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Imagine traveling to St. Paul and back and burning just .856 gallons of gas. If you were using one of the New York Mills High School's modified high efficiency cars, it would be possible. Five students from the school participated in a high mileage competition in Brainerd last week, racing at speeds of about 30 miles per hour.
During Career Shadow Day last week, more than 60 Perham High School students from Sandra Wieser-Matthews' Public Speaking class shadowed friends and family members through their work days at area businesses. In an interview at the high school the following day, Zack Pary, Keeghan Hurley, Luke Ellingson, Tanner Monson and Heidi Weber shared some of their experiences.
The Perham-Dent School District has received its first results from the Minnesota Department of Education's new school ratings system.
On March 21, Shawn Weatherhead went in for an angiogram. It was a planned, routine procedure to check for blockage in the arteries in his heart and possibly add another stent. What the doctors found, however, took 'routine procedure' out of the equation. When Weatherhead woke up, he was told he had such severe blockage he needed open-heart double bypass surgery - and he needed it the very next morning. So, at age 46, five years after his first heart attack, Weatherhead had double bypass - arteries were pulled from his arm and replaced in his heart.
PERHAM 2012 GRADUATES: 'CLASS OF DETERMINATION' The 106 students in Perham High School's graduating class of 2012 took part in their commencement ceremony on May 27, sharing laughter and tears in recognition of their final days at Perham schools. Student speakers Jordan Schroeer and Mark Schumacher entertained the crowd with a humorous rendition of memories made in Perham, including mini satires on teachers and principals, all in good fun.
Wrapping up a year of helping Perham kids overcome hurdles to reading, Kelsey Moscher looks back with a sense of accomplishment on her experience as a Minnesota Reading Corps tutor at Perham's Heart of the Lakes Elementary School. During an interview with Moscher and her literacy coach, Kathy Cavanagh, Moscher said she really enjoyed helping kids become stronger, more confident readers.
Verse by verse, two boys from Dent have helped their Bible quiz team recite its way to a national competition. Ten-year-old Caleb and eight-year-old David Blomberg are heading to Orlando, Fla., at the beginning of June to compete in the National Junior Bible Quiz competition. When they moved to their new home on Star Lake a couple months ago, the Blomberg family decided to make a monthly trip back to their former home in Wisconsin so the boys could continue to compete with their established team, the Comets. It proved to be a successful choice.
The Perham School Board unanimously voted against cutting the orchestra program after a lengthy discussion amongst parents, students, administration and board members at a meeting last week. Ending orchestra was under consideration during an earlier round of budget cuts as the district examined programs with low numbers - preliminary numbers for next school year show just nine students are preregistered at the high school.
Food service expenses at the New York Mills School District came in at $46,000 more than planned, causing the school board to make some budget revisions.
Minnesota National Guard Corporal Terry Frost recently returned home to New York Mills from his second deployment to the war in Iraq. This was his fourth time stationed overseas in his 20-year military career. Frost's most recent assignment was also his longest - just one month shy of two years. In an interview last week, Frost said he's been able to feel the pride that the NY Mills community has for its military members.