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One light flashes every 12 seconds, another at 18 seconds, and another every minute. At 8:30, the three flashed simultaneously. When, in the next five minutes, will they again flash simultaneously? Can you answer that in the next 15 seconds? Without help from Google, Alexa or Siri. If you can on brain power alone, then maybe you are Knowledge Bowl material.
Ruby's Pantry in Perham is a pop-up pantry that not only provides food to anyone who wants to take part, but it also gives back to other nonprofits in the community. "We return about $5,000 a year to the area, and leftover food goes to the local food shelf, The Refuge and The Compassion House," said Dave Pawlowski, Site Leader for Ruby's Pantry in Perham. After volunteering at the Menahga site, Pawlowski and his wife approached the founder about starting a site in Perham in 2013.
Letting kids explore their creativity and seeing them excel is what motivates Heart of the Lakes Elementary School teacher Jena Rosemore, and she's excited to see the school's STEM program gaining momentum every year. STEM stands for Science Technology Engineering and Math, and schools around the country are finding ways to incorporate it into the academic day to enrich student's learning.
Daryl Larson, former vice president of natural cheese, is the new president and CEO of Bongards Creameries. Larson, originally from Volga, South Dakota, said he's been fortunate to work with and for a lot of very talented people. "Those experiences have served me well as I have been asked to take on larger roles during my career," he said. Larson has been a part of Bongards for several years. Before becoming the president and CEO, he spent four and half years as the plant manager for the Bongards Creameries manufacturing facility in Perham.
Build a robot from scratch. No instructions provided. End product must be able to carry out complicated tasks. You have six weeks. Go. Aaron Slettebak said that challenge has kept him coming back to the Perham High School Robotics team for the last three years. "I also enjoy seeing everyone working together and figuring out how to get it done, and I enjoy building stuff."
The Perham school board met January 17, items on the agenda included the election of officers, approval of the 2018 PACC capital requests and a construction site walk through of the new high school. The current members were elected to their same positions: Sue Von Ruden, Chairperson; Cyndy Huber, Vice Chairperson; Arnie Thompson, Clerk; and Sue Huebsch, Treasurer.
The committee made up of various community members tasked with coming up ideas for what to do with the old Perham High School held a meeting Tuesday afternoon for public input. Fred Sailer, a member of the committee, started off the meeting by describing the process the committee has gone through so far and where it is at now. "We are looking at bringing everyone together and getting input from the community because we need input to make something happen," he said.
Spend an hour with the Kinship mentors and kids and you'll spend it laughing and smiling. If that's not reason enough to sign up and become a mentor, than what is? Perhaps, the opportunity to make a difference in the life of a young person in the community and your own. January is National Mentoring Month, and Perham's Kinship Program could use a few mentors. It has about 30 kids on its waiting list, so if you've been thinking about it, now is the time.
Dr. Mark Paulson, Perham Health family medicine physician, has been named chair of the Sanford Health Governing Board. The 14-member board is comprised of community leaders, business professionals, physicians and others with diverse backgrounds.
If you're looking for a good meal and a good time with friends, the Dent Community Club's Fiesta dinner and raffle is coming up on January 20 at the Dent community center. Nicole Seifert, member of the Dent Community Club, said the Fiesta was started as a way to get the community together during the winter and is held in conjunction with the raffle, the group's biggest and only fundraiser for community projects.