HAWLEY — A passerby who witnessed the fatal gyroplane crash at the Hawley Municipal Airport on Thursday, July 11, saw the aircraft descend nose-down toward the ground before crashing, federal investigators said. The gyroplane hit the ground about 300 feet from and slightly to the right of the departure end of a runway at around 12:30 p.m., immediately erupting into flame, according to a preliminary report from the National Transportation Safety Board.
The City of Perham has been approved for a $784,850 loan to rehabilitate the city sanitary sewer at Second Avenue and Third Street. The money is part of just over $36 million in grant and loan funding by the Minnesota Public Facilities Authority for water infrastructure projects in Minnesota. Ortonville, De Graff, Columbia Heights and Little Falls were also approved for funding, according to a news release from the PFA.
Arvig plans to roll out 1 gigabit-per-second residential internet service in Detroit Lakes, Audubon, Callaway and Waubun, as well as surrounding areas including Erie, Detroit and Lakeview townships. At 1,000 megabits per second, the new service will be 10 times faster than the current fastest internet speeds available to area residents, according to an Arvig news release. Customers will be contacted regarding their option to upgrade as early as August, according to the release.
PERHAM, Minn. — No one was injured when massive amounts of snow over the weekend caused a roof collapse at the Tuffy's pet food plant in Perham. As work resumed on Monday, March 11, workers shoveled off portions of the roof. A warehouse collapse on Saturday happened in a non-essential part of the Tuffy's facility, the company said in a press release, and production areas were not damaged.
The 2018 Otter Tail County (OTC) Sheriff Debate, sponsored by The Fergus Falls Daily Journal and PEG Access, began promptly at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday evening in the City Council chambers at the Fergus Falls City Hall. Candidates for sheriff are Fergus Falls Chief of Public Safety Kile Bergren, Otter Tail County Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Barry Fitzgibbons, and Perham Police Chief Jason Hoaby. The room filled quickly with around 100 people in the audience.
HENNING—The man found dead in Henning, Friday, June 8, has been identified. According to family spokeswoman and aunt of the victim, Rebecca Johnson, the body is of 19-year-old Jordan Bolgrean of Barnesville. In the release sent out by the family, they say that Bolgrean was an Army graduate who struggled with drug addiction. Authorities haven't confirmed the cause of death. According to the Otter Tail County Sheriff's Office, the body was found at 12:29 p.m. on Friday near the Canadian Pacific Railroad Tracks.
Nobody will be happier to see a switch in wind speed and direction than those living in lakes country. For two days, winds out of the south have pushed melting, fragmented ice up against north side beaches, damaging many of them. Marlys Simpson and her family have lived on the north side of Rush Lake for 40 years. They've witnessed ice out before, but not like this one.
The Henning School District will seek a full-time superintendent this summer as part-time superintendent Jeremy Olson has accepted the same position in the Crookston School District. The decision was made during a special school board meeting held March 8. The school board discussed what they would want in a new superintendent and heard from Olson on his recommendations. The discussion went through the options that the district could use at the position including full-time, part-time, shared, interim and superintendent/principal.
A Perham woman was injured Thursday evening, March 8, in a two-vehicle collision on state Highway 87, the Minnesota State Patrol reported. Anna Teresa Johnson, 34, suffered injuries that were not life-threatening in the crash, which occurred about 4:20 p.m., the Patrol report said. Johnson was driving a 2001 Buick LeSabre eastbound on Highway 87 approaching the intersection with Main Avenue East, while a 2004 Ford pickup driven by Trevor Scott Gordon, 26, of Ulen, Minn., was westbound on the highway, the report said.
Felony sentencing has been handed down in a theft case which was first investigated early September of last year, according to Otter Tail County court records. On Sept. 7, a representative of the Big Foot Gas and Grocery, of Vining, informed investigators that an employee, identified in the complaint as 56-year-old Kelly Barton Dietz, a resident of Henning, had taken a bank bag containing cash from the business but "was going to return it."