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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It was a historic moment in Perham yesterday as shovels hit the dirt at the site of the future Perham High School. It’s been 100 years since the community last celebrated the construction of a new high school, and it could be that long before such an occasion is marked again. The pivotal event was commemorated with a symbolic groundbreaking ceremony at the construction site Wednesday afternoon.
The height of tick season has arrived, and Perham area residents will want to be aware of how to protect themselves and their pets from contracting tickborne illnesses. According to the Minnesota Department of Health, Otter Tail County residents are at high risk of contracting a tickborne disease like Lyme, anaplasmosis and babesiosis.
Stop spending your summers swatting. A new business is coming to Perham, and it's on a mission to "make outside fun again." Mosquito Joe, a nationwide mobile mosquito prevention business, will soon be covering the local area, and its owners promise to provide some real relief from the summer's biggest little pests.
Perham High School and Prairie Wind Middle School have received state recognition for two separate, innovative educational programs. The schools have been named 2016-2017 Star of Innovation Award recipients by the Minnesota Association of Secondary School Principals (MASSP). The high school was named a Silver Star winner for its English Language Learners Immersion-Interpreting Program, while the middle school was named a Bronze Star winner for its "Got Clean Water?" initiative.
A Battle Lake woman and 3-year-old girl were injured in an accident in Fergus Falls on Monday.
Perham City Councilors are working fast to fill the seat left vacant by the recent passing of former councilor Harriet Mattfeld. The council decided in April to seek applications for the open position, and now the deadline to submit those applications is very near. Applications are being accepted until 5 p.m. this Thursday, May 4. As of Monday, three applications had been submitted.
A Deer Creek man died in a rollover accident on Highway 10 in New York Mills Wednesday morning. The man, age 50, was driving west on Highway 10 when he lost control on the bridge over Broadway Avenue, or County Road 67, the Minnesota State Patrol reports. He went off the road into the right ditch, and then rolled down onto the Broadway Avenue on-ramp to Highway 10.
Lil' Evil Inkorpor8ted is enjoying quite a ride in Perham. The motorcycle service, repair and custom build shop opened in town five years ago, and quickly took off. Its mechanical and sales team has a reputation for quality work and good old-fashioned customer service, and their award-winning custom bikes have garnered national recognition.
Papacito’s Burritos is on a roll. The little build-your-own-burrito joint inside the Perham BP gas station has seen nothing but growth since opening in 2012. Despite its blink-and-you’ll-miss-it location, the popular fast food restaurant has routinely packed in hungry crowds tighter than its famously overstuffed burritos.
A New York Mills man was hurt in a one-vehicle rollover on Highway 10 east of Perham this morning. Robert Kyle Wiggins, age 38, was driving a 2002 Chevy Trailblazer west down the highway when he lost control on the snowy, icy road, went into the center median and rolled, according to the Minnesota State Patrol.