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Two teenagers injured in crash on Highway 29
Looking Back - Jan. 18 edition
New county website in the works
County board continues to fund east and west county fairs
Minnesota FFA Foundation presents jackets to members of Perham FFA Chapter
Minnesota Misery: Vikings dominated by Eagles in NFC Championship game
Fast start, strong finish helps Perham close out Esko
Bears steal pivotal section game from Lakers
If Vikings win Sunday, expect Super Bowl ticket prices to jump
Ahmad Rashad, neighbor Michael Jordan cheer on Vikings
Michael John Grismer
Colton Norbert Benke
On the night you were born the moon smiled with such wonder that the stars peeked in to see you and the night wind whispered. "Life will never be same." Because there had never been anyone like you ever in the world. So enchanted with you were the wind
Oscar James Buchanan
Congratulations to Kenny Richter on his retirement! Kenny is retiring December 31, 2017 as a Combination Technician with Arvig Enterprises, Inc. in Perham. Kenny has been with the Company for over 40 years
Lyla Faye Haman
Wanted: (Grumpy) Head brewer
VIDEO: Brothers re-open Perham tire business
Nominations being taken for 2018 Chamber Choice Awards
Perham Living makes U.S. News & World Report's list of Best Nursing Homes for 2017-18
Nelson named General Manager of the year
Dent Fiesta to raise money for local projects
Rock-A-Booster 4H Club Wins Award
Miss Perham and Miss Heart of the Lakes Pageant, Jan. 13
Hey, baby: Perham Health’s first baby of the New Year is born
Otter Tail County 150th anniversary set for 2018
Do cars need to pull over for police during pursuit?
Ice fishermen, we need your help
LETTER: No more taxpayer money to group without full disclosure
Once again, I'm drinking the purple Kool-aid
Cold weather tips for stalled or stuck vehicles
Great American Think-Off question fleshes out life's biggest lessons
Perham area calendar
A whole 'slew' of fun: Slew Foot Family Christmas Concert to hit Perham
Free Matinees in Perham are a tradition that goes back decades
Christmas bake sale and concert to be held in Vergas Dec. 3
'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
A ‘good guy’ is gone: Rodney Hanson remembered for his kindness, love of local history and many community involvements
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