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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It all started with pain and pressure in her chest. Jan Nermoe was working out at the Perham Area Community Center eight years ago when she experienced her first symptoms of heart disease. Any time she'd start to work up a sweat and get toward her target heart rate, she'd start to feel it. At first, doctors thought she had exercise-induced asthma, but Jan suspected otherwise. With a family history of heart disease, she was familiar with the signs, and so she requested further tests.
Joe Goodman went deer hunting for the first time this past fall. The Perham 13-year-old and his mentor, Gary Foss, trekked through the hills and valleys of the Vergas woods on the second hunting weekend of the season, hoping to bag a big one—and have a little fun in the process. As it turned out, the 'big one' got away, but that didn't stop Gary and Joe from having big fun anyway. Joe got to shoot a rifle for the first time since finishing firearms safety class, and he "took a little hair off" one deer before it escaped into the distance, Gary recalls.
When talk of a new hospital in Perham started to get serious several years ago, planners knew that building an eye-catching state-of-the-art facility in a highly visible spot along Highway 10 would attract new patients. They were right. But not even they knew just how right they were. In the five years since the new Perham Health first opened its doors in January of 2012, the facility has exceeded all expectations in terms of growth.
Steve's Sanitation of Perham has purchased Jon & Son's Disposal Service of Detroit Lakes. The sale became effective Jan. 1, and the final papers were signed last Thursday. Owners from both companies have said the deal was the right fit for them, at the right time. Services have already transitioned over, with little to no noticeable impact on customers.
It's really hard not to call these guys the 'dynamic duo.' The tongue-in-cheek moniker would fit, given the pair's complementary skill sets and the name of their new business, Dynamic Cropping Systems. They're Jerry Morberg and Michael Steeke, a couple of Perham area entrepreneurs who have recently partnered to take on a new agricultural venture.
The family of Tanya Sazama called on the community for help, and the community answered, big-time. Supporters and well-wishers crowded every corner of The Cactus in Perham on Saturday for the “Time Race for Tanya” benefit, an event to raise money for the well-known Richville business owner, wife, daughter, sister, friend and mother of four.
A woman and teenager were injured in a rollover accident just east of Frazee on Saturday. Jennifer Joy Labbe, age 37, and a 17-year-old female passenger were transported to Essentia Health in Detroit Lakes to be treated for non-life-threatening injuries, the Minnesota State Patrol reports.
Perham High School graduate Kurt Weber has been playing the piano since he was a child, but it wasn't until he was all grown up and halfway around the world that he discovered his deep passion for it. In Kuwait in 2011, as a member of the Army National Guard, Weber found himself wide awake at the end of his late-night shifts on the military base. There wasn't much to do there at 2 a.m., but he needed something to keep his hands and mind busy. He remembered that the chapel on the base had a piano, and one night he decided to sit down at the bench and play.
Eleven-year-old Josie Leitch hugs with her whole heart. Her mentor, Wendy Billie, says that's one of her favorite things about Josie. When she goes in for a hug, she opens her arms, tucks her chin down into her chest, and really leans into it, giving a nice, warm snuggle. "She has the biggest heart," Wendy says. "She's kind to everyone." The admiration is mutual. Josie enthusiastically describes her mentor as, "Awesome!" and "Totally 'the bomb!'"—quite complimentary lingo that young girls reserve for only their very best friends and most favorite things.
A longer-than-expected permitting and environmental review process has temporarily stalled the Star Lake Casino project, and has caused its original opening date to be pushed back. Representatives for the proposed Shooting Star development had first said the facility would be complete in 2017. Later, they said early 2018. Now, the target date is late fall 2018.