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Stacked storm packed a windy punch, but not much snow
Dakota Access 'fully committed' to completing pipeline using current route
Additional street improvements considered for city of Ottertail
AgweekTV: Weather outlook
Everybody 'love, love, loves' Perham's Grandma Odie
Yellowjacket grapplers run away with Kaatz Memorial
Detroit Lakes wins the Jackie Mann Invitational
Yellowjackets rebound with strong win over Park Rapids
Perham girls fall to Barnesville in HOL opener
Perham boys hoops connect in season opening rout
William J. Cole
Diana Lynn Aker
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
Angel of Hope vigil canceled
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
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'
December 11, 2014
The Prairie Spy: Without study hall, where can kids get into trouble?
A recent area newspaper gave front-page importance to the fact that the local high school was not going to offer a study hall. Further reading of the article seems to indicate that, in fact, there has been no study hall for some time. I didn’t know you could do away with something...
December 11, 2014 - 4:12pm
June 20, 2014
Johnson's Journal: Burst pipes and aching backs: An initiation into homeownership
“Honey, where are the forks?” “Seriously? Fork-get about it. They’re packed away somewhere, probably at the bottom of the biggest, heaviest box at the bottom of the tallest, heaviest pile of boxes.” “C’mon. Really? How am I supposed to eat my week-old leftovers...
June 20, 2014 - 2:37pm
May 31, 2014
Column: Giving ‘shotgun wedding’ a whole new meaning
Do you want to know what a great wedding is to a guy? Do you really, really want to know? Well, stay tuned. Here it all comes. From a guy. Who just attended the wedding of his nephew. First, and most importantly, a great wedding is someone else’s other than your own. I could...
May 31, 2014 - 7:57am
May 29, 2014
Column: Memorial Day a good time to leave your comfort zone
“Memorial Day is uncomfortable, if the truth be known.” Looking around the sparsely populated Prairie Wind Middle School gymnasium during Monday’s Memorial Day service, speaker Paul Anderson, a Perham pastor and retired Navy Chaplain, pointed to empty chairs and bleachers...
May 29, 2014 - 12:01pm
May 16, 2014
Column: A good friend gone, but not forgotten
Yesterday, I deleted Stanley B.’s phone number from my cell phone. I’ve deleted phone numbers before, but not for this reason. His brother called me two days ago and informed me that Stanley, at the age of 77, had passed away. Stanley and I have talked on the phone for the...
May 16, 2014 - 12:00pm
May 9, 2014
Column: A dog, a parade and Perham’s first band
Editor’s note: This bit of Perham history is excerpted from “Perham in its Eary Days,” written by Henry Kemper in 1901. In 1880, John Hauck arrived from Ohio to teach school at the St. Joseph district, where he also organized a brass band. This awakened the young men of Perham,...
May 9, 2014 - 10:00am
Column: Spending our lives (and possibly our deaths) on hold
“Please hold for the next available operator/clerk/account-administrator/technician/helpfulpersonwhoknowseverythingbuttellsnothing.” Life on hold, that’s what we’re living now. As if being placed on temporary leave from our lives by a nonhuman recording isn’t bad enough,...
May 9, 2014 - 9:56am
May 1, 2014
Column: Wife-carrying and other weird customs
There are some really weird customs in the world. Here in the U.S.A., we don’t go in much for really far-out rituals and behaviors, although some might say giving a 16-year-old a license to get behind the wheel and direct a two-ton missile down the road a little bit “out there.” I...
May 1, 2014 - 12:56pm
April 24, 2014
Column: A pile of wood is money in the bank
With all the things that have to be done now that warm weather is here, it gets a little overwhelming. It would, all things considered, be a good time to take up serious drinking. Since that doesn’t help, one must prioritize. So. First things first. There’s a pile of...
April 24, 2014 - 11:53am
April 17, 2014
Column: I’m just sayin’: There’s a methane to this madness
The White House and the EPA recently announced efforts to regulate (meaning tax) methane gases and the sources of those gases. One of the main targets of their efforts is the dairy industry. Their target is to reduce methane emissions by 25 percent by 2020. Why the dairy industry?...
April 17, 2014 - 11:48am
Column: How not to talk to women
“Do you know we’ve been together now for five years?” said My True Love to me the other day. Now, I’m no lawyer, but on the other hand, I didn’t ride the turnip truck across the border and hang on over some pretty bumpy roads just to fall off over a leading question like...
April 17, 2014 - 11:45am
April 10, 2014
Column: Mud may be the only thing worse than snow
I’m tired of winter. I’m tired of cold weather. I’m tired of firewood (which is all gone). I’m tired of snow. Snow on the roof, snow on the driveway, snow on the front step, snow on the lakes. Snow that melts. And freezes. And drifts. And comes again. And melts some more....
April 10, 2014 - 2:02pm
March 27, 2014
Column: Cheesed off: Let us keep our dairy-airs
Something in the world of dairy stinks, and it’s not because of the cows. I’m not on the family farm now as much as I used to be, but I still try to keep up with some news from the dairy industry. Last week, I read about something that has me a bit, well, cheesed off. Politics...
March 27, 2014 - 1:57pm
March 21, 2014
Column: I’ve got the (spring) fever
This time of year has always been torture to me. Once I’ve heard that first chickadee of spring whistle ‘weee-doo,’ I’m doomed. My dreams begin to feature sandals, the crunch of fresh veggies and the scent of blooming lilacs or a freshly plowed field. Packets of carrot,...
March 21, 2014 - 11:07am
Column: My week in Norway, Part I
I’m just back from a week in Norway, where My True Love and I stayed with her daughter, who is married to a Norwegian man. Here’s what was fun and memorable about Norway. It’s hilly, bordering on mountainous, and everywhere rocky and wooded. Straight roads almost do not...
March 21, 2014 - 11:05am