The Perham-Dent School Board gave the go-ahead Wednesday for district floor and roof repair projects. The board voted unanimously to approve a $54,000 flooring project at the Heart of the Lakes Elementary School, which will remove carpet that has been in place for 22 years. Carpet will be replaced with an epoxy coating, expected to double the life of the floor. Fred Sailer, building and grounds supervisor, said the flooring will not hold bacteria and mold, as carpet does. A roofing project at the high school was also approved, accepting a bid of $86,845.
Prom can be as simplistic or extravagant as a couple chooses - and Deanna Stromme said she's seen it all. Owner of Elegance by LinDee in Perham, Stromme has come to expect the pre-prom rush, which typically starts a couple months before the big day. That's when the girls first start to make their way to the shop, browsing for the perfect dress and accessories to go along with it. It's during that time Stromme knows she has to have everything in stock and be ready to keep a steady flow of new earrings and necklaces on display.
The Memorial Day weekend graduation tradition in Perham will live on. The Perham School Board voted down a measure 4-3 on April 20 that would have changed the graduation ceremony date to the Sunday following the last day of school. The senior graduation ceremony has traditionally been held on Memorial Day weekend, before the last official day of school. This year, the last day of school is Wednesday, June 1. Seniors, however will be let out Wednesday, May 25 in time to prepare for the Sunday, May 29 ceremony. That means seniors will miss out on four days of school.
Perham students took a step inside the lives of Mexican Americans April 20 when Mixed Blood Theatre performed at the high school. The musical told the story of a 98-year-old Mexican American man struggling to pass down cultural pride to his granddaughter and great-grandson. "We do plays about a lot of things that a lot of people don't do plays about," said Mixed Blood Director Raul Ramos following the performance. The theatre group, the oldest multi-racial, mult-cultural one in the nation, has performed the Minnecanos (a term derived from Mexican Minnesotan) for the past 16 year.
The Perham-Dent School Board once again opened its search for a superintendent. The board originally offered the position to Mike Kolness of Ada-Borup, who was chosen earlier this month from a group of five finalists. Kolness turned the position down. The board decided during a work session April 21 to post the position again. The board took applications for the position until April 27 at which point a committee screened applications. The number of finalists chosen for the position will determine dates for interviews.
An Ottertail man was seriously injured in a motorcycle accident on the afternoon of April 21 on Interstate 94 in Wright County. Ross Weber, 52, of Ottertail was traveling east around 5:15 p.m. on I-94 when he rolled his 2005 motorcycle after failing to execute a curve, according to the Minnesota State Patrol. The report indicated he was wearing a helmet. Weber was transported to North Memorial Hospital in Minneapolis. The report did not indicate Weber's condition at this time. Road conditions were dry at the time of the accident, according to the report.
A 14-year-old Perham eighth grade student was arrested Wednesday afternoon for allegedly starting a fire in the boy's bathroom. The student was arrested by the Perham Police Department on a fourth degree arson charge, said Perham Police Chief Jason Hoaby. The Police Department received a call around 5:10 p.m. Wednesday that a fire had been started in a garbage can at Prairie Wind Middle School. Police identified a 14-year-old male as the suspect, who was then arrested, Hoaby said. The fire was contained to the garbage can. No accelerant was used.
When Lucky walks into a room, she changes the atmosphere. With the black pup around, Perham Memorial Home is a little more relaxed and comfortable - it's a little more like home. "Lucky is a major part of this organization," said Dorothy Weickert, whose husband resides at the nursing home. "She makes it like home." Lucky isn't all too different from any other family dog. She saunters around the nursing home, visiting residents and lounging in the sun, accepting treats and pats on the back whenever offered. "She has a run of this facility," said Karen Laughlin, activities director.
Those who walked away from the Chamber of Commerce Awards Banquet may have felt a new sense of inspiration and appreciation for Perham's leaders. Nick Theroux took the crown this year for the chamber's Leadership Award, while longtime Perham business owner Kenny Nelson was recognized with an induction into the Chamber's Hall of Fame. Kenny Nelson Standing in front of a room of chamber members, Kenny Nelson shared his story. The theme of his speech? He's been blessed.
A Perham man initially arrested on Christmas Day for felony domestic assault charges has been convicted on one count of disorderly conduct. John Lee Boomgaarden will serve 30 days in Otter Tail County Jail and pay $235 in fees for the misdemeanor following his April 11 conviction. Officers were dispatched to the 200 block of Pine Cone Park on Christmas Eve following a report that a person tried to break into a trailer house with a shovel.