Focus staff report
The Perham Area Public Library will be closed for the week of Monday, May 2 through Saturday, May 7 for carpet replacement. The library building, built in 1997, has recently undergone extensive repairs to its exterior walls to solve a water intrusion problem. "The exterior of the building is now water-tight and in excellent shape and we needed to look to the interior to make sure that it is still an inviting place to be," said Librarian Susan Heusser-Ladwig. "The carpet is almost 19 years old and is really showing its age."
During May, designated as Mental Health Month, the National Alliance on Mental Illness and dozens of other organizations are involved in community education about mental illnesses, including creating awareness that effective treatments are available and that people can and do recover. NAMI Minnesota offers more than 300 free educational classes statewide each year, along with help in navigating the mental health system.
Perham-Dent School students are encouraged to participate in the Bike to School Day planned May 4 in Perham. National Bike to School Day provides an opportunity for schools across the country to join together to celebrate and to build off of the energy of National Bike Month. During this month residents are encouraged to incorporate more walking and biking into their daily routines.
Relay For Life dance camp a success Last Saturday morning, the Prairie Wind Middle School gym was filled with the sounds of active kindergarten through seventh-grade kids excitedly waiting for the Relay For Life Dance Camp. Thanks to these 58 children and the special efforts of Heidi Swenson and her Just For Kicks dancers, the event was a success. Lisa Preuss, the event chair, summarized the day.
Patrick Waletzko, Otter Tail County Emergency Manager, will speak on the topic "Emergencies and Disasters Can Happen Here—Are You Ready?" at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 4, at the Ottertail Community Center. He will address specific topics such as the importance of being ready for disasters, identifying hazards, creating a family disaster plan, recovering from disaster and spotting storms and their features.
With more than 170 people in attendance, this year's Spring Fling proved to be very successful for the Perham Rotary Club. "I am always amazed at the spirit of giving that is demonstrated at the Rotary Spring Fling. It's a great night that benefits many worthwhile causes, and those who attend certainly do not disappoint in their generosity", said John Anderson, one of the event coordinators.
Dave Schroeder, the athletic director at Maple Lake High School, and a former (Perham athlete and coach) was honored recently as the AD of the Year. He graduated from PHS in 1976. He has been a leader and mentor in the profession for the past 30 years and his service to the MNIAAA and the MSHSL over that time has been extraordinary, according to the Minnesota State High School League.
It’s a year of firsts and lasts for Perham native Katrina (Moenkedick) Nordick. It’s her last semester at the University of Minnesota in Crookston and her last season of college...
After 51 years of leadership at KLN Family Brands, Kenny Nelson has retired as President of the company. He will remain active as CEO, but will be turning the day-to-day...
Perham-The city of Perham has issued a snow emergency for the community. A snow emergency occurs when two or more inches of snow falls in the area. The city of...