A Perham man is being treated at Sanford Medical Center in Fargo, N.D. for life threatening injuries after he was ejected from his vehicle in a car accident this morning. Faron Joseph McCleary, 30, was traveling east on 450th Street at around 2 a.m. in a Ford F-350 pickup truck when he blew a stop sign, crossed over to County Highway 8, collided with the road embankment and rolled several times, according to the Otter Tail County Sheriff's Office. He was not wearing his seatbelt.
Community members came together on April 7 to carry out the dream of two parents. The focus during the fundraiser was on Emma Cox, the 8-month-old baby left behind after the death of Tabby Belmonte and Dylan Cox. "We want her to know that everyone loves her and is supporting her," said Abby Nygaard, who, along with friends, organized the spaghetti dinner and silent auction at Calvary Lutheran Church. The intent of the event was to raise funds for Emma, which will be placed in a trust fund, available for her when she turns 18.
If teaching Spanish is what it takes to spread the Gospel, the folks at Northwoods Assembly in Perham are willing to do it. For the past five years, the Rev. Regulo Lopez has pastored a Sunday afternoon Spanish service, providing area Hispanic residents with a place to worship and learn. "It's a privilege to share the Gospel," Lopez said. "It's a great responsibility, and I've seen some nice, wonderful things happening." Lopez first began developing relationships with the Hispanic community through outreach events in area trailer parks.
While Gov. Mark Dayton's rubber stamp of approval hasn't gone down on a bill slashing funding for state parks, managers are bracing for the worst. For Glendalough Park Manager Jeff Wiersma, funding cuts are nothing new. In the past the park has closed down camping for spring and fall seasons and when funds did allow the park to stay open, shower services were cut off. Now, the state park campground is equipped to handle campers all year-round, with cabins in the winter. In the summer, the park employs six workers, with two typically on staff every day, along with one campground host.
The death of 16-year-old Tabby Belmonte in March sent waves of shock throughout the Perham community. In a town known for outstanding academic and athletic accomplishments, the murder-suicide of one of its own students was difficult to believe. But when it comes to domestic abuse, experts say there is no limit to where it can occur.
Mike Kolness has turned down the superintendent position at Perham-Dent Public Schools. The school board offered Kolness, Ada-Borup principal/superintendent, the position this week, at which time he said he would respond within a week. Kolness cited his family as the main reason behind his decision, said Superintendent Tamara Uselman. Kolness was chosen from a group of five final candidates. The board will now reconvene at its regularly scheduled board meeting on Wednesday, April 20 to decide on a plan of action. "They have a lot of really good alternatives," Uselman said.
The Work Connection has landed in Perham. The goal of Work Connection is to pair businesses with qualified job seekers. While Work Connection has served clients in Perham in the past, its new office in Perham gives the service more of a presence. "There's an added convenience of being closer," said Tyler Wirth, regional business consultant with Work Connection. Wirth said the service makes sense for both clients and potential employees, as Work Connection offers both protection and flexibility.
Sticker shock at the pumps is prompting some families to keep vacations local - a choice that could mean good news for lake country tourism. Gas prices are expected to climb to nearly $4 a gallon this summer, marking a new record high for motorists. Prices, which are hovering around $3.69 in the Perham area, are expected to peak around Memorial Day, said gasbuddy.com Petroleum Analyst Patrick DeHaan.
An Ottertail teenager is facing a burglary charge after allegedly entering a New York Mills home on the morning of Sunday, April 3. Myles David Curtis, 19, is facing one count of burglary in the first degree for allegedly entering an occupied home and assaulting a resident along the 200 block of West Nowell Street around 5 a.m. Sunday, April 3, according to the New York Mills Police Department.
The Perham-Dent School District has a new principal. Ehren Zimmerman, principal of Rothsay Schools in Rothsay, Minn., has been chosen to replace John Rutten as the new high school principal, said Perham-Dent Superintendent Tamara Uselman. Zimmerman was chosen from a group of four finalists, narrowed down by the district earlier this month. Zimmeran has been with the Rothsay School District for the past nine years, serving as the K-12 school's principal. For the past eight years, he's also worked as the activities director.