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.
Six Perham High School seniors participated in the 68th Annual Dorian Choral Festival at Luther College in Decorah, IA last week. Ian Christenson, Seth Dykhoff, Keith (Junior) Nordick, Andrew Newville, Shelby Burns, and Audrey Swanson sang with the Festival Choir, which was comprised of over 1,100 high school students from MN, IA, WI, ND, & SD. Christenson, Nordick, and Swanson were also part of the smaller Chamber Choir, which was comprised of about 80 students chosen from the larger choir. The concert is available at the following link to watch online until Friday, January 26th
Maggie Wothe was selected Miss Perham 2018 and Hanna Beck was chosen as Miss Perham's Outstanding Teen 2018 at the Miss Perham and Miss Heart of the Lakes Pageant on January 13 at the Perham High School Auditorium.