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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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.
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.