Paula Quam is the editor for Forum Communications Co. newspapers in Detroit Lakes and Perham, both in Minnesota.
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The votes have been tallied in Tuesday's primary election, and Perham Police Chief Jason Hoaby will not be proceeding in his bid for Otter Tail County Sheriff. Hoaby came in with 20.51 percent of the vote or 1,691 votes. Chief Deputy of the Otter Tail County Sheriff's Department, Barry Fitzgibbons, was the front runner at 41.78 percent or 3,444 votes. Fergus Falls Police Chief Kile G. Bergren received 37.70 percent or 3,108 votes. Fitzgibbons and Bergren will go on to face each other in the November election.
A spectacular, vibrant wall cloud that hung over Detroit Lakes Monday night caught everyone's attention, but according to WDAY Meteorologist John Wheeler, this was a weather event that had "more bark than bite". Although many spectators feared this was a funnel cloud that developed over the Detroit Lakes area around 9 p.m., Wheeler had some calming news.
Detroit Lakes Police Chief Steve Todd is being investigated for allegations of assaulting a 12-year-old boy at a baseball game in Detroit Lakes. The incident in question occurred Wednesday, June 20 at the Washington Park Baseball Fields in front of a crowd of spectators. According to several witnesses at the scene that spoke to this newspaper, Todd, who was off duty and wearing a Hawley Nuggets shirt, arrived on bicycle to the fields to watch the game between Detroit Lakes and Hawley.
DETROIT LAKES, Minn.—Detroit Lakes Police Chief Steve Todd is being investigated for allegations of assaulting a 12-year-old boy at a baseball game in Detroit Lakes. The incident in question occurred Wednesday, June 20, at the Washington Park Baseball Fields in front of a crowd of spectators. According to several witnesses at the scene, Todd, who was off duty and wearing a Hawley Nuggets shirt, arrived on bicycle to the fields to watch the game between Detroit Lakes and Hawley.
It's a done deal. Today (Wednesday) Governor Dayton signed the nearly $1.5 billion bonding bill that includes $6 million for Perham's Hub project. It's a move that was expected after the announcement last week that the Hub had made it into the bill. Governor Dayton is reportedly unhappy with the overall bill, despite his signature, as several other proposed projects he was supporting did not make the cut. The Hub, however, did.
DETROIT LAKES, Minn.—One of the longest-standing historical businesses in Detroit Lakes is closing. The front windows of the Norby's Department Store are splashed with signs indicating they are now going out of business after 112 years serving Detroit Lakes. One of the family owners, Michael Norby, confirmed that following the store's annual Memorial Day sale Monday, May 28, they will close the store until June 6-7 when they will have a two-day liquidation sale.
A lot of people were rubbed the wrong way when word leaked out that a White House aid had made the seemingly heartless, albeit truthful statement, that with regards to Republican Sen. John McCain's thumbs-down to the CIA director nominee, it "didn't matter because he was dying anyway."
It was touch and go for a while as the future of Perham's proposed HUB project hung in the balance of a bonding bill being debated at the state legislature, but with only minutes to go, the Hub and its proponents claimed a cautious victory Sunday night. "We are pretty excited," said Hub Project Coordinator Emily Dreyer. "I want to thank our local representatives and senators for supporting the Hub project."
There were only two men at Perham's Walk a Mile in Her Shoes: A Men's March Against Violence event Friday morning, but those two men were all they needed. It took only four hands and four high heeled shoes to carry a banner through the streets of Perham that showed domestic violence isn't welcome in this community.
This is a big shout out to the people who share their most personal stories with us, and by extension, the people of the Perham area. Last week Mary Chase and Colleen Sazama came into our office and talked about their Multiple Sclerosis and the havoc it has had on their bodies and their lives. They shared the ups, the downs, the tears, the triumphs. They didn't have to, and it's probably not always easy. But when people like these ladies take their physical weakness and turn them into personal strength ...