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Save energy and money: Switch to LEDs

For many Minnesotans, the house, porch, shrubs and trees are donned with holiday lights.
Depending on one’s holiday lighting enthusiasm, a home can save between $10 to $250 each holiday season by switching to LED holiday lighting. This is because, according to the Department of Energy, LED holiday lights save up to 90% of the energy used by traditional incandescent holiday lights. LEDs are also safer, sturdier, longer lasting, and easier to install.
For every old holiday lighting string recycled and replaced with more efficient LED holiday lighting, 19 kilowatt-hours of electricity are saved over the course of the holiday season. This is the same amount of energy as a common CFL household light bulb would use if left on for 24 hours a day for 2 months straight!
Recycling Association of Minnesota  has recycled over 840,000 pounds of holiday lighting since the inception of this program. If even half of these light strands were upgraded to more efficient LED holiday lighting, Minnesotans are saving over 7.7 million kilowatt-hours and $648,000 year after year.
That’s enough energy to power the electricity of 686 homes for an entire year.

Reduced charge for Dent man following probation

By Tom Hintgen
Otter Tail County Correspondent

Court Administration in Fergus Falls has clarified a court decision related to the court case of Troy Moberg of Dent.
In October 2015 a court judge delivered “a discharge of probation” for Moberg.
Coinciding with a previous stay of imposition, Moberg successfully met required conditions during his five-year probationary period. His previous offense of terroristic threats was reduced from a felony to a misdemeanor.
Moberg, before his five-year probation, served 60 days in the Otter Tail County jail.
In the past several months many Minnesotans with a criminal records impeding their chances for employment and other opportunities have pursued what legal analysts term “a second chance.”
Expungement of their record takes place following good behavior during probation and staying law abiding. This is part of the stay of imposition clause.
In the United States, an expungement can be granted only by a judge.

Area man sentenced for weapons, drugs

Leni Oscar Drewelow, 27, of Fergus Falls, was sentenced on assault with a dangerous weapon and drug-related charges Nov. 6.
He was sentenced to the Minnesota Correctional Facility in St. Cloud for 67 months.
Court administration records show the defendant possessed six grams or more of cocaine, heroin and meth.
The incidents, including possession and use of a pistol and assault weapon, took place July 10.

Perham man sentenced for malicious punishment
Christopher Lee Gilmer, 31, of Perham, was sentenced for malicious punishment of a child. The incident took place July 12. He was convicted on Nov. 2.
He was committed to the commissioner of corrections and will serve 20 months at the Minnesota Correctional Facility in St. Cloud.

17-minute chase nets arrest, criminal charges issued

A 17-minute vehicle chase, ending at 1:10 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 17, resulted in the arrest of 24-year-old Bryan Mark Ternus of Perham.
“The incident took place in rural New York Mills,” said Sheriff Lt. Barry Fitzgibbons during a press briefing Tuesday morning. “The suspect was apprehended and charged with theft of a motor vehicle.”
Later, in county court, Ternus also was charged with fleeing from law enforcement in a motor vehicle, criminal damage to property, third degree burglary, fifth degree possession of a controlled substance, DWI and careless driving.
“Law enforcement answered a call about a prowler, and an attempt was made to stop a vehicle matching the suspect vehicle,” said Fitzgibbons. “The driver took off and the 17-minute pursuit followed.”  read entire story. . . .

Thefts reported in various areas of Otter Tail

The sheriff’s office, on Nov. 18, reported three thefts in various areas of Otter Tail County.
Cash totaling $330 was taken from a residence in northern Otter Tail County, just south of Frazee which is just across the border in Becker County.
“The cash was contained in a blue steel fuel can which was painted with a floral design,” said Otter Tail County Sheriff Lt. Barry Fitzgibbons. “The fuel can was missing and presumed stolen from the home.
The call came in at 1:42 p.m. on Nov. 17.
A second theft was reported from a locker storage building along Dogwood Lane in Parkers Prairie. Several items were missing.
“The theft likely took place late Saturday, Nov. 14, or early Sunday, Nov. 15,” said Sheriff Lt. Fitzgibbons.  read entire story. . . .

