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Fast start, strong finish helps Perham close out Esko

Perham's Martin LaFond drives to the basket and gets the layup as Esko's Quinn Fischer defends during the first half of Perham's victory over Esko. Jason Groth/FOCUS
The seventh-ranked Perham Yellowjackets raced out to a big lead and held off the surging 10th-ranked Esko Eskomos 66-58 for their 15th straight win on Jan. 20 at the Lincoln ...
Jason Groth

 Groth is a Minnesota Newspaper Association award-winning Sports Editor of the Perham Focus and the Wadena Pioneer Journal. Groth worked in Grand Rapids as the Sports Director at KOZY/KMFY radio for two years and prior to that he was the Sports Editor/Writer for the Grand Rapids Herald-Review for seven years. 

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Bears steal pivotal section game from Lakers

Kade Chapman (20) beats the Laker defense and goalie Blake Itzen above the waffle during a crucial section victory by the Bears at Kent Freeman Arena. Robert Williams / Tribune
Lake of the Woods came out with big hits and the lead in the third period while Laker skaters spent too much time in the penalty box to hand the ...
Robert Williams

Sports Editor at the Detroit Lakes Tribune. Williams worked prior as the Sports Editor in Perham for the Focus, a Forum Communications newspaper, from 2010-14. 

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AgweekTV: Show Goats

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Goats are becoming more popular in the show world. In fact, the number of goats in the region is on the rise. We met up with one family is working ...
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Perham shuts down Pelican Rapids for 14th straight win

The Perham Yellowjackets continued their best start in school history with a 57-37 victory over Pelican Rapids on Jan. 19, moving to 14-0 with the Heart O’Lakes Conference victory.
Jason Groth

 Groth is a Minnesota Newspaper Association award-winning Sports Editor of the Perham Focus and the Wadena Pioneer Journal. Groth worked in Grand Rapids as the Sports Director at KOZY/KMFY radio for two years and prior to that he was the Sports Editor/Writer for the Grand Rapids Herald-Review for seven years. 

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Jackets defense shuts down Frazee Girls

Gabby DeBoer scored a game-high 12 points and Perham’s defense stymied Frazee in a 42-26 Heart O’ Lakes Conference girls basketball contest Thursday in Frazee. Frazee’s 26 points scored was ...
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Perham grapplers win home finale against Detroit Lakes

Perham's Matthew Bush ties up Detroit Lake's Garrett Nelson and gets ready to turn him on his shoulders. Bush earned the fall win for Perham at 152. Jason Groth/FOCUS1 / 2
Perham's Zach Peterson gets the pin on Detroit Lakes' Noah Olds at 182 pounds. Jason Groth/FOCUS2 / 2
The fifth-ranked Perham Yellowjackets ended an era with a 49-12 victory over the Detroit Lakes Lakers on Jan. 18 at the Prairie Wind Middle School gymnasium. It was fitting that ...
Jason Groth

 Groth is a Minnesota Newspaper Association award-winning Sports Editor of the Perham Focus and the Wadena Pioneer Journal. Groth worked in Grand Rapids as the Sports Director at KOZY/KMFY radio for two years and prior to that he was the Sports Editor/Writer for the Grand Rapids Herald-Review for seven years. 

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Morris named finalist for NHSACA Coach of the Year

The National High School Athletic Coaches Association announced the advancement of Jeff Morris from Perham High School as a finalist for the National High School Athletic Coaches Association National Coach ...
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School board has construction site walk through

Chad Borrmann with BHH Partners Planners/Architects, describes to school board members what this space in the academic part of the new high school will be used for when the building opens next fall. (Kim Brasel/FOCUS).
The Perham school board met Wednesday, items on the agenda included the election of officers, approval of the 2018 PACC capital requests and a construction site walk through of the ...
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VIDEO: Brothers re-open Perham tire business

Kevin Wallevand

Kevin Wallevand has been a Reporter at WDAY-TV since 1983. He is a native of Vining, Minnesota in Otter Tail County. His series and documentary work have brought him to Africa, Vietnam, Haiti, Kosovo, South America, Mongolia and the Middle East. He is an Emmy and Edward R. Murrow award recipient.

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Minn. health insurance program breaks previous record for signups

ST. PAUL — A record number of Minnesotans have signed up for health insurance coverage through the state’s MNsure program. The program said Wednesday, Jan. 17, that 116,358 residents have ...
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