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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Three Vergas residents, including an infant and five-year-old child, were involved in a rollover accident on Highway 10 on Tuesday evening. The Minnesota State Patrol reports that Kaylyn Wehmas, age 23, was driving a 2005 Chevy Equinox too fast for the icy road conditions when she lost control of the vehicle and it rolled off the road. Wehmas and the infant suffered non-life-threatening injuries, according to the patrol. The five-year-old child had no apparent injuries.
Do you hear what I hear? On any given day in Perham between now and Christmas, if you listen, you'll hear it. It's in front of our downtown businesses and all over the streets of our neighborhoods. It's in the air, all around us. Everywhere. It's Christmas music; good, old-fashioned Christmas music. The sound of it rises and falls around town all morning long, generating holiday spirit and smiles among the people of Perham in the same way that an ice cream truck's jingle brings excitement to kids in summertime.
After 35 years of business, the Thrifty White store in downtown Perham is closing its doors. The shop's final day will be Friday, Dec. 23. The Thrifty White Pharmacy, located inside Dean's Country Market, will remain open. Lee Omberg, pharmacy operations manager for Thrifty White, said the company has been honing in on healthcare as its primary focus, and scaling back on its retail offerings. The closure of the local shop is a reflection of that.
When Bob Riepe first decided to embark on a book series based on real people from Otter Tail County's early days, he thought it would be about a five-book project.
It's a good thing Odelia Wegscheid likes hugs. Now that she's a Foster Grandparent to young students in Perham, she gets an awful lot of them. 'Grandma Odie,' as she's affectionately known, can hardly get into a classroom without being stopped for a quick squeeze by one happy kid after the next, all of them excited to see her. "Everyone just love, love, loves her," says Darla Guehna, a kindergarten teacher at Heart of the Lakes Elementary School.
Arvig plans to make a major hiring push in the near future. The Perham-based internet, television, phone and security systems company has announced it will hire about 200 additional employees as part of a national effort to improve internet access in some of the country's most underserved rural areas. Lisa Greene, Arvig's senior manager of marketing, said the new hires will be needed across the company's entire service area, probably starting around Pelican Rapids and Ada, and then eventually affecting Perham and other areas.
Jen and Keith Carlson, the owners of Second Hand Rose, are "very happy" in their new space. The couple moved their Perham consignment shop from its Main Street location to 120 Second Street SW (formerly Elegance by LinDee Bridal and Formalwear) on Halloween Day, and the change has been a real treat—no trick.
Perham High School student Morgan Hanson was in the spotlight at this year's National FFA Convention. She was one of just five students from Minnesota selected to perform with the National FFA Band. Hanson had the honor of playing alongside 92 other talented young instrumentalists from all across the country, in front of huge crowds at multiple concerts throughout the convention. A record 64,000 young people reportedly attended this year's convention, held Oct. 19-22 in Indianapolis, Ind.
Most people know Don Seifert as the 'Voice of the Yellowjackets.' For more than 20 years, the Perham native announced at football games in town. He also spent time behind the mic for basketball, wrestling, track and other sports. Those who didn't know him for his evening gig at games probably knew him for his day job at the school. Now retired, he's still well respected as a longtime business manager at Perham-Dent School District, a post he held for 32 years. "My first budget was $250,000 when I started," he recalls today. "When I ended, it was $8 million."
A new career unit is giving Perham High School seniors an important lesson in after-school life. Students in Amy Braukmann's 12th grade English class just finished a four-week unit designed to teach them how to find and snag a job after graduation. Over the past month, they've searched for jobs online, filled out mock applications, written cover letters, developed resumes and reference pages, and taken part in mock interviews with real-life professionals. After the interviews, they sent out follow-up emails or thank-you letters.