Refugee facts, figures–from Lutheran Social Services

A refugee is someone who, owing to a wellchr(8208)founded fear of being persecuted for
reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion, is outside the country of his/her nationality, and is unable to, or
owing to such fear, is unwilling to avail himself/herself of the protection of that
country. (1951 Refugee Convention)
• World refugees in 2015 chr(8208) 19.5 million. The U.S. resettles 1/2 of 1% of them.
• The President, in consultation with Congress, determines the number. This year that number is 85,000.
• Refugees go through an intensive government screening and security clearance process and requests go out to 9 national voluntary organizations to determine where they will go. One of those is LIRS chr(8208) Lutheran Immigration and Refugee
Service – an organization that has been doing this work since resettling displaced persons from Europe after World War II.  read entire story. . . .

‘Mess hall meals,’ courtesy VFW, is Vets Day tradition

Veterans, spouses also receive delivered meals at area care centers; Rotary provides Mill Pond with
roses for Veterans Day

It was a special Veterans Day for residents at Pelican Rapids care facilities and apartment complexes–as well as the large crowd in attendance at the VFW Post 5252 observances.  
Inside the VFW Club, about 100 meals were served. The meal followed a solemn gathering of the color guard and a gun salute–framed by red, white and blue, in the form of U.S. flags that decorated the VFW grounds.
Hosting the Veterans Day observances were VFW Post 5252 and American Legion Post 17.
Meals were delivered free to nearly 50 veterans or veteran spouses, living in the Mill Pond high rise apartment complex; and the Pelican Valley Health Center facilities–nursing home, Riverfront Manor and Riverfront on Main.  
Volunteers from t  read entire story. . . .

Tolleruds among few dairy  farm families in Pelican area

From a few dozen dairy farms on the rural Pelican Rapids landscape down to only a few.
Within one generation, that has been the trend, said Travis Tollerud of the Tollerud farms west of Pelican.
Wild swings in milk prices are a big factor in the decline of family dairy operations. Twenty-four-seven work demands are another.
“When I grew up, the 30 to 60 cow dairy farm was common, but most have quit,” said Travis. “There are a few 50 cow dairies, but it’s hard.”
Aided by robotic milking machines, the Tolleruds are milking about 200 cows.  He points to a 500 cow operation in the Vergas area; and a 300 to 400 cow operation near Underwood as two of the larger operations in  the area.  read entire story. . . .

Three generations, three conflicts, three different eras...

Plummer clan gathered for a three generation reunion at Pelican Veterans Day observances–with a fourth generation in the shadows, dating to World War I  

Veterans Day was an opportunity for soldiers and sailors spanning three generations to gather in Pelican Rapids Nov. 11.
In spirit, there were four generations of Plummers present for the 2015 Veterans Day observances. Each of them from four separate conflicts involving the United States.
Following from present day back a century:
Jim Plummer: An Army veteran from 1989 to 1992, who served in the first Middle East operations of 1989-1990; Desert Storm.
Alan Plummer: Vietnam-era U.S. Navy veteran, who trained pilots mostly stateside in Corpus Christi, Texas.
Wayne Plummer: a navigator with the Army Air Corps during World War II, 1942-45  who flew mostly stateside, moving  troops from points A to B to C with Air Transport Command.  read entire story. . . .

Area Army veteran offers moral support to armed forces colleagues

Businessman and Army veteran Kurt Peterson, the guest speaker Nov. 11 during the Veterans Day ceremony at the Minnesota Veterans Home in Fergus Falls, said that Americans have a duty to reach out to veterans who are struggling.
“Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), with veterans back on the home front, behooves us to reach out and help those veterans,” said Peterson, owner of a custom motorcycle shop with service and repair in Perham.
“Those servicemen and women witnessed what most people aren’t meant to see,” he said. “They performed duties that most people wouldn’t want to do.”
To that end, Peterson joins others in donating time and raising money for veteran support groups which help those veterans afflicted with PTSD.  read entire story. . . .