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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After the train derailment near Bluffton earlier this month, a lot of people were shaking their heads and saying things like, “That’s too close to home,” wondering, “What if that had happened here?” And what if it had? What if those 32 freight cars had jumped the tracks in the middle of Perham, a mere 20 miles west of the crash site? It could easily have happened. Unlike the rural and relatively open area where the Dec.
A 27-year-old Dent man is unharmed after becoming disoriented in the fog on Saturday and driving his vehicle through a patch of weak ice on Walker Lake. Justin Adkins submerged his vehicle in 4-5 feet of water near a river entrance at about 7:40 p.m., according to the Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Office. He was uninjured in the accident but got stranded on his vehicle.
The triumphant “Chariots of Fire” theme song and enthusiastic shouts of “Hip, hip, hoo-RAY!” echoed through the halls of Heart of the Lakes Elementary School on Friday afternoon in celebration of Perham-Dent’s Teacher of the Year, Heidi Solberg. Solberg was escorted around the school on a colorfully decorated maintenance vehicle as students and staff lined the halls to congratulate and cheer her on.
Plans to reopen Perham’s downtown bakery have been taken off high heat and turned back down to ‘warm’ after a Kickstarter campaign to help get the business going didn’t turn...
Perham City Councilors have approved a final property tax levy increase of 2 percent. The final levy amount, payable in 2015, is unchanged from the preliminary levy approved in September. The increase will mean the city will collect about $23,000 more in taxes next year than it did this year, with a total levy of $1,165,167 in 2015 (up from the previous $1,142,273). The 2 percent increase falls below the average range of typical increases that Perham has seen over
The Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Office is asking the public to keep an eye out for a trailer that was stolen from a rural Dent residence on Sunday. According to a press release from the sheriff’s office, a 2011 enclosed, two-wheel Haulmark brand trailer was taken from a residence on County Road 35. The trailer is black in color and has a v-shaped front end. There is an access door on the right (passenger) side, as well as a rear cargo door.
The Perham Lions Parade of Lights brightened up the holidays for a crowd of onlookers on Friday. Many people lined up in their heated cars to watch as lit-up floats paraded down Main Street, while lots of others bundled up and braved the cold. According to the National Weather Service, the temperature dipped down to about 11 degrees that evening. Nineteen parade entries took part, showcasing a wide variety of light displays and holiday themes – from Dreams for Kids’ Snoopy-themed float to Northwoods Assembly’s “Rethink CHRISTmas” float, and everything in between.
Light up your holidays with the Perham Lions Holiday Parade of Lights, returning to town this Friday, Nov. 28. As fans of the annual parade have come to expect and love, a long line of floats and other entries will march down Main Street just after dusk, decked out in Christmas lights and costumes to give crowds a holiday treat that’s both bright and fun.
The developers behind Victory Estates have gotten the final go-ahead from city leaders to move forward with their plans. Perham-based Stoderl Land, LLC aims to bring more affordable housing options to town with its Victory Estates project. Perham has struggled for years to keep up with housing demands. This new development will include 39 residential lots made to accommodate privately owned single- and double-wide modular homes with garages and patios.
The History and Cultural Association of East Otter Tail County will continue to run Pioneer Grounds for at least another five years. Last week, with no discussion, the Perham City Council agreed to extend the association's lease of the grounds through March 31, 2020. The new lease is effective April 1, 2015.