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November 7, 2018
 Governor-elect Tim Walz reaches out to an enthusiastic supporter before giving his victory speech at the DFL election night party in St. Paul, Tuesday, Nov. 6.  (Scott Takushi / Pioneer Press)
Walz wins governor race with 'One Minnesota'
November 7, 2018 - 12:05am
November 6, 2018
U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar gives her victory speech at the DFL election night party in St. Paul, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018. Scott Takushi / St. Paul Pioneer Press
Klobuchar wins re-election bid for Minnesota
November 6, 2018 - 11:53pm
Tina Smith
Smith bests Housley in special U.S. Senate race in Minnesota
November 6, 2018 - 11:44pm
Election official Bonnie Genin looks on as 18-year-old Lillian Bryniarski casts her first ballot ever at Perham City Hall during Tuesday's midterm election. (Marie Johnson / Perham Focus)
'Busier than I've ever seen it': High turnout at local polls follows record-setting early voting numbers
November 6, 2018 - 1:41pm
November 1, 2018
Roger Froemming
Otter Tail County Commissioner Froemming dies, leaving behind life of public service
November 1, 2018 - 4:33pm
October 30, 2018
Democrat Tim Walz, left, and Republican Jeff Johnson are vying for the Minnesota governor's seat. Walz is leading in the polls, but Johnson is narrowing the gap with less than two weeks to go until Election Day, Nov. 6. Forum News Service file photo
Minnesota governor candidates weigh in on 'birthright' issue
October 30, 2018 - 8:31pm
October 25, 2018
Democratic candidate for attorney general of Minnesota Keith Ellison. Special to Forum News Service
Three vying for Minnesota attorney general in hotly contested race
October 25, 2018 - 10:17am
An architect's rendering of what the Perham Area Community Center's exterior might look like after proposed improvements and an expansion. (Image courtesy of BHH Partners in Perham)
Voters have a say in PACC's fate with sales tax ballot question
October 25, 2018 - 8:10am
October 24, 2018
Perham Police Chief Jason Hoaby, far right, talks with other emergency response workers from around the state to plan their response to a mock train derailment in Perham during the 5th Annual Countywide Emergency Management Summit, held last Thursday at the Operations Center in Ottertail. (Marie Johnson / Perham Focus)
Countywide disaster training addresses mock freight train derailment in Perham
October 24, 2018 - 8:10am
October 23, 2018
LeighAnn Veit, a licensing clerk, works at her station at the Brainerd Licensing Office on Tuesday, Oct. 23. Veit and other staff have been subjected to verbal abuse and volatile outbursts from customers frustrated by the state's problematic licensing and registration program. Steve Kohls / Forum News Service
Tempers flare as Minnesota driver’s licensing department unveils new options, and required documents
October 23, 2018 - 9:47pm
October 19, 2018
Listen Now: Collin Peterson debates Dave Hughes
October 19, 2018 - 11:28am
October 11, 2018
State Senator Bill Ingebrigtsen cut a red ribbon during a ceremony Thursday morning at the Little McDonald-Krebs-Paul (LMKP) pumping station on East Little McDonald Drive. Joining him were, from left, LMKP Chairman Jim Nigg, Otter Tail County Commissioner Wayne Johnson, Department of Natural Resources Inspector Pat Lynch, Otter Tail County Commissioner Doug Huebsch, State Representative Larry "Bud" Nornes and Jeana Nelson, representing the Devils Lake group. Brian Hansel/FOCUS
Ribbon cutting ceremonies mark new era for lake property owners
October 11, 2018 - 4:54pm
October 9, 2018
Perham Area Community Center Board Member Rich McCrady gave the Perham City Council a look at tentative plans for renovating and upgrading the 29-year-old facility at their October meeting Monday evening. Brian Hansel/FOCUS
Perham council updated on construction proposals
October 9, 2018 - 3:31pm
Congressman Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) hosted a roundtable discussion Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018, on the campus of Minnesota State University Moorhead to discuss voting rights in the state. Ross Torgerson / Forum News Service
Minn. Democratic attorney general candidate Keith Ellison hosts roundtable event in Moorhead on voting rights
October 9, 2018 - 12:04pm
October 8, 2018
Drug syringe and cooked heroin on a spoon. Image: ThinkStock Photos.
Klobuchar-pushed bill will address opioid crisis
October 8, 2018 - 6:29pm