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Sanford bash for 15,000: Concert featuring Fergie, Lionel Richie, marks completion of nearly $500 million hospital
Two injured, one critically, in three-car crash
Perham Focus offered in E-PAPER format free through June 30
Photo mockups of new Perham High School released
A sweet arrangement: Couple develops hardy bees, solar gardens and location-specific honey
Perham earns split with Hibbing
Familiar faces take home Turtle Fest Road Race
Perham wins annual wood bat tournament
HOL announces baseball awards
Bluffton rallies late against Pirates
Dona Mae Hanson
Roger H. Kawlewski
James Ray Peach
Dallas Martin Mursu
Lillyan Ann Schertler
Owen John Kimball
Area students graduate from MState
UND releases honor lists
Lake Region Electric Coop to expand with natural gas
Perham health to celebrate 115 years with community picnic
Schoenenberger grand opening slated for June 11
United Community Bank named a Minnesota Housing Top Producing Lender for home improvement loans
Perham Hotel Receives Top Honors at GrandStay Hospitality, LLC Brand Conference
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
Oh my aching head: Advice for headache and migraine sufferers
Has the 2016 election changed our perception of the truth? Hmmm...
Letter: The U.S. is weaker when it works alone
What are the rules regarding transporting fuel cans?
How to control those apple maggot flies DIY style
Maplewood State Park to host local, live talent June 17
Live raptors at cultural center June 16
Historic tour of Perham to be held June 15
'The Turtle Keeper': Where Perham's racing turtles go when they're not being raced
New York Mills author releases memoir
February 24, 2017
Guest Editorial: Don't believe your lying eyes, just believe us (wah-ha-ha!)
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are 54,400 journalists in the United States right now. One can imagine then, how incredibly hard it is to get all of us together to decide which way to lean politically and to create a unified agenda to push. Oh boy, it can be difficult...
February 24, 2017 - 12:00pm
August 25, 2016
Be safe on county highways over Labor Day
Law enforcement agencies across Minnesota, and in Otter Tail County, are putting an emphasis on keeping area residents safe during the latter weeks of August as part of the extra DWI enforcement campaign that started last week and continues through Sept. 5. We are pleased that the...
August 25, 2016 - 2:26pm
August 11, 2016
Ban smoking in rental housing
A new study shows one way to help smokers quit their deadly habit: Make it more inconvenient. How do you do that? Don't allow smoking in rental housing units. Not only will smokers be less inclined to light up if they have to leave the building to do it, it will result in a healthier...
August 11, 2016 - 12:06pm
July 15, 2016
Relay more than just a fundraiser
Last weekend has come and gone, and along with it another American Cancer Society East Otter Tail County Relay for Life, which by all counts was another successful event. Here are just a few counts that make it an amazing event. Count one – More than 23 teams participated in the...
July 15, 2016 - 10:26am
June 30, 2016
Have fun, but be safe this holiday weekend
The weather forecast for the Fourth of July weekend looks promising, with only chances of rain possible, which in Otter Tail County means it could actually be sunny and beautiful (temps should be in the mid-70s, so not too hot). We hope you enjoy the long weekend of Independence Day...
June 30, 2016 - 9:48am
June 23, 2016
Turtle Fest shows Perham in best light
Despite a slightly soggy week last week -- more than two inches of rain fell from Thursday to Saturday -- Perham’s Turtle Fest was a resounding success according to those who planned and implemented its many activities. We wholeheartedly agree that it was a success, and offer a...
June 23, 2016 - 12:40pm
June 9, 2016
Laura's Law makes crime a felony
It's highly unlikely that SF 3213, AKA Laura's Law, which makes it a felony to interfere with a body or a murder crime scene will affect those of us in Otter country. But all the same, we are not immune to situations that could bring this law into play here, so we support the state...
June 9, 2016 - 4:11pm
May 27, 2016
Pledge to drive free of distractions
One-hundred-sixty-five Perham High School students pledged not to text and drive in an "It Can Wait" campaign conducted recently. Kudos to those 165 students. It earned them first place honors and a $100 prize over three other area schools. But it translates to only 37 percent of...
May 27, 2016 - 3:08pm
May 12, 2016
Tram another example of Perham's can-do attitude
When something needs to get done here in Perham, people don't shy away from the call for help; quite the contrary, often many people from all sectors of the community step up to ensure it happens. So it went with the turtle tram.
May 12, 2016 - 12:10pm
April 28, 2016
Retired people may be solution to labor shortage
You can be unhappy, even angry, about the impending construction of a casino in our neck of the woods, but there is a silver-lining: it may put a large number of people to work; and may result in additional businesses which will provide additional jobs. But with a worker shortage...
April 28, 2016 - 12:25pm
April 1, 2016
Calling all local drivers with a CDL
A group of people are interested in reviving the the local tourist transit vehicle now called the turtle tram and we hope that people will support that drive. The service is hugely popular among tourists who want to tour the town, especially on turtle race days, and it is iconic of...
April 1, 2016 - 3:15pm
March 9, 2016
Kelcey was good for Perham, and we thank him
All the “T’s” were crossed, and all the “I’s” were dotted Tuesday night when the Detroit Lakes city council approved a contract hiring Kelcey Klemm as that city’s leader. This city will say good-by to him in about a month, likely with a public reception, and certainly...
March 9, 2016 - 1:35pm
February 12, 2016
Beware of skimmers at the gas pump
With gas dropping below $1.50 per gallon this week, consumers are seeing extra dollars in their billfolds. But those savings — and a lot more — could quickly vanish if they're not careful. Law enforcement officers and weights and measures inspectors across the country are receiving...
February 12, 2016 - 11:39am
February 5, 2016
Voters, beware of toxic leaders
Hear that peaceful sound of silence? No residents in an uproar, no mobs with torches crowding into government meetings. No bitterly divided school boards or city councils. That’s the sound of competent local government. Not perfect, but doing well. It’s a nice sound, the sound...
February 5, 2016 - 1:41pm
February 1, 2016
Golf board is right to slow down
There seems to be a lot of discussion about what’s going on at Lakeside Golf Course in Perham. Construction started, to the excitement of many, but seemed to come to a screeching halt just before the snow started falling. Rest assured, plans are moving forward to do some needed...
February 1, 2016 - 11:16am