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So, you think school history is boring. Does your principal/football coach give bayonet demonstrations with a broomstick on a dressmakers dummy during the lunch hour or at school assemblies? That's just one of many interesting stories Fred Sailer with the 549 Family Foundation said he learned about while putting together a video series on the 100-year history of the old Perham High School. "With the new school just about wrapped up the time seemed right to document the history of the high school," Sailer said.
Perham High school Science Teacher Shawn Stafki is happy, and proud, to talk about his students, their science projects and what they have accomplished during the 16 years he's been taking them to the state science competition. Turn the conversation to Stafki himself, and he immediately reroutes the conversation back to the kids. "That's what I am more interested in, focusing on them," he said.
The Perham Chamber of Commerce recognized outstanding volunteers, community leaders, and businesses at its annual Chamber Choice Awards banquet, Thursday, April 12, at the Cactus Restaurant. Those honored during the evening's ceremonies included The Gathering Grounds, GrandStay Hotel and Suites, Dale Wanderi, the History Museum of East Otter Tail County, Ruby's Pantry, Staci Malikowski, Mike Parta, and John Turgeon.
The Perham School Board met Wednesday night and discussed a new meal plan policy, plans for a fishing team, and enrollment projections for the 2018-2019 school year. Superintendent Mitch Anderson told the board about the new Heart of the Lakes School Fishing League for grades 7-12. Anderson said it will be similar to how the Perham's trap shooting team works. The kids will learn safety and fishing techniques and compete against other schools.
Ask Lynn Johnson and Kari Roberts what's surprised them the most about owning their own business for 20 years, and with a laugh they will tell you the biggest surprise is that they are still in business. "We had no idea what we were doing when we started out, and we are still here," Roberts said, glancing over at her mom, who laughed along with her. Johnson chimed in, adding that they really didn't know what they were getting into and with no formal business education, it was kind of a fly-by-the-seat of their pants situation in the beginning.
The Perham School Board met Wednesday night and discussed a new meal plan policy, plans for a fishing team, and enrollment projections for the 2018-2019 school year. Superintendent Mitch Anderson told the board about the new Heart of the Lakes School Fishing League for grades 7-12. Anderson said it will be similar to how the Perham’s trap shooting team works. The kids will learn safety and fishing techniques and compete against other schools.
The Perham Center for the Arts is hosting The Ultimate Tribute Show, Saturday, April 14, at 7 p.m. at the Perham High School auditorium. The Wayne Luchau Band will perform, with a pre-show by Flashback at 6 p.m. The show will feature hits from the early days of rock n roll by artists such as Elvis, Roy Orbison, Ricky Nelson, Buddy Holly, Gene Pitney and many others. This is the first time The Wayne Luchau Band has been to Perham. Advance tickets are $18, at the door tickets cost $20, veterans receive $3 off with I.D.
The Little McDonald Kerbs Paul Lake Outlet Project is about 20 percent complete, and scheduled to be finished by August, according to Lake Improvement District (LID) board members James Esser and Joe Nigg. Both serve on a joint project committee between the LMKP LID and the Devil's Lake LID.
On the classroom door of room 137 in the senior hallway of Perham High School, hangs a plain white sign, that states simply in black lettering, "What people fear more than death, we do for fun." And that's what the 32-member Yellowjacket Speech Team has done almost every weekend since January, the thing the majority of people fear more than death. Sophomore Andrew Jacobson has been on the speech team since 7th grade and said he didn't have that fear because he didn't know what he was getting into when he started out.
It's that time of year, time for Kindergarten Exploration Night Thursday, April 5, and Kid's Adventure Preschool Spring Open House Tuesday, April 10, at Heart of the Lakes Elementary School. Elementary School Principal Jen Hendrickson said both nights are a fun way for little ones to get to know the teachers and the school.