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It was a transaction almost 90 years in the making - Karvonen’s, the furniture store on Main Street in Perham, has been purchased by Aaron Karvonen from John Karvonen, making the transition to a fourth generation of family ownership. Karvonen’s was founded in Octover of 1926 by Yalmer Karvonen. His son, Harold, joined the business in the 1940s, and it was then purchased by John in the early 1980s. The change in ownership was official as of May 1, 2015.
“Being the class in which nobody has perfect attendance, I’m happy to see everyone here to celebrate today,” said graduating senior Alexis Peichel during her speech early on in the Perham High School graduation ceremony. The 101 students, family and friends gathered in the Prairie Wind Middle School gymnasium on May 24 to celebrate the end of their high school careers.
A new option is available in the Perham area for caregivers of adults who need supervision. The Adult Day Services Program at Perham Living opened on March 30 as part...
A benefit is planned for Amber Franks (Sazama), a 2010 Perham High School graduate on Saturday, May 30 to help cover medical expenses following a strange accident. Franks was riding a 4-wheeler in the woods at her aunt’s home near Aurora, Minn. (north of Duluth) on April 2. “It was a windy day, but we didn't think about the dangers of being in the woods on a day like that,” Franks said in an email to the Focus.
The Perham-Dent School District's first attempt to pass a bond referendum failed on May 12. Voters were asked to vote "Yes" or "No" on whether the district should be able...
Numbers have started to come in for the Perham-Dent School District's bond referendum vote. The referendum has failed by about 500 votes. Check back here this evening for final numbers,...
The future of Perham High School is the biggest – and, arguably, most controversial – aspect of the upcoming Perham-Dent School District building bond referendum. For as long as most people in Perham can remember, the red-brick high school has stood along Fifth Street SE.
Perham Area Chamber of Commerce volunteers Jean Hallberg and Trish Hamann recently visited Dot and Minnie’s, located on First Ave. S. in Perham. The women’s clothing store was opened by Andrea Greiff, a Perham graduate, in 2012. Dot and Minnie’s is the most recent in the building’s series of businesses. The location, which was built in 1905, has also been home to a Sears store and ReMax Realtor.
Community members packed into Wild Oaks for the Perham Area Chamber of Commerce’s Chamber Choice Awards Banquet on April 16. Nick Theroux was not able to attend the banquet to accept his “Board Member of the Year” award. This award was given to the board member who “goes above and beyond the call of duty, and always makes time for the chamber and its staff.”
Editor’s note: This is the third in a series of four stories focusing on the buildings of the Perham-Dent School District, and the educators who work in them, included in the upcoming referendum.