Perham Focus staff
Jesus Little Lambs Preschool will have its annual potato bake fundraiser at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Vergas, on Jan. 27 from 11:30-1:30 p.m. The church is located at 31385, County Hwy 4, Vergas. There will be a free will offering taken for the potato bake lunch, which will include all of the fixings (cheese, sour cream, bacon, ham, chili, and much more). There will be ice cream and toppings for dessert. A silent auction, live auction, and bake sale will also take place. The funds raised for the preschool will be used for necessary renovations and maintenance costs.
Otter Tail County corrections officers work within the detention facility to provide services to those in custody. Often, people who work in jails are overlooked in the law enforcement profession. People are very curious to know who is in custody but know very little about the professionals who take care of inmates in jail.
13 students from Prairie Wind Middle School participated in the school-level competition of the National Geographic GeoBee on Monday, Jan. 14. Jaxon Bain, a seventh-grade student, won first place with Alex Nash, an 8th-grade student taking second and Molly Pearson, and 8th-grade student finishing in third place.
On Jan. 12, Otter Tail County Sheriff's Office received a call from a 26 year old man, reporting his vehicle had fallen through the ice on Otter Tail Lake near Otter Tail City. This incident occurred at approximately 6:00 a.m. The man was not familiar with the area and had been traveling across Otter Tail Lake before traveling too close to an outlet of the lake near County Hwy 1. The thin ice near the outlet combined with the vehicles weight caused the vehicle to fall through the ice in roughly four feet of water. He was not injured.
The Otter Tail County Highway Department will hold a public information meeting at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019 in the Multi-Purpose Room at the Perham Area Community Center (PACC), 620 3rd Avenue SE, Perham to discuss preliminary project plans, specifications, right of way requirements and other pertinent data for a 6.4 mile segment of County State-Aid Highway No. 34 and Phase one of the Perham to Pelican Rapids Regional Trail.
Nominations for the Chamber Choice Awards will be taken before Jan. 31. The awards were created to let individuals know how much the Perham community appreciates them and the work they do. Individuals do not have to be Chamber members to be nominated. Awards are described as follows: The Leadership Award
State Rep. Bud Nornes, R-Fergus Falls, performed his 12th oath of office in the Minnesota House of Representatives Tuesday as the 91st Legislature was sworn in at the Capitol. Nornes was re-elected to the House in November and represents District 8A in Otter Tail County. He has been selected as the lead Republican on the House Higher Education Finance and Policy Division, along with serving the Capital Investment and Education Finance divisions.
The exhibit The Faces of Change is now open at the Otter Tail County Historical Society. It will run from Jan. 4 - Feb. 15.
Recent snow storms provided the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) the first significant snow and wind event to test the structural and vegetative snow fences that were installed along various state highways last fall. According to MnDOT, the snow fences proved to be an effective method for improving road maintenance operations and traffic safety in areas with little to no wind break.
Thrifty White Pharmacy will be purchasing the prescription files from the Shopko Hometown Pharmacy in Perham. The Shopko Hometown Pharmacy will close on Monday, Jan. 14, at 4 p.m. All prescriptions will be available to be filled and picked up at Thrifty White Pharmacy on Tuesday morning, Jan. 15, located at 211 Market Drive, inside Central Market.