Marie Johnson joined the Perham Focus more than five years ago, and has since worn many hats as writer, editor and page designer. She lives in rural Frazee with her husband, Dan, their one-year-old son, Simon, and their yellow lab, Louisa.
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Editor's note: This is the second of two feature stories in today's newspaper on local families that are thankful to have gone through the adoption process. November is National Adoption Month. Krystal Boyd had long suspected that she might end up adopting a child. She knew from a young age that she would one day want to be a mom, and she also knew she might not be able to have kids of her own due to issues with diabetes.
Editor's note: November is National Adoption Month, and what better time to talk about family than at Thanksgiving? Family, in all its many modern forms, is truly a thing to be thankful for.
Just before 9 a.m. last Thursday, the crew of that day's Vic's Popcorn packaging line arrived for its shift at Shearer's Snacks, ready and raring to go. The five-member team, donning matching hardhats, safety glasses, hair nets and green shirts, stepped off the Otter Tail Express bus and through the front door of Shearer's.
Duane Lysne still remembers the first time he crossed the equator. That was the day he graduated from a "slimy pollywog" to a "trusty shellback." It was June 26, 1957, and he was travelling through the Panama Canal to Chili, South America with the rest of the crew of the U.S.S. Harlan R. Dickson, DD-708. He had been at sea with the Navy for about three years already, but had never before gotten the chance to cross over to the southern hemisphere—an accomplishment considered a crucial rite of passage for any "seaworthy" sailor.
Do you have an adoption story you’re thankful for? Or do you know of a family that does? November is National Adoption Month, and we’re looking for a Perham area family to share their story of adoption with us and our readers for our Thanksgiving Day issue. Please email Perham Focus writer, Marie Johnson, at firstname.lastname@example.org with ideas and contact info.
The new pastor at Crosspoint Alliance Church in Perham has had a sense of his calling since boyhood. As a child, Michael Bochman always looked up to two of his uncles, who were missionaries, and he spent a lot of time at his hometown church, which his family was active in. By grade school, he was already thinking that God might want him to be a pastor. By high school, he was sure of it.
What will happen to Perham High School once it's no longer a high school? With the iconic 100-year-old building hosting its final class of graduates this year, that's a question a lot of people are asking. And, depending on who you're talking to, there are a lot of possible answers. Rumors and speculation have been swirling around the fate of the building, including the ideas that it's going to be converted into offices, or torn down, or abandoned indefinitely.
Learn. Bake. Share. Those three words are depicted on the side of Sue Sailer's new wood-fired brick oven, a permanent nod to the spirit in which the oven was built. In ancient times, outdoor ovens like these were communal. Villagers would gather around them to bake their breads, share family stories, debate the controversies of the day and teach each other new ways of preparing food. The ovens created a sense of community.
Local communities are making it frighteningly easy to scare up a little Halloween fun this year. Several family-friendly spooktacular events are happening in Perham, New York Mills and Ottertail over the next couple weeks. The fun starts this Saturday, Oct. 21 in Ottertail, with the Ottertail Pumpkin Festival. Starting at 11 a.m. and running until 2 p.m., this annual festival will be jam-packed with music, contests, food and activities for all ages. Everything will take place in downtown Ottertail, with many events held in or around The Williams Company Store.
Nine years ago, a few local guys got together and decided to resurrect the defunct Perham Sportsman's Club. At first, membership in the club was informal, and minimal. The group was small, but its passion for the outdoors was big. To share that passion with others, club members set their sights on some lofty goals, took aim, and then pulled the trigger on their plans. It seems they've hit their target. The club has grown significantly since then.