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County's broadband speeds rank fourth-worst in MN
Dalton man arrested on allegations of strangling woman
Perham grad Emily Dreyer called 'extreme go-getter'
An American in China: Perham grad Ted Meinhover talks about his job as a diplomat at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing
Two adults, 4-year-old injured in Otter Tail County rollover
Perham Volleyball begins defense of title with victory
Perham/NYM swimmers wrap up dual meet season
Yellowjacket volleyball ready for tough section field
Yellowjacket girls ready to defend section title
Perham boys hoping to extend streak to 15
Ronald Allen Anderson
Patricia "Pat" Freeman
Lions Club creates comfortable seating for day training program
UCB 'Honor Week' a fundraising success for veterans
Teaching at St. Henry's 'like a homecoming' for this Perham grad
'A lifelong experience': For the Hendrickx family, 4-H is a cherished tradition
Local resident receives national award for excellence in cancer advocacy
New Mexican restaurant to open in Perham in early November
Customers can start flocking to Nest on Tuesday
Perham's Therouxs sell Birds, Blossoms and Beyond to Lakes Country Landscaping
TSMA's October meeting planned in Glenwood Oct. 4
Nest business opening in October
Debbie Irmen column: Nothing replaces first-day-of-school freshness
No solution in sight to approve tax relief
No matter what, oil will move
LTE:Letter presented to OTC commissioners on Star Lake Casino
Be safe on county highways over Labor Day
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
Kirkbride Art and History weekend is Sept. 16-17 in Fergus Falls
Another kind of 'dance fever'
It's a dirty job
January 14, 2015
The Prairie Spy: When the remedies are worse than the ailments
Every Sunday now, I cannot resist looking at the paper and checking out the latest flu map – you know, the one that shows where it is hitting the hardest. At the moment, Minnesota seems to be kind of in the middle, numbers-wise. Anyone I talk to says they hate to go into a clinic...
January 14, 2015 - 4:50pm
January 3, 2013
Column: New year, new name
You may have noticed that the flag at the top of the paper, which bears our name, is different this week. We are now officially the Perham Focus...
January 3, 2013 - 4:00pm
March 8, 2012
Column: FMSC inspires mountain bikers
My introduction to Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) occurred a few years back on the job. I was writing a story on the organization, which...
March 8, 2012 - 10:36am
November 23, 2011
Column: Perham, NYM know how to put on a show
There's nothing quite like live theatre. The excitement of the crowd, the energy of the performers... that little nervous feeling in your gut as you anticipate what might go 'wrong.' As someone who's been in many a show, I know it never fails: A costume malfunctions, the microphones...
November 23, 2011 - 1:37pm
November 10, 2011
Column: A critical look at today's societal standards and norms
I've always found societal norms to be rather fascinating. One of my favorite aspects of traveling is observing the various social norms that are adhered to - and seeing what happens when they're broken. One of the norms we hold to as a culture is a general sense of respect for...
November 10, 2011 - 10:57am
November 2, 2011
Column: Ready, set, referendum
I feel somewhat like a shrill old woman as I write this, but perhaps that's what I'm slowly becoming. Slowly. My Monday deadline morning and afternoon were consumed with conversations with people interested in submitting a letter to the editor regarding the upcoming school levy...
November 2, 2011 - 4:21pm
September 1, 2011
Column: Witnessing 'Perham Pride' firsthand
It seems that everywhere I go, whenever I tell people that I work at the newspaper in Perham, people comment about what a progressive town it...
September 1, 2011 - 2:18pm
August 30, 2011
Column: Learning a valuable lesson from a youngster
In just a matter of days, students across the state will trudge from home for the first day of the 2011 school year (sorry to rub it in, guys)....
August 30, 2011 - 11:49am
August 10, 2011
Column: Trying to figure out the Kindle vs. book debate
I have a frustrating habit that I'm trying to get rid of. It's a really simple habit, and shouldn't take much work on my part to get over it....
August 10, 2011 - 4:17pm
July 19, 2011
Column: A family tradition of failing with technology
As I struggled the other day with a diesel engine on a tractor, and realized I was losing the battle, it occurred to me that this shouldn't be a surprise. Any examination of my ancestry turns up some folks who have either not cooperated gracefully with new technology (I consider a...
July 19, 2011 - 3:33pm
July 7, 2011
Column: The curious case of John West
I'm really starting to enjoy digging into back archives of the New York Mills Herald or the Perham Enterprise Bulletin. Every time I start searching for something specific, I come across something far more interesting. Most recently, a search for articles about a lumberyard in the...
July 7, 2011 - 9:56am
Column: Fond memories of butchering chickens
The best thing that can be said about butchering chickens is... Wait! I don't think there is a best thing that can be said about butchering chickens. Eating one, yes; butchering one, uh uh. When the phone rang eight weeks ago, I answered it and a friend said: "I've got extra chickens...
July 7, 2011 - 9:55am
June 29, 2011
Column: Taking a road trip through Lakes Country
In Own the Road, Jack Karuac writes, "I'd often dreamed of going West to see the country, always vaguely planning and never taking off." In...
June 29, 2011 - 1:23pm
June 14, 2011
Column: Stories of the paranormal around East Otter Tail County
Be forewarned: This column is not really seasonally appropriate. In past months, I've taken a look at a late winter storm that hit the area...
June 14, 2011 - 11:57am
April 28, 2011
Column: The crusades revisited
"I read about you on the Internet," I said to Ms. Widerthanthou, the new Energy Star refrigerator that hulked in the corner of my kitchen. And I had. I wasn't prepared yet to let her know all I had learned. Appliances are a lot smarter than you think. If anyone should know that,...
April 28, 2011 - 11:26am