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Hint: Pictured is a view of main street in 1933. ‘History Mystery’ is a weekly feature of the Perham Focus.
Residents of Marion Lake, southwest of Perham, voted on Saturday to reject the formation of a Lake Improvement District, or LID. The vote was 176 against and 111 in favor. Proponents had hoped the LID would help fund pro-active measures to protect water quality and prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species. Since the idea was first brought forward, however, opponents have emphasized that they didn’t want the additional taxes.
Perham High School graduate Maren Anderson was crowned the new Miss Perham last week, joining her two younger sisters as current or former pageant titleholders. The youngest sister, Lourdes Anderson, won the title of Miss Perham’s Outstanding Teen – a title that had been held by the girls’ middle sister, Lauren Anderson. Maren and Lourdes were among nine girls and young women who competed for the titles of Miss Perham, Miss Perham’s Outstanding Teen and Miss Heart of the Lakes at a combined pageant called “A Night of Talent,” held last Friday evening at the Perham High School auditorium.
Organizers of Perham’s first ever BBQ Cook-Off are seeking teams of cooks to compete. The competition will determine the area’s “best Pit Master in the Perham Lakes Area,” according to flyers. Hosted by the Perham Lions, the rib cook-off will be held Saturday, Aug. 10 in downtown Perham, rain or shine. The ribs, along with corn on the cob, beverages, and potentially some chicken wings, will be served to the public at 5 p.m.
The annual Phelps Mill Festival was held last weekend at the historic Phelps Mill, north of Underwood. Though rainy weather dampened things on Sunday, the event, which featured the work of a number of artists, as well as live entertainment and food, drew strong crowds on Saturday.
Youth from St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Perham attended the 2013 Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod National Youth Gathering in San Antonio on July 1-5. St. Paul’s sent 14 youth and four adults to participate alongside of the more than 25,000 others who attended the gathering. The event is held every three years, and is designed to allow youth to spend time together in worship, prayer, song and service. The gathering provides young people an opportunity to learn more about Jesus Christ, the Christian faith and their Lutheran identity.
Minnesota State Community and Technical College will be offering a new 30-credit certificate program in health information technology through its online eCampus next fall. The Health Information - Technology Specialist certificate will provide training in the use of information technology to improve the handling of patient health records.
The New York Mills YES! Team has been awarded the Creativity and Innovation YES! Award for their project accomplishments in 2012-13. For their efforts, the team received $250 to be used in future YES! Team work. The New York Mills team was led by high school teacher Travis Ekren and included students Micah Esala, Maddy Keskitalo, Danielle Maijala, Michael Sonsalla, Amber Barvels, Sam Weber, Ben Trumbull, Brandon Baldwin and Ellie Rutten. These students hosted a Black Out Day at their school to promote turning off lights and other devices that use electricity.
Jefferson Lines Bus Company has launched a new route connecting Duluth to Fargo, and it includes a stop at the Perham Tesoro. Effective last Wednesday, the route includes one daily run in either direction between Duluth and Fargo, with stops in several other Minnesota communities, including Perham as well as Wadena, Detroit Lakes, Cloquet, McGregor, Aitkin, Crosby, Brainerd and Staples. “We are excited to bring Jefferson Lines’ trademark comfortable ride and quality customer service to these communities,” said Kevin Pursey, Jefferson Lines’ director of marketing, in a press release.
Have you ever thought about hosting a foreign exchange student for the school year? We have hosted kids for many years, and the experience has been fantastic. Our new ‘family members’ have come back to visit us, and in fact, our daughter from Spain will be here for three months this winter as she student teaches in Staples. There are many students waiting for a chance to come to the U.S. and attend high school. Students come with insurance and their own spending money. You need to provide a bed (shared rooms are okay) and meals.