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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Monday, May 29 is Memorial Day, a day to remember and honor the more than 1 million men and women who have given their lives in service to this great nation over the course of many years, and many wars. It is a day to remember ancestors, family members and other loved ones who have given the ultimate sacrifice.
Friday, May 26 Chamber Golf Scramble, Perham: At Lakeside Golf Course. Annual Perham Area Chamber of Commerce event. For more information, contact the chamber office at 218-346-7710. Saturday, May 27 Bass Fishing Opener, Statewide
A Richville woman was injured in a one-vehicle rollover accident north of Vergas yesterday. Veronica Lynn Vennes, age 44, was driving southbound on Becker County Road 17 when she swerved to miss an animal in the road, the Minnesota State Patrol reports. Her vehicle, a 2003 Mitsubishi Galant, entered the right ditch and rolled over.
Pull up a lawn chair, blanket or even your golf cart: Ottertail’s Tuesday summer concert series at the park is back. For the third year in a row, the Ottertail Business and Community Association will host live outdoor performances at the city park on the first and third Tuesdays of the month, from 6:30-8:30 p.m.
The Prairie Wind Middle School cafeteria was buzzing with the sound of 68 tiny propellers all whirling at once last Wednesday, as eighth grade Computer Applications students launched their new minidrones for the first time. Kids in the class controlled the drones’ lift-offs, landings, flights and tricks with their iPads. Some students were able to make the drones hover, rise and fall in a straight vertical line, swoop through the air, glide low along the ground and even do mid-air flips.
Two local contractors have been awarded contracts related to construction projects at Perham public schools. At a short meeting following the groundbreaking ceremony for the future Perham High School last Wednesday, Perham-Dent School Board members approved bids for irrigation work around the new school, as well as at the elementary school. Aqua Lawn, Inc. was the low bidder for a new irrigation system at Heart of the Lakes Elementary School, with a bid of $75,500. Lakes Country Landscaping was the low bidder for the system at the new high school, with a bid of $63,645.
Do you know what it's like to wake up in the middle of the night to the feeling of a mouse pitter-pattering around on your pillow, pawing at your head and scritch-scratching through your hair? Well, I do. And let me tell you, I've never shot out of bed so fast in my life. That was just last November, when mice were "coming out of the woodwork" all over the Lakes Area, according to the local news. People were saying they had never seen it so bad. It seemed like everybody had a wince-worthy story to tell about mice invading their lives. I can relate.
The community lost a beloved member on Saturday, with the passing of Tanya Sazama. About 14 months after receiving a devastating diagnosis of terminal cancer, and just three months after residents of Perham, Richville and the surrounding area rallied around her at the ‘Time Race for Tanya’ benefit, the young mother of four is gone.
Will this year bring another invasion of the cheese snatchers? After suffering through what one news story called "mouse madness" last summer and fall, a lot of Lakes Area homeowners are wondering what rodent-related headaches the season ahead might bring. Answers from experts basically amount to a leery "we'll see..."—a discouraging message for those hoping to avoid, or at least prepare for, another big influx of outdoor mice.
Lourdes Anderson remembers what it was like to come to a new country and not speak the language. Born in Nicaragua, Central America, where Spanish is the main language, she was adopted by her Perham family and moved over here at the age of 12. She spoke no English whatsoever.