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Bongards has plans to relocate and expand its cheese store in Perham. The creamery company has purchased the empty log building on the corner of Main Street and 2nd Avenue SE, kitty-corner from the Perham Chamber office, for the operation of its retail shop. Daryl Larson, plant manager in Perham, said Bongards closed on the new building in October. Remodeling is slated to begin soon and will continue through the winter. The company is hoping for an early spring opening.
Aaron Wegscheid has reached the highest pinnacle of scouting. After nearly a decade of active involvement in Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts, the Perham High School junior just received official word last week that he is now an Eagle Scout. Eagle Scout is the highest rank attainable in the Boy Scouts of America scouting program. Only 4 percent of scouts achieve the distinguished title.
Nest: everybody's been chirping about it; now they can check it out. The highly-anticipated and buzzed-about new coffee shop and kitchen retailer opened Tuesday in Perham. A steady crowd of customers flocked to Nest for its soft opening, curious to see its interior look and feel, and excited to find out what's on the store shelves. Among them were Shirley Mayfield, of Frazee, and Myrna Wenaas, of Perham, who enjoyed some laughs over coffee Tuesday morning. The two said they liked the new building's fun atmosphere. "It's a cool place," said Mayfield.
A program in Perham has been offering people a ray of light as they struggle through dark times. For the past two years, Celebrate Recovery has provided a sense of human connection, empathy and support to those feeling unhappy, scared and alone. Every Tuesday evening at Calvary Lutheran Church, anywhere from 30 to 50 people from Perham and the surrounding area gather to get real and honest about difficulties they're facing in life. The program offers a safe and confidential space for them, where they can speak freely without judgment or fear.
The message is loud and clear when it comes to high-speed broadband internet services in Otter Tail County: "Please wait... Your options are still loading." The county has some catching up to do. Currently, Otter Tail is the fourth-worst in the state when it comes to fixed, non-mobile broadband internet service speeds, ranking 84th out of Minnesota's 87 counties.
Emily Dreyer is just one of six women featured in the 2016 edition of Luminous, which highlights some of the movers and the shakers in Perham. This year, Focus staff looked at young women in leadership roles within the community. Pick up your Luminous at the Focus office or at locations throughout the area. It's a good thing Emily Dreyer likes to be busy, because she's had a whirlwind year.
It's a good thing Emily Dreyer likes to be busy, because she's had a whirlwind year. Last fall, the Perham grad and former Associate Director of the Perham Area Chamber of Commerce started a big new gig as Perham-Dent School District's Community Education and Administrative Services Coordinator—a role she's taken on wholeheartedly, transforming the previously bare-bones Community Ed program into a burgeoning and lively community asset.
The last time the Focus checked in with Ted Meinhover, he was on his way to Beijing, China, to work as a foreign diplomat for the U.S. That was three years ago, and a lot has happened in China in the last three years—much of which Meinhover has witnessed, researched and reported on to government leaders back home, in an effort to build rapport between the two countries. Last week, the 2001 Perham High School graduate was back in town for a visit, and he stopped by the Focus to update us on his many undertakings in Beijing and beyond.
Editor's note: This is the final story in a weekly series of feature articles on new teachers in Perham this year. David Ogroske says teaching at St. Henry's Area School in Perham is "like a homecoming for me." A product of Perham, Ogroske is a former St. Henry's student himself. He returned to the school this year as a fifth grade teacher, standing in front of the desks instead of sitting behind one like he did as a kid all those years ago. He also teaches fourth grade science.
The 89-year-old Otter Tail County man who had been missing since Sept. 28 was found deceased Thursday, Oct. 13, and an autopsy indicated he died of natural causes. The Otter Tail County Sheriff's Office reports that the body of Thomas Allstopp was located shortly after noon on Thursday, Oct. 13, in Leaf Mountain Township near Urbank and west of Parkers Prairie, approximately two miles from his cabin where he went missing. Midwest Medical Examiners Office in Anoka conducted the autopsy. The case remains under investigation.