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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Four people were injured in a rollover accident near Henning Tuesday. A 2004 Chevy Silverado was on Highway 108 headed toward County Road 16 when it lost control, causing the vehicle to roll into the left ditch at 2:11 p.m., the Minnesota State Patrol reports.
One person was seriously injured in a rollover accident on Highway 10 west of Perham Wednesday night. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, the injured party, who has not yet been identified, was driving a 2001 Ford Ranger eastbound down the highway when the vehicle spun out, entering the median sideways and then rolling across the westbound lanes to the north ditch. The one-vehicle accident happened at about 11 p.m., the patrol states. Icy roads were a factor.
One person was injured in a rollover accident on Highway 10 just west of Perham on Thursday. Alexandria Erickson, age 23, of Baxter, Minn., suffered non-life-threatening injuries in the one-vehicle crash, which occurred at about 10 a.m., according to the Minnesota State Patrol.
Two juveniles were injured in a rollover accident on Highway 10 west of Perham on Tuesday. The driver, a 17-year-old female, and a 10-year-old male passenger, both from Vergas, were transported to a local hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries, the Minnesota State Patrol reports.
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.