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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Editor's note: This is the third in a three-part series of feature stories on local 'Heroes of Hope,' leading up to this year's East Otter Tail County Relay for Life. Jim Braun believes his son, Donnie, wouldn't be alive today without the efforts of the American Cancer Society.
Editor's note: This is the second in a three-part series of feature stories on local 'Heroes of Hope,' leading up to this year's East Otter Tail County Relay for Life. Judy Kunza is a pillar of Perham's cancer community.
The number of job openings in Perham has dropped since the community first identified a worker shortage in the fall of 2013, but there are still plenty of positions waiting to be filled.
A Perham man suffered small cuts to his face, and his father is in jail, following a shooting incident in rural Perham on Wednesday. The Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Office has reported that Jeffrey Schultes, 53, of rural Perham, fired a .22 caliber rifle at his son, Jesse Schultes, 24, of Perham, as Jesse tried to drive away from the scene. A bullet struck Jesse’s window, shattering it and causing glass fragments to land on his face, resulting in small abrasions.
The Perham Area Chamber of Commerce is now taking part in a statewide program to help keep local businesses strong, competitive and growing. Called “Grow Minnesota!,” the program works in partnership with more than 70 local chambers across the state, along with some economic development organizations, to harness public and private resources for the benefit of Minnesota companies. The program encourages and supports information-sharing to better conn
Melissa Swenson, a longtime leader within Forum Communications Company, has been promoted to publisher of the Perham Focus and Wadena Pioneer Journal, company officials have announced. As publisher, Swenson will oversee all newspaper operations at the two properties. She will split her time between Perham and Wadena. "I look forward to the opportunities and challenges of my new role as publisher of these two newspapers," Swenson said.
Perham Natural Gas is skipping a step in the process of expanding its services to Marion Lake. At a meeting last week, Perham city councilors decided that a feasibility study would not be necessary for the project, and instead opted to move right into the design phase. The $32,000 that the study would have cost will instead be used toward the design. The proposed expansion
Editor’s note: This is the third in a weekly series on how technology affects the lives of Perham residents. Does anyone remember what it used to be like to go to work before the Digital Age?
BNSF Railway Company has announced that it will spend $326 million on rail capacity improvements and maintenance projects throughout Minnesota this year. Planned projects will include some rail and tie replacements around Perham. BNSF allocates capital each year for infrastructure and expansion projects in the states it serves. “This year’s substantial investments in Minnesota are a clear reflection of how important our operations in the state are to our overall network and our unwavering commitment to always operating safely– for our people and the communities in which we operate,” s
A Perham man is OK after the trailer of a semi-truck he was driving was struck by a freight train on Friday. John Ruther, age 54, was pulling an empty grain hopper trailer behind his semi while crossing the railroad tracks at the intersection of Highway 10 and 505th Street, west of Perham, when the crash occurred, according to a press release from the Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Office.