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.
St. Henry's Perham Area Knights of Columbus held a charity breakfast on Sunday, January 14, 2018 to raise money for The Bridge Pantry Mobile Pantry. Good will donations at the event raised $711.00. The Bridge Mobile Pantry began monthly distribution of food to the communities of Dent, Ottertail, Richville and Vergas last year, delivering over 8,000 pounds of food went to 147 families. The mobile pantry schedule can be viewed by visiting www.thebrid gepantry.org.
Applications are being accepted for the Miss Pre-Teen Otter Tail County 2018. Young girls between the ages of 10-12 can apply. Miss Pre-Teen Otter Tail County will represent her county at the Miss Pre-Teen Minnesota pageant, which will be held at the Wellstone Center, April 28 in St. Paul, Minn. The winner will be an ambassador from the Otter Tail county area and will receive an official title and sash, in addition to a prize package and the chance to represent Minnesota at the Miss Pre-Teen International pageant in Charleston, West Virginia in July.
AARP providing free tax preparation in New York Mills, Perham and Wadena beginning in February. Started in 1968 by four volunteers, AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is now the nation's largest free, volunteer-run tax preparation program. AARP volunteers are trained and IRS-certified each year to ensure their knowledge of revisions to the U.S. tax code. With their help, taxpayers received $1.3 billion refunds. By using AARP Foundation Tax-Aide, these low-to moderate-income taxpayers also avoid preparation fees and pitches for high -interest tax credit or refund loans.
Perham Seniors Erika Kruzel and Andrew Newville were crowned Snoball Queen and King Sunday evening. The full royalty court included: Freshman: Grayce Mickelson and Brett Lueders; Sophomores: Nadia Palubicki, Jacob Briard, Mariah Samuelson and Judd Soule; Juniors: Alysa Ralston, Jenson Beachy, Annika Kovar, John LaFond, Haley Budak and Jonathan Enamorado; Seniors: Sydney Bahls, Zackery Zajac, Kolbey Bormann, Benjamin Winkels, Makayla Melvin, Madison McAllister, Dawson Honer, and Logan Wallace.
Lindsey Soule, Megan Tellinghuisen, Sydney Riepe, Erika Kruzel raised close to $1,000 for the art program at Heart of the Lakes Elementary School as part of the Senior English project.
Hamann Dentistry will be providing free dental care to low income children, ages three to 18, on Friday, February 2, from 8 a.m. to noon. Parents and guardians are encouraged to make appointments. Children must be accompanied by an adult family member. Services vary from cleanings, sealants and fluoride treatments to restorative care. The dental clinic is located at 200 1st Ave. S. Appointments can be made by calling 218-346-4775.