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Man found guilty of sex acts in Frazee trailer park
Woman dies in train-pedestrian accident in Detroit Lakes Saturday night
AgweekTV: McMartin Jr. files for bankruptcy
Little Pine lake home windows shot out
Vergas area man falls victim to jail scam pitch
Perham gymnasts finish second at 8A Championships
WR: Yellowjackets capture third straight Section 8AA Crown
WR: Yellowjacket wrestlers cruise into 8AA Championship
WR: Yellowjackets open 8AA with win over Sauk Centre/Melrose
Perham girls hoops outlast Verndale in overtime
Lana Christine Koll
Beckett Anthony Heminsley
Silas Robert Dickerson
Steve's Sanitation buys Jon & Son's Disposal
Local ag experts make a 'dynamic' team: Jerry Morberg, Michael Steeke start Dynamic Cropping Systems
Arvig names new director of marketing
City approves Mexican restaurant liquor license; Owners plan to open soon
Nelson joins Bachmann Carow Real Estate team
A ceremony full of heart: new Valentine Royalty crowned at Perham Living
Three weeks in Haiti a life-changing experience for three OTC men: LREC linemen from Pelican Rapids help bring power to nation
Dancing through life: Long-time loves Wayne and Pearl Romann reflect on 68 “easygoing” years together, on and off the dance floor
Blue Jackets awarded to local FFA members
Bless her heart: Jan Nermoe faces heart disease with perseverance and determination
Column: Roses are red, violets are blue ... let's go to sleep
Letter: Star Lake Casino a bad idea; don't drink the tribal Kool-Aid
Good news just never gets old
Large and small changes equal emotional upheaval
Grief must be experienced and processed
Polar plunge set to make a splash in Perham this weekend
TV icon Mary Tyler Moore, who 'made it after all,' dies at 80
Director: Talented cast performs "Little Shop of Horrors'
A Center for the Arts will feature Flamenco and Mediterranean Music from Spain: Las Migas
The Rose Ensemble brings program about Jerusalem to Detroit Lakes
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