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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
May 14, 2017
It isn't driver's ed until ma is screaming in your right ear
Summer is coming, and for the first time in the history of automobiles, the numbers of fifteen-year-olds hitting the highways in a driver's education car is decreasing. That means, maybe, that this hormone-riddled, vacuum-headed generation—and weren't we all-- has figured out...
May 14, 2017 - 10:18am
April 27, 2017
Paula Quam column: A humble hello, a heavy-hearted goodbye
This wasn't how I thought things would happen. You see, my role as editor of the Detroit Lakes Tribune is being expanded to include Perham and Wadena, and my first day on the job as the new editor for the Wadena Pioneer Journal was last Monday, April 17. I had planned on writing a...
April 27, 2017 - 9:10am
March 10, 2017
Movies can transport viewers to new heights
During February, which is I Love to Read Month, I typically write a book review of my favorite books read over the past year. I'm going to depart from the norm, step out of the box, and with the Oscars a recent memory, share a few of my favorite movies.
March 10, 2017 - 11:30am
March 2, 2017
Two Perham fellas help one damsel in distress
Vehicles are arguably the best inventions ever, next to computers, cell phones, electricity and sliced bread. But I hate them. No, not really, but they can shoot right to the top my list of most-hated objects. Over the weekend, my car started stalling on me. When it stalled I put...
March 2, 2017 - 4:00pm
February 14, 2017
Column: Roses are red, violets are blue ... let's go to sleep
This will be our second Valentine's Day as parents. I have no idea what we did last year to "celebrate," but I don't really remember what I was...
February 14, 2017 - 8:52am
February 4, 2017
Good news just never gets old
Let me first just say that I think my hearing is going. Though to be kind to myself, there were a few other things that prevented my hearing...
February 4, 2017 - 9:00am
January 20, 2017
Grief must be experienced and processed
Change is inevitable and I’ve been through my share of change in just a few years. I try to roll with it, and am mostly successful. Sometimes I rock it, sometimes it takes a little longer to turn the ship, even a few degrees.
January 20, 2017 - 6:00pm
January 9, 2017
A resolution by any other name ...
Some time ago, thinking that I just needed to change my perspective on New Year’s resolutions to achieve long-term success, I changed what I called them. No more resolutions for me; I started to set goals.
January 9, 2017 - 10:59am
September 16, 2016
Debbie Irmen column: Nothing replaces first-day-of-school freshness
I have three girls still in school. The morning of Tuesday, Sept. 6, was spent talking about what each wanted for their first-day-of-school (hair) dos. It’s a tradition in our house. A new start calls for a special do. The oldest, 13 (her birthday fell on the first day of school),...
September 16, 2016 - 5:15pm
July 21, 2016
Debbie's Digest: Bucket list pared down by one now
I keep a bucket list in the back of my mind and on the list is to walk a 5K. Marathons and half-marathons have been the trend for a number of years and I know lots of people who participate in the sport, however, it is one event you won’t see me in. My philosophy on voluntary running,...
July 21, 2016 - 10:37am
July 7, 2016
Debbie's Digest: Precision required
I watched over a small turtle crossing the road recently and the act left me with an inner glow. Perhaps it would have survived the traveling traffic, but I like to think it truly needed my assistance. It also made me think a bit. Because I came across the reptile at precisely the...
July 7, 2016 - 12:24pm
June 30, 2016
Debbie's Digest:Meaning of love explained simply, honestly
Do you remember the old Art Linkletter shows of the ’60s and ’70s in which he queried children to get their take on a variety of topics, from love to current events? Bill Cosby had a similar show in the 1990s, I think, in which he asked children questions much as Linkletter did....
June 30, 2016 - 9:22am
June 23, 2016
Debbie's Digest:I spy California, Texas and Florida right here
The game has begun. Since Memorial Day, the official start of the tourist season in our part of the country, I am aware of the different license plates on a variety cars, trucks, vans, campers and boats. I glance at the plates of parked cars; I look when driving around town, on county...
June 23, 2016 - 1:32pm
May 27, 2016
Debbie's Digest: Graduates and spring go hand-in-hand
It seems appropriate that graduations are held in the spring. The earth is coming to life, grass is growing, new life is emerging everywhere and high school seniors are moving into the next phase of their lives.
May 27, 2016 - 3:10pm
May 5, 2016
Debbie's Digest: Remember the mom God gave you with love
Mom is 73. She doesn’t remember the full name she gave me at birth and sometimes gives me a look that says she doesn’t know who I am, or what right I have to kiss her forehead. Three years ago, she knew my full name, knew she had a house and that she didn’t want to leave it....
May 5, 2016 - 11:40am