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Officers respond to shooting in Audubon
Otter Tail County first in state to raise tobacco purchasing age
Vergas man sentenced for injury crash
Perham man sentenced for assault
Sheriff's Report: Close to $3,000 in items taken from storage locker
Otters down Laker girls in hockey opener
Perham marches on with 48-17 victory over Two Harbors
Video preview: Perham ready to face Two Harbors in Class AAA Tournament
Otter Tail County to host 2019 Minnesota Governor’s Deer Opener
Perham boys win second straight with a statement
Josephine Elizabeth Petru
Maxine June Mittag
Lakeshore real estate market up, down in town
New car and pet wash in Perham is a first for LAC
MNsure open enrollment begins with new software
Mall of America has splashy plans for water park upgrade; nonprofit financing proposed
AgweekTV: 70th Harvest
She grew up protesting outside abortion clinics. Now, she performs them at North Dakota’s only clinic.
Cool weather fails to drive off Harvest Fest crowd
Lions scholarship deadline Nov. 15
Family, friends pay tribute to Hawley grad who died unexpectedly
Traveling, broke and hungry: An inside look at what homelessness is like in Detroit Lakes
Opinion Letter: Tobacco 21 will make it more difficult for young adults to quit smoking
Opinion Letter: Tobacco 21 is a policy designed to fail
I got my first deer 50 years after military training
Ask a Trooper: Is my ride too low?
Kindness is Contagious: Kindness lights up the space around us
Perham Area calendar
Solo show about Walt Whitman explores male relationships: Cultural Center to host 'Leaves of Grass -- Illuminated" on Nov. 3
Perham Area calendar
Adam Thielen's cousin co-authors new book about his rise from small-town boy to NFL star
November is National Diabetes Month: Perham's Paul Sonnenberg has lost 120 pounds to gain freedom from type 2 diabetes
The land of milk and money: Local dairy farmers cope with chronically low milk prices, uncertain futures
'It's just a feeling you can't explain'
Thankful for family
Community cooking: Making pizzas the old-fashioned way
Officers respond to shooting in Audubon
June 10, 2017
What are the rules regarding transporting fuel cans?
Question: I see vehicles go by with extended carriers attached to their hitch with several full gas cans. We discuss what could happen if a driver was not paying attention and ran into one such vehicle. How safe can this be? Is there any laws in place that makes this unlawful? Answer:...
June 10, 2017 - 10:18am
June 7, 2017
Minnesota opinion: Not much to brag about in 2017
Proclamations of great achievement started pumping out of St. Paul early Tuesday, not long after the clock ran out on Minnesota's latest lawmaking...
June 7, 2017 - 3:32pm
June 3, 2017
Hauling gas cans on extended carriers is risky, but not illegal
Question: I see vehicles go by with extended carriers attached to their hitches with several full gas cans. What could happen if a driver was not paying attention and ran into one such vehicle? How safe can this be? Are there any laws in place that make this unlawful? Answer: There...
June 3, 2017 - 8:15am
May 31, 2017
Information on School Patrol Camp
Question: I was told that the Minnesota State Patrol is involved in teaching a school patrol camp in the summer. Can you provide me with some information about it? Answer: Legionville is a summer camp is where school patrol students are taught the fundamentals of school patrol, school...
May 31, 2017 - 4:40pm
May 26, 2017
MN House and Senate budget proposals concerning
The April 21, 2017 Pioneer Press article, "Minnesota Legislature's plans would underfund state military, officials say," covers some of the issues related to the proposed budget shortfalls in the state Department of Military Affairs (DMA) budget. The National Guard Association of...
May 26, 2017 - 3:00pm
May 21, 2017
What is a bumper height law and the law about tires that extend out past the fenders?
Question: I want to install a lift kit and put bigger tires on my pickup. I want to comply with all the state laws. What is a bumper height law and the law about tires that extend out past the fenders? Answer: Adding a lift kit and installing bigger tires and rims are very popular...
May 21, 2017 - 11:43am
May 15, 2017
Investing in a 21st Century workforce
Wyoming Machine is making a big difference in Stacy. The company recently brought home the National Association of Workforce Boards' business...
May 15, 2017 - 3:32pm
July 1, 2015
Nothing beats owning a hardware store
In the world of gift purchasing, nothing can beat the experience I gained in owning and operating a hardware store. Christmas was the biggest of those seasons, but men kept a pretty steady march into the store all year long for birthday and anniversary presents.
July 1, 2015 - 4:15pm
January 22, 2015
Minnesota must heed call of oil-safety report
In Minnesota, the week should not pass without residents taking note of a report on the state’s readiness for an oil-train or pipeline accident. Why? Because the public-safety workers themselves call their own readiness “below moderate,” and “none of the responders rated...
January 22, 2015 - 3:02pm
January 7, 2015
Applause, A Pause
APPLAUSE to the new mural recently installed along the south side wall of the Photo Magic building. Large, colorful and highly visible with its placement right on Main Street, the mural is a pride-inspiring addition to Perham. Featuring loons, water and a rolling, pine-treed landscape,...
January 7, 2015 - 2:39pm
August 31, 2014
The winding road home
See ya ‘round, Perham. The end of August marks the last of my time in Perham for the Focus, as I have accepted the sports editor position...
August 31, 2014 - 3:39am
Perham - a top notch destination for playoff baseball
Two years ago, some residents of Perham may have pondered why a group of people would come together, raise a quarter million dollars, just to...
July 31, 2014 - 3:15pm
May 8, 2014
Editorial: APPLAUSE / A PAUSE
This is a monthly feature of our Columns & Commentary page, in which we either applaud a person, group or event for something positive that we feel is worthy of a little credit (Applause), and/or address something that gives us pause; something that we feel deserves to be addressed...
May 8, 2014 - 11:34am
April 3, 2014
Columns: Further fond recollections of Norway
Here are my last impressions of just a couple more things about my recent trip to Norway. The bread! Every grocery store has a long shelving unit laden with unsliced, pretty loaves of the most wonderful, crusty, fresh bread. Want it sliced? Every store also has a slicing machine...
April 3, 2014 - 1:21pm
November 21, 2013
Low marks for handling of Charlie Fleck’s contract
Since October, a quiet has pervaded Perham sports like there is an elephant in the gymnasium. All parties involved have been polite, if not redundant, in using the term “no comment” when it comes to the contract non-renewal of former head gymnastics coach Charlie Fleck. Because...
November 21, 2013 - 10:51am