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For 23 years The Giving Tree has helped local families in need, and this year it will make sure 167 children in our area have something under their tree Christmas morning. Sponsored by the Perham Ministerial Association and the Perham Chamber of Commerce, Steve Sheets will tell you the Giving Tree is a community project that he and his wife, Lisa, have been happy to be a part for every one of those 23 years.
Sisters Grain Bin in Ottertail has relocated, after outgrowing their old space almost as soon as they moved in, according to owners (and sisters) Kris Wallgren and Karla Kupfer. Formerly in the Ottertail minimall, they are now at 235 Main St. West in what was a bar and grill. The sisters opened their new digs on their one-year anniversary, Nov. 11. As if opening a new store wasn't enough, they also expanded to the boutique store, P.S. I Love You, in Perham, where they will have a small booth.
Dying isn't a topic most people are willing to talk about. It's usually the elephant in the room everyone tries to ignore no matter how blatantly death is staring them in the face. But Erv Post wasn't like most people.
Otterdazzle lit up the night with Christmas trees and its biggest display of fireworks to date, sponsored by the Ottertail Lions Club. "We had really good feedback after the fireworks, and we had such a nice evening for it too, didn't have to sit in your car and watch it, you could be outside," said Jerry Smith, president of the Ottertail Lions Club.
The VFW Voice of Democracy Contest is a national scholarship contest for students in grades 9-12. This year, students submitted an audio and written essay on the topic, "America's History: Our Hope for the Future." Perham had four entries, first place went to Madelyn Tangen and Megan Pettow won second place. Tangen presented her paper at the recent Veteran's Day program at the high school. Her entry was forwarded on to district judging.
If you know Nora Heinecke and you haven't seen her in awhile, there's a chance you many not recognize her. She says her own family tells her all the time how different she looks. Losing 56 pounds will do that. Heinecke says she tried many diets over the course of her life, none really worked. What made the difference is not a diet at all she says, simply a lifestyle change. "The weight just kept coming off. It was great," she says. "I've maintained the weight loss, I'm healthier. The whole time, I just thinking, oh my goodness, this is really working!"
If you're looking for a way to get into the holiday spirit, The Slew Foot Family Band will perform its Christmas concert Sunday, Dec. 3, at 2 p.m. at the Perham Center for the Arts. Prior to the show, kids can decorate cookies starting at 1 p.m. Freewill donations will be accepted. This isn't the first time Duane and Karen Becker and their eight kids have played in Perham. They were at Turtle Fest this summer and have played at Perham living several times.
The Holiday weekend in Perham had plenty of things going on to keep folks busy, from 5K runs to community meals, parades and shopping. There was a little something for everyone. Those looking to kick things off on healthy note headed out to the third annual Gobble Wobble 5K run benefiting the Giving Tree program and hosted by United Community Bank.
The Ottertail community is kicking off the holiday season with Otterdazzle's full day of activities on December 2, starting with a pancake breakfast in the morning and ending with a light parade and fireworks in the evening. The event, sponsored by the Ottertail Business Association, is a popular community tradition that has been going on for many years, according to President Ron Grobeck. "My wife and I have been here for seven years, and I know it's been going on longer than that," he said. "It's a great event that the community really turns out for."
If you’re looking for a way to get into the holiday spirit, The Slew Foot Family Band will perform its Christmas concert Sunday, Dec. 3, at 2 p.m. at the Perham Center for the Arts. Prior to the show, kids can decorate cookies starting at 1 p.m. Freewill donations will be accepted. This isn’t the first time Duane and Karen Becker and their eight kids have played in Perham. They were at Turtle Fest this summer and have played at Perham living several times.