The Perham High School Science Research Team had a strong showing at this year's Minnesota State High School Science Fair. Eight students submitted seven projects to the fair, which is sponsored by the Minnesota Academy of Science and held March 30-31. Science Teacher and Team Advisor Shawn Stafki said he's very proud of the kids. "They did an amazing job," he said. "Win or lose it doesn't matter, as long as they engage in the science."
In 1978, a 25-year-old Chuck Johnson interviewed to be the editor for the Perham Enterprise-Bulletin. Expecting to not take the job, Johnson forced the paper's publisher, Mike Parta, to pay for his expenses from Minneapolis. Johnson had to look on a map to see where Perham was before he arrived, Parta said. "In walks this young, skinny kid with hair down to his shoulders. You know what the attitude of long hair was at that time," Parta remembered. "He became our day to day face in Perham for 20 years."
The paint is barely dry, but Periwinkle Marketplace in Ottertail is open for business again. After losing everything in a fire over a year ago, Owner Stephanie Ellingson started from scratch in redesigning the store from top to bottom. A vibrant teal and blue color scheme immediately grabs visitors attention before they even step inside. "It's a fun lake place," Ellingson said. "You can't miss it."
The Perham-Dent School Board approved a transportation bid for the 2019-20 school year at the board meeting on Wednesday, April 10. The four-year agreement with Z Transportation is front-loaded to allow the company to upgrade its bus fleet and attract more drivers, it then balances out after one year. Superintendent Mitch Anderson said the longer agreement is good because the district pays the true cost of fuel. "A lot of districts, in their agreements have a fuel escalator, where somebody's getting a good deal and somebody is not, so it usually balances out," he said.
From the outside, Ultima Gaming looks just like any other retail store on Perham's Main Street. An "open" sign flashes next to the store's posted hours as traffic steadily runs in-and-out of the post office across the street.
A few men and women slipped on a pair of high heel shoes and walked down Perham's Main Street to prevent violence against women last Friday. Walk a Mile in Her Shoes is sponsored by Someplace Safe, and acts as an awareness event. After choosing from a range of sizes and styles, participants trotted from the Perham Fire Department to the corner of First Avenue South. From there, they put on their real shoes and were off to the Someplace Safe office for lunch.
Perham and the surrounding community showed their full support for Taylor Johnson on Sunday during a benefit for the 4-year-old battling Leukemia. Over a thousand people, many of them young children, played carnival games, browsed a silent auction and socialized during the event that has been planned since Taylor was diagnosed in January. Taylor herself made a brief appearance early on, but went home after getting too tired. Taylor's parents, Matt and Tricia, were overwhelmed by the event's turnout.
Taylor Johnson is like any 4-year-old. She plays with dinosaur toys, loves her dog and annoys her older sisters. But unlike any other 4-year-old, Johnson has the whole town of Perham rooting for her. On Jan. 25 Taylor was diagnosed with Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia, the most treatable form of the cancer. Now after only nine weeks, Taylor's prognosis is good as she enters a maintenance phase of treatment.
In December 1975, landowner Leonard Grotnes specifically told the bulldozer crew carving out a snowmobile trail through the woods of Valhalla Resort not to go near the swamp. "My husband flagged out where they should go," Norma Jean Grotnes said of her late husband. "He said 'Do not go in that swamp. Do not go there', and they did anyway and it went down." By "it", Grotnes means a 56,000 poiund Army surplus bulldozer. Now over 40 years later, the massive machine has been unearthed by a group that intends to bring it to the Perham Pioneer Village.
When 28-year-old Davin Bauck took his own life last September, his parents Dean and Diane didn't know how to pay his life insurance policy forward. "We discussed things and said 'What are we going to do with this?'" Diane said. "Our number one thing was looking at our son, what his interests were, what he liked, what his passions were and that kind of thing. We didn't have the situation of 'he died of cancer, so give to cancer'".