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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Forty years ago, Teresa Stoderl was at a fork in the road, and there was a good chance that there would be potatoes at the end of that fork. Stoderl had just applied for two very different jobs, and thus was facing one of two very different possible futures. She was hoping for a call back from the Perham nursing home, where she wanted to be a nursing assistant. But the odds were 50/50 that she would get a call from the local potato farm first, and would end up picking potatoes instead.
It was games and goodies galore at the St. Henry’s Fun Fair on Sunday. The gym at the Perham Area Community Center was packed with tables full of live and silent auction items, wall-to-wall kids’ games like Plinko and putting golf, food vendors and more for this year’s event. The annual fundraiser is a long-running tradition in Perham, supporting Catholic education for more than 40 years.
The Backyard pet supply store in Perham has a new in-house grooming salon to cater to those much-beloved four-legged family members. The full-service pet salon offers baths and blow-dries, hand-scissored haircuts, brush-outs, dental care, nail care, ear cleaning, dematting and more for dogs of all breeds and sizes, as well as cats. It officially opens today, Monday, March 20.
After more than a decade of repeatedly dashed hopes and millions of dollars in damages, frustrated property owners on high-water lakes west of Perham are making some headway on a new plan for flood relief. Home and resort owners along Little McDonald, Kerbs, Paul and Devils lakes have long sought a viable solution to their flooding problems, and now they're working together to put those problems behind them for good.
Perham High School's robotics team has just wrapped up another season, and its leaders say the young team is showing progress and promise as the kids continue to learn new skills. The team, named the Full Metal Jackets, spent six weeks building a robot capable of grabbing small objects and climbing up a rope — abilities it needed in order to score points in competition.
She awoke to the sound of her 3-year-old daughter screaming in the back seat of the car. Her head throbbing with pain, she had no idea how long she had been unconscious. The details of what had happened were a blur. There had been an accident, she knew that much. She could hear sirens in the distance. All she could do was wait and hope. The next thing Kellie Smith remembers, she and her daughter, Olive, were being loaded into an ambulance. Someone had witnessed the crash and called 9-1-1.
And now for an uncomfortable topic. Uncomfortable, but important: colorectal cancer. Talk of bowels and rectums is usually avoided at the dinner table, and for good reason, but a doctor's office is a completely different story. Since colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the U.S., but is also one of the most preventable types of cancer, it's crucial to talk about it with your doctor, however uncomfortable that might make you.
An 18-year-old Ashby, Minn. female was hurt in a one-vehicle accident on Interstate 94 on Tuesday. Mackenzie Rayn Ecker was driving a 1996 Mercury Sable westbound on I-94, near the Brandon exit, when the vehicle went off the side of the road and struck the median cable barrier, according to the Minnesota State Patrol.
A Mahnomen woman was airlifted to a Fargo hospital on March 3 after pulling her vehicle out in front of a semi and being struck. The Minnesota State Patrol reports that Elisa Elva Bellanger, age 72, was driving a 2010 Dodge Caravan westbound on Highway 200, approaching the intersection with Highway 59, when she failed to stop for a stop sign and pulled out in front of a 2002 Freightliner Semi.
A motorcyclist and his rider were injured after hitting a dog that ran into the road northeast of Bagley, Minn. on Sunday. The driver, Patrick Dale Obryan, age 58, of Bagley, and passenger Sharon Kay Dyrdahl-Obryan, age 62, of Bagley, both sustained non-life-threatening injuries in the accident, according to the Minnesota State Patrol. Both were taken to Mahnomen Health Center for treatment.