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Aquatic invasive species may be here to stay, but hopefully they can be controlled in lakes and rivers throughout Otter Tail County. That was the theme of a gathering at the Dalton Community Center April 22, where Nathan Olson of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources provided up-to-date information on aquatic invasive species in Otter Tail County and beyond. “The key is training, enforcement and education,” said Olson. Fishermen need to clean visible aquatic plants from watercraft and trailers before transporting their gear from lake to lake.
Brittany Anderson and Collin Ness are the parents of Maliki David Anderson, born April 21, 2013, at Essentia Health St. Mary’s – Detroit Lakes, Minn., weighing 7 pounds, 6.4 ounces.
Anyone who has experienced the loss of a young one from suicide understands that the emotional costs demand involvement in suicide prevention. The Highway 10 Baseball Classic Tournament, in collaboration with the Christopher Benz foundation, KLN Family Brands and Arvig, is working to have a positive impact with the goal of eliminating youth suicide by providing suicide education, awareness and prevention grants to schools, and by using the tournament to provide that education in a fun venue. Perham High School hosted a suicide awareness presentation March 8 with the help of a grant from
This young man is receiving a first place award in Trail Class. Who is he? And who is the young woman presenting him the award? ‘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.
I hope you all have enjoyed this warm weather we’ve been having and have taken advantage of it and have been able to go outside and get active. This past month I have been extremely busy with local appearances and Miss Minnesota preparation. On April 6, I had the privilege of watching our very own Miss Perham’s Outstanding Teen, Lauren Anderson, compete at Miss Minnesota’s Outstanding Teen pageant.
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.
Not too long ago, I took a gallon of DDT pesticide to the recycling center in Detroit Lakes. The gallon came from my parents’ farm in Iowa; I still had it because I chose not to let it go on auction, lest it be used.
Minnesota currently has one of the most daunting achievement gaps in the nation. Unfortunately, this unacceptable achievement gap starts well before kindergarten. Today, nearly half of all five year olds in Minnesota arrive at kindergarten not prepared to learn.
Our Heart O’ Lakes Harmony Men’s Barbershop Chorus recently presented our spring show, “The Cotton Club,” at the Kennedy Auditorium in Fergus Falls and at the Historic Holmes Theater in Detroit Lakes. By all accounts, it was a very successful show with large enthusiastic audiences at both venues. The cast, the chorus, and the featured performers all worked hard to make that so. The set people, the site people, the sound people and many others worked hard behind the scenes to make it such a successful weekend for our chorus.
Wells Fargo, the premier corporate sponsor of the Minnesota State High School League, announced last week that Brian Howey of Perham High School received the Wells Fargo Spotlight on the Arts Award of Excellence at the 2013 Class A state high school speech tournament. The award program is part of the Spotlight on the Arts campaign, a program established by Wells Fargo and the state high school league to increase awareness for high school fine arts activities.