Paula Quam is the editor for Forum Communications Co. newspapers in Detroit Lakes, Perham and Wadena, all in Minnesota.
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This is a big shout out to the people who share their most personal stories with us, and by extension, the people of the Perham area. Last week Mary Chase and Colleen Sazama came into our office and talked about their Multiple Sclerosis and the havoc it has had on their bodies and their lives. They shared the ups, the downs, the tears, the triumphs. They didn't have to, and it's probably not always easy. But when people like these ladies take their physical weakness and turn them into personal strength ...
To the students who walked out of class,
It shakes a person's world when something happens like the murder/womb raiding of 22-year-old Savanna LaFontain-Greywind of Fargo. One of the people arrested for that crime is Brooke Crews, who spent time living in the Perham area. The arrest is fresh—she has not been convicted—but this story has made people question the world in which we live in and to question humanity. When it becomes obvious that evil can lurk in your own backyard, it has the ability to change the way you look at things. The world can most certainly appear darker and more hopeless.
The Leadership Committee of the East Ottertail Relay For Life has chosen Julie Witt of New York Mills and Jessica Dupuis of Perham as the 2017 Honorary Co-Chairpersons. Both are cancer survivors, Julie for 12 years and Jessica for five years. "They will represent our Relay well," said Event Chairperson Lisa Peterson. "They are committed to the war against cancer."
The Little Big Year, a project of the Cultural Center in New York Mills, welcomes Angie Morales, the raptor expert from the Headwaters Science Center in Bemidji, to the Cultural Center on Friday, June 16 at 7 p.m. Morales will be presenting "Raptors Rule," an informative and entertaining program which centers on several live predatory birds.
President Trump has taken the U. S. out of the Paris Climate Accords. He has implied that his reason for getting out of the Accords was that the rest of the world was using the Paris Climate Accords to take advantage of the U.S. and U. S. businesses. That is not how the Paris Climate Accord works. Each country makes up its own goals and its own plans under the Accords. The United States makes up its own plans with no input from other countries. The same goes for Japan, Canada, Mexico, China and every other country.
Although I rarely write anything in sync with existing holidays or times of the year, etc., here's something relative to veterans and Memorial Day weekend. It's something that I experienced while in Army Basic Training in Ft. Bliss, Texas.
Proclamations of great achievement started pumping out of St. Paul early Tuesday, not long after the clock ran out on Minnesota's latest lawmaking session. "The 2017 legislative session will be one of the most productive in recent history," Minnesota Senate Republicans declared in a public statement. "(We) have reached an agreement," DFL Gov. Mark Dayton proclaimed. But why the boasting?
The Star Lake Concerned Citizens Group, generally opposed to the proposed casino on the southwest side of Star Lake, continues to push for an Environmental Impact Statement in addition to a recently completed Environmental Assessment Worksheet. A public comment period runs until June 21. Written comments can be submitted to Bill Kalar, Otter Tail County Land and Resource Director, by mailing to Kalar at the County Government Services Center, 540 West Fir Avenue, Fergus Falls, MN 56537. His email is firstname.lastname@example.org
When people hear the term Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS), what comes to mind for most people is Zebra Mussels. A more serious problem, note members of the Otter Tail County AIS Task Force, is the spread of Starry Stonewort into area lakes and rivers. Starry Stonewort can be distinguished from other grass-like algae by the presence of star-shaped bulbils, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR). This invasive species can produce dense mats at the water's surface.