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No bomb found after threat in Pelican Rapids
Toddler, whose mother was stabbed during abduction, found safe; suspect arrested
Anglers rescued after falling through ice on northern Minnesota lakes
Minn. Republicans' cuts to health, human services include shifts into next fiscal year
Staying safe and warm: Homelessness programs have a big impact in the area
Richter commits to Golden Gophers
HOL wraps up 2016-17 basketball season
Perham's Richter verbally commits to play football for the Gophers
Bluejays end Raiders’ season in consolation semis
Fergus Falls advances to Minnesota Class 3A boys fifth-place game
Donald "Don" Darrell Schermerhorn
Lana Christine Koll
Beckett Anthony Heminsley
Silas Robert Dickerson
Former intern joins KW as showing agent
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
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
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
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
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
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
May 27, 2015
Cousin’s foolproof gas
“Cousin,” which is what I’ll call him, is gone now, so I can tell stories about him, I guess. Were he here, I think he’d enjoy them, so here goes… This story involves Cousin and the farm gas barrel. He turned 16 just after I did, and his parents bought him a car...
May 27, 2015 - 5:04pm
May 15, 2015
Buffering, binge-watching blues
The latest word to enter our vocabulary is: “binge-watching.” Binge-watching refers to the tendency on our part –now that we can internet-wi-fi-stream movies and television stuff from Hulu, Amazon Prime and Netflix – to start something and become intoxicatingly addicted...
May 15, 2015 - 11:54am
April 24, 2015
Hemped up about ditch weed
This is a headline I saw recently: “Minnesota senator worries hemp would lead to legal marijuana.” I have several thoughts regarding this. Over the years when I was in the HVAC business, most of my skills seemed to involve not figuring out technical things, but figuring...
April 24, 2015 - 12:26pm
April 16, 2015
Family trees, Viking hands and DNA
I’ve been doing a lot of research into my family tree. You know, collecting information on grandparents, building some rudimentary family trees myself. Most of my heritage has already been worked out for me, by others who have put in a ton of work on it. There are some immediate...
April 16, 2015 - 1:24pm
April 8, 2015
Band-ing together at Ft. Bliss
It was 1968, early spring. It was prophetic that the airplane delivering a load of us fresh recruits to El Paso, Texas—Ft. Bliss— for Army basic training had to circle the city for an hour and a half because of a sand storm. And sandy it was. Each evening, when we returned...
April 8, 2015 - 4:12pm
March 11, 2015
Twine’s ‘clear’ story
So, it’s 1969. Me, Tex and Twine are sitting in a five-foot steel culvert buried beneath a couple layers of sandbags that served more for psychological relief than anything. If a 122-mm ChiCom rocket scored a direct hit on us, there weren’t enough sandbags in Vietnam to save...
March 11, 2015 - 2:52pm
March 4, 2015
Sewing the seeds of spring
Spring is coming. You can tell because the seed catalogues are arriving. Every year, about this time, it seems constructive to put down in words what I learned about apple trees this past year. After 35 years of wrangling the darn things, I would have thought that I would have...
March 4, 2015 - 3:14pm
February 18, 2015
Finally! Another family get-together. What with being gone and everyone being busy and just all the stuff that pulls a nuclear family into atomic breakdown, it has become increasingly hard to get all the germs in one house. Meaning: It has become clear to me that whenever more than...
February 18, 2015 - 4:25pm