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LaFond qualifies for Hamline Elite Meet

Perham's Martin LaFond takes off during the Class A championships during the triple jump at Hamline in 2017. The senior qualified for the Hamline Elite Meet and will compete on April 27. File photo
Perham senior Martin LaFond has qualified for the Hamline Elite Meet. The annual event takes place on Friday, April 27 at Hamline University in St. Paul. LaFond qualified in a ...
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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Perham earns a pair of road wins

The Perham tennis team picked up a pair of wins on April 24 when they defeated New London-Spicer 6-1 and Benson 7-0 in Benson, Minn. It was the first two ...
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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Perham man hurt in Highway 10 crash near DL

Emergency workers respond to the scene of an accident on Highway 10 just east of Detroit Lakes on Friday. Vicki Gerdes / Tribune
An apparent medical emergency led to a one-vehicle crash on Highway 10 just east of Detroit Lakes on Friday. Sgt. Jesse Grabow of the Minnesota State Patrol said troopers responded ...
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Yellowjackets cruise in home opener

Perham's Noah Rooney loses his helmet and looks on as the ball found its way into centerfield after Rooney swiped second base in the first inning against Mahnomen/Waubun. Jason Groth/FOCUS
The Perham baseball team ushered in a new era in a big way, putting up 21 runs in their season-opening victory over Mahnomen/Waubun at Matt’s Field on April 24 in ...
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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Perham Lakeside set for the new season

The frustration for area golfers is coming to an end. Area golfers will be able to tee up the ball, swing their clubs and yell fore for the first time ...
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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AgweekTV: Sczepanski Farm Insolvency

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A large scale farmer in the Stephen, Minnesota area, has gone out of business, leaving lots of debt behind. Watch the full episode of AgweekTV on Agweek.com Get the latest ...
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Perham tennis drops opener to Moorhead

The Perham Yellowjackets opened the cover to the 2018 boys tennis season when they traveled to the Moorhead Spuds for their first dual meet of the season. It wasn’t just ...
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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Summit to address football concerns in Minnesota

The Minnesota Football Coaches Association, in partnership with the Minnesota State High School League, and support from the Minnesota Vikings, is hosting the inaugural Minnesota Football Summit on Saturday, May ...
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Perham students sign National Letter of Intent

Zack Zajac, Hannah Ekse, Ian Christenson, Gabby DeBoer, Tanner Knutson and Chantelle Lysne sign their National Letters of Intent during a Natlional Signing Day ceremony at Perham High School. Jason Groth/FOCUS
It was a day of celebration at Perham High School when six student-athletes announced their intentions to continue their athletic career at the next level on April 12 at the ...
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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Suspect in double homicide near Perham spent over a year in a mental hospital

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PERHAM, Minn. – William Hillman, the 21-year-old jailed in the deaths of a rural Perham mother and son this week, was declared mentally ill in 2016 in Cass County, Minn., ...
Helmut Schmidt

Helmut Schmidt was born in Germany, but grew up in the Twin Cities area, graduating from Park High School of Cottage Grove. After serving a tour in the U.S. Army, he attended the University of St. Thomas in St Paul, Minn., graduating in 1984 with a degree in journalism. He then worked at the Albert Lea (Minn.) Tribune and served as managing editor there for three years. He joined The Forum in October 1989, working as a copy editor until 2000. Since then, he has worked as a reporter on several beats, including education, Fargo city government, business and military affairs. He is currently The Forum's K-12 education reporter.

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