Organized by a committee of local business owners and barbecue enthusiasts, and run through the Perham Lions organization, the first annual Perham Lions Rib Cook-Off took place last Saturday, Aug. 10 in downtown Perham. “I was told it was the ‘event of the summer’” said leading organizer Mark Schmidt, who was instrumental in organizing sponsorships and ran the judging process during the event. Eighteen teams barbecued the best baby-back ribs they could manage for two separate panels of judges.
Last Friday, a handful of people gathered in Krauss Park, shovels in hand, to create a memorial for their friend, father and grandfather – one that they hope will last...
For the past two years, the demolition derby at Otter Fest has had a small but dedicated team of fundraisers in its midst. Led by Jessica Zacharias, the Derbying for a Cure program used sponsorships, T-shirt sales and a raffle to raise money for Eva Hoaby, a New York Mills youth struggling with cancer, and her family. Hoaby is a young girl with a tumor in her brain stem, and Derbying for a Cure’s sponsors provide monetary assistance. Previous events have raised several thousand dollars each, and, while the official numbers were yet to be tallied at press time, Zacharias expected
New York Mills’ summer festival with a Finnish flair is just around the corner. Sponsored by the town’s Civic and Commerce Association, the New York Mills Corn Feed and Puppet Pageant will take place this Friday evening, Aug. 16. The event is organized by the New York Mills Regional Cultural Center and is free to all ages. “It’s a longstanding community event,” said Jamie Robertson, director of the cultural center.
Gabrielle Rothwell has been battling a series of health problems, ranging from an immune system deficiency to arthritis, all of which her doctors believe may be caused by a rare, currently-undiagnosed underlying disease or cancer. Through it all, though, the 11-year-old, better known as Gabby to her friends and family, has remained relentlessly positive and upbeat. “She goes through life with a smile, as you can see in her pi
“When you look at the positions I’ve held, people might say, ‘Gee, you’ve had a lot of different jobs,’ and I say I’ve had one job my whole life: I’ve been a teacher my whole life – I just keep changing the subjects I’ve been teaching about,” said Jerry Bass, the new minister at the United Methodist Churches in Perham and Dent. Bass has been an elementary teacher, a superintendent, and a professor at Oklahoma State University and
The upcoming school year will be Mike Kunza’s first as Principal of St. Paul’s Lutheran School in Perham. Kunza is a graduate of Minnesota State University in Moorhead, and has 15 years of classroom experience – 13 years of which were spent in the third and fourth grade classroom at St.
At last month’s New York Mills City Council meeting, several citizens voiced their concerns over the rate of traffic tickets issued by the town’s police department. In an effort to determine whether New York Mills residents were truly being ticketed at an unfairly high rate, the Focus compared ticketing data from the New York Mills police department to data from neighboring communities. The data revealed that, between August 2012 and July 2013, New York Mills police officers did not give out tickets at a higher rate than officers in Perham and Wadena, the two communities immediately to t
Last month, a preliminary budget showed the Perham-Dent School District’s deficit would be reduced by nearly $800,000 over the next two years. Last week, it was announced that the district will save an additional $200,000. The savings are due to reductions in administrative costs and bus routes, as well as the timely reception of grant money that was not factored into the preliminary budget, Superintendent Mitch Anderson and Business Manager Kristi Werner explained at a school board meeting last Wednesday. The reduction in administrative costs is largely due to the departure of Fred S
At the New York Mills School Board meeting on Monday, elementary principal Judith Brockway detailed the school’s planned implementation of “Response to Intervention” strategies in the upcoming school year. According to the Minnesota Department of Education, RTI is a framework used to ensure the provision of high-quality instruction and interventions that are matched to the needs of students requiring additional academic and behavioral support. At the meeting, Brockway explained RTI with an analogy: “If you have a sick child… they might have a fever or something, but you wouldn’t autom