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APPLAUSE to everyone involved in planning and overseeing this year’s Turtle Fest events. From the parade to the demo derby, the dog expo to the fun fly, the motorcycle ride to the street fair, and everything in between, all the activities over the nine days of the festival offered fun for families, and suited a wide variety of interests. There really was something for everyone. We were able to cover many of these events, and truly enjoyed it. To all those who put in the time and effort to make Turtle Fest happen: nice job.

APPLAUSE to Jordan Hein for capping his high school football career with a two-touchdown performance at the Minnesota High School All-Star Football Game on Saturday.

APPLAUSE to the Perham Chamber and the business owners who are behind a new marketing push to address negative press and public comments regarding the odor coming from the wastewater treatment plant. It’s hard to swallow the idea that the odor is “a good problem to have,” as some have said. But it’s true that tremendous and rapid growth in the community has driven the capacity overloads at the plant -- and that growth, including the jobs created by it, is a good thing. With a clever campaign slogan of, “Let’s Clear the Air,” the group is making an effort to be transparent about what’s going on, without being overly apologetic or overemphasizing the odor itself -- an approach we feel is sensible and well suited to this situation. It was time for the business community to step forward and have its say in what’s going on, and it’s good to see that happening.

APPLAUSE to Team Andy, a group of 16- and 17-year-olds from Norwood Young America who won the silver medal championship at the Highway 10 Baseball Classic playing for their deceased friend Andy Hendel.

This is a monthly feature of our Columns & Commentary page, in which we either applaud a person, group or event for something positive that we feel is worthy of a little credit (Applause), and/or address something that gives us pause; something that we feel deserves to be addressed in a public forum like the newspaper (A Pause).We welcome rebuttals and feedback.

Applause / A Pause expresses the collective opinions of the Perham Focus editorial staff. It is published in the first issue of every month.