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UPDATE: Last of 9 prisoners who escaped in state van caught on Minneapolis bridge
Near the front lines
Street improvements underway in Ottertail
‘Because of others’ sacrifices’: Perham fourth graders are the first in the country to perform new WWII musical
Woman, 2 toddlers hurt in Otter Tail County crash
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
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
MN House and Senate budget proposals concerning
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
Perham area calendar of events
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
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
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