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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
After 32 years with the Perham Health Board of Trustees, Kathy Hemmelgarn has retired. She helped facilitate many financial, organizational and structural changes at the nursing home and hospital over the years, and participated in the planning and design of Perham Health’s new facility. The curved hallways inside the hospital, like the hallway pictured here, were one of the design elements she brought back to the board.  Marie Johnson/FOCUS
‘A fantastic time’: Kathy Hemmelgarn has enjoyed 32 years on the Perham Health board
January 9, 2017 - 12:40pm
January 4, 2017
Wayne Isaacson owns A Clean Plate organic grocery store with his wife, Julie. They opened their first store four years ago in Menahga, and opened a second location in Perham earlier this year. They live north of Perham with their 11 children.  Marie Johnson/FOCUS
Eating clean: Perham store offers organic foods for those resolving to start a new, improved diet for the New Year
January 4, 2017 - 2:41pm
December 29, 2016
Kitti Mclaughlin, 18, remembered as quite the "spitfire," was killed in a car-pedestrian accident Christmas morning. Submitted Photo
Christmas Day tragedy: family, friends remember 18-year-old killed in car-pedestrian accident
December 29, 2016 - 4:22pm
December 16, 2016
Keller has fashioned a big speaker onto the back of his pickup truck so he can play Christmas classics around town. Marie Johnson/FOCUS
Edward Keller is Perham's Christmas Music Man
December 16, 2016 - 7:30am
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
December 2, 2016
Odelia Wegscheid, or 'Grandma Odie,' as she's better known by students and teachers in Perham, is a Foster Grandparent volunteer. Here, she is leading a small group activity with some of Mrs. Guehna's kindergartners at Heart of the Lakes Elementary School last Wednesday. They are, left to right: Tegan Zeise, Talon Schmitz and Tristian Nelson. Marie Johnson/FOCUS
Everybody 'love, love, loves' Perham's Grandma Odie
December 2, 2016 - 4:35pm
November 15, 2016
The 1970 Perham High School yearbook is dedicated to Don Seifert, the school's longtime business secretary. This picture was taken at his desk and given the caption, "The king was in his counting house, counting all his money."  From the 1970 Perham High School yearbook
Perham's Don Seifert, known as the 'Voice of the Yellowjackets,' spent four years in the Navy
November 15, 2016 - 7:30am
October 27, 2016
Dreyer began working as the Community Education/Administrative Services Coordinator for the Perham-Dent School District in October 2015.  Submitted photo
Perham grad Emily Dreyer called 'extreme go-getter'
October 27, 2016 - 9:56am
Seeking local 'characters, kind folks and curmudgeons' for upcoming story series
September 27, 2016 - 12:50pm
June 19, 2014
Paxton and his parents, Tasha Licence and Ryan Brummund. Paxton began having symptoms like a runny nose and watery eyes around his first birthday. After his symptoms worsened, a brain scan revealed a large tumor in the back of his brain and along the brainstem. 
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Staying strong for Paxton; Toddler’s parents, Perham community pray and hope for the little ‘Superman’ struggling with brain tumor
June 19, 2014 - 3:12pm
April 4, 2014
Perham graduate Tanja Dwire, left, has created the 7:10 Foundation to bring needed supplies to people in Haiti. Here, she is shown with 90-year-old Madam Baguette, to whom she brought a pair of sandals from the foundation. “She was tickled pink,” Tanja said of Baguette’s reaction to her new shoes. The Haitian woman walks miles to attend a weekly widow’s group.
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Helpers in Haiti: Perham grad starts charitable 7:10 Foundation
April 4, 2014 - 2:52pm
April 3, 2014
LeRoy and Ruth Wegscheid (couple on the right), spoke at St. Lawrence Parish along with Greg and Debbie Pouliot, the parents of LeRoy's heart donor. Debbie is holding a photo of her son, Jeff, whose donated organs saved multiple lives, including LeRoy’s.
Elizabeth Huwe/FOCUS
Have (and give) a heart; families share their transplant story to raise organ donor awareness
April 3, 2014 - 3:40pm
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