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Minn. vice principal arrested on suspicion of soliciting a child for sex
Homelessness in the Becker, Otter Tail County area hard on elderly
MN man accused of following woman, girl for more than 20 miles
PHS students perform in Chicago festival
MN mom with history of mental illness gets prison for poisoning baby
Bluejays end Raiders’ season in consolation semis
Fergus Falls advances to Minnesota Class 3A boys fifth-place game
Breckenridge falls to New Richland-H-E-G
Goodhue takes down LP-A Raiders for second straight year
Minnesota Boys State Basketball Tournament--Thursday action
Marjorie Ann Fraki
Donald "Don" Darrell Schermerhorn
Peggy Lynette Korell
Lana Christine Koll
Beckett Anthony Heminsley
Silas Robert Dickerson
Must be ‘ruff’: The Backyard now pampering dogs and cats with full-service grooming salon
Rumors of sporting goods store opening in Perham 'absolutely false'
Blandin Foundation awards broadband grant to Otter Tail County for feasibility study
New kid on the (cheese) block: Bongards store opening Thursday in Perham
Mexican restaurant, Los Jalapeno Taqueria in Perham now open
Two local veterans receive Quilts of Valor quilts
New board members elected to The Bridge Community Pantry
Otter Tail County women who died within days of each other were related
'How beautiful the brain is': Perham woman and crash survivor, Kellie Smith, reaches out to others like her with new brain injury support group
PHS students collecting change for food pantry
Movies can transport viewers to new heights
Two Perham fellas help one damsel in distress
Letter to the Editor: Sazamas offer thanks for neighbors' generosity
Letter to the Editor: Sunday liquor sales resolution based on rhetoric
Guest Editorial: Don't believe your lying eyes, just believe us (wah-ha-ha!)
A contest for real saps: Vergas' Maple Syrup Festival to include tasting competition
Giggles, games and goodies: St. Henry's Fun Fair
WE Fest lineup announced for Aug. 3-5 DL music fest
Lakes Area Home and Cabin Show starts Friday
Bill Paxton, 'Titanic' and 'Big Love' Star, Dead at 61
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
September 3, 2015
Heartfelt memories of a long-standing family tradition
Our big get-together of 2015 is behind us now, unforgettably residing in the memories of all the friends and relatives who came to what has become an annual tradition in my family. It is simply called The Barn Dance. Our (my brother and I) parents are long gone at this point,...
September 3, 2015 - 10:12am
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