Marie Johnson joined the Detroit Lakes Tribune in November 2017 after several years of writing and editing at the Perham Focus. She lives in rural Frazee with her husband, Dan, their young son and daughter, and their yellow Lab.
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There's a new pastor at Northwoods Life Church in Perham, and odds are, if you haven't already met him, you soon will. Jason Erickson, whose first official Sunday at the church was September 3, is not the type to hide behind a desk. Self-described as "outgoing and community-involved," he wants to be an active member of the Perham community, and a public face for Northwoods Life.
"WHOA!" was the general sentiment among the swarm of students gathered outside of St. Henry's School last Thursday afternoon. They watched wide-eyed as bright orange flames shot straight up into the air out of a burn barrel on the ground, releasing a plume of black smoke high into the sky. Exclamations of, "Did you see that?!," "Look at all that smoke!," and "That's really hot!" rumbled through the crowd.
The prick of a needle. The pain as it's pushed into a nerve root. A spreading ache as the fluid in the syringe is released. Then, relief. Lois Porath sits on the edge of a treatment table at the Seattle-area naturopathic clinic she frequents. Her scalp is visible beneath her thinning hair, and her face is puffy from steroids. A walker is within arms' reach.
Perham and Frazee are collaborating on a shared Community Education program. The Perham-Dent and Frazee-Vergas School Boards recently agreed to move forward with the collaboration for at least the next year. They will evaluate the partnership a year from now and then go from there.
Perham police are investigating three separate burglaries that have occurred over the past three weeks. Perham Police Chief Jason Hoaby said burglaries were reported Sept. 1, 2 and 11 at three different locations around town: Jean's the Right Plant Place, Ma's Little Red Barn and Lakeland Apartments. In all cases, there were signs of forced entry into the buildings. The thief or thieves broke in at some point overnight and stole undisclosed amounts of cash.
Perham police are investigating three separate burglaries that have occurred over the past three weeks. Perham Police Chief Jason Hoaby said burglaries were reported Sept. 1, 2 and 11 at three different locations around town: Jean’s the Right Plant Place, Ma’s Little Red Barn and Lakeland Apartments. In all cases, there were signs of forced entry into the buildings. The thief or thieves broke in at some point overnight and stole undisclosed amounts of cash.
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.