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Man rescued from fall into West Silent Lake
Perham driver arrested for off-road drunken driving, fleeing officers
No bomb found after threat in Pelican Rapids
Toddler, whose mother was stabbed during abduction, found safe; suspect arrested
Anglers rescued after falling through ice on northern Minnesota lakes
Hoops for Hope set April 8 in Henning
Richter commits to Golden Gophers
HOL wraps up 2016-17 basketball season
Perham's Richter verbally commits to play football for the Gophers
Bluejays end Raiders’ season in consolation semis
Jack M. Ash
Donald "Don" Darrell Schermerhorn
Lana Christine Koll
Beckett Anthony Heminsley
Silas Robert Dickerson
Former intern joins KW as showing agent
Must be ‘ruff’: The Backyard now pampering dogs and cats with full-service grooming salon
Rumors of sporting goods store opening in Perham 'absolutely false'
Blandin Foundation awards broadband grant to Otter Tail County for feasibility study
New kid on the (cheese) block: Bongards store opening Thursday in Perham
Two local veterans receive Quilts of Valor quilts
New board members elected to The Bridge Community Pantry
Otter Tail County women who died within days of each other were related
'How beautiful the brain is': Perham woman and crash survivor, Kellie Smith, reaches out to others like her with new brain injury support group
PHS students collecting change for food pantry
Movies can transport viewers to new heights
Two Perham fellas help one damsel in distress
Letter to the Editor: Sazamas offer thanks for neighbors' generosity
Letter to the Editor: Sunday liquor sales resolution based on rhetoric
Guest Editorial: Don't believe your lying eyes, just believe us (wah-ha-ha!)
A contest for real saps: Vergas' Maple Syrup Festival to include tasting competition
Giggles, games and goodies: St. Henry's Fun Fair
WE Fest lineup announced for Aug. 3-5 DL music fest
Lakes Area Home and Cabin Show starts Friday
Bill Paxton, 'Titanic' and 'Big Love' Star, Dead at 61
January 10, 2014
City to update comprehensive plan
The city of Perham will be updating its 20-year comprehensive plan, taking a close look at land use, zoning and recent and future economic development in town. City councilors decided at a meeting last month to hire certified planner Ben Oleson, of Hometown Planning out of Alexandria,...
January 10, 2014 - 11:46am
Target says data breach affected 70 million customers
Target Corp said up to 70 million customers were hit by the theft of data over the holiday shopping season, a far more serious breach than previously disclosed. Shares of the company, which also slashed its fourth-quarter earnings forecast, fell slightly in early trading on Friday. The...
January 10, 2014 - 10:22am
January 9, 2014
Rewind Center burglarized
On Dec. 31, the Otter Tail Sheriff’s Office reported a theft at the Rewind Center at 840 East Main Street in Perham. Taken was a 30-inch Husqvarna snow blower valued at $1,200. There were no suspects immediately after the theft was reported. Tom Hintgen Otter Tail County...
January 9, 2014 - 4:19pm
Shop pets of Perham
These furry little guys take the meaning of ‘working like a dog’ to a whole new literal level. Anyone who’s spent time in the stores...
January 9, 2014 - 2:26pm
January 8, 2014
United Way’s top supporters honored; many from Perham
United Way has recognizes its top donors of 2013 in Otter Tail County. Raising funds for more than 30 programs to improve lives in the county is United Way’s goal. The annual campaign invites people and businesses from the area to donate to United Way. United Way then funds programs...
January 8, 2014 - 1:39pm
December 30, 2013
New year, new laws
A late central Minnesota woman’s wish for safer homes has come true now that the New Year has begun. Once Janet Thompson learned she had terminal lung cancer, her health battle joined with a fight to make sure Minnesotans knew about the danger of radon. Thompson, who lived in...
December 30, 2013 - 12:16pm
Detroit Lakes Liquor Store identified as source of the city's largest financial card fraud case
City officials say it’s safe to use debit and credit cards again at the municipal liquor store, after it was identified as the source of the largest transaction card fraud case in Detroit Lakes history. Lakes Liquor “suffered a compromise in its data system resulting in unauthorized...
December 30, 2013 - 8:58am
December 27, 2013
Forum Communications enters deal for Minn. newspaper properties
FARGO – Forum Communications Co., which publishes The Forum, has entered into an agreement to purchase newspaper properties in the lakes country of north central Minnesota – including the Brainerd Dispatch. The deal is to be completed Jan. 1. Forum Communications Co. is...
December 27, 2013 - 9:00am
December 26, 2013
North ambulances vote to join union
Ambulance shops in Park Rapids and Walker voted overwhelmingly last week to unionize. They are part of the North Memorial Health Care System, based in Robbinsdale. Ambulance personnel claimed they receive the lowest pay in the region, so it’s hard to recruit new help. They...
December 26, 2013 - 9:06am
December 24, 2013
Perham residents part of countywide economic development group
Perham residents are among a group of area professionals and lawmakers working together to enhance economic development throughout the county. The Otter Tail County Economic Development committee was recently established by the county board as a way for communities to share ideas,...
December 24, 2013 - 9:48am
December 23, 2013
Holiday greetings from the staff at Perham Focus.
December 23, 2013 - 9:48am
December 18, 2013
Sebeka Business engulfed in flames Dec. 11
The Wadena County Sheriff's Office received a report of a structure fire at Olson's Custom Farm Services in Sebeka early Dec.11. Within minutes, police and firefighters arrived on scene to find the main building was fully engulfed with flames. Fire departments from Sebeka, Menahga,...
December 18, 2013 - 3:58pm
Pioneer Grounds may get new leadership
The nonprofit organization in charge of Perham’s two museums is looking to bring another local historical resource under its wing – Pioneer Grounds. The History and Cultural Association of East Otter Tail County (formerly the Friends of the Museum) has submitted a proposal...
December 18, 2013 - 3:35pm
December 17, 2013
Focus holiday deadlines
The advertising deadline for the Dec. 26 PERHAM FOCUS is THURSDAY, DEC. 19: Display ad deadline is 10 a.m. and classified liner ad deadline is...
December 17, 2013 - 9:28am
December 12, 2013
Icy Otterdazzle still delivers
Ottertail’s annual winter festival, Otterdazzle, didn’t fail to delight families on Saturday, despite having to cancel some outdoor activities...
December 12, 2013 - 4:10pm