Marie Johnson joined the Detroit Lakes Tribune in November 2017 after several years of writing and editing at the Perham Focus. She lives in rural Frazee with her husband, Dan, their young son and daughter, and their yellow Lab.
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Perham Natural Gas is skipping a step in the process of expanding its services to Marion Lake. At a meeting last week, Perham city councilors decided that a feasibility study would not be necessary for the project, and instead opted to move right into the design phase. The $32,000 that the study would have cost will instead be used toward the design. The proposed expansion
Editor’s note: This is the third in a weekly series on how technology affects the lives of Perham residents. Does anyone remember what it used to be like to go to work before the Digital Age?
BNSF Railway Company has announced that it will spend $326 million on rail capacity improvements and maintenance projects throughout Minnesota this year. Planned projects will include some rail and tie replacements around Perham. BNSF allocates capital each year for infrastructure and expansion projects in the states it serves. “This year’s substantial investments in Minnesota are a clear reflection of how important our operations in the state are to our overall network and our unwavering commitment to always operating safely– for our people and the communities in which we operate,” s
A Perham man is OK after the trailer of a semi-truck he was driving was struck by a freight train on Friday. John Ruther, age 54, was pulling an empty grain hopper trailer behind his semi while crossing the railroad tracks at the intersection of Highway 10 and 505th Street, west of Perham, when the crash occurred, according to a press release from the Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Office.
Perham City Councilors have approved the plans and specifications for this summer’s major street improvement project, and will soon be seeking bids on the construction work. At a meeting Monday, councilors reviewed an updated preliminary engineering report on the project by Apex Engineering Group and gave City Manager Kelcey Klemm the go-ahead to place advertisements for bids. Bids will be due by March 23, and will be considered by the council on April 13.
My ‘mama clock’ is ticking, and I figure now is as good a time as any to say my temporary goodbyes. With Simon (the name my husband and I have...
Things are trucking along at Perham’s new city garage site. With prep work at the site complete, and a new cold storage building constructed, the Public Works Department is expected to start moving some things over at any time. City Manager Kelcey Klemm said materials for the main office building have been ordered, and construction work on that could start as early as March.
Everyone, raise your glasses in a toast to Landmark Liquors. Perham’s burgeoning municipal liquor store had another record-setting year in 2014, and that means more money saved for local taxpayers...
When Judi Maddock retired from teaching after 34 years in the field, she wanted to find a way to keep working with kids. “My interests always draw me back to children,” she said in an interview on Monday. “I thought, ‘How can I incorporate my retirement in with my love of kids?’” That’s when she met Jill Shipman, the executive director of Kinship of the Perham Area.
KLN Family Brands will be bringing another group of temporary foreign workers to pick up shifts at its Barrel O’ Fun Snack Foods plant, and this time the workers will be housed in Perham. Last summer, KLN partnered with a program called Global Workforce to bring in a group of 60 foreign workers from July through December – a first for the company, which has been struggling with an ongoing worker shortage. Due to a lack of housing in Perham, that fir