Perham Focus staff
The annual New York Mills Education Foundation Bean Bag Tournament will is Friday, July 26. First toss is at 5 p.m. Registration is $30 per team with payouts being first place $250, second place $150 and third place $100. The event requires a minimum of 20 teams and a maximum of 36. Interested teams should use the following link to sign. https://forms.gle/CbmkmC5w9F2FyY5g7 .
Seven athletes and the Spartan women's basketball team have received academic recognition from the National Junior College Athletic Association for the 2018-19 academic year. The women's basketball team was recognized as an Academic Team of the Year for its team grade point average of 3.18. This award is presented to the teams with the highest GPAs in each sport. Earning individual NJCAA recognition were: • Devin Bush (Fargo), All-Academic Third Team, baseball • Sydney Hovland (Underwood), All-Academic Third Team, basketball and volleyball
A recent increase in reports of dead loons and test results indicate an impact from West Nile virus, according to nongame wildlife staff at the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. The Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory at the University of Minnesota confirmed West Nile virus as the cause of death in two of three dead loons from northeastern Minnesota earlier this month. Wildlife staff are receiving a small but noticeable increase in calls from people finding dead loons in northeastern Minnesota this summer.
Otter Tail County's Emergency Management Director will host a special meeting to explore the characteristics of severe weather. This information session will discuss storm clouds, tornadoes and other weather-related phenomena. The goal of this meeting is to teach citizens how to spot severe weather early and what steps are needed to safeguard your friends, family, home and business.
Homeowners who rely on private wells are encouraged to participate at a free nitrate testing 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 23 at the West Otter Tail SWCD office in Fergus Falls, or 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 2 at the Ottertail Community Center in Ottertail.
The following local resident was among 833 students receiving degrees from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls following spring commencement in May. Bachelor's degrees were awarded to 687 undergraduates while 146 students received master's degrees. Ottertail Zach Umland, Bachelor of Science, Business Administration
Sheriff deputies reported that a detached garage and all of its contents, north of Ottertail and between Long and Rush lakes, was destroyed by fire on July 8. Firefighters from Ottertail and Perham were called to the scene of the fire at 10:55 a.m. The fire likely started from a spark, the result of sharpening mower blades, according to fire investigators. A nearby house sustained damage to its siding. No official dollar estimate from items destroyed was immediately available. Ottertail vandalism
Michael Schommer has been hired as Director of Probation for Otter Tail County. Schommer replaces Desta Lutzwick, who retired from Otter Tail County after 41 years of service, according to a news release.
Lake Region Arts Council opened its first grant round. The Artist Quick Start Grant will award $750 to six individuals living in the LRAC region which includes Becker, Clay, Douglas, Otter Tail, Pope, Stevens,Traverse, Wilkin and Clay counties. The goal of the grant is to assist artists in all disciplines to further their artistic growth, according to a news release. It will cover workshop fees, supplies, equipment, services, mentoring, rental and other arts related expenses. Travel and study may take place outside of Minnesota.
The Perham Fire Department Relief Association received a $1,000 Operation Helping Heroes Donation from COUNTY Financial. Albert Doll of COUNTRY Financial presented the donation to Fire Captain Jeremie Schossow to assist with the purchase of new interior firefighting equipment. In 2019, the business has provided more than $600,000 in donations to first responders and service members, according to a news release.