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Is the 2010 BP oil spill killing Minnesota's loons?: DNR works to minimize long-term impact of migratory birds' exposure to toxic oil
Frazee native walks away unscathed after vehicle slides off interstate into Devil's Lake
Memorial Day gas prices higher than last year, but still low overall
'The Greatest Show on Earth' takes its final bow amid tears and thunderous applause
AgweekTV: North Dakota flavor in DC
Yellowjackets advance in 6AA playoffs
Yellowjackets buzz Frazee in regular season finale
Perham girls golf takes HOL-Pelican Rapids
Perham tennis returns to the win column
Yellowjackets earn home sweep of Frazee
Bruce Dean Williamson
Herbert R. Woods
Tanya Marie Sazama
Tristan Adam Wike
Jaxson Michael Umland
Brooklyn Rae Collins
Chase Owen Hall
Leo James Nordick
Perham Hotel Receives Top Honors at GrandStay Hospitality, LLC Brand Conference
Local bank president among those who met with President Trump
Don't let the bugs bug you: new mosquito prevention business coming to Perham area
New border tax would affect Minnesota businesses
Lil' Evil relocating to new, larger location on Perham's East Main
Johnny Cash Tribute Show is tomorrow in Perham
MS Pizza Ranch fundraiser in Perham is April 24
Perham prom, post prom planned April 29 at PWMS
Family ties built during dirt digging
St. Henry's Church conducts renewal weekend
What is a bumper height law and the law about tires that extend out past the fenders?
Letter: The new Republican repeal and Replace plan
Investing in a 21st Century workforce
It isn't driver's ed until ma is screaming in your right ear
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Set yourself free from codependency; seek help if you need it
High tunnel gardening class, kids' wet felting class set for on May 20
Bring your lawn chairs: Ottertail’s Tuesday summer concerts at the park are back
Elementary art exhibit showcases students' best
Great American Think-Off finalists announced
Red River Valley Veterans Concert Band to perform in Perham May 11
February 1, 2016
Debbie's Digest:Birthdays should be celebrated big
I’ll be celebrating a birthday in a couple weeks, though I don’t remember exactly how old I will be. I’ve found the older I get, the less importance my age carries. But I’ve always believed birthdays should be a big deal. Having a February birth, my mom always made me a heart-shaped...
February 1, 2016 - 11:15am
January 22, 2016
AARP says MN best place to retire
According to AARP, Minnesota is the best place in the United States to retire. Clearly they weren't taking weather and temperatures into consideration. What they were taking into account though were housing, health care and services for our older residents. So according to AARP's...
January 22, 2016 - 10:25pm
January 21, 2016
Debbie's Digest:Peanut butter bars have a way of disappearing
When my kids were little and involved in kid activities, there were often occasions when a pan of bars was required. You know how it goes. And working full time left little time to spend making bars, so this recipe became my standby. Because these bars go together so quickly and only...
January 21, 2016 - 1:16pm
Debbie's Digest:Webcam offers eagle’s-eye view of nest
Thanks to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, I took up eagle watching a few years ago. It was an obsession back then – I just didn’t want to miss a single egg turn. I clicked onto the webcam a couple days ago and found momma eagle (I presume it was momma) sitting...
January 21, 2016 - 1:07pm
LTE: Have gas prices gone down for all?
Are we being played for fools or being used? Our federal government decided senior citizens disability recipients did not need a raise in Social Security and Supplemental Security Income benefits because gas prices are cheap (have gone down). Just think about it. Many seniors do not...
January 21, 2016 - 1:06pm
December 31, 2015
Debbie's Digest:News of 2015 records life and times of Perham
The Focus staff put together a top 10 list of news stories – those events which we reported throughout the year that impacted people or the community as a whole, or is a rare event in a town that cherishes a neighborly spirit. Some of the big events impact Perham’s economic...
December 31, 2015 - 1:18pm
LTE: Mom's care at Perham Health fosters appreciation of hospital
On Dec. 3, we admitted our mom to the Perham hospital.Little did we know that she would spend the last 11 days of her life there. As word of her illness spread around the country, relatives and friends started to pour in. Sometimes our singing, laughing (yes, mom wanted her children...
December 31, 2015 - 1:16pm
December 23, 2015
Debbie's Digest: Hundreds benefit from United Way
Over the years, I have been an avid supporter of the United Way and all the people it helps through its partner organizations. The United Way takes my donation and the donations of hundreds of others, collects it and then disperses those donations to more than 19 other organizations...
December 23, 2015 - 12:48pm
December 11, 2015
Debbie's Digest:Parents beware today’s TV ads
Am I the only one who finds some of the commercials on TV disturbing? Take for instance, the Cinnamon Crunch cereal ads in which the cereal pieces eat each other. Or the Pop Tart commercial where three flavors are being introduced. Someone in the audience eats all three flavors, leaving...
December 11, 2015 - 1:30pm
Shop local this holiday season
What goes around comes around. Shopping local becomes a great big circle, with the residents and businesses of Perham the benefactors. With the quaint shops located downtown and down several side streets offering a unique selection of gifts ideas, it shouldn’t be difficult to find...
December 11, 2015 - 1:20pm
No form of tobacco is safe
I recently saw an article that reinforces a message that local public health workers have been sharing for some time: chew, snuff and other smokeless tobacco products are not a safe alternative to cigarettes. A new study by researchers from the Food and Drug Administration and the...
December 11, 2015 - 1:19pm
December 3, 2015
Many folks contributed to election
To all who helped the Perham-Dent School District referendum pass, a hearty thank you. The voters were the key players last Tuesday, of course, but there were so many who had a hand in the election. Obviously, the committee who gave of their time, energy and talents deserve a big...
December 3, 2015 - 1:28pm
November 25, 2015
LTE: Support HACA by shopping on Amazon
Many of us will do some holiday shopping online or make regular internet purchases throughout the year. If you are making purchases through Amazon, you can help out our nonprofit, and it won’t cost you anything extra. Simply go to Amazon Smile first before you start shopping (or...
November 25, 2015 - 11:29am
LTE:WCI a ‘Swiss army knife’ for regional development
Have you ever worked on a project you can’t complete because you don’t have the right tool? In community and economic development, the same thing can happen. West Central Initiative is a regional community foundation that works with west central Minnesota communities and organizations...
November 25, 2015 - 11:26am
November 19, 2015
LTE:It’s time to act on school building project
In response to Cheryl Harris’s Nov 12th letter to the editor: I am disappointed by the misinformation that continues to surround the Perham-Dent referendum to improve our schools. Let me introduce myself: I am conservative in my views, oppose a tax-and-spend mentality, and...
November 19, 2015 - 11:22am