Marie Johnson joined the Perham Focus more than five years ago, and has since worn many hats as writer, editor and page designer. She lives in rural Frazee with her husband, Dan, their one-year-old son, Simon, and their yellow lab, Louisa.
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The Republican who grew up in Detroit Lakes and now is a Hennepin County commissioner declared a primary election victory Tuesday night, setting up a race with Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton in the general election this fall. Jeff Johnson was getting about 30 percent of the vote in a rare four-way Republican primary election race late Tuesday. His lead, although slightly shrinking through the night, was strong enough to give him the GOP nomination. His primary win was declared shortly before 11 p.m.
The results of a housing study are in, and they confirm what many already suspected – that there’s a need for more housing in Perham, especially rental housing, as the city continues to grow. The study, conducted by Community Partners Research, Inc., of Lake Elmo, Minn., analyzes the current housing situation in Perham, including demographics and demand, and makes recommendations about the city’s needs over the next five years. Scott Knudsen, one of the study’s leading researchers, highlighted some of the major findings at a meeting with city leaders last week. The study, which also t
The owners of Someplace Special in Perham are planning to sell their current facility and move into a newly constructed assisted living complex near the new hospital. Matt and Jessica Johnson have owned Someplace Special for the past 7 years.
She’s a whirlwind, she’s wild, she’s “just plain crazy,” say the Pied Piper Players of the heroine of their latest show, “Pippi Longstocking.” The players will be telling this classic story of a red-pigtailed, freckle-faced girl with mismatched stockings at the Perham High School auditorium on Saturday, Aug. 9 at 7 p.m. About 20 local children are involved in the production, which is a full-length musical.
The completion date for construction of a new hangar at Perham Municipal Airport has been extended, and rental rates for the hangar spaces set. At a meeting last week, Perham city councilors agreed to extend the completion date of the project from a previously agreed-upon Aug. 1 to Aug. 22. The extension is needed due to an unforeseen delay in the shipment of the pole building from the manufacturer. Councilor Fred Lehmkuhl, who is also on the Airport Commission, said there was a lot of discussion regarding the rates for the new hangar spaces.
A change is coming in the way Perham’s rural gas customers are serviced and billed. Possibly as soon as this winter, but more likely not until the following year, the city’s public works department will begin conducting monthly readings for rural customers, as they do for those who live in town. Currently, Perham Natural Gas customers who live outside city limits are asked to read their meters themselves for nine months out of the year.
A 24-year-old Detroit Lakes man was arrested in Otter Tail County on Sunday after a series of unlawful events, including vehicle theft and DWI. A press release from the Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Office states: After getting into an argument at a wedding reception in Ottertail, Jacob Syverson left the reception looking for a ride back to Detroit Lakes. Unable to find a ride, he stole a 2006 Dodge Ram pick-up truck pulling a camper.
Perham city councilors recently took a few small but necessary steps to keep four new developments moving along. At a meeting last Wednesday, councilors approved two variance requests and made two zoning changes in an effort to help some local businesses and business owners meet their expansion needs. One of the zoning requests, made by Professional Agronomy Services, was to rezone property at 904 Pinewood Circle from residential to industrial. Professional Agronomy recently purchased the property with the short-term intent to refurbish the existing home on the lot into office space.
A man has been arrested for criminal vehicular homicide following the death of a Texas woman in an accident near Pelican Rapids on July 4. Holly Nicole Homewood, age 29, of New Waverly, Texas, was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, according to a news release from the Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Office.
A New York Mills man suffered what are believed to be non-life threatening injuries in an accident on Highway 10 on Monday. David Braukmann, age 60, was taken to Perham Health after the crash.