Perham Focus Newsroom
The In Their Own Words Veterans Museum in Perham will be holding an open house to show off its new veterans and community social room on Saturday, May 4, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. At the same time, the museum will also unveil a new exhibit in the main gallery – a Vietnam War Memorial Display and Videotaped Play, created by the Minnesota community of Ashby.
St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Perham commissioned three new Stephen Ministers on April 14. The new ministers, Sue Flatau and Diana and Joe Saenger, join other active Stephen Ministers at...
Heart of the Lakes Elementary School’s kindergarten, first and third grade classes recently attended a production of “Junie B. Jones” at the Holmes Theater in Detroit Lakes. Junie B. Jones is a popular children’s book series and the students were able to see her character come to life on stage. The activity was designed to get kids even more excited about reading and listening to Junie B. stories at school. One student excitedly said after the show, “Junie B.
New York Mills School teachers were among teams of educators from several regional school districts to participate in a professional development opportunity led by the Perpich Center for Arts Education. The third year of concentrated Perpich Center support and direct professional development facilitation for Lakes Country teachers will conclude in June 2013. Teacher teams from Breckenridge, Lake Park Audubon, Morris, New York Mills, Osakis, Pelican Rapids and Rothsay will review student work samples and reflect on their skill and knowledge of collaborative arts integration.
After a couple centuries of government support, the Protestant mores that have dominated American culture are disappearing from the public square. A majority of Americans support same-sex marriage, abortion and legalizing marijuana, not to mention other activities and values that many Christians find objectionable. Sunday baseball is here to stay. Scattered state laws will not turn the tide. Even in North Dakota, if the three anti-abortion measures passed by the Legislature were referred to a vote of the people, they would be defeated. Handily.
I recently participated in the third annual Raise it for Health Day at the Capitol, where I met with Sen. Bill Ingebrigtsen and Rep. Bud Nornes to discuss how important it is to raise the price of tobacco. Research shows that by increasing the price of tobacco, we can help current smokers quit, prevent kids from ever starting and save lives. Tobacco is still a big issue in Minnesota and health care costs associated with smoking costs Minnesotans $3 billion in excess health care costs each year.
“The Prairie Spy: Who Shot the Dryer? And Other Stories from the Home Front,” by New York Mills author Alan Linda, is a finalist for the Midwest Book Awards in the Humor category.
Back in the mid-1950s, when I was first becoming aware of girls and muscles, I figured the likelihood that I was going to get some of either was highly questionable. Then I found the Charles Atlas advertisements. In his ads, there was always a three-segment cartoon. In the first frame, a bully kicks beach sand at a 97-pound weakling, to his girl’s shame. In the second, it shows him using the Charles Atlas Dynamic Tension muscle-building technique. In the third, the 97-pound weakling – now buff and chiseled – gets even with the beach bully.
A new generator will soon be purchased for the Ottertail Fire Hall. Fire Chief Stuart Fleischauer presented three quotes for installing an automatic backup generator at the April 18 meeting of the Ottertail City Council. All three bids he received were in the range of $8,200-8,400. “This 17-kilowatt generator would handle our lights, garage doors, plus some other needs at the fire hall,” Fleischauer said.
The Red River Valley Veterans Concert Band will be performing in Perham, and the public is invited to attend. The Perham Lions Club will be hosting the band at SteVelly’s restaurant, with the show starting at about 8 p.m. on Thursday, May 2. The Lions bring the band to town once a year as a special event and fundraiser. “This is their annual visit to Perham,” said Perham Lions President Diana Osterfeld of the band. “They’ve done it for several years.”