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January 11, 2017
Hoot's Sports sells recreational marine vehicles, ATVS and more at locations in Perham, Ottertail and Alexandria, Minn. The business is now under new ownership by Ray's Marine, a Grand Rapids, Minn.-based company.  Photo from
Hoot’s Sports sold to Grand Rapids dealer; Ray’s Marine takes over
January 11, 2017 - 11:06am
January 7, 2017
Marty Flicek, left, a Hancock Concrete supervisor is shown Oct. 20, 2016, with Chief Executive Officer Rob Schmidgall. Flicek says he tries to help other workers clean up their language; not try to punish them. Forum News Service
No swearing, no jerks: That's the rule at this west-central MN company
January 7, 2017 - 11:12am
Kmart in Detroit Lakes has announced it will be closing up shop come April 1. Until then, the employees will be working to liquidate all of the inventory. Kaysey Price/Tribune
DL Kmart announces closure, effective April 1
January 7, 2017 - 11:01am
December 15, 2016
Thrifty White's downtown shop will be closing Dec. 23 after 35 years of business. The pharmacy, located at Dean's, will remain open. Marie Johnson/FOCUS
Thrifty White's downtown Perham store to close Dec. 23
December 15, 2016 - 11:30am
December 1, 2016
Arvig, a telecommunications company based in Perham, plans to hire about 200 new workers in the foreseeable future as part of an initiative to improve internet access and speeds in underserved rural areas within its service area.  Marie Johnson/FOCUS
Arvig to hire 200 workers
December 1, 2016 - 11:30am
November 23, 2016
First row from left, Jim Espelund, Teresa Schoenrock*, Tonya Thorson*, Patty and Paul Klimek*, Brian Klimek*, John Carlson, John Haverland, Dan Whitehead, Sandy Palubicki and Kathy Wagenman.* Second row, from left, Brian Quiram, Duaine Steuber, Myron Lueders, Dave Haglund*, Loren Hawes, Eric Doll*, Mike Ahlfs, Matt Blashack*, Sarah Carlson, Ken Grewe, Doug Bjorkland and Kermit Nelson* (* denotes Hilltop Lumber employees) Debbie Irmen/FOCUS
Ottertail's Hilltop Lumber breaks ground on new showroom
November 23, 2016 - 1:00pm
Second Hand Rose specializes in clothing and accessories, but also sells home decor, vintage toys, antique dishware and a wide variety of other items.  Marie Johnson/FOCUS
Perham's Second Hand Rose blossoms in new, bigger space
November 23, 2016 - 7:30am
November 4, 2016
Bongards plan to install a tall sign outside the front of its new cheese store, which will be located kitty-corner from the Perham Chamber office. The store is expected to open this spring. Submitted image
Bongards buys Main Street building in Perham for new cheese store
November 4, 2016 - 8:13pm
November 2, 2016
A wall inside the Nest retail store displays knives, cheese slicers, tongs and all sorts of other kitchen gadgets and necessities.  Marie Johnson/FOCUS
Nest takes flight: New coffee shop, kitchen retailer opens in Perham
November 2, 2016 - 9:12am
October 27, 2016
From left, Owner Yobani Melchor, will handle the day-to-day management and cooking at the Mexican eatery, Los Jalapenos Taqueria, opening in early November in the former Pizza Ranch location. Working with Yobani will be Angel Balcarcel. Pat Strand, owner, will work behind the scenes doing the paperwork. Debbie Irmen/FOCUS
New Mexican restaurant to open in Perham in early November
October 27, 2016 - 4:00pm
Customers can start flocking to Nest on Tuesday
October 27, 2016 - 11:31am
October 13, 2016
Chris and Shelly Mensing, left, of Lakes Country Landscaping and Irrigation, have purchased Birds, Blossoms and Beyond from Jodi and Nick Theroux, right. The Mensings plan to continue selling the same merchandise that has been offered at the store since it opened 11 years ago, but will also be expanding the business into a full-service landscaping center. They will be doing some remodeling over the winter, and will open the new store, under the Lakes Country Landscaping name, in spring.  Marie Johnson/FOCUS
Perham's Therouxs sell Birds, Blossoms and Beyond to Lakes Country Landscaping
October 13, 2016 - 4:30am
September 21, 2016
TSMA's October meeting planned in Glenwood Oct. 4
September 21, 2016 - 11:18am
Sean Johnson with MN Kota Concrete  works on the concrete at Nest on Tuesday in Perham. Kelsee Newton / Perham Focus
Nest business opening in October
September 21, 2016 - 11:15am
September 16, 2016
Preparing to become a caregiver takes planning
September 16, 2016 - 2:47pm