Skip to main content
Sanford bash for 15,000: Concert featuring Fergie, Lionel Richie, marks completion of nearly $500 million hospital
Two injured, one critically, in three-car crash
Perham Focus offered in E-PAPER format free through June 30
Photo mockups of new Perham High School released
A sweet arrangement: Couple develops hardy bees, solar gardens and location-specific honey
Perham Buzz regroup in victory over Ottertail Central
Perham earns split with Hibbing
Familiar faces take home Turtle Fest Road Race
Perham wins annual wood bat tournament
HOL announces baseball awards
Roger H. Kawlewski
James Ray Peach
Dallas Martin Mursu
Lillyan Ann Schertler
Owen John Kimball
Area students graduate from MState
UND releases honor lists
Lake Region Electric Coop to expand with natural gas
Perham health to celebrate 115 years with community picnic
Schoenenberger grand opening slated for June 11
United Community Bank named a Minnesota Housing Top Producing Lender for home improvement loans
Perham Hotel Receives Top Honors at GrandStay Hospitality, LLC Brand Conference
Johnny Cash Tribute Show is tomorrow in Perham
MS Pizza Ranch fundraiser in Perham is April 24
Perham prom, post prom planned April 29 at PWMS
Family ties built during dirt digging
St. Henry's Church conducts renewal weekend
Oh my aching head: Advice for headache and migraine sufferers
Has the 2016 election changed our perception of the truth? Hmmm...
Letter: The U.S. is weaker when it works alone
What are the rules regarding transporting fuel cans?
How to control those apple maggot flies DIY style
Maplewood State Park to host local, live talent June 17
Live raptors at cultural center June 16
Historic tour of Perham to be held June 15
'The Turtle Keeper': Where Perham's racing turtles go when they're not being raced
New York Mills author releases memoir
September 25, 2015
Area landowners send letter to DNR over proposed pumping project for Lake Improvement District
A recent decision to move forward with a pump installation program designed to alleviate continuing high water issues on Little McDonald, Paul, Kerbs and Devils Lakes, prompted a group of area landowners, farmers, irrigators and property stakeholders, to sign and send a three-page...
September 25, 2015 - 9:15am
July 31, 2015
Lake improvement districts hold annual meetings, discuss drainage plan
Three area lake improvement districts held their annual meetings within recent weeks, and one of the primary topics was the lake outlet plan that could affect them all. The LIDs, which met independently, were those of Little Pine and Big Pine lakes; Little McDonald, Kerbs and...
July 31, 2015 - 11:07am
July 16, 2015
Aquatic invasive species: more than just zebra mussels
Between billboards on the highway and notice signs on boat landings, zebra mussels get a lot of attention as an aquatic invasive species (AIS)....
July 16, 2015 - 1:53pm
May 19, 2015
Arsenic poses risks for area's private wells
FELTON, Minn. — Gerald Steinbach's well water contains an odorless, colorless, naturally occurring health risk that seeps from underground. The...
May 19, 2015 - 3:40pm
March 13, 2015
'Stick it to Fargo': Disputed Otter Tail comment does not sit well with Clay commissioners
MOORHEAD – A disputed comment has caused a rift between two county commissions that are partners in the Fargo-Moorhead flood diversion...
March 13, 2015 - 11:01am
February 23, 2015
Minnesota lawmakers want final say on water quality rules
Environmental groups are alarmed about an effort at the Minnesota Legislature to put the brakes on new rules designed to keep the state’s lakes and rivers clean. Unlike past attempts to give the Legislature more power over water protection, the latest effort involves...
February 23, 2015 - 10:42am
February 13, 2014
UPDATE: Water service lines at heightened risk of freezing up
Due to continuous extreme cold weather this winter, the frost table is lower than previous years. This may result in frozen water service lines in some places. If you are concerned about your service line freezing, you can check your water temperature by running your water until...
February 13, 2014 - 3:00pm
August 16, 2013
Water tower work progressing
Workers from Champion Coatings, of Savage, Minn., continue to transform the water tower by Prairie Wind Middle School. The work is to be completed...
August 16, 2013 - 10:03am
July 12, 2012
Boat parades a fun tradition on area lakes
Photos by Marie Nitke/FOCUS Fourth of July boat parades are always popular with local lake dwellers and their friends and family. Decked out...
July 12, 2012 - 1:52pm
September 7, 2011
Controlling water through the years: Drainage system benefits evolve
Discussions of drainage systems are regularly associated with high water levels and flooding - but that wasn't always the case. The ditch system in Otter Tail County was created in the early 1900s to rid farmlands of soggy conditions. Ditches have evolved into a system that now...
September 7, 2011 - 3:00pm
August 31, 2011
Devils Lake residents aim to end flooding, hope to form Lake Improvement District
Faced with record flooding, residents on Devils Lake are taking the first step to fight back. The Otter Tail County Board has adopted a resolution...
August 31, 2011 - 3:00pm
August 24, 2011
Perham-area flood relief plan could move forward
A proposal to alleviate flooding for Little McDonald, Kerbs and Paul lakes by including it in the Ditch 25 drainage system still has life. After...
August 24, 2011 - 1:00pm
August 17, 2011
Residents of flooded lakes near Perham search for solution: County holding public meeting on Ditch 25 system
Residents of Little McDonald, Kerbs and Paul lakes have had enough. This summer's fun has been replaced with efforts to keep rising water at...
August 17, 2011 - 3:00pm
March 27, 2009
Robot to snap shots in Ottertail water tower
City officials hope the Ottertail water tower will be looking its best for an upcoming photo shoot. Well, maybe not exactly a photo shoot, but the water tower will be photographed in detail to give the city an idea of the tower's condition. Behind the camera will be a robot, designed...
March 27, 2009 - 7:00am
March 25, 2009
Area overland flooding washing out township roads
An hour west of here may have the serious flooding but overland flooding is still causing some problems in East Otter Tail County. The battle...
March 25, 2009 - 12:03pm