At the Perham City Council meeting on Monday, Feb. 11, City Manager Jonathan Smith and BHH Architect Tony Stoll updated the council on the status of the Hub and PACC project. Smith first gave an overview of how the project started, including the status of the Hub's future tenants, Boys and Girls Club, Empowering Kids, and Productive Alternatives. Smith also outlined the process for applying for and receiving the $6 million in bonding money pending legislative approval of the local options sales tax, which was approved by voters last November.
While the days are getting longer, the temps aren't getting any higher. Even the most avid winter fanatics are feeling burnt out. When winter bottoms out around this time of year, it's important to be aware of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and how to pick things up until brighter days. SAD is a recurring major depression that typically occurs in the fall through winter, according to Dr. Gail Pickett at Perham Health. The specific seasonal pattern separates SAD from recurring depression that might happen year round, Pickett said.
I am a city boy, born and raised in the suburbs of Minneapolis. My entire world changed when I took a job at the Perham Focus as the newspaper's main reporter in December. Now, I am here, in a town of just over 3,000 people, learning what small town living is all about. Perham started surprising me right from the start, and I quickly learned that I don't want to just report what's happening in Perham, I want to report on the people who make this town tick in the most inconspicuous of ways. Some people have a way of always attracting the spotlight, but my 'focus' will be on those who quietly go about their day making this community a better place to live. And since this is my new journey, too, and my "city" eyes are fresh, I wanted to document the adventure of discovering what this "Perham pride" thing is all about. Everybody in Perham has a story, unique in their own way...1 in 3,000.
Aging can be tough, but adding dementia to it — particularly when living in a small town like Perham — can create a lonely, stressful, heartbreaking situation. Small towns are often where everybody knows your business, and when it comes to this subject, not everybody with this diagnoses feels like broadcasting that business.
The children of low income families are encouraged to participate in Hamann Dentistry's Give Kids a Smile Program on Friday, Feb. 1, from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Parents and guardians are asked to make appointments as soon as possible for children ages 4-18 by calling 218-346-4775. Children must have an appointment and be joined by an adult family member. Services range from cleanings, sealants and fluoride treatment to restorative care including fillings. The clinic is located at 200 First Avenue South in Perham.
He was a small town boy with big time dreams ... and now the self made man is changing course. Cory Hepola, a Perham native, is leaving his weekend anchor position at KARE 11 in Minneapolis to start his own radio program from 9 a.m. to noon on WCCO Radio in January. Hepola, 37, wrote down his goal to work on-air in Minneapolis when he was in middle school in Perham and kept it on his bedroom wall throughout high school and college. "I kept it as a reminder of where do I want to go? What's the bigger purpose? And to always have a positive attitude," he said.