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Think back to junior high, do you shudder? How much do you remember about the positive and the negative? If Prairie Wind Middle School Principal Scott Bjerke has his way, his students will all have good memories. "Kids thrive on the positive, I think that motivates them," Bjerke said. Last spring, Bjerke decided he wanted a different "vision" to focus on at the middle school. He said he was looking for a "revision of the vision."
Perham area EMS worker Barb Felt was one of 18 recipients of the Minnesota Ambulance Association Stars of Life Award March 20 in St. Paul. The program celebrates the contributions of ambulance professionals, recognizing EMTs, paramedics, and dispatchers from around the state. Felt's career in EMS began in 2001 when she saw a sign outside their building for a class. She started out part time, and became full time in 2006.
Board by board, nail by nail, Perham's new high school is beginning to take shape. Jeff Flettre, project manager with ICS Consulting for the high school construction project, gave an update on the project during the latest school board meeting. Flettre said inside walls have not been built yet at the Career Tech Building, but weather permitting they will be able to get things started on that part of the project.
With spring around the corner, it's time to start thinking about gardens. If you've been wanting to start a garden, Ryan Pesch of Lida Farms has some tips and advice for those starting a garden. He recommends keeping it simple if you are new. "Prepare the beds well, pick some simple crops and just go for it." Pesch, a certified organic vegetable operator, was one of many presenters at the 31st Annual East Otter Tail County Horticultural Day held this past Saturday at Prairie Wind Elementary School. He held two classes, Vegetable Gardening 101 and 201.
Colleen Sazama and Mary Chase choose to be positive about their day. They could choose to be negative, and they would be justified in many people's eyes. Their quality of life isn't what it used to be, they have Multiple Sclerosis (MS), and what the day holds for them can be uncertain. But life is about choices. "We can choose what our attitude will be each day," says Sazama with a determination in her voice that comes from the experience of adversity.
When it came time to name his clothing store, Aaron Karvonen kept it simple. And, just like that, 125 Apparel was born. "We chose it because we wanted something simple and modern to fit the look of the building after it's remodeled," Karvonen said. "It's not a franchise name or anything like that." The store, 125 Apparel (pronounced one-twenty-five), has a simple origin, said Karvonen, who also owns Karvonen's and Refreshing Designs in downtown Perham. It's the address of the building.
The Perham School board met Wednesday night and topics on the agenda included school security, the school calendar for next year, and reports from the principals. Superintendent Mitch Anderson discussed that with the Minnesota Legislature in session, and school safety a hot topic right now, the governor, house and senate all have proposals asking for dollars for physical changes to buildings and for mental health staffing.
There's a little something for everyone at the East Otter Tail County Horticulture Day, from classes for beginners to those who are a little more advanced. If there is something you've been wanting to learn, chances are there's someone there to educate you on it. Feeling hopeless and hapless in the garden? Vegetable gardening 101 is the session for you. Maybe you are a little more savvy and seasoned, then Fun with Fermentation or perhaps a session on mushrooms is more what you are looking for.
Twenty-three years ago, Kelvin and Michelle Salathe were embarking on a new adventure as first-time business owners of their own chiropractic practice. They had a used table, a used typewriter, a used ultrasound machine, five chairs and they rented their building space. "We took out a business loan, borrowed some money from our parents and built it up from there," they said with a laugh. That adventure is now coming to a close, and the next one is starting as they have sold their business to the husband and wife chiropractic team, Nick and Carissa Mitchell.
The Perham School Board held its monthly meeting Wednesday night. Agenda items included verbal reports by the school principals, a resolution to fully fund special education, additional staffing requests and several retirement announcements. High School Principal Ehren Zimmerman brought up that there have been questions about the date of graduation this year, he clarified that Perham High School graduation is on the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend, May 27, at 2:00 p.m.