A propane heater is believed to have started a fire at a Jennie-O turkey barn early this morning. At approximately 12:18 a.m., Otter Tail County Sheriff received a call regarding a fire at 41963 County Highway 53. When deputies and fire personnel arrived, they found the barn engulfed in flames. Fire personnel from Perham, Dent, New York Mills, and Vergas were able to control the blaze. Employees from Jennie-O confirmed no workers or animals were in the barn at the time of the fire. The structure is a complete loss.
U.S. News & World Report listed Perham Living to its Best Nursing Homes for 2017-18. The reporting agency evaluated more than 15,000 nursing homes nationwide. Perham Living is one of nearly 2,300 nursing homes earning the designation of a U.S. News Best Nursing Home.
United Way of Otter Tail & Wadena Counties is now accepting Community Investment grant applications from 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organizations interested in applying for program funding. Application and guidelines are available on the United Way of Otter Tail & Wadena Counties website: uwotw.org. Priority areas for program funding include: Education: Helping children and youth achieve their potential by supporting the learning, development, and sense of belonging of children and youth so they become responsible and contributing adults.
The Miss Perham and Miss Heart of the Lakes Pageants will be held Saturday, January, 13, at 7:00 p.m., at the Perham High School Auditorium. Cost of admission is $8 at the door. Miss Perham, Miss Heart of the Lakes, Miss Perham's Outstanding Teen and Miss Heart of the Lakes Outstanding Teen will be crowned. Miss Minnesota Brianna Drevlow and Miss Minnesota's Outstanding Teen Emily Schumacher will be in attendance.
A Clean Plate Local and Organic Grocery Store in Perham will be closing soon, according to owner Wayne Isaacson. He would like to thank all his customers and let them know the Menahga store is staying open. An exact closing date has not been set.
We published a letter to the editor last week from a Perham Focus reader, which got us thinking. The letter, written by local resident Jeff Tweeton, told of his experience with a fella named Gordie Rud. In very short summary, Tweeton was working the courtesy counter at Service Food in Perham, where Gordie, a customer, found a $20 bill on the floor. Instead of pocketing it like many would, Gordie turned it into the courtesy counter in case the person who lost it came looking for it.
Local first place winner, of the VFW Auxiliary Voice of Democracy contest, Madelyn Tangen, has won the district contest and now moves onto the state competition. She is the first local winner to achieve this goal, according to Diane Rux, VFW Auxiliary Ninth District President. Tangen's essay went up against 26 other competitors and is now one of nine to be judged at the state level. She was joined by her parents, ReNae and Bob Tangen, when she received her certificate from the local VFW Auxiliary. The awards ceremony is in Minneapolis in January.
There was a wide array of notable stories in and around Perham in 2017. What's most notable, though, about the Perham community when looking back over 2017 is its ability to come together.
As we feed our holiday anxiety with the details of travel or meals or house guests or presents — or whatever we think we've got to be stressed out about — let's take a moment to recognize and appreciate those who are getting ready to kiss their families goodbye to head on out to work on Christmas like it's any other day. For some, it's been a long time since they've gotten to celebrate with their families the way most do because their jobs require them to care about us.
Hours for the Sisters Grain Bin were incorrectly listed in the story that ran on Page A2 of the Dec. 7 issue of the Focus. The correct hours as listed on the Sisters Grain Bin Facebook page are Wednesday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sundays from noon to 4 p.m.