Focus News staff
The driver of a Ford F150 went into a ditch when his truck suddenly lost power on Highway 78. Jeffrey Fritz, 31, was traveling north on the highway. He was transported to Perham Hospital for minor injuries. He was wearing his seat belt at the time of the crash and alcohol was not a factor according to the Minnesota State Patrol report. The crash occurred on dry pavement.
After a year of designing and planning, the Perham-Dent School District has reached a historic moment. The district will host a groundbreaking ceremony to celebrate the start of construction on the new Perham High School. The ceremony will recognize the community support that helped the $45 million referendum pass in November 2015, while also commemorating 100 years of education at the present high school.
A Perham fourth grader is flying high after earning a top spot among young artists in Minnesota. Elsa Brandvold, a student at Heart of the Lakes Elementary School, is a winner in the 2017 Minnesota Aviation Art Contest, taking third place among kids ages 6-9.
Olivia McNair, a member of the Perham Yellowjacket speech team, placed eighth in the state Class A speech meet.
The most popular songs by Johnny cash will be played by Jay Kayder and his band, Church of Cash, at a tribute show fundraiser at the Perham High School auditorium this Saturday, April 22. The show kicks off at 6:15 p.m. with Jack & LaVonne Bjerke from Flashback, performing songs from the past. The tribute show begins at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $18 in advance, $20 at the door; and veterans will receive $3 off when they show ID.
With March, which is designated Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Month, a recent memory, the local MS group is planning a fundraiser to support the upcoming MS Walk. Walk MS Team Go-Getters will raise the money during a Perham Pizza Ranch fundraiser, scheduled Monday, April 24, from 5-7p.m. The MS Walk is planned Sunday, May 7, at M-State, Fergus Falls. Registration and the walk begin at 11 a.m.
The Perham High School prom is planned Saturday, April 29, at Prairie Wind Middle School, with a grand march, dance and post prom activities. Student tickets to prom are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. Couples should sign up for the grand march, which begins with line-up at 6:30 p.m., in the high school office. There is no student cost to participate in the grand march. Doors will open to the public at 6:30 p.m. for family and friends to watch the grand march. A suggested free-will admission of $2 for adults and $1 for students will be collected at the door.
Three Perham High School seniors have embarked on a service project to provide hygiene kits to students and adults in the area to combat bullying.
The Perham Area Angel of Hope Memorial Park, located at the corner of 3rd Avenue & 6th Avenue NE, was dedicated on Sept. 24, 2004, to allow families a special place to grieve, hope and heal; and give them a place to remember and celebrate the lives of their children. The names on the Memory Walls are the names of children of all ages. Each spring and fall, new memory blocks are added to the walls at the Park. It is time for anyone wishing to have the name of their child added to the wall to send in the request.
The Yellowjacket Speech Team qualified three for the State meet and sent seven competitors to Final Rounds at Section 6A Competition in Underwood on April 8. Perham went into Sections as the SubSection 23A Champions. The following competitors made it to the Final Round with three advancing to State: Creative Expression Olivia McNair—second Extemporaneous Reading Olivia Leslie—sixth Extemporaneous Speaking Brooke Germain—sixth Great Speeches