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A tornado tore through an area west of Bluffton Thursday, damaging houses, ripping down trees, and flipping automobiles. A rare Tornado Emergency was issued for the Wadena area after confirmed tornados touched down near Bluffton, Wadena, Sebeka and Nimrod. A Tornado Warning was issued for East Otter Tail County Thursday including Perham and New York Mills. As a system with possible tornadic activity moved into the area from the southwest.
On July 1, a new dedicated sales tax will take effect; proceeds of the tax must be spent to support activities related to clean water, land and habitat, parks and trails, and arts and cultural heritage. The Minnesota State Arts Board and the Lake Region Arts Council will host a public forum in Fergus Falls to seek input on how to invest arts funding that will be available as a result of the new tax. The forum will be held on Wednesday, June 24, at 3:30 p.m. at the Lake Region Arts Council, 133 South Mill Street, Fergus Falls.
The Lakes Area Gymnastics Academy will be hosting their Summer 2009 Gymnastics Camp July 28-31 in Hauer Gymnasium at Perham High School. Camp Director Charlie Fleck, the head coach of the six-time defending Class A State Champs, will be assisted at the camp by Heidi Fleck, head coach at American Gold Gymnastics in Fargo, Curt Sherbrooke, head coach at Bismarck, ND where he is the eight-time North Dakota Coach of the Year, Ben Tobler, assistant coach at Becker High School, and University of Minnesota gymnasts Jamie Bullock and Jade Beattie. Cost for the camp will be $200.
The Perham Area Chamber of Commerce and the Perham Lions would like to announce that registrations are now being accepted for the 13th Annual Cal Miller Memorial Bicycle Race. This year's race will take place on Sunday, August 24, at 9 a.m. Preregister by mail or register on race day beginning at 8 a.m. Please note this is a change of date from previous publications.
By John George firstname.lastname@example.org Who says the media can't spark change? When Minneapolis Star-Tribune high school reporter John Millea wrote a series of articles about how the financial crunch affecting schools, large and small. Activity fees will be in the range of $250-400 per student, per activity, at many schools already this fall.
By John George email@example.com "We've been knocking on the door for a few years. Now we've finally broken through." What Perham Activities Director Fred Sailer was refering to in that statement was how close Perham has been to winning the Minnesota State High School League Challenge Cup in the previous four years the award has been handed out.
The inaugural Run 'Round the Rose will be held on Saturday, July 19th at 7 a.m. The race will start from the regionally renown Spanky's Stone Hearth Restaurant and continuing for a 12 mile scenic route around beautiful Rose Lake. Runners will find the route both scenic and challenging as it circles Rose Lake on black-top county roads and highways and maintained gravel/dirt secondary roads.
Hoot's Sports and Lund Boats is proud to announce that everything is set for the Angler - Young Angler International Fishing Tournament which will be held on Little Pine Lake on Saturday, May 31. The tournament is complete and will host 50 teams of three anglers, one adult and 2 young anglers 17 years old or younger. The winning local team will win a Lund boat, motor and trailer and the right to advance to the International Championship AYA tournament to be held at Kenora, Ontario. Winners from eight U.S.
By John George firstname.lastname@example.org Luke Schmitz always had a competitive drive. It drove him as a youngster in games with friends and relatives. It drove him as a teen in high school sports and in the classroom to be a better student. It drove him to the military after graduating from Perham High School. When Luke lost his right leg in an IED accident while serving in Iraq 18 months ago, he lost more than his leg. He lost his ability to compete. For a while. He spent 11 months in San Antonio, Texas recovering from his injuries. "I became active again," Luke said.