To quote the film adaptation of Douglas Adams’ “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” trilogy, “So long, and thanks for all the fish.” Personally, I would recommend the walleye, as it is rather good.

I have had the pleasure of doing several things in my 24 years. This last year of this crazy adventure called life I have had the pleasure to be the Perham reporter. In a time that many would describe as a bad point in history, I will always regard it as one of the highlights of my adventure. In the year that I have been your town's reporter, I have covered both beautiful moments and tragedy alike capturing this moment in time that I have gotten to share with you.

But alas my time with you has come to a close. As I look back over the time that I had the privilege of covering Perham, I am grateful for the opportunity to help document this unique year in the history of this town.

Many towns say that they are there for each other but Perham has shown me that they truly live up to that claim. Through the course of 2020 and into 2021, this town has shown me time and time again that you are both welcoming and that you truly are ‘Perham Strong’. The generosity of this community is only matched by how quickly I have seen it pull together to support a good cause.

The next chapter of my adventure is taking me away to Edina to work in marketing for Arcanum Consulting, while I hopefully pursue my master’s degree in economics. While this means leaving Perham, it does not mean that my time with Perham is truly at an end.

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When I came to Perham at the end of 2019, I already had a town to call home. Now as I leave you, I have two towns to call my home, with here being my second place to call home. With that being said, I will see you all again when I am visiting home, after all, I still have not gotten to see one of Perham's famous turtle races. So my return is both a treat and a promise because this is where my parents live, so I really will be back.

So until we meet again goodbye, thank you for the amazing time in your community, and remember to always stay ‘Perham Strong’.