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Twin brothers Zac and Nic Nolan were among the winners of the first Perham International Turtle Races of 2013, held last Wednesday, June 12. Races are being held twice this week, both Wednesday and Friday, in light of Turtle Fest, which began last Friday. Fun, family-friendly Turtle Fest events are ongoing through this weekend. For more photos of recent Turtle Fest events, go to http://www.perhamfocus.com/content/turtle-fest-strong-start
There’s a fresh new face at the Perham Focus. Recent Perham High School graduate Kiowa Wieser-Matthews has joined the team at the newspaper as a summer intern. From now through mid-August, Wieser-Matthews will be covering various community events for the Focus – writing articles, taking photographs and creating videos. “I’m really looking forward to working here this summer,” he said.
$10K giveaway There are still a few raffle tickets left for the $10,000 Giveaway happening just before the Turtle Fest parade this Friday. The giveaway is a fundraiser for the Perham Center for the Arts. Tickets are $100 each and are available at the Perham Chamber office. Only 250 tickets are being sold, so there’s a one in 250 chance of winning the $10,000 grand prize. There will also be second and third place prizes. The drawing will be held at 6:15 p.m. at the judge’s stand, leading up to the 6:30 p.m.
Lexi Moe of Vergas, participated in the Northern Lights Princess Program during Miss Minnesota competition week last week. She was crowned by Miss Minnesota 2012, Siri Freeh and Miss Minnesota Outstanding Teen 2013, Corrina Swiggum. Moe currently holds the title of Red River Valley Princess and will be a fifth grader at Prairie Wind Middle School in Perham. Miss Perham, Leah Wuebben, will report on her experience at the Miss Minnesota Pageant in next week’s Focus.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the design and dedication of Vergas’ iconic loon statue. The public is invited to participate in a special celebration on Saturday, June 29, at 7 p.m. at the Vergas Event Center. The Miss Vergas and Princess Altona Scholarship Programs will celebrate the loon’s 50th birthday by hosting a “Look Who’s Turning 50!” birthday party. It promises to be a fun-filled evening of commemoration, entertainment and memories. There is no cost to attend the event; free will donations will be accepted. A “1960s” theme has been planned for the celebration.
What do we share in common as a human race? Despite increasing diversity, society remains deeply divided today. Populations often find themselves separated along religious, political and cultural lines. Polarized public dialogues and culture wars intensify divisions within communities. In response to this, “‘A Peace of My Mind’ introduces us to people we likely would never meet on our own, because of differences in ethnic background, faith or the locations we live.
Minnesota author Lin Enger will be appearing at the Perham Area Public Library on Tuesday, June 18 at 7 p.m.
Given events concerning the IRS targeting non-profit organizations, people need to open their eyes as to what our government is doing. The Internal Revenue Service has delayed giving tax-exempt status to any non-profit organization that has the words “Tea Party” or “Patriot” in their names.
The other day in church, the minister was explaining The Trinity: The Father, The Son, and the Holy Spirit. Myself, I think I grew up with one of these three being The Holy Ghost.
‘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. If you have a personal story that relates to the photo, or have new details about its contents, we will work with the museum to have that additional information put on record. Contact us at 346-5900 or email firstname.lastname@example.org . Congratulations to Gloria Perala, who knew that the man pictured in last