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Lions District 5M9 has announced the appointment of Donald Hendrickx as District Governor for 2013-2014. Hendrickx and his wife, Pat Hendrickx, who is also a Lion, recently returned from the...
True to tradition, hundreds of people flocked to St. Lawrence Catholic Church this past weekend for the annual outdoor Polka Mass. After a religious service filled with good humor and...
Food, live music and a flash mob dance will all be a part of the upcoming Hoot and Holler Summer Bash, hosted by the Boys and Girls Club of the Perham Area. Grilled hotdogs, watermelon, chips, and cold treats will be served, and entertainment will include music by Brian Howey and Friends. Ottertail Inflatables will be on site, and there will be visits with the Perham police and fire departments, as well as Perham EMS. A highlight of the evening will be a flash mob dance performed by kids of the club. This family-friendly event will be held Wednesday, Aug. 14, from 4:30-6:30 p.m.
The In Their Own Words Veterans Museum in Perham will be the site of a flower show this Saturday, Aug. 10. Entries will be taken from 8:30-10:30 a.m. Anyone may enter. The public is welcome to view the flowers from 1-3:30 p.m.
Privacy is fast becoming a relic of the past. Giant corporations, consumer monitoring companies and big government are all scrutinizing practically everything a person does these days, from making cell phone calls to sending e-mails to clicking on websites. And the scary part is we often don’t even know it. Because technology has advanced so quickly and has become so all-encompassing, the average person is clueless to the high-tech snooping. Take shopping, for example. Some major retailers are now using technology to track consumers the second they come into the store.
Minnesota Management and Budget has issued a report indicating the state budget Democrats passed this year includes the largest dollar-for-dollar all funds spending increase in state history. Minnesota’s total spending will increase by more than $6 billion to a historic high of $67 billion (a 10 percent increase). This excessive state spending makes me leery, especially when you see what a lack of fiscal restraint has done to places like Detroit and Chicago. The budget Republicans set in 2011 included a 3.6-percent All Funds spending increase for the 2014-15 biennium.
It took one auction and several people several long, grueling days to clear their farm of personal belongings after our parents had both passed on. Numerous times a day, we who were doing the clearing looked at one another and said: “Look at all this stuff!” or, “Good grief! What were they thinking?!” Mom had enough pie-making materials to last her a hundred years, almost as if she were going to live forever. Now, at my age, it is slowly becoming apparent that, much to my surprise, I’m not going to live forever either. Huh!
The Lake Region Arts Council has announced an open board position in Otter Tail County. This is an opportunity for anyone who loves the arts to help enrich and support an active arts environment in this region. Nomination forms and a summary of board member responsibilities may be obtained by calling or e-mailing the LRAC office at 218-739-5780 or LRAC4@LRACgrants.org . The deadline is Sept. 6. The Lake Region Arts Council is a nonprofit organization dedicated to encouraging and supporting the vitality of the arts.
A Perham High School gymnast is pictured on the uneven bars in 1971. What is her name? ‘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.
Seated on the ground, from left to right, are: Margene (Isola) Olson, Katherine (Jasmer) Lausten, Jesse Wilkowski, Barb (Hendrickx) Morganroth and Kayleen (Kumpula) Oppegard. In the second row, seated, are:...