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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There's a little-known patch of heaven just off of Otter Tail County's scenic Highway 1, south of Ottertail, where everyone is welcome, all the time. The gates to this earthly heaven are never closed, and there's never a cost to enter. Walk through, and you'll find the perfect place to rest, play, meditate and simply enjoy all that nature has to offer.
Area residents will be doing some serious clean-up after last night’s severe storm. People from all around the Perham area woke up this morning to trees and branches down in their yards, chairs and other outdoor furniture flipped over, and, in some cases, worse.
Sandy Palubicki is sometimes called by another name in the summers: "The Turtle Keeper." If you've ever wondered who takes care of the turtles used in Perham's International Turtle Races, Sandy's the answer. Every year around mid-April, she takes in about 30 painted turtles, caring for them throughout the season at her home, Palubicki Farms near Perham. They stay in a large, outdoor enclosure, half-shaded, half-sunny, with a basking rock and small swimming pool with a ramp.
UPDATE: The 20 American flags that had gone missing in Dent have been found.
Two people were injured after a van rear-ended a car, pushing it into another oncoming car, on Highway 34 northwest of Pelican Rapids on June 6. The Minnesota State Patrol reports that the driver of a Chevy Express van, Blake Wayne Anderson, age 30, of Pelican Rapids, got distracted by something in the van and failed to notice that a Ford Taurus in front of him had stopped to make a left-hand turn. The van rear-ended the Taurus, pushing it into an oncoming Toyota Camry.
An 8-year-old from Avon, Minn., was injured in a semi rollover near New York Mills today. The semi was traveling eastbound on Highway 10 when it went off the shoulder, slid into the ditch and rolled over, according to the Minnesota State Patrol.
A semi driver was injured near Fergus Falls on Wednesday after his truck suffered a tire failure and rolled into a ditch. David Prescott Seddon, age 57, of Cannon Falls, Minn., was taken to Lake Region Hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries, according to the Minnesota State Patrol. He was wearing a seatbelt and alcohol was not a factor in the incident.
Two people were injured in an accident near Waubun on Saturday. The Minnesota State Patrol reports that Nora Sherri Littlewolf, age 54, of Detroit Lakes, and her passenger, Ashley Marie Listul, age 28, Detroit Lakes, were taken to the Mahnomen hospital to be treated for non-life-threatening injuries as a result of the crash.
It was a fateful day in February, 1944. In the midst of World War II, an American B-17 plane was shot down by the Nazis while attempting to fly over occupied France. Peppered with large caliber shells, the aircraft lost power. The gunners were wounded, and a 2nd Lieutenant was killed. With the plane nosediving, its engines in flames, the nine surviving crew members had no choice but to parachute out before the rig crashed.
A woman and two toddlers were injured in a chain-reaction three-car collision near Pelican Rapids yesterday. The woman, Chelsy Mae Mcdougall, age 23, of Fergus Falls, and her two young passengers, a 2-year-old and a 1-year-old, were taken to Lakes Region Hospital to be treated for non-life-threatening injuries, the Minnesota State Patrol reports.