Perham Focus staff
During the first week in February, county residents will provide input on Otter Tail County's Long Range Strategic Plan. County Public Works Director, Rick West, reviewed the plan with the county board on Nov. 27. "The next steps will be public outreach and education," said West. "A video describing the planning process will be available prior to the start of each outreach meeting," he added. Four outreach meetings are planned throughout the county in the first week of February 2019.
KARE-11 Weekend News Anchor and Perham native Cory Hepola announced that he would be leaving the station after four years to take a job as a morning host for WCCO Radio. Hepola grew up in Perham, and after working for several news organizations, he got his dream job at Kare-11 in Minneapolis.
The Otter Tail Sheriff's Office is investigating the death of a one month old baby in Underwood.
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Floats entered in the Perham Lion's annual Holiday Parade of Lights will leave from St. Paul's Lutheran Church at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 25. This year's theme is "Christmas in Toyland." New this year, Lakes Radio 99.5 will announce the parade live as it progresses through town. Entrants will have the opportunity to win cash prizes, awarded in several categories: Santa's Choice (first place), Mrs. Claus' Choice (second place), Elves' Choice (third place), and Rudolph's Honorable Mention. Entrants and donations are still being accepted, said parade organizer Nicole Rydell.
After rainy conditions in Perham on Tuesday left walkways and roads with an icy sheeting, organizers decided to cancel the Gobble Wobble 5K scheduled for Thanksgiving Day morning as the city does not maintain the walking path in the winter. All registrants will be contacted by phone, and notices will also go out via radio, Facebook, and the Chamber. Everyone is asked to share the information. Thank you to those who volunteered to help.
The second annual Gobble Wobble Thanksgiving 5K Family Fun Race is scheduled to take place on Thanksgiving day, Thursday, Nov. 24, beginning with registration at 8:30 a.m. at the Perham Bike Path, in the park near the softball fields. The race is untimed and unsegmented by age as it is intended to be a fun, healthy family event. Cost is $22 online or $25 on race day. All proceeds will benefit the Giving Tree program. In case of inclement weather, the race may be canceled. Follow the event on its Facebook page.
Area youth and adults were recognized for their service and achievements at the annual 4-H Recognition and Awards Program on Sunday, Oct. 30, at the New York Mills Extension Office.
On Oct. 27, the sixth-grade class at St. Henry's Area School visited the The Bridge Community Food Shelf in Perham where they learned about who can receive the services, how the process for receiving food works and what foods can and cannot be donated. They will be sharing their knowledge with other students at St. Henry's Area School and having a food drive in November. "Our visit to The Bridge taught me a lot about what we can do to help those who are in need of food and what they can get when we donate money," said Trinity.
The Perham Lions recently screened young children at the Cuddle Bug Daycare facility in Perham. All the children screened ranged in age from 1 to 4 years old. Free vision screening was being offered by the Perham Lions Club and most of the local Lions clubs in this area. Screenings are in conjunction with Lions KidSight MD5M and the Minnesota Lions Vision Foundation. The vision screener we use is capable of screening for Astigmatism, Myopia, Hyperopia, Anisometropia, Strabismus, Amblyopia and Aniscoria.