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Benson Superintendent Lee Westrum has been selected to be the next superintendent for Wadena-Deer Creek District 2155. The 43-year-old was offered the position by WDC School Board Chairman Steve Techam on Saturday, after the board voted unanimously in favor of Westrum. Westrum verbally accepted the offer with the understanding it is subject to a pending contract, according to a press release issued by District 2155. Techam said the board hopes to have Westrum under contract by the first week of March.
One dog was killed and two others injured early Sunday when a Northland musher's sled dog team collided with a truck at a road crossing while competing in a race in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. The musher, Frank Moe of Hovland, was not injured in the crash that took place during the annual U.P.
A rural Underwood home burned to the ground last Wednesday evening. No one was injured in the fire, which may have started around the home's heating unit, but officials deemed the house a complete loss. According to a press release from the Otter Tail County Sheriff's Office, dispatch received a report of a house fire at 33567 255th Street at 7:30 a.m. on Feb. 13.
At 65-pounds and a mop of hair, 7-year-old Clancy sleeps at the end of his master's bed every night. "He smells really well but doesn't see very well because he has so much hair that goes right over his eyes," laughed Agnes Larson, the woman who has been Clancy's whole world since he was an 11-week-old puppy. The soft-coated wheaten terrier has always been less of a terror and more of a shaggy-dog lover. "He's a big push over, a baby," said Larson, who has admittedly spoils him.
Renowned performers Prudence Johnson and Dan Chouinard will bring their original production of "Tiptoe Through the '60s" to New York Mills on Saturday, Feb. 23 at 7:30 p.m. A musical history tour of the 1960s, this concert will include more than 300 photographs from the period, with a historical narrative woven through songs and music. Described as "songs and stories from a revolutionary decade," the Minnesota-centric program was developed and written by Johnson and Chouinard, recipients of an Arts Tour grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board.
Sixth grade students from St. Henry's Area School recently decorated Pizza Ranch in Perham for Valentine's Day. They included Caitlin Covington, Colton Ditterich, Dylan Fudge, Gage Grunst, Maggie Ingebrand, John LaFond, Noelle LaFond, Rachel Muer, Kevin Swanson and Hailey Wegscheid.
The Otter Tail County Board of Commissioners, recognizing the impact that tourism has on the economic well-being of the county, has approved spending $30,000 with the Otter Tail Country Tourism Association. Commissioners see the funding as seed money for an updated website and enhanced communications and marketing. Most members of the tourism association, such as resort owners, are based in Otter Tail County. A few are located just outside county lines.
The following local students have been named to the dean's honor list at Concordia College for the first semester of the 2012-13 academic year. To qualify, students must carry a minimum of 12 semester credits and have a grade point average of at least 3.7 on a 4.0 scale. RaeAnna Salo, of New York Mills, daughter of Doug and Becky Salo. Nathan Baker, Perham, son of Bill and Michele Baker. Madelyn Covington, Perham, daughter of James Piecora and Judy Covington. Jessica Speicher, Perham, daughter of Eric and Kellie Speicher. Alicia Luhning, of Ottertail, graduated magna cum laude from St.
Perham High School's Science Research team competed at this year's regional science fair in Moorhead on Feb. 9, bringing home many special awards. Five of the eight team members will be advancing to the state competition in April. Maria Lorenson and Seth Stafki were awarded the Genius Olympiad, which qualifies them to compete in the national fair.
Prairie Wind Middle School held its annual spelling bee last week. First place went to seventh grade student Audrey Swanson, who will advance to the Regional Spelling Bee in Fergus Falls on Tuesday, Feb. 19. If Swanson cannot compete that day, the alternate contestant will be sixth grade student Mason Skorup.