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Additional street improvements considered for city of Ottertail
AgweekTV: Weather outlook
Everybody 'love, love, loves' Perham's Grandma Odie
Henning native receives lifesaving award
Woman hurt in SUV rollover north of Fergus Falls
Perham girls fall to Barnesville in HOL opener
Perham boys hoops connect in season opening rout
Yellowjacket boys hoops open season on the road
Perham grapplers open season at Wadena
Jackie Mann Invitational returns with stacked field
Carol C. Peterson
Carol A. White
Edward (Skip) W. Hoger Jr.
Lana Christine Koll
Beckett Anthony Heminsley
Silas Robert Dickerson
Arvig to hire 200 workers
Ottertail's Hilltop Lumber breaks ground on new showroom
Perham's Second Hand Rose blossoms in new, bigger space
Bongards buys Main Street building in Perham for new cheese store
Nest takes flight: New coffee shop, kitchen retailer opens in Perham
Ottertail's Otterdazzle is Saturday at community center
Gobble Wobble 5K in Perham onThanksgiving Day
Holiday Tour of Homes benefits school foundation
2016 East Otter Tail County 4-H honors members during annual meeting and awards program
Lions Club creates comfortable seating for day training program
Debbie Irmen column: Nothing replaces first-day-of-school freshness
No solution in sight to approve tax relief
No matter what, oil will move
LTE:Letter presented to OTC commissioners on Star Lake Casino
Be safe on county highways over Labor Day
Director: Talented cast performs "Little Shop of Horrors'
A Center for the Arts will feature Flamenco and Mediterranean Music from Spain: Las Migas
The Rose Ensemble brings program about Jerusalem to Detroit Lakes
Kirkbride Art and History weekend is Sept. 16-17 in Fergus Falls
Another kind of 'dance fever'
September 3, 2015
Keeping roads safe, now and for the long haul
Over two-thirds of all Minnesota communities rely solely on trucks to haul their goods and products. As a professional truck driver, I have the privilege of being part of an industry that is essential to serving needs of greater Minnesota. Truck driving is my profession. I take...
September 3, 2015 - 10:06am
August 27, 2015
Corny story: moonshining with Minnesota 13
I grew up on a farm in northeast Iowa back when I can remember dad and his uncle and other farmers talk about hand-picking cobs of field corn, about “bangboards” and wrist-mounted ear huskers and long days in the field at harvest time. You picked the ear, ripped the...
August 27, 2015 - 2:15pm
August 12, 2015
Boy! Break-ups are hard to do. That’s what I was thinking to myself as My True Love had me cornered in our bedroom, asking me with a tone of voice that brooked no denial: “Exactly how long have you two been together?” A guy’s worst nightmare. And...
August 12, 2015 - 5:19pm
Care Carnival was a success
I would like to recognize two people in our community who goes the extra mile to help those in need. Last Saturday, Aug. 1, ten different charities came together to participate in one fundraising event. As far as I know, this was a first of its kind in Perham, and the main...
August 12, 2015 - 5:19pm
August 6, 2015
Royal laundry woes
Retirement is being good to me, all things considered. Three years into it, everything seems to be okay, although if life has taught me nothing else after having fought it to a draw all these years, usually we ourselves are about the last to know. Unfortunately,...
August 6, 2015 - 5:36pm
July 29, 2015
In the Write Zone
Words and coherently writing them down for others to read have been a big part of my life since I won my first writing competition in the seventh grade. The assignment then was simple: craft an original work of fiction that would conveniently fulfill the creative writing...
July 29, 2015 - 3:51pm
Things happen for a reason, not always happy reasons
So sometimes things happen for a reason. Of course, the reason often isn’t necessarily something we’re happy about. “Oh,” people say to me, “did you get a different truck?” No. It’s my old truck, but after it had a close encounter with the forest,...
July 29, 2015 - 3:49pm
July 23, 2015
Survival of the fittest: immigrating to Minnesota
There’s a lot of focus lately on immigration, and although mostly it’s about the USA-Mexican border, I think maybe there’s something there for us here in Minnesota, too. Specifically, I think there should be a better process to determine whether or not someone...
July 23, 2015 - 2:46pm
July 16, 2015
St. Urho Finnish Wife Carrying Contest a head scratcher of a tradition
The St. Urho Finnish Wife Carrying Contest in Menahga was announced a while back. I think it’s over now, and I haven’t heard who won. I guess I could find out. Is it possible that it might be important? And I don’t know it? The other day I read that the average...
July 16, 2015 - 12:18pm
July 9, 2015
Cherry picking: A metaphor for life, and more importantly, pie
There are several things about picking my cherry tree that are, it seems to me upon further thought, a lot like life. (Yes, it is a cherry tree, here this far north, but it’s a pie cherry, not a sweet one like they grow much further south.) I have a small bucket tied to a...
July 9, 2015 - 12:25pm
Response to questions raised by reader regarding school bond issue
As a community member who attended multiple information sessions regarding the school bond referendum, I would like to address questions raised in last week’s letter to the editor. 1) Referendum amount and timing. The headline in the Perham Focus along with all District...
July 9, 2015 - 12:02pm
July 1, 2015
Reader raises questions about school bond issue
In regard to the school bond issue, $58 million is a huge amount. With other bonds paid off, we still are taxed for the school district. This amount would then be added, correct? The school board imposed a levy last year, too. And, let’s be clear; the amount is for $58 million,...
July 1, 2015 - 4:17pm
Nothing beats owning a hardware store
In the world of gift purchasing, nothing can beat the experience I gained in owning and operating a hardware store. Christmas was the biggest of those seasons, but men kept a pretty steady march into the store all year long for birthday and anniversary presents. These were...
July 1, 2015 - 4:15pm
June 25, 2015
Thinking about lost items
I was thinking the other day (About this thinking, it was a special occasion; otherwise, thinking always gets me into some kind of trouble, you know?) about all the things that I have lost over the years. Things like pliers, for example. Back when I had the hardware store, I once...
June 25, 2015 - 1:22pm
June 18, 2015
Money for trees
If you think our roads are in bad shape—they are. You may think it is because the Minnesota Department of Transportation is short of money. In reality, that’s not the core at all. MnDot is rolling in extra funds. They have money to give away. If you don’t believe it,...
June 18, 2015 - 2:03pm