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Editor’s note: This is the fourth in a twice-monthly series spotlighting Perham seniors. Mac Tobkin is known as “Mr. Community” at Perham Living – and with his extensive history in the area, it isn’t hard to understand why. Mac was born on July 30, 1926 to Anna and Henry Tobkin on their Gorman Township farmstead.
Construction on the new Perham Oasis convenience store, near the intersection of Highways 10 and 78, is moving along more quickly than expected. The original convenience store building, which was...
Ottertail’s 14th annual Pumpkin Festival was a smashing success – a day that really dropped some jaws. As visitors played carnival games and carved pumpkins, the Great Pumpkin Weigh-Off crowned a champion and two of the gigantic orange gourds went “splat.” Dave Hawes, of Ottertail, took home top honors for his 1,282-pound giant, which voters thought was also the “prettiest.” The pumpkin set a festival record as the heaviest to ever be entered.
Perham High School’s juniors and seniors were joined by their peers from New York Mills, Frazee, and Wadena for the school’s third annual Career Day on Oct. 14.
This is the sixth in a series of stories introducing new teachers who have joined the Perham-Dent School District. Hannah Frink is the new seventh grade social studies teacher at Perham’s Prairie Wind Middle School.
An increase in school district property taxes of almost 32 percent was given preliminary approval at the September Perham-Dent School Board meeting – the maximum amount allowed by the Minnesota Department of Education. A final amount will be certified after a truth in taxation hearing at the Wednesday, Dec.
He’d always wanted to be a pilot. Why? “I don’t know, I just always did,” said Perham Police Chief Jason Hoaby. He can remember his first time in a small airplane. “It was a friend of my dad’s, when we were very little, in Lisbon, (N.D.),” Hoaby said in a recent interview with the Focus. “I could not tell you how old I was... four, maybe? But I remember the flight. He took us up, flew around Lisbon, and then we landed.
John Turgeon, Maintenance Director at the Perham Area Community Center, said he was the first to get his face (well, forehead) painted at the PACC’s 25th Anniversary Open House celebration on Saturday. Kids got to enjoy an inflatable slide and obstacle course while parents sat and chatted with friends and enjoyed a hot turkey sandwich lunch, along with multiple games, giveaways and free center admission.
This is the fifth in a weekly series of stories introducing new teachers who have joined the Perham-Dent School District. Andrea Ellefson teaches a class of 4-year-olds at Kid’s Adventure Preschool in Perham. Ellefson’s hometown is Barnesville, Minn.
“Twelve hundred quilts!” The announcement silenced chatter in the sewing workroom, and was followed by clapping and celebration. “I knew you could do it,” cheered Jenny Caughey, a leader of the Comfort for Courage Dent-based chapter of Quilts of Valor. She is also the foundation’s state coordinator for Minnesota.