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Vehicle lands in ditch, man injured near Perham
Richville woman hurt in rollover accident
Twin Cities PBS seeks personal Vietnam War stories for a digital Story Wall
County government, museum help in planning for county anniversary
Advanced care planning informational meeting slated for May 25
Speicher to compete at National Championships
Perham upsets Osakis in subsection semifinals
Yellowjackets run streak to nine straight
Perham tennis downs Minnewaska, falls to Crookston
Perham girls golf continues HOL dominance
Maxine R. Boedigheimer Morical
Herbert R. Woods
Bruce D. Williamson
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
April 7, 2016
Debbie's Digest: Family history worth more than $2.99
Last week, an Ottertail woman stopped by the office to relinquish a binder of a local family’s history. Her daughter had picked it up at a thrift store in northern Minnesota. The woman, Joyce Ward, and her daughter didn’t feel right throwing it away. Her daughter, upon seeing...
April 7, 2016 - 12:01pm
April 1, 2016
Debbie's Digest:Conquer depression with some help
In the early 1990s, a severe depression gripped my soul, my heart and my mind, incapacitating me to such an extent that I briefly contemplated my existence. It was a very dark period in my life. With each perceived failure, the grip tightened and left me unable to focus on anything...
April 1, 2016 - 3:22pm
March 21, 2016
Cooking for Life: Sugar cookies that will melt in your mouth
Over the years my mom has found some of the best recipes that are repeatedly requested by my brother and I. She makes the best bread pudding, the best pecan pie — it uses finely chopped pecans rather than the full nut, which I like better — and the best sugar cookies, which I...
March 21, 2016 - 2:31pm
February 12, 2016
Debbie's Digest: Books open doors to other worlds
As a little girl, my nose was always buried in a book. I started reading early and by the time I was in first grade had read “Black Beauty,” still one of my favorite books. I also attribute “Black Beauty” to my deep sensitivity to any kind of maltreatment of animals. I came...
February 12, 2016 - 12:52pm
Cooking for life: Yummy chicken recipe also easy to make
The notation in the cookbook says, “Yummy!” with two lines drawn under the word for emphasis. There are a lot of pages dog-eared in my “Taste of Home Simple and Delicious Cookbook” (242 Quick, Easy Recipes with Everyday Ingredients), which is my method to mark a recipe I think...
February 12, 2016 - 11:49am
February 5, 2016
Debbie's Digest: News work is still rewarding job
Most people aren’t fond of the month of February. I, on the other hand, like it for two reasons – it’s the month of my birthday; and I started in the newspaper business a quarter century ago in February. Without question, I think it’s the best job ever and I have enjoyed my...
February 5, 2016 - 1:43pm
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 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
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
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
October 1, 2015
Troubles with technology
Technology and I have been at each other’s throats for a long time. I’ve held my own pretty well ever since I came back from Vietnam. It was then I realized that my refrigerator was poisoning me. I wouldn’t have known that, except for the fact that the furnace...
October 1, 2015 - 3:04pm
September 17, 2015
Outwitting a teller of tall tales
When I had the hardware store in Boatville, and Mom and Dad came up from Iowa to visit, Dad would come into the store with me Saturday morning. I had received a patio table and chairs from a customer in lieu of payment, and that sat up front in the store, and quickly...
September 17, 2015 - 10:34am
September 10, 2015
Speeding through life is an ongoing talent
With all the attention police are getting all across the country, perhaps I can kick in some of my experiences. I have Paula with me in my old, souped-up Chevy. It’s 1965. She’s a nurse, just finished a night shift. I had just picked her up after my band gig, and although...
September 10, 2015 - 11:38am