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The repainting of Perham’s south side water tower, featuring the Yellowjackets logo, was completed in time for the Perham High School football opener, providing a nice backdrop to the press box at Ted Meinhover Field.
The Dayton administration predicts Minnesotans’ property tax bills will fall next year. Maybe so, maybe not. Local government officials are considering what to do with property taxes, including looking at whether they need to increase spending, and taxes, after a decade-long funding drought. If they decide that government responsibilities such as road work have been neglected too long, officials may raise taxes so delayed work can begin. “It is hard to have a one size fits all answer,” said Kent Sulem of the Minnesota Association of Townships. Local officials throughout the stat
Despite promising scores in some areas, the Perham-Dent School District has room for improvement in future rounds of state testing. Last week, the Minnesota Department of Education released the results of the 2013 Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment (MCA) tests. “My initial reaction was that it is a mixed bag,” said Perham Superintendent Mitch Anderson. Overall, the high school performed very well, while the lower grades generally came in near or below state averages. Each spring, students in Minnesota’s public schools are tested on their understanding of reading, math, and science
The Perham Lions presented a donation check of $5,000 to Yellowjacket Activities at the Perham High School Football game last Friday. The funds were raised through the Lions Club’s first annual Rib Cook-Off, recently held in Perham.
Perham’s 1st Annual Day of Caring is coming up on Wednesday, Sept. 18, and Perham High School juniors and seniors are needed as volunteers. Day of Caring projects will include painting, washing windows, raking lawns, landscaping, mulching and more for local senior citizens and homebound residents. The day will begin with a breakfast at Calvary Lutheran Church at 7 a.m., with projects from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The guest speaker will be Erin Anderson. Applications may be picked up in the high school office, administration office, or from Courtney Rooney. They are due by Monday, Sept.
History Mystery of the Week: What building is this? ‘History Mystery’ is a weekly feature of the Perham Focus. Working in partnership with the History Museum of East Otter Tail County, we will publish a ‘mystery photo’ each week, challenging you, our readers, to answer a question about it.
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.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank a total stranger. We did not know her name, but her selfless act has made me appreciate the country we live in even more. On a recent shopping trip to Service Foods in Perham, as we were checking out, this angel behind my father approached the clerk and said she would like to pay for our groceries. When my father asked her why, she said she had seen his Korean War Vet hat and said he deserved anything she could do. I was so overwhelmed by this random act of kindness I could hardly convey to my daughter, who was with us, what had happen
There’s a 1937 B John Deere sitting quietly in my shed, and a 2007 Caterpillar combine roaring around in the wheat field just north of that shed. The combine is harvesting wheat. The tractor is retired, so it’s doing nothing. There is more than just a 70-year age gap between these two machines — way more.