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Perham's seventh-grade science students are charting new waters with a project that's never been done before at Prairie Wind Middle School. The kids have hatched, and are now raising, hundreds of rainbow trout through a program called Trout in the Classroom. They're among students from just a handful of Minnesota schools taking part in the program this year. Once the trout become fingerlings, they'll be released into a local lake.
Frosty, slippery conditions are behind a one-vehicle rollover that happened on Highway 10 near Verndale Tuesday morning.
Community growth continues to result in increased calls to the Perham fire and police departments. The more people there are, the more activity there is, officials say, and that means more chances for incidents like fires, accidents and other emergencies in town. The fire and police departments' 2016 annual reports show a slight uptick in the number of calls for service to each department, continuing a trend that reveals a slow and steady rise in those numbers over the past several years.
New royalty are reigning at Perham Living. In a balloon-filled ceremony at the nursing home last Thursday, six residents representing each of Perham Living's houses were crowned as 2017 Valentine Royalty. The ceremony is sponsored each year by the Catholic Daughters of the Americas, local Court St. Rita. Royalty are chosen by Perham Living residents, staff, friends and family.
It’s a miracle that Tara Thompson woke up when she did. It was the middle of the night, and she immediately sensed that something wasn’t right. The smell of smoke was in the air.
New royalty are reigning at Perham Living. In a balloon-filled ceremony at the nursing home last Thursday, six residents representing each of Perham Living’s houses were crowned as 2017 Valentine Royalty. The ceremony is sponsored each year by the Catholic Daughters of the Americas, local Court St. Rita. Royalty are chosen by Perham Living residents, staff, friends and family.
Two young North Dakota residents were killed, and another injured, in an accident on Interstate 94 near Glyndon on Saturday. The Minnesota State Patrol reports that Danie Leigh Thomssen, age 18, of Fargo, and Carson Dennis Roney, 19, of Oakes, did not survive the crash. Haley Lynn Visto, 18, of Oakes, suffered non-life-threatening injuries.
Wayne and Pearl Romann have a lot of shared loves, but the one that brought them together is dancing. It was on the dance floor where the pair first met, at the Grand View Heights Ballroom on Big Pine Lake near Perham. It was the summer of 1947; a time when dance halls were popular places, with people flocking to lakeside hot spots on warm summer evenings to let loose and kick up their feet. Pearl was a 17-year-old local girl, and Wayne a 23-year-old local boy. He asked her for a dance one night, and that was that.
Jump into some fun in Perham this Saturday with the Freezin' for a Reason Polar Plunge. This year's annual event, a fundraiser for the local Kinship mentoring program, will begin at 1 p.m. at Zorbaz on Little Pine Lake. Watch groups of jumpers brace themselves before taking the big leap into the cold lake, or sign up to be a part of the event. Prizes will be awarded to the jumpers with the best costumes.
A Clitherall man was injured after rear-ending a snow plow on Interstate 94 in Fergus Falls on Tuesday. Kim Douglas Biederman, age 62, was driving a 2006 Chevy Uplander westbound in the left lane of the interstate when he rear-ended a MnDOT 2014 International plow during snow removal operations, according to the Minnesota State Patrol. Biederman was transported by ambulance to Lake Region Medical Center in Fergus Falls to be treated for minor injuries.