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World mourns 'giant for justice' Nelson Mandela
Safe Routes to School plan lays groundwork for healthy change
A home for the holidays: Incentives, buyer’s market make this a good time to purchase a house in Perham
West Fargo man, Moorhead woman arrested after fleeing from Alexandria Wal-Mart
Minnesota Archdiocese identifies 30 priests accused of abusing minors
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Guest Editorial: 5 years later: A promise of cleaner water and a healthier environment
Column: Cure a nosebleed.. and other home remedies
Editorial: Help ‘clear the way’ for postal workers this winter
Low marks for handling of Charlie Fleck’s contract
From Miss Minnesota to musician
Tickets on sale for ‘Friends of Friends’ charity event
Museums to host holiday open houses
Schmidts create new ‘dancing’ light show
Get into the Christmas spirit With a free concert by Heart O’ Lakes Harmony
PWMS students signed to talent agency
Angel of Hope vigil is tonight in Perham
Owen Ryan Bromeling
Brooks Thomas Moch
William Wade Davis
Wild 4, Blackhawks 3
Perham splits first home triangular
Cardinals spoil Perham girls opener
Neitzke, Parks win titles in Perham wrestling opener at W-DC
Perham wins fourth straight Jackie Mann title
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VELMA B. (LAWRENCE) HERMAN
BETTY ABRAHAM FROST
MATHIAS "MATT" RICHARD WINKELS
Salon on Second gets new owner, new name
Anderson joins Counselor Realty of DL
Santa Anonymous donation boxes out at businesses
Focus Thanksgiving office hours
Flowers and fudge: a perfect pair - Calla opens in Perham
July 26, 2013
More businesses now fall under AIS training requirement
Businesses that decontaminate, rent or lease boats or other water-related equipment will now be required to attend aquatic invasive species (AIS) training and acquire a permit under a state law change that took effect July 1, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. “Before...
July 26, 2013 - 9:52am
CMCU makes list of Top 50 credit unions in the nation
Central Minnesota Credit Union was recently selected as one of the Top 50 credit unions in the nation in 2012, according to an analysis by SNL Financial. Ranked number 22 nationwide, CMCU is one of three Minnesota credit unions to make the list. “It’s an honor to be included...
July 26, 2013 - 9:49am
July 25, 2013
OTP issues its first incentive payment for energy savings
Otter Tail Power Company has issued its first-ever Commercial Design Assistance program incentive payment, following the completion of the Fergus Falls Public Safety Building. The CDA program encourages increased efficiency in new commercial buildings by providing incentives to...
July 25, 2013 - 3:44pm
July 18, 2013
Belar hired at Wadena County Historical Society
Lina Belar has been hired as the new interim executive director of the Wadena County Historical Society, effective as of July 9. Belar, who retired last December after 15 years in the field, was the founder and executive director of the History Museum of East Otter Tail County...
July 18, 2013 - 2:25pm
July 12, 2013
Perham native recognized with national award
Gabe Christenson, a Northwestern Mutual financial representative based in Minnesota, is receiving the company’s Lives Leader Summit Award based on an outstanding year of helping clients achieve financial security. Christenson is a Perham native. “We’re proud of financial...
July 12, 2013 - 12:41pm
City OKs townhouse project
People looking for quality rental housing in Perham could have some new options by this time next year. City leaders have given the ‘go-ahead’ to a developer to purchase nearly seven acres of land in southwest Perham, for the purpose of constructing eight 4-unit townhouses. While...
July 12, 2013 - 11:46am
July 11, 2013
Arvig says rural phone companies not to blame for dropped calls
Arvig is working with federal regulators to address the issue of long-distance telephone calls not completing to customers in the communities it serves. According to a press release from Arvig, which is based in Perham, these “dropped calls” are happening all over the nation,...
July 11, 2013 - 4:47pm
A cask act: 25-year-old cooper runs family business
PARK RAPIDS, Minn. - Russ Karasch doesn’t hesitate to say he’s the “luckiest guy on Earth” to have his 25-year-old daughter as his boss. Heidi Karasch is the owner of Black Swan Cooperage, the Karasch family barrel-making business. She’s also one of the only female...
July 11, 2013 - 12:17pm
July 10, 2013
JL Beers signs franchise agreement, heads for Twin Cities
FARGO – The Fargo-Moorhead area’s first JL Beers was the launching point Tuesday for a major expansion of the brand. Mike Wright, who heads a Minneapolis-based company called FABAB NE, put pen to paper and signed a franchise agreement he and the originators of JL Beers...
July 10, 2013 - 10:30am
July 8, 2013
Rural telephone companies not to blame for dropped calls, says Arvig
Arvig is working with federal regulators to address the issue of long-distance telephone calls not completing to customers in the communities it serves. According to a press release from the Perham-based Arvig, these “dropped calls” are happening all over the nation, and...
July 8, 2013 - 12:06pm
July 3, 2013
Rummage Sale contest winner announced
Char Whitman was the lucky winner of the 2013 City Wide Rummage Sale grand prize grill. The contest was sponsored by Coldwell Banker Preferred Partners.
July 3, 2013 - 9:57am
June 27, 2013
Home rehab funds a possibility for Ottertail residents
Ottertail residents may soon be able to apply for home improvement funds to assist in making needed repairs to their homes. The funds would be available through a Small Cities Development Program for homeowners. “I got a call from the Fergus Falls and Otter Tail County HRA...
June 27, 2013 - 1:38pm
Early deadlines at the Focus due to 4th of July
The Perham Focus office will be closed on Thursday, July 4th; and will be open Friday, July 5 until 3 p.m. Deadline for the July 4th publication is this Friday (June 28) by 3 p.m. Deadline for the July 7 Contact is Wednesday, July 3 at noon.
June 27, 2013 - 9:51am
June 26, 2013
United Community Bank moves to new location
Retired United Community Bank employees, left to right, Carol Haugrud, Adeline Dykhoff, Pat Doll, Lois Nelson, Leona Rothiger, Jack Cavanagh, Bill Cavanagh and Dennis Awes were on hand to meet and greet customers on Monday as the bank celebrated its first day of business at its new...
June 26, 2013 - 3:54pm
June 21, 2013
Assessments less than expected: Street projects move forward
Assessments for the downtown and southwest neighborhood infrastructure improve- ments will be less than first thought, and residents revealed no major concerns about the projects at public hearings last week. Thus, construction will move forward as scheduled, beginning this summer...
June 21, 2013 - 11:32am