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The Perham area just got another Little Free Library. Aerovilla Road residents (on Devil's Lake northwest of Perham) are invited to a ribbon-cutting for the new little structure this Saturday, Sept. 24 at 4 p.m., at its location at the end of Marion and Donna Gill's driveway, at 40122 Aerovilla Road. Attendees are asked to bring a book to share. Donna Gill, who helped initiate this latest Little Free Library, said it's intended for everyone in the neighborhood, young and old, so books for all ages are needed.
Local governments are helping Thumper Pond Resort get back on its feet after a catastrophic roof collapse last year. Leaders from both Otter Tail County and the city of Ottertail, where the popular resort is located, have recently shown their support for reconstruction efforts, agreeing to temporary reductions in Thumper Pond's city and county taxes.
A new volunteer program that teaches kids how to handcraft kayaks is about so much more than just building boats. It's about building skills. Building connections. Building confidence. So far, three local boys are learning the craft, and more are expected to take part in the future. Once complete, each of the boys' kayaks will be donated to Kinship of the Perham Area, for use by kids during Kinship's summer get-togethers and on field trips.
An important step in the Star Lake resort and casino development process was made last week, and another opportunity for public comment on the project is coming up next week. The two separate but related matters — a recently submitted Environmental Assessment Worksheet, or EAW, and the public hearing — were both discussed at an Otter Tail County Board of Commissioners meeting on Tuesday. EAW submitted
"Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere." -Chinese Proverb A new school year started Tuesday, and with it came those old familiar feelings of excitement, anticipation, fresh starts, new friendships, and a little end-of-summer blues for students throughout the community. The scene at the Perham-Dent School District bus corral Tuesday morning was a bustling one, full of emotional goodbyes and hellos as kids piled out of busses and their parents' cars to greet new and familiar friends and teachers.
Editor's note: This is the first in a series of feature stories on the new teachers at Perham schools this year. We will run one story a week, over the next several weeks, until all new teachers have been profiled. Just a few short years ago, Karlee Werner was a student in Perham, known for her roles in the one-act play and speech programs. Now, she's back in the Perham-Dent district to take on one of the biggest roles of her life — the role of teacher.
Paul Sailer knew he wanted to write a second book before he was even finished with his first. The Frazee and Perham area native was waist-deep in historical research for "The Oranges Are Sweet," a biography of Minnesota-born World War II fighter pilot Don Beerbower, when he realized he had enough material to tell plenty of engrossing stories in addition to Beerbower's.
"God opened a door, and I jumped through." That's how Jolene Wagner reflects on her decision to become the new principal at St. Paul's Lutheran School in Perham. "My heart is in Christian education," she said during an interview last week. "When Bonnie (Stohs, who had been serving as interim principal at the school) called to ask me if I'd be interested, right away I knew I was."
After nearly 40 years in medicine and 11 years at Perham Health, Dr. Corey Nyhus is hanging up his white coat. The family medicine physician, who has become well known and respected for his dedication to patients, strong work ethic and wry sense of humor, is retiring Thursday, June 30. The transition will open up extra free time for Nyhus so he can do more of the things he loves to do, such as hunt, fish, travel and — most of all — golf. He'll also be able to enjoy more time with his wife, Wanda, and their kids and grandkids.
A Perham doctor just took a trip that many would call 'once-in-a-lifetime.' But Dr. Mark Paulson, a physician of family medicine at Perham Health, says it was even better than that — the kind of experience that comes along only "once-in-a-hundred-thousand lifetimes." "I don't want to be braggadocious about it, but it was amazing," he said during an interview last week. "It was a great honor." The beaming smile almost never left his face as he reminisced.