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Focus and Contact office at a new location

The Perham Focus and Contact office has moved to a new location at 300 West Main St., Suite C in Perham. Find us on the railroad track side of Ma's ...

U.S. Senate bill attacks growing number of robocalls

Sen. John Thune
WASHINGTON — A bipartisan bill that would help in the fight against the ever-increasing robocalls and scams has been reintroduced in the U.S. Senate.

Perham cruises in home win with Frazee

The Perham boys basketball team avoided the proverbial letdown game after its big victory over Hawley when it hosted the Frazee Hornets on Jan. 18 at the Hive. Twelve Yellowjackets ...
Jason Groth

 Groth is a Minnesota Newspaper Association award-winning Sports Editor of the Perham Focus and the Wadena Pioneer Journal. Groth worked in Grand Rapids as the Sports Director at KOZY/KMFY radio for two years and prior to that he was the Sports Editor/Writer for the Grand Rapids Herald-Review for seven years. 

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Detroit Lakes edges out Perham

Two of the state’s best gymnastics teams were on display at the Hauer Gymnasium on Jan. 18 when the defending Class A and top-ranked Detroit Lakes Lakers traveled to Perham ...
Jason Groth

 Groth is a Minnesota Newspaper Association award-winning Sports Editor of the Perham Focus and the Wadena Pioneer Journal. Groth worked in Grand Rapids as the Sports Director at KOZY/KMFY radio for two years and prior to that he was the Sports Editor/Writer for the Grand Rapids Herald-Review for seven years. 

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Lakers snap Perham's winning streak

Perham's Mesa Schultz drives to the basket against Detroit Lakes at the Ralph Anderson Gymnasium in Detroit Lakes. Robert Williams/Forum News Service
The Perham girls basketball team took its three-game winning streak on the road against Detroit Lakes on Jan. 17 at the Ralph Anderson Gymnasium in Detroit Lakes. The Lakers snapped ...
Jason Groth

 Groth is a Minnesota Newspaper Association award-winning Sports Editor of the Perham Focus and the Wadena Pioneer Journal. Groth worked in Grand Rapids as the Sports Director at KOZY/KMFY radio for two years and prior to that he was the Sports Editor/Writer for the Grand Rapids Herald-Review for seven years. 

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Trump talks ag labor and trade at the American Farm Bureau Convention

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Admist the backdrop of the government shutdown, President Trump talked about the importance of a border wall, but also an ag labor fix and, of course, trade. Agri-Pulse's Spencer Chase ...

WATCH: The Rink Live plans second day of streaming Hockey Day Minnesota interviews

Mick Hatten of The Rink Live interviews Brian Bissonette and Deb Pfaff of Bemidji about the city's role in hosting Hockey Day Minnesota. Jillian Gandsey / The Rink Live
BEMIDJI, Minn. — The Rink Live will stream two more shows Friday, Jan. 18, as part of Hockey Day Minnesota. Watch the live shows on The Rink Live 2 channel ...
Steve Wagner

As Forum Communications' director of content, Steve Wagner serves as the point person for content strategy and projects for the company's 30-plus newspapers. He oversees operations of Forum News Service, a regional wire provider to more than 100 newspapers, and guides newsroom collaboration between The Forum newspaper and WDAY TV.  Wagner also conducts training related to content, reporting and newsroom advancement. Previously, he served as editor at the Grand Forks (N.D.) Herald and Bemidji (Minn.) Pioneer, and worked in writing and editing roles at The Forum, where he won numerous awards for news reporting.

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Lakers double up West Fargo

Logan Zajac cracks a smile after recording his first career goal in a 6-3 Detroit Lakes victory over West Fargo Thursday, Jan. 17 at Kent Freeman Arena. Robert Williams / Tribune
Three players scored their first varsity goals and No. 20A Detroit Lakes used three goals in a 90-second span midway through the second period to cruise to a 6-3 victory ...
Robert Williams

Sports Editor at the Detroit Lakes Tribune. Williams worked prior as the Sports Editor in Perham for the Focus, a Forum Communications newspaper, from 2010-14. 

(218) 844-1442

State-ranked battle goes to Perham

Perham's Leighton Rach works to get free from Detroit Lakes' Blake Weber. Rach defeated Weber for the second straight time in a battle of two state-ranked wrestlers at 132 pounds. Carter Jones/FOCUS
Facing a team twice in less than a week span is a daunting task. However, that wasn’t the case for the third-ranked Perham wrestling team when they defeated the ninth-ranked ...
Jason Groth

 Groth is a Minnesota Newspaper Association award-winning Sports Editor of the Perham Focus and the Wadena Pioneer Journal. Groth worked in Grand Rapids as the Sports Director at KOZY/KMFY radio for two years and prior to that he was the Sports Editor/Writer for the Grand Rapids Herald-Review for seven years. 

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Perham swimmers compete at Morris Triangular

Perham's Kyle Swanson comes up for a breath during the breaststroke portion of the 200 medley relay. Brooke Kern/Forum News Service
The Perham boys swimming team traveled to Morris to compete in a triangular meet with Melrose-Sauk Centre and Morris Area. The Yellowjackets continued to improve on their times during the ...
Jason Groth

 Groth is a Minnesota Newspaper Association award-winning Sports Editor of the Perham Focus and the Wadena Pioneer Journal. Groth worked in Grand Rapids as the Sports Director at KOZY/KMFY radio for two years and prior to that he was the Sports Editor/Writer for the Grand Rapids Herald-Review for seven years. 

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