Perham Focus staff
The Minnesota Alpha Theta Chapter, Detroit Lakes, and surrounding areas of ADK is announcing its annual scholarship award program for any interested high school senior or any current college junior majoring in education. Each year a $750 scholarship will be awarded to two students from area schools. Any high school student interested in applying should contact their guidance counselor for obtaining for information and application. College students may obtain information and application by contacting Carol Lewis, ADK Scholarship Chair at #218-483-1042.
The 27th annual Great American Think-Off is looking for your essay submission for its annual philosophy debate. This year's controversial question reads: "To vote or not to vote: does it matter?" Essays are due April 1, 2019—just days away! Express your opinion via 750 word (or less) essay, and your voice could win you 1 of 4 $500 cash prizes, PLUS an all-expense-paid stay in New-York-Mills, MN for the live debate on June 8, 2019! Enjoy a blissful weekend in MN Lakes Country while engaging in community connections and cultural conversation with us in New York Mills.
A total of $37,700 was recently awarded to support more than one hundred local organizations throughout Lake Region Electric Cooperative's (LREC) service area. The funds were distributed through the cooperative's Operation Round Up Program. Locally, the Deer Creek Fire Department, Bluffton Fire & Rescue, Deer Creek Deer Trails Day, Bluffton Hometown Days, Son Rise Christian School Scholarship Fund, and the Wadena-Deer Creek High School Scholarship Fund received donations thanks to LREC members who choose to participate in the cooperative's voluntary fundraising program.
The Cub Scouts and Scouts BSA are helping to fight hunger community-wide during the annual Scouting for Food Drive, March 16-23. People can help by filling a bag with nutritious non-perishable food donations and leaving it on porches by 9:00 a.m. on March 23. Scouts ask that people leave the food in a box or bag if possible. Scouts will go door to door and make sure it is delivered to the food shelf on March 23. "The people of our community will make Scouting for Food a success and help our local food
The Naytahwaush Nightriders Snowmobile Club recently announced that this year's Hospice Ride, held in February, raised $13,461.75 for Hospice of the Red River Valley. Twenty-one riders, ages 17-83, participated in the 130-mile event which took them from Naytahwaush to Detroit Lakes.
The Otter Tail County Community Development Agency (CDA) has announced the selection of Amy Baldwin as their new Director. Baldwin comes to Otter Tail County with nearly 20 years of experience, having held senior level community development positions with both the City of Brooklyn Park and City of Fergus Falls.
Minnesota State Community and Technical College was designated a military-friendly school by an organization called VIQTORY which works to create resources for veterans introducing them to employment, entrepreneurship and education opportunities. "M State is proud of its veteran students and of the supportive education and services our veteran and non-veteran faculty and staff provide to our military members and their families," M State President Carrie Brimhall said. "The military-friendly school distinction by VIQTORY is an accurate reflection of our college culture."
The staff at Prairie Wind Middle School decided a change in attitude was necessary. The staff declared March 5 the first day of summer and dressed accordingly! The weather can't be changed but a mindset can be.
Arvig is excited to announce Staci Malikowski, Chief Financial Officer at Arvig, has been selected as one of Prairie Business magazine's Top 25 Women in Business winners for 2019. The prestigious annual contest names 25 women in the Dakotas and Western Minnesota who are making big moves and leading the way in their careers and communities. Malikowski is featured in the March issue of the magazine.
On March 2, 2019, The Perham Speech team competed at the Battle Lake Lions Speech Invitational and garnered 2nd place. As for individual results, the following competitors placed in the following categories: • Creative: Lily Aakre - 3rd, Olivia McNair - 5th, Sadie Shippee - Excellent ribbon • Discussion: Jack Anderson - 3rd, Andrew Jacobson - 4th, Justin Hoffman - 5th • Duo: Titus Mycke & Ethan Siira - 4th, Cat Ramirez & Abby Fisette - Superior ribbon • Ex. Reading: Grace Kalina - 1st, Katherine Ternus - 3rd