10 years. She will be on probation for that same period of time. Sauceda has fulfilled a 90-day sentence in the county jail, due to time already served.
Perham is moving forward with plans for some major street, sewer and water improvements following two public hearings on Monday. About 15 people attended the hearings to share their opinions, ask questions and voice concerns about two separate projects planned for part of the southwest neighborhood and downtown. Assessment estimates released Monday reveal what affected property owners may end up paying for the improvements. Totals range from nearly $12,000 to just under $7,500 for those on the impacted southwest streets, and from $4,500 to $1,500 for impacted properties downtown.
By next summer, the site of the old white cattle barns along 3rd Ave. SE could be under the ownership of a new developer. Perham city councilors voted Monday to move ahead with advertising the sale of the land. Bids will open on the 1.14-acre parcel at 2 p.m. April 3, and, with council approval, the highest bidder would take possession of the property within 45 days after that. A minimum bid has been set for $150,000, with $5,000 in earnest money required. After many years of using the land for their cattle barns, the East Otter Tail County Fair Board is vacating the lot.
The Freezin' for a Reason Polar Plunge was held Saturday as a part of Perham's annual Freeze Fest. The event timed out well with the weather, happening not long after a string of below zero days and just before Sunday's blizzard. In addition to the jump, there was also an after-party at Zorbaz, a pancake breakfast and 5K race in the morning, a fishing derby, and hockey tournaments.
Perham Activities Director Fred Sailer has been selected by a group of peers as the 2012-2013 Class A Minnesota Athletic Administrator of the year. Sailer has been recognized for 16 years of Service as an Activities Administrator at Perham High School. Sailer earned his Associate of Arts Degree from Fergus Falls Community College in 1975. He went on to get his BS degree from Bemidji State University in 1977. Fred started his career working for Fergus Falls Community College in 1977 as the Assistant football coach and part time physical education instructor.
This photo, from the 1967 New York Mills Homecoming Festival, pictures members of the homecoming court. Who was the Homecoming King that year? Bonus: name the queen, too.
Minnesota is doing better than most neighboring states, Gov. Mark Dayton told legislators and Minnesotans last Wednesday night in his third State of the State address. And it is doing better than two years ago, he added. "Minnesota's job growth in 2012 was the 12th best among all 50 states; and we outperformed three of our four neighbors," Dayton said during a 48-minute speech that was politely received by lawmakers. "Iowa ranked 30th best; South Dakota was 44th." He continued a rivalry with Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, saying Wisconsin, "helped bring up the rear at 42nd.
Though all this snow has caused the United Lakes & Trail Riders Association Snowmobile Club to make some adjustments to their annual rally, it'll still be a perfect day for a vintage ride. "With this snow, I'm afraid we won't be parking on the lake, but hopefully the city will have the fairgrounds plowed out," Wayne Schlauderaff said with a laugh. "It'll be good riding, it just takes a little more effort." The 10th annual ULTRA Vintage Rally and Swap Meet is scheduled for this Saturday, making it an official Polar Fest event for the first time, on Detroit Lake across from Zorbaz. Registrat
Darrell Dey is a self-described hoarder. He is also a collector and tinkerer of many machines. He started out collecting and restoring old tractors and Maytag washers. "I needed something for the winters," the Vergas man said. And thus he started collecting vintage snowmobiles about 25 years ago. He said he has multiple outbuildings filled with machines and parts, and he's done purchasing any more.