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"Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere." -Chinese Proverb A new school year started Tuesday, and with it came those old familiar feelings of excitement, anticipation, fresh starts, new friendships, and a little end-of-summer blues for students throughout the community. The scene at the Perham-Dent School District bus corral Tuesday morning was a bustling one, full of emotional goodbyes and hellos as kids piled out of busses and their parents' cars to greet new and familiar friends and teachers.
Editor's note: This is the first in a series of feature stories on the new teachers at Perham schools this year. We will run one story a week, over the next several weeks, until all new teachers have been profiled. Just a few short years ago, Karlee Werner was a student in Perham, known for her roles in the one-act play and speech programs. Now, she's back in the Perham-Dent district to take on one of the biggest roles of her life — the role of teacher.
Paul Sailer knew he wanted to write a second book before he was even finished with his first. The Frazee and Perham area native was waist-deep in historical research for "The Oranges Are Sweet," a biography of Minnesota-born World War II fighter pilot Don Beerbower, when he realized he had enough material to tell plenty of engrossing stories in addition to Beerbower's.
"God opened a door, and I jumped through." That's how Jolene Wagner reflects on her decision to become the new principal at St. Paul's Lutheran School in Perham. "My heart is in Christian education," she said during an interview last week. "When Bonnie (Stohs, who had been serving as interim principal at the school) called to ask me if I'd be interested, right away I knew I was."
After nearly 40 years in medicine and 11 years at Perham Health, Dr. Corey Nyhus is hanging up his white coat. The family medicine physician, who has become well known and respected for his dedication to patients, strong work ethic and wry sense of humor, is retiring Thursday, June 30. The transition will open up extra free time for Nyhus so he can do more of the things he loves to do, such as hunt, fish, travel and — most of all — golf. He'll also be able to enjoy more time with his wife, Wanda, and their kids and grandkids.
A Perham doctor just took a trip that many would call 'once-in-a-lifetime.' But Dr. Mark Paulson, a physician of family medicine at Perham Health, says it was even better than that — the kind of experience that comes along only "once-in-a-hundred-thousand lifetimes." "I don't want to be braggadocious about it, but it was amazing," he said during an interview last week. "It was a great honor." The beaming smile almost never left his face as he reminisced.
Of the 16 million Americans who served in the Armed Forces during World War II, fewer than 700,000 remain alive today. Among those survivors is Herbert Lubitz, better known as Herb. The 93-year-old lifelong Perham farmer and family man was a Seaman First Class in the U.S. Navy's Air Division for about two years right around the time that the war was coming to an end. He became a member of the U.S.S. Nassau (CVE 16) ship's company on Oct. 25, 1945, after being drafted into the service.
Otter Tail County has been without a detox program since January, and local hospitals are feeling the strain. Detox patients often sit in emergency departments for hours, or even days, before a spot opens up at a detoxification facility. With the county's detox center shuttered, the nearest places that will take those patients are now miles away, in Moorhead, Nevis or St. Cloud, where space is limited and there's usually a wait. Transporting patients to these faraway facilities is also an issue.
Four eighth-grade students from Prairie Wind Middle School got a good lesson in simplicity, and also learned that you don’t have to be from a big school to succeed, after...
Perham High School students have a new and unique opportunity this year to learn about mechatronics — a field that’s in demand and can lead to a lucrative career, and...