Paula Quam is the editor for Forum Communications Co. newspapers in Detroit Lakes, Perham and Wadena, all in Minnesota.
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It was touch and go for a while as the future of Perham's proposed Hub project hung in the balance of a bonding bill being debated at the state legislature, but with only minutes to go, the Hub and its proponents claimed a cautious victory last night. "We are pretty excited," said Hub Project Coordinator Emily Dreyer. "I want to thank our local representatives and senators for supporting the Hub project."
There were only two men at Perham's Walk a Mile in Her Shoes: A Men's March Against Violence event Friday morning, but those two men were all they needed. It took only four hands and four high heeled shoes to carry a banner through the streets of Perham that showed domestic violence isn't welcome in this community.
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?