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“What we’ve done is decolonize the organization," Christina Woods said.
Chuck Dowdle, 93, was a teacher in Perham in the early 1950's. Now, he's a published author living in California. His latest book, "Twin Lights," is a rewrite of his life's greatest loss, lived out in Perham, and tells a totally different life story set here.
The Perham Education Association recently recognized special education teacher Karen Zepper, who started teaching in Perham 24 years ago, as the District 549 Teacher of the Year for the 2021-2022 school year.
Ambiguous loss is something Battle Lake artist Krisi Kuder began experiencing several years ago. Despite its challenges, she's drawn to this concept of "not knowing," and it inspires the art she creates every day.

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After losing both his legs and his left hand in an ATV accident three years ago, Andy Eckhoff is continuing to get back to doing all the things he's always loved to do. Most recently, thanks to a donation of specialized running blades, the 34-year-old is off and running again, without the weight of heavy prosthetics.
Lehman has seen the Perham-Dent School District change and grow in many ways over the decades.
Beloved by many in the Perham, New York Mills, Wadena and Motley communities he served during his 14 years in law enforcement, Smith will be remembered as a "really good guy" who was “pretty phenomenal," according to a few of those closest to him.
Dr. Thomas Seaworth, who lives in Detroit Lakes and currently practices at Perham Health's New York Mills clinic, has been awarded the prestigious SSgt. Andrew P. Nelson Award for Outstanding Leadership and Service.
“Tiffany’s a favorite,” says Christi Stoll, the general manager at Empowering Kids in Perham. “All the kids love Tiffany.”
School Nurse Sue Seip found her passion when she started school nursing 20 years ago, but even prior to that — as she was being raised in Wadena — she’s always been drawn toward nursing as a career path.

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“Sgt. Tina Tungseth was a great asset to the Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Office and to the citizens of Otter Tail County. Her dedication and professionalism to the staff and inmates will be missed,” said Sheriff Barry Fitzgibbons.
The Gary Senske Court was dedicated during a halftime ceremony at a basketball game at the University of Minnesota-Crookston on Nov. 23.
Cory Lepisto, a 2001 Perham High School graduate, served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 2001 to 2006 and spent time in Africa, Egypt and Iraq.

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