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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Perham City Councilors have approved the plans and specifications for this summer’s major street improvement project, and will soon be seeking bids on the construction work. At a meeting Monday, councilors reviewed an updated preliminary engineering report on the project by Apex Engineering Group and gave City Manager Kelcey Klemm the go-ahead to place advertisements for bids. Bids will be due by March 23, and will be considered by the council on April 13.
My ‘mama clock’ is ticking, and I figure now is as good a time as any to say my temporary goodbyes. With Simon (the name my husband and I have...
Things are trucking along at Perham’s new city garage site. With prep work at the site complete, and a new cold storage building constructed, the Public Works Department is expected to start moving some things over at any time. City Manager Kelcey Klemm said materials for the main office building have been ordered, and construction work on that could start as early as March.
Everyone, raise your glasses in a toast to Landmark Liquors. Perham’s burgeoning municipal liquor store had another record-setting year in 2014, and that means more money saved for local taxpayers...
When Judi Maddock retired from teaching after 34 years in the field, she wanted to find a way to keep working with kids. “My interests always draw me back to children,” she said in an interview on Monday. “I thought, ‘How can I incorporate my retirement in with my love of kids?’” That’s when she met Jill Shipman, the executive director of Kinship of the Perham Area.
KLN Family Brands will be bringing another group of temporary foreign workers to pick up shifts at its Barrel O’ Fun Snack Foods plant, and this time the workers will be housed in Perham. Last summer, KLN partnered with a program called Global Workforce to bring in a group of 60 foreign workers from July through December – a first for the company, which has been struggling with an ongoing worker shortage. Due to a lack of housing in Perham, that fir
One of my favorite quotes is by Winston Churchill: “I choose to be an optimist. It does not seem to be much use to be anything else.” I agree with...
Editor’s note: This is the fourth in a weekly series on youth mentors with the Perham Area Kinship program, in light of January being National Mentoring Month. For John Minge, becoming a mentor was the natural next step in a years-long relationship with the local Kinship program. A former United Way board member, John heard about Kinship of the Perham Area back when it was first being formed.
Editor’s note: This is the third in a weekly series on youth mentors with the Perham Area Kinship program, in light of January being National Mentoring Month. Heidi Solberg and her 11-year-old mentee, Audrey Portrament, enjoy their ‘girl time.’ Twice a month since July, the two have met up to bake cookies, carve pumpkins, go to school sporting events and just get out and do different things together.
The Perham Area Public Library has been awarded a state grant to help pay for an extensive mold abatement project, and if all goes well, the work could be done as early as this summer. A grant in the amount of $257,000 has been awarded to the library by the State Legislature.