Paula Quam is the editor for Forum Communications Co. newspapers in Detroit Lakes and Perham, both in Minnesota.
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It was a little too close for comfort. The Otter Tail County Auditor has announced that they will be recounting the votes in the sheriff's race that had current Chief Deputy Barry Fitzgibbons narrowly winning over Fergus Falls Police Chief Kile Bergren by only six votes. In an expected move, Bergren filed for the recount, which will happen Dec. 3 at 9 a.m. in the Commissioners'/Otter Tail Lake Room of the Government Services Center, located at 515 Fir Ave. W. in Fergus Falls. This recount will be open to the public and candidates may be represented by counsel.
Current Chief Deputy Barry Fitzgibbons is the next sheriff of Otter Tail County. In a tight race, he edged out opponent and Fergus Falls Police Chief Kile Bergren with 49.93 percent of the vote, or 12,711 to Bergren's 49.9 percent or 12,705 votes.
The Perham City Council will keep its two incumbents, Brad Schmidt and Fred Lehmkuhl. The results are: Brad Schmidt: 41 percent, or 774 votes Fred Lehmkuhl: 35.4 percent, or 668 votes Jeffrey Fritz: 22.7 percent, or 428 votes. Schmidt complimented Fritz on his run, saying he loved to see somebody like him getting involved, and in fact it's something he wishes more people would do.
Child abuse. Spousal abuse. Sex trafficking. Labor trafficking. Child exploitation. Elder abuse. "We deal with it all," said Anita Mycke, crime advocate for Someplace Safe in Perham. "I had always heard that things like this happened around here, but not until I started working here in May did I realize it happens to the extent that it does."
Autumn has set in and the city of Perham is ready to celebrate. This year's Harvest Fest is set to be the best one yet with new featured attractions including a nearby corn maze, homemade ice cream, and chocolate bars stuffed with golden tickets straight out of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Put on by the Perham Events Committee, Roxanne Harthan is one of the chairpersons for the festival, which is set for Friday and Saturday, Oct. 5 and 6.
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.