Teachers Mary Karkela and Alyssa Lepp recently had their Perham High School students plan and prepare a fiesta to promote knowledge of Mexico. Mrs. Karkela's students in the Creative Cooking class prepared enchiladas, refried bean dip, and Spanish rice to create a Mexican fiesta enjoyed by all students. Mrs. Lepp's Spanish one students made colorful flowers as decorations along with placemats highlighting information about Mexico and its people and culture.
Aaron Karvonen, the new owner of the old Thrifty White building, announced at the Economic Development Authority (EDA) annual meeting this morning plans for a premium mens and womens clothing store for the space. “People have been interested in what we are going to do with the building,” he said. The name of the new store is 125 Apparel and Karvonen added plans are to open in the summer of 2018.
It isn't very often that communities are proactive in addressing potential issues. It's even less often that small towns lead the way in innovative ideas. We should be so incredibly proud as we look at the HUB project that both are the case in Perham. This is a project that has never before been done in the state of Minnesota—it is literally groundbreaking. It is a project that nobody is going to get rich off of.
Flames shot high into the air in the small town of Ottertail Wednesday night, as fire ripped through Periwinkle Marketplace, nearly spreading next door the liquor store. The dramatic scene along Highway 78 started around 8:30 p.m. as fire crews from eight communities attempted to put out the fire. Periwinkle was fully engulfed and well on its way to destruction, though, by the time crews arrived.
Breanna Menze, Director of the Miss Perham/Heart of the Lakes Scholarship Organization, announced Molly West will replace Alexandra Koes as the new Miss Heart of the Lakes 2018. Koes accepted a position in the Texas Tech University School of Health Professions Physicians Assistant program and will be moving to Texas in May.
Members of the junior high Yellow Jacket Speech Team competed at a meet in Battle Lake on Monday, February 12. The team had several members earn awards, with Rory Sauer taking first place in the Extemporaneous Speaking category, Kira Johnson placing first in Poetry and Emily Kirkenwitz placing second in the Humorous category. Other awards included: Creative: Meghan Reed, Superior; Lily Aakre, Superior; Trisha Crews, 4th.
Albert (Bert) Doll of Frazee has been named an insurance agent for COUNTRY Financial. Doll recently completed the organization's extensive training about the solutions COUNTRY Financial offers to help customers become financially secure. The training also focuses on guiding customers toward successfully setting and achieving their goals. Doll can provide customers a wide range of insurance products and services.
Junior class members and their parents are reminded that it is time to begin thinking about the upcoming Junior-Senior Prom and the chemical-free after-prom party. This year's prom will be held on Saturday, April 28. Juniors and their parents plan, organize and sponsor the chemical-free after-prom party, which immediately follows the prom in cooperation with the New York Mills Community Education. An organizational meeting is scheduled for Monday, Feb. 12, at 7 p.m. in the Commons. All juniors and their parents are encouraged to attend.
Staff from the Perham Focus Newspaper walked away with five prestigious journalism awards recently. The Minnesota Newspaper Association doled out the awards at its annual conference in Bloomington, which hosts newspapers of all sizes from across the state. The Perham Focus earned first place for Best Website among weekly newspapers across the state with a 1,501-2,500 distribution in what the judge declared a "nice, clean design." The Focus also earned second place among all weekly newspapers across the state for Best Magazine in its Perham High School 100 Years magazine.
The Prairie Wind Middle School spelling bee took place on January 22nd. All students grades five through eight were given a preliminary spelling test in their classroom, and then the winners of each grade were invited to the school-wide spelling bee.