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'I'm a better police chief because of this': Perham Police Chief Jason Hoaby takes elimination from sheriff's race in stride
Trump endorses Republican governor candidate Johnson
Walz, Johnson win governor primaries; to face off in fall
Western Minnesota county may be first to raise tobacco purchase age to 21
Charge: Minnesota baby dies after abuse; father looked on Google for excuses
Bond unbreakable between Perham standout athlete and classmate with cerebral palsy
Training camp fight was a family affair for Vikings' Diggs, Rhodes
Dragon athletics excited to celebrate 50 seasons of volleyball and 100 seasons of football
Vikings QB Kirk Cousins being extra nice to his linemen. On Saturday, it's their turn.
The man who taunted a bison in Yellowstone park had visited 3 national parks that week. He had incidents in all of them.
Vernon "Buster" Fielder
Jerrold Moen Sr.
Allison Bethany Smith
Joe & Karen Byer 50th Wedding Anniversary Open House
Mary Ann and Albert Jorgenson
Mary Ann and Albert Jorgenson
Addie Jo Baumgart
Popular farm insecticide faces ban
Minnesota surgery costs vary widely, report says: Identical procedures can cost one patient seven times more than others
Perham Dairy Queen celebrates Miracle Treat Day Aug. 10
Douglas, Kawlewski, Stoll join Coldwell Banker
Child care changes 'a good step forward'
Casting her ballot
Looking Back - Aug. 9 Edition
Seven earn star rating in Parent Aware program
Breakfast on the Farm event draws another big crowd
Looking Back - Aug. 2 edition
Your letters: Perham Police Chief should be Otter Tail Sheriff
Your Letters: Looking Back section brings back memories
Ask A Trooper: Is it OK to park trailer in highway ditch?
Ask A Trooper: How do you address a police officer?
Your Letters: Can we trust our National intelligence services?
Photo Gallery: WE Fest 2018
WE Fest acts strike gold with pop, rap stars
Art of the Lakes Studio Tour will draw art lovers to west central Minnesota
Perham area calendar - July 12 Edition
Perham area calendar - July 5 Edition
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
'Last hope': After 16 years of serious health struggles, a new mix of antibiotics could be the answer for Lois Porath
January 13, 2018
Once again, I'm drinking the purple Kool-aid
It started with the Darrin Nelson drop when I was 10 years old in 1988. Eleven years later, it was the Gary Anderson miss. Eleven years after...
January 13, 2018 - 11:36am
January 4, 2018
'Ol Gordie from Perham inspires without even trying
We published a letter to the editor last week from a Perham Focus reader, which got us thinking. The letter, written by local resident Jeff Tweeton, told of his experience with a fella named Gordie Rud. In very short summary, Tweeton was working the courtesy counter at Service Food...
January 4, 2018 - 11:12am
December 8, 2017
To sexual harassers: We bet you're sweating now, huh?
They're dropping like flies — men in positions of authority who once perhaps thought themselves untouchable, as they then touched and harassed people "below" their perceived caste. As their arrogance grew, so too did their bold, careless, hurtful behavior. It was that arrogance...
December 8, 2017 - 8:16pm
December 4, 2017
Can a person drive with a neck brace?
Question: Can a person legally drive with a neck brace on in Minnesota? It would limit the ability to turn your head side to side or up or down. I'm trying to get facts before I let my family member drive. Answer: A person would not be able to legally drive if temporarily wearing...
December 4, 2017 - 5:58pm
December 2, 2017
Minnesotans deserve cheaper, better healthcare
During a town hall meeting at Duluth City Hall, Teri Haapala stood up to tell her health care story. Unfortunately, Teri's story is all too familiar...
December 2, 2017 - 9:57am
November 22, 2017
We're thankful for you, dear reader
You're the best, you know that? Throughout this crazy, politically charged year, you are still reading your local newspaper. Even if you're reading this off social media, it's still us - you're still reading the paper, and we love you for it.
November 22, 2017 - 3:00pm
Must drivers use turn signals in roundabouts?
Question: Are drivers required to use turn signals when entering or exiting a roundabout? With a newly constructed roundabout very recently opened in town, I have not once observed a turn signal used. What is the law? Answer: This is a great question as we are seeing more roundabouts...
October 22, 2017 - 8:15am
October 8, 2017
Can antique vehicles be sold without a VIN?
Question: It is my understanding that a number of antique vehicles from the 1930s and 1940s were constructed with serial numbers (now known as Vehicle Identification Numbers (VINs)) pressed into the frame. However, it is my further understanding that these vehicles were not constructed...
October 8, 2017 - 8:15am
September 26, 2017
More questions about school bus safety
Question: Recently you talked about the stop arm on a school bus. My question is, if a school bus is stopped on an undivided highway, with the red lights flashing but no stop arm extended, may I proceed around the bus after I stop and it is safe to do so? (I would guess the bus driver...
September 26, 2017 - 4:40pm
September 12, 2017
How to make left turn on bike
Question: I have discovered that the stop light in my town does not recognize a bicycle. Just wondering how to make a left turn legally? Any suggestions? Is the traffic signal sensitivity adjustable? Answer: A person operating a bicycle or motorcycle may enter or cross an intersection...
September 12, 2017 - 4:40pm
September 6, 2017
How many people can ride on a motorcycle?
Question: My wife and I love to ride our Honda 1800 Goldwing trike. Can our granddaughter ride between us on short rides? She is seven and loves to ride too. Answer: In looking at motorcycle owner manuals, it says, "Your motorcycle is designed to carry you and one passenger." Based...
September 6, 2017 - 3:32pm
August 28, 2017
Can you drive in a bike lane?
Question: Can you drive in a bike lane? For instance, use it for a right turn lane?
August 28, 2017 - 4:40pm
August 21, 2017
What are some bus safety tips?
Question: I read where the fine for going through a school bus stop arm will increase in Minnesota. Can you talk about the fine amount and school bus safety? Answer: As of Aug. 1, 2017, the fine has increased from $300 to $500 and the violation would remain a misdemeanor. The Department...
August 21, 2017 - 6:52pm
August 8, 2017
When does the NTSB get involved with crashes?
Question: When does the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) get involved with crashes? Answer: The Minnesota State Patrol notifies the NTSB on the following types of crashes. • School bus injuries or death to student passengers. • Public or charter bus crashes resulting...
August 8, 2017 - 6:11pm
July 28, 2017
Can someone drive a semi barefoot?
Question: Can a person drive a semi barefoot? Answer: Yes, a person can drive a passenger vehicle or a commercial motor vehicle barefoot. I am asked this question fairly often. I have seen some footwear that could actually make it difficult for drivers to safely operate a vehicle...
July 28, 2017 - 4:40pm