Marie Johnson (formerly Nitke) came to the Perham Focus after several years as the Education and Arts & Entertainment Editor at the Herald-Review of Grand Rapids, Minn. She lives in rural Ottertail with her husband, Dan, and their spunky yellow lab, Louisa.
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The fair: it's the classic summertime event, and it's going on now in Perham. With fun rides, games, animals, unique foods, live entertainment and much more, fairs always seem to have something to offer everyone, no matter their age or tastes. This year's East Otter Tail County Fair is no exception. With dedicated days for veterans, senior citizens, kids and families, the fair won't be leaving anyone out.
After nearly 40 years in medicine and 11 years at Perham Health, Dr. Corey Nyhus is hanging up his white coat. The family medicine physician, who has become well known and respected for his dedication to patients, strong work ethic and wry sense of humor, is retiring Thursday, June 30. The transition will open up extra free time for Nyhus so he can do more of the things he loves to do, such as hunt, fish, travel and — most of all — golf. He'll also be able to enjoy more time with his wife, Wanda, and their kids and grandkids.
A Perham doctor just took a trip that many would call 'once-in-a-lifetime.' But Dr. Mark Paulson, a physician of family medicine at Perham Health, says it was even better than that — the kind of experience that comes along only "once-in-a-hundred-thousand lifetimes." "I don't want to be braggadocious about it, but it was amazing," he said during an interview last week. "It was a great honor." The beaming smile almost never left his face as he reminisced.
Of the 16 million Americans who served in the Armed Forces during World War II, fewer than 700,000 remain alive today. Among those survivors is Herbert Lubitz, better known as Herb. The 93-year-old lifelong Perham farmer and family man was a Seaman First Class in the U.S. Navy's Air Division for about two years right around the time that the war was coming to an end. He became a member of the U.S.S. Nassau (CVE 16) ship's company on Oct. 25, 1945, after being drafted into the service.
Otter Tail County has been without a detox program since January, and local hospitals are feeling the strain. Detox patients often sit in emergency departments for hours, or even days, before a spot opens up at a detoxification facility. With the county's detox center shuttered, the nearest places that will take those patients are now miles away, in Moorhead, Nevis or St. Cloud, where space is limited and there's usually a wait. Transporting patients to these faraway facilities is also an issue.
Four eighth-grade students from Prairie Wind Middle School got a good lesson in simplicity, and also learned that you don’t have to be from a big school to succeed, after...
Perham High School students have a new and unique opportunity this year to learn about mechatronics — a field that’s in demand and can lead to a lucrative career, and...
Perham High School English students are extending their latest lesson beyond the four walls of their classroom and out into the community – and extending an invitation to everyone in...
Paul and Linette Grismer have quite a few photo albums around their place. Several rest inconspicuously on living room shelves, while an unknown number of others are packed away in...
Perham-Business just keeps booming at Landmark Liquors, Perham’s municipal liquor store, according to store manager Bob Dreger. The store reported another record-setting year in 2015, with sales of $3,229,277. That...