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Perham’s Economic Development Authority (EDA), utilizing grant funds through the Department of Employment and Economic Development’s Small Cities Development Program, has helped eligible homeowners make health, safety and energy improvements to their properties in previous years. This year, Perham is processing another application for these rehab funds.
The United States Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency is offering emergency loans and emergency physical loss loans due to severe storms, straight-line winds, and flooding occurring June 20-26. President Obama declared 18 counties in Minnesota primary disaster counties. Otter Tail county is eligible as a contiguous county. Loans are currently available at 2.5 percent interest.
These man worked at Perham Farm Supply. This week’s challenge is to Name at least two of them. ‘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.
The thing about the Finnish is that they love everything about being Finnish and hope that you will, too. That’s what prompted a group of organizers to establish the Finn Creek Open Air Museum nearly 40 years ago in a remote section of East Otter Tail County along the Leaf River watershed. During the late 1800s and early 1900s, many settlers of Finnish descent settled in the New York Mills area and they stayed, preserving their culture throughout the generations.
There was a time when, by late Saturday afternoon, a person could safely shoot the proverbial cannon down the Main Street of any small town in Minnesota without causing a stir. Part of that was due to the lure of the lakes. Who wanted to be stuck in town when the fish were biting?
Bob Bodin of Moorhead is livin’ the dream after being drawn as winner of the 2013 Boys & Girls Club and WE Fest RV and VIP raffle. For the second year, WE Fest and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Detroit Lakes and Perham partnered to give away the prizes, valued at approximately $17,000, during WE Fest. The prize package contained a brand new 21-foot Gulf Stream AmeriLite travel trailer, a WE Fest VIP music and camping package for 2014, and a lot of camping extras including a $200 Minnesota State Park gift card, a camp stove, sleeping bags and other gear. The raffle raised more than
The Dent Veterans Memorial was the site of an unexpected, yet fitting event recently, as it hosted its first wedding. The ceremony transformed the feel of the memorial from one of solemn remembrance to one where celebratory memories are made. Alicia Mostue and Mike Conklin exchanged vows in front of the memorial’s central monument this past Saturday, as several military flags waved in the warm breeze. The bride hand-picked the location for its deep meaning and personal connection to her family. “My father built the memorial, my husband is
Petitioners are calling for a referendum vote on a proposed lake improvement district at Star Lake, southwest of Perham. Members of the Star Lake Property Owners Association first started looking into the establishment of a lake improvement district, or LID, about two years ago. Proponents say the revenue made possible through a LID could be useful in the future, to help address common issues like high water and aquatic invasive species. According to a report aired on WDAY last month, hundreds of property owners on Star Lake pay dues ev
The city of New York Mills and its police force are continuing to address concerns of unfair ticketing in town. Claiming that officers were giving out a high number of traffic tickets for very minor offenses, residents took their complaints to the city council in July, requesting a review of the department. At the most recent city council meeting, held last week, they asked for an update, and the Police Committee was on hand to answer any remaining questions. Local business owner Dolly Tumberg spoke briefly, saying she was happy with the direction the council was going in, but was con
The Perham Focus has added a new reporter to its roster. Elizabeth Huwe, a recent North Dakota State University graduate, has done a little bit of everything. During college, Huwe was an intern at Spotlight Media Inc. and Go Radio in Fargo, N.D. Now, she is excited to take on a new challenge. “The way I see it, yesterday’s headline is today’s history, and it keeps sprouting from there,” said Huwe.