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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Two young North Dakota residents were killed, and another injured, in an accident on Interstate 94 near Glyndon on Saturday. The Minnesota State Patrol reports that Danie Leigh Thomssen, age 18, of Fargo, and Carson Dennis Roney, 19, of Oakes, did not survive the crash. Haley Lynn Visto, 18, of Oakes, suffered non-life-threatening injuries.
Wayne and Pearl Romann have a lot of shared loves, but the one that brought them together is dancing. It was on the dance floor where the pair first met, at the Grand View Heights Ballroom on Big Pine Lake near Perham. It was the summer of 1947; a time when dance halls were popular places, with people flocking to lakeside hot spots on warm summer evenings to let loose and kick up their feet. Pearl was a 17-year-old local girl, and Wayne a 23-year-old local boy. He asked her for a dance one night, and that was that.
Jump into some fun in Perham this Saturday with the Freezin' for a Reason Polar Plunge. This year's annual event, a fundraiser for the local Kinship mentoring program, will begin at 1 p.m. at Zorbaz on Little Pine Lake. Watch groups of jumpers brace themselves before taking the big leap into the cold lake, or sign up to be a part of the event. Prizes will be awarded to the jumpers with the best costumes.
A Clitherall man was injured after rear-ending a snow plow on Interstate 94 in Fergus Falls on Tuesday. Kim Douglas Biederman, age 62, was driving a 2006 Chevy Uplander westbound in the left lane of the interstate when he rear-ended a MnDOT 2014 International plow during snow removal operations, according to the Minnesota State Patrol. Biederman was transported by ambulance to Lake Region Medical Center in Fergus Falls to be treated for minor injuries.
It all started with pain and pressure in her chest. Jan Nermoe was working out at the Perham Area Community Center eight years ago when she experienced her first symptoms of heart disease. Any time she'd start to work up a sweat and get toward her target heart rate, she'd start to feel it. At first, doctors thought she had exercise-induced asthma, but Jan suspected otherwise. With a family history of heart disease, she was familiar with the signs, and so she requested further tests.
Joe Goodman went deer hunting for the first time this past fall. The Perham 13-year-old and his mentor, Gary Foss, trekked through the hills and valleys of the Vergas woods on the second hunting weekend of the season, hoping to bag a big one—and have a little fun in the process. As it turned out, the 'big one' got away, but that didn't stop Gary and Joe from having big fun anyway. Joe got to shoot a rifle for the first time since finishing firearms safety class, and he "took a little hair off" one deer before it escaped into the distance, Gary recalls.
When talk of a new hospital in Perham started to get serious several years ago, planners knew that building an eye-catching state-of-the-art facility in a highly visible spot along Highway 10 would attract new patients. They were right. But not even they knew just how right they were. In the five years since the new Perham Health first opened its doors in January of 2012, the facility has exceeded all expectations in terms of growth.
Steve's Sanitation of Perham has purchased Jon & Son's Disposal Service of Detroit Lakes. The sale became effective Jan. 1, and the final papers were signed last Thursday. Owners from both companies have said the deal was the right fit for them, at the right time. Services have already transitioned over, with little to no noticeable impact on customers.
It's really hard not to call these guys the 'dynamic duo.' The tongue-in-cheek moniker would fit, given the pair's complementary skill sets and the name of their new business, Dynamic Cropping Systems. They're Jerry Morberg and Michael Steeke, a couple of Perham area entrepreneurs who have recently partnered to take on a new agricultural venture.
The family of Tanya Sazama called on the community for help, and the community answered, big-time. Supporters and well-wishers crowded every corner of The Cactus in Perham on Saturday for the “Time Race for Tanya” benefit, an event to raise money for the well-known Richville business owner, wife, daughter, sister, friend and mother of four.