Focus staff report
Due to the inclement weather and travel conditions, the Perham Focus Office will be closing at 2:30 p.m. on April 11. The Focus will resume regular business hours on April 12.
Otter Tail County Sheriff's Office is advising no unnecessary travel for Thursday, April 11 into Friday, April 12. Weather reports indicate that conditions will decline throughout the day with heavy snow and strong winds making travel dangerous.
According to a post on the Perham Yellowjackets Fishing’s Facebook Page, the first ever Heart O’Lakes Ice Fishing contest set to take place on Feb. 24 on Big Pine Lake near Perham has been canceled. "Unfortunately due to anticipated ground blizzard conditions in the area, along with poor lake conditions, we are forced to cancel this weekend’s contest," said HOL Fishing League Commissioner Phil Jensen.
Perham senior guard Josh Jeziorski announces his commitment to play collegiate basketball for Bemidji State University on Jan. 16. Jeziorski made the announcement via Twitter after taking a visit with the Beavers, according to NorthStartHoopsReport. Jeziorski and the Yellowjackets are 11-1 after an 81-61 victory over the Hawley Nuggets on Jan. 15.
The Winnipeg Blue Bombers will be adding the ‘Perham Flash’ to its Ring of Honour during halftime of their game with the Montreal Alouettes on Sept. 21 at Investors Group Field in Winnipeg, the team announced on its website.
It took an extra hole but Perham’s Charlie Nelson birdied the first playoff hole to become the 2018 Perham Lakeside Club Champion on Aug. 27 at the Perham Lakeside Golf Course. Play was halted due to a storm that came through the area, but when it resumed it was Nelson earning the victory.
Traffic was slowed on Coney Street as witnesses and emergency crews were on the scene when a Chevy Silverado went through the side of the Perham Dairy Queen on Wednesday afternoon around 3 p.m. Emergency responders from Perham Health, the Perham Fire Department, Perham Police Department and the Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Department were on the scene. Onlookers were observing from across the street in the Perham Pizza Ranch parking lot.
Perham basketball player Josh Jeziorski recently participated in the 14th annual North Central All-Star basketball games in Bemidji, Minn. The junior built on a strong 2017-18 campaign with another strong performance on the court. He helped his team to a 1-1 record overall in the seven game showcase which featured 50 basketball players from more than 30 schools. Along with the seven games, the event featured a 3-point contest and a slam dunk competition.
Perham alum Billy Beseman is no stranger to the podium. The former Yellowjacket capped off his high school career with a first place finish at the Class A Championships in the 3200 meter run and now has reached All-American status at the University of Sioux Falls. Beseman competed in the 2018 NCAA Indoor Championships at Pittsburg, Kan., where he helped the distance medley relay team to an eighth place finish, setting a new school record time in that event.
The Heart O’Lakes Conference recently announced their awards for the 2017 baseball season. It announced the conference’s Most Valuable Player, Most Outstanding Pitcher, All-Conference Team and Honorable Mention awards for the the season. Frazee’s Logan Wacker was named the HOL Most Valuable Player. Wacker hit .465 in conference play with an on base percentage of .511. He struck out only twice during conference season. While pitching, he was 2-0 with a 2.30 earned run average.