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A July 8 omnibus hearing for Jordan Jerome Dalman was set Friday afternoon by Judge Sharon Grewell Benson in Otter Tail County District Court. The 25-year-old Vergas man has been charged with second-degree murder in connection with the death of his former roommate, 28-yearold Dylan Butler, who was shot in the chest Sept. 21, 2018. Butler's body was later found buried in a pit on at a residence on Holbrook Road.
Fergus Falls Chief of Public Safety Kile Bergren confirmed Friday morning that no hazardous material was found inside an envelope mailed to the federal courthouse in Fergus Falls Dec. 27. Bergren, who was contacted by the United States Marshal Service about the receipt of a letter that was "threatening in nature" on the morning of Dec. 27, blocked approaches to the building on South Mill Street before entering to check the threat along with Fergus Falls Fire Chief Ryan Muchow.
With Phase 2 demolition planning in an advanced stage, local developer Craig Gantner introduced a plan called the Kirkbride Heights Redevelopment Initiative (KHRI) at Monday evening's Fergus Falls Planning Commission meeting.
Chief of Public Safety Kile Bergren and Fergus Falls Fire Chief Ryan Muchow earned their pay Thursday morning on South Mill Street. It all began at 9 a.m. as snowflakes danced over Fergus Falls. "We got a phone call from the United States Marshal Service that the federal courthouse here in Fergus Falls received a letter that was threatening in nature," Bergren said. "Because of the specific nature of the threat, it was potentially a hazardous material type of situation."
The Perham-Dent School Board voted to establish a new rate of pay for support staff substitutes Wednesday at its October meeting in the Senior High Studio Room. After Deb Nornes, a substitute paraprofessional, rose to thank the board for considering the raise in pay for subs, Board Chair Sue Von Ruden brought up the item for board action. Nornes told the board she started subbing in 2004 at a rate of $9.91 an hour. Her current hourly rate of pay is $10 an hour — a raise of nine cents over 14 years.
Property owners on four lakes west off Perham may have finally found a way to live with Mother Nature. Ribbon cutting ceremonies were held at two venting stations Thursday morning - stations that are designed to pump excess water from the lakes into the Otter Tail River.
Gina Cavanagh was not expecting the news she received by phone the Friday before Mother's Day three years ago. She was told she had breast cancer. Of all the types of cancer women contract, breast cancer is the most common. She sat and thought for a while, and then went through the ordeal of breaking the news to her family and friends. After gathering their support, she started dealing with the treatment, which is still ongoing. Come May, Cavanagh is looking forward to being a four-year cancer survivor.
The Perham-Dent School Board voted to establish a new rate of pay for support staff substitutes Wednesday at their October meeting in the Senior High Studio Room. After Deb Nornes, a substitute paraprofessional rose to thank the board for considering the raise in pay for subs, Board Chair Sue Von Ruden brought up the item for board action. Nornes told the board she started subbing in 2004 at a rate of $9.91 an hour. Her current hourly rate of pay is $10 an hour - a raise of nine cents over 14 years.
A type of dining experience not shared by many Minnesota communities has dropped anchor in Perham. The Pine Island Fish Company opened Sept. 25 at 165 W. Main. Given the fact that Jake and Kellie Smith, the owners, have both spent plenty of time on the water, a restaurant featuring fish is not a shocker. Jake, who grew up in Perham, worked for many years as a fishing boat skipper. He met his wife when she moved up from Colorado to run her parents' resort near Frazee.
Details of two construction projects, one coming up for a Nov. 6 vote by city residents and the other long overdue, were heard Monday night at the October meeting of the Perham City Council. Members of the Perham Area Community Center Board were present to give council members a look at the proposed renovations to the 29-year-old facility. The city owns the building itself, but the Perham-Dent School District and the PACC Board share in the maintenance of it.