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Mike and Tammy Schmidt, who are known for putting together an impressive, entertaining holiday light display at their home, have done it again. This year, the couple has created an hour-long light show, which will run every evening from 5-9 p.m., starting this Friday and lasting through Christmas. The public is invited to drive by and watch the show, a creative work of thousands of ‘dancing’ lights, timed to move with music (there is a sign posted at the site telling people which radio station to tune to). The show may be seen at 55533 County Highway 62 in New York Mills, at the Schmi
Peyton and Matthew Bush, the children of Dave and Amanda Bush and students at Prairie Wind Middle School, have been signed with the international talent management group, The Crawford Agency...
This is a monthly feature of our Columns & Commentary page, in which we either applaud a person, group or event for something positive that we feel is worthy of a little credit (Applause), and/or address something that gives us pause; something that we feel deserves to be addressed in a public forum like the newspaper (A Pause). We welcome rebuttals and feedback. Applause / A Pause expresses the collective opinions of the Perham Focus editorial staff.
Five years ago this month, Minnesotans went to the polls and took a bold action and approved a landmark conservation initiative known as the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment. Around this time of Thanksgiving, I’d like to reflect on this important constitutional amendment. During the past five years, the amendment has been fulfilling its promise of creating lasting investments in clean water, healthier habitat, better parks and trails and a robust arts and cultural heritage.
Everyone has their own home remedy. No one else’s is any good. Only your own. Peter P. lived on the farm down the road from us when we first moved here. He was old and set in his ways, and still strong at 70. “When I don’t feel good, I take a spoonful of number two fuel oil,” he used to say. He’d been doing it since he was a little boy, when his parents fed it to him. A lot of people don’t make it to 70, so draw your own conclusions. When we were little boys and we had a sore throat, dad got out the goose feather and the iodine.
‘Tis the season for Christmas carols. Fans of holiday music will have the chance to get their fill with a free Christmas concert by Heart O’ Lakes Harmony. Featuring male singers from throughout west central Minnesota, this popular men’s chorus will perform two groups of carols at the Perham High School auditorium on Sunday, Dec.
Struggling to find the joy of Christmas? Hard to think of holiday festivities? The holiday season is a difficult time of year for some people, bringing on feelings of sadness, loneliness, grief and despair. To recognize these relatively common and difficult feelings, Pastor Jerry Bass will be holding a special service at the Perham United Methodist Church at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Dec.
East Otter Tail County area youth and adults were recognized for their service and achievements at this year’s annual 4-H Recognition Awards Program, held in October at the New York Mills Extension Office. Dr. Bill Rose of Lakeland Veterinary Clinic and Norman and Bernice Jahnke were all 2013 Recipients of the Friend of 4-H award, given to community members who have shown dedication and diligence to the 4-H program.
It’s common knowledge that maintaining and rebuilding roadways costs a lot of money. Much of this funding currently comes from gasoline taxes, but with more money still needed to fix roadways across Minnesota, a major question arises: Would drivers be willing to pay more for better roadways? This question was addressed at last week’s meeting of the Otter Tail County Board, where Margaret Donahoe, executive director of Minnesota Transportation Alliance, spoke on the subject. Minnesota’s fuel tax now stands at 28.5 cents per gallon.
Perham’s 10th Annual Angel of Hope Candlelight Vigil will be held this Friday, Dec. 6 at 7 p.m. The vigil will be held at the Angel of Hope Memorial Park,...