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Phelps Mill fish passage options will be studied
Stafki awarded the Seagate Excellence In Science Mentoring Award
Perham Speech Team sends two to state
Pelican Rapids man sentenced
Otter Tail Sheriff's Report - April 19 edition
Perham Lakeside set for the new season
Full house for annual decoy gathering
Bear hunt applications available; May 4 deadline
Perham tennis drops opener to Moorhead
Summit to address football concerns in Minnesota
Dalton James McFadzen
Denise Renee McFadzen
Gerard Michael Wasche
Maddison Caroline Hendershot
Josiah Alvin Barnes
Alfred G. Kempf
Arvig set to hire 160 in IT, sales and construction this year
Grounds for firing...up a celebration: Gathering Grounds in Perham marks 20th Anniversary
Detroit Lakes couple forced to spend extra $2,000 on flights home after being stranded in Mexico by Sun Country
Record home sales at record prices a highlight of sales study
AARP providing tax help in Perham and beyond
Chief Deputy Barry Fitzgibbons to file for Otter Tail County Sheriff
DuBois wins IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award program for excellence in book publishing
Looking Back - April 19 edition
A historic journey: Saved Henning Trinity Building on its way onto National Register of Historic Places
Perham area leaders pick up Chamber awards
Ask A Trooper: How do troopers help people with opioid addiction?
I had a strange dream
Ask A Trooper: What is the length limit for loads off the rear of a pick-up?
Ask A Trooper: What are the 'right on red' rules?
GE washing machine gives up the ghost
Bingo, BBQ and storytelling spectacle at two NYM locations
Minnesota poets to read at Wadena County Historical Society April 19
Perham to be center of 'Magic' Saturday
The Ultimate Tribute Show benefitting arts center to feature hits from the 50s and 60s
Cultural Center hosts Monkey Mind Pirates by Z Puppets Rosenschnoz
'It's just a feeling you can't explain'
Thankful for family
Community cooking: Making pizzas the old-fashioned way
'Last hope': After 16 years of serious health struggles, a new mix of antibiotics could be the answer for Lois Porath
A ‘good guy’ is gone: Rodney Hanson remembered for his kindness, love of local history and many community involvements
Rural Perham murder: Pipe wrench reportedly used in brutal killing of mother, son
November 11, 2015
What about the interest on the school?
I received a flyer in the mail with graphs and charts.It showed how it will only cost taxpayers $10.32 a month for question one and the unbelievably low cost of $2.49 per month for question 2. Do these Board members and Superintendent think that they are that smart or are we...
November 11, 2015 - 2:27pm
Educational facilities an asset in drawing newcomers
This is the second letter to the editor that I’ve written in the last week. The first one was written after I had read the article in the paper in which the Concerned Citizens for Tax Fairness presented their rationale for a no vote. I was angry and decided that “enough was enough”...
November 11, 2015 - 2:26pm
November 5, 2015
Look past distractions of ‘no’ camp
In response to the Concerned Citizens for Tax Fairness article: OK. Enough of the distraction, misdirection and half-truths. Let’s be honest about some of the “issues” the group has. First: “Let’s come up with the best plan, the best one for kids” --Bernie Steeves....
November 5, 2015 - 12:02pm
School board responds to referendum opposition
It was frustrating to read the article in the Oct. 29 Focus regarding the Concerned Citizens For Property Tax Fairness, and their allegation of ‘deaf district ears.’ The Concerned Citizens For Property Tax Fairness requested to meet in private with school representatives,...
November 5, 2015 - 11:54am
October 1, 2015
Hats off to Harvest Fest Fun
This year, for the first time, I was involved in a small way with organizing a part of the community Harvest Fest celebration. My task was to be the contact person for those who wished to secure a space at the flea market held at Blossoms Birds and Beyond. And once again, my...
October 1, 2015 - 3:03pm
September 17, 2015
Start school after Labor Day and everyone wins
Allow me to use this means to publicly congratulate the area school districts that had the good sense to wait until after Labor Day to start the school year. At the same time, let me offer condolences to the students of other schools who suffered through four days of oppressive heat...
September 17, 2015 - 10:35am
September 3, 2015
‘Vote No’ source shouldn’t be anonymous
I have to take exception to the recent story about the vote for a new school (“Referendum 2.0 is a go,” Aug. 20 Perham Focus). The very last part of the story was from an area resident. He was strongly against the new school and the school board. What bothered me very...
September 3, 2015 - 10:07am
Keeping roads safe, now and for the long haul
Over two-thirds of all Minnesota communities rely solely on trucks to haul their goods and products. As a professional truck driver, I have the privilege of being part of an industry that is essential to serving needs of greater Minnesota. Truck driving is my profession. I take...
September 3, 2015 - 10:06am
August 12, 2015
Care Carnival was a success
I would like to recognize two people in our community who goes the extra mile to help those in need. Last Saturday, Aug. 1, ten different charities came together to participate in one fundraising event. As far as I know, this was a first of its kind in Perham, and the main...
August 12, 2015 - 5:19pm
July 9, 2015
Response to questions raised by reader regarding school bond issue
As a community member who attended multiple information sessions regarding the school bond referendum, I would like to address questions raised in last week’s letter to the editor. 1) Referendum amount and timing. The headline in the Perham Focus along with all District...
July 9, 2015 - 12:02pm
July 1, 2015
Reader raises questions about school bond issue
In regard to the school bond issue, $58 million is a huge amount. With other bonds paid off, we still are taxed for the school district. This amount would then be added, correct? The school board imposed a levy last year, too. And, let’s be clear; the amount is for $58 million,...
July 1, 2015 - 4:17pm
June 18, 2015
Money for trees
If you think our roads are in bad shape—they are. You may think it is because the Minnesota Department of Transportation is short of money. In reality, that’s not the core at all. MnDot is rolling in extra funds. They have money to give away. If you don’t believe it,...
June 18, 2015 - 2:03pm
Disagreeing and agreeing on the school referendum
The person who criticized my letter for calling out the 'no' votes of the Dent and Ottertail communities as being responsible for defeating the school referendum brought up some good points - also some questionable ones. You want to eliminate "....exorbitant architects...." and...
June 18, 2015 - 1:41pm
May 21, 2015
Recognizing those who serve
Over the years, I've had the opportunity to attend Memorial Day services in many rural communities throughout my congressional district. All of these solemn events feature the wonderful patriotic music that I and so many others enjoy, a colorful display of flags and the dedicated,...
May 21, 2015 - 3:12pm
Remember Law Enforcement Week
This week, our state honors the many law enforcement officers who have given their lives in the line of duty. These fallen officers, and their families, have given the ultimate sacrifice, while serving our local communities. As a former sheriff, I am always reminded of the dedication...
May 21, 2015 - 3:12pm