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May 26, 2017
Heart of the Lakes Elementary School music teacher Kim Jacobson, at the piano, gets one of her fourth grade classes into formation for a scene in "Mademoiselle Louise and the Flying Yankee" during a rehearsal on Monday.  Marie Johnson/FOCUS
‘Because of others’ sacrifices’: Perham fourth graders are the first in the country to perform new WWII musical
May 26, 2017 - 12:53pm
May 25, 2017
Perham area Memorial Day programs
May 25, 2017 - 8:56am
May 22, 2017
Minnesota DNR nongame wildlife specialist Carrol Henderson was the opening night speaker at the 20th Annual Detroit Lakes Festival of Birds on Thursday. Vicki Gerdes/Forum News Service
Is the 2010 BP oil spill killing Minnesota's loons?: DNR works to minimize long-term impact of migratory birds' exposure to toxic oil
May 22, 2017 - 8:57am
May 14, 2017
Letter carriers will 'Stamp Out Hunger' May 13
May 14, 2017 - 11:10am
May 11, 2017
Perham-Dent School Board members were in good spirits as they 'dug in' at the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Perham High School on Wednesday, breaking out into laughter after a gust of wind caught them off guard and blew dirt up into their faces.  Marie Johnson/FOCUS
Ushering in ‘a new era in education’: Ground is officially broken on the new Perham High School
May 11, 2017 - 3:03pm
March 16, 2017
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Paddy and partying: Fun facts about St. Patrick's Day
March 16, 2017 - 3:10pm
March 7, 2017
The Lakes Area Home and Cabin Show, presented by the Perham Area Chamber, will feature more than 100 vendors, food, kids’ activities and more. The show runs Friday, March 10 from 3-8 p.m., and Saturday, March 11 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Perham Area Community Center. Entertainment is also planned Friday at The Cactus. Focus file photo
Lakes Area Home and Cabin Show starts Friday
March 7, 2017 - 9:09am
February 16, 2017
Perham Living's 2017 Valentine Royalty were crowned in a special ceremony on Feb. 9. They are, from left to right: Willis and Evelyn Mollins, Henry and Gladys Ramus, and Bernie Nundahl and Lucy Brasel.  Marie Johnson/FOCUS
A ceremony full of heart: new Valentine Royalty crowned at Perham Living
February 16, 2017 - 7:30am
February 13, 2017
Perham Living's new Valentine Royalty for 2017 were crowned in a special ceremony on Feb. 9. They are, from left to right: Willis and Evelyn Mollins, Henry and Gladys Ramus, and Bernie Nundahl and Lucy Brasel.  Marie Johnson/FOCUS
A ceremony full of heart: new Valentine Royalty crowned at Perham Living
February 13, 2017 - 9:50am
January 30, 2017
Prairie Wind Middle School student Joe Goodman, front, and his Kinship mentor Gary Foss, of Perham, keep the focus on fun when spending time together.  Marie Johnson/FOCUS
Boys just want to have fun: Perham Kinship mentor shares slice of life with mentee
January 30, 2017 - 12:33pm
January 20, 2017
Kurt Weber, a 2008 Perham High School graduate, learned how to play the piano as a child, but discovered his passion for it later in life while deployed to Kuwait as a member of the National Guard. He has recently published a book of original compositions, with an accompanying CD of him playing the music. He'll be having his debut recital at St. John's Lutheran Church in Ottertail this Saturday. Submitted photo
Playing by ear: Perham grad found a passion for the piano while stationed overseas
January 20, 2017 - 7:30am
January 19, 2017
Wendy Billie and her mentee, Josie Leitch, pose for a quick picture after grabbing drinks at Nest in Perham Monday. One of the things the two have in common is that they both like to color their hair; when they first met, Wendy's hair was a similar color to what Josie's is now. They affectionately describe Josie's latest 'do as "mermaid-style" because of the aquatic blue-green colors. Marie Johnson/FOCUS
'The biggest heart': Wendy Billie and the young girl she mentors, Josie Leitch, have a mutual admiration for each other, new experiences
January 19, 2017 - 1:03pm
January 13, 2017
Tanya Sazama and her husband Rick with their four children, left to right: Hunter, 20, Rhagen, 4, Cassidee, 2, and Mason, 12. Tanya has owned the Wagon Wheel store in Richville for the past 15 years. She was diagnosed about a year ago with a very rare form of terminal stage IV lung cancer, a type that tends to occur in younger nonsmokers like her.  Submitted photo
Time Race for Tanya: Benefit planned for Richville mother of four diagnosed with terminal cancer
January 13, 2017 - 9:56am
January 9, 2017
Lucille Schik, age 4, was diagnosed with brain cancer in June. A benefit to help cover her medical expenses will be held this Saturday in New York Mills.  Submitted photo
Benefit planned for 4-year-old NY Mills girl with brain cancer
January 9, 2017 - 10:25am
December 12, 2016
Perham author Bob Riepe will be signing copies of his new book, "Wrong Turns," at Wild Goose in Perham this Saturday, Dec. 10 from 2-3 p.m., and at the Perham Center for the Arts on Sunday, Dec. 11 from 4-6 p.m.  Marie Johnson/FOCUS
Riepe releases second book in 'Raw Deals' series
December 12, 2016 - 8:46am
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