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Minn. health insurance program breaks previous record for signups
The power of positive thinking
PACC adds to list of improvements for 2018
Jennie-O Turkey barn lost in fire
Woman, 19, dies in Alexandria apartment fire
Yellowjackets second at Melrose/Sauk Centre
Perham gymnasts set new mark against Park Rapids Area
DeBoer's 24 sparks Yellowjackets in home win
Minnesota Miracle saves Vikings from disaster
'Physically and emotionally, I'm drained': Resigning MN coach points finger at problematic parents
Dollena "Dolly" Nundahl
Amos Otto Marckel
Michael John Grismer
On the night you were born the moon smiled with such wonder that the stars peeked in to see you and the night wind whispered. "Life will never be same." Because there had never been anyone like you ever in the world. So enchanted with you were the wind
Oscar James Buchanan
Congratulations to Kenny Richter on his retirement! Kenny is retiring December 31, 2017 as a Combination Technician with Arvig Enterprises, Inc. in Perham. Kenny has been with the Company for over 40 years
Lyla Faye Haman
Nominations being taken for 2018 Chamber Choice Awards
Perham Living makes U.S. News & World Report's list of Best Nursing Homes for 2017-18
Nelson named General Manager of the year
Dr. Brooke Hamann serving on the Minnesota state emergency response team
Perham Health welcomes Dr. Steven Murrell
Rock-A-Booster 4H Club Wins Award
Miss Perham and Miss Heart of the Lakes Pageant, Jan. 13
Hey, baby: Perham Health’s first baby of the New Year is born
Otter Tail County 150th anniversary set for 2018
Star Lake native, 103, has lived through 18 presidents
LETTER: No more taxpayer money to group without full disclosure
Once again, I'm drinking the purple Kool-aid
Cold weather tips for stalled or stuck vehicles
If you’re using Facebook to find your news, you’re going to be seeing less of us
What is the correct following distance?
Great American Think-Off question fleshes out life's biggest lessons
Perham area calendar
A whole 'slew' of fun: Slew Foot Family Christmas Concert to hit Perham
Free Matinees in Perham are a tradition that goes back decades
Christmas bake sale and concert to be held in Vergas Dec. 3
'It's just a feeling you can't explain'
Thankful for family
Community cooking: Making pizzas the old-fashioned way
'Last hope': After 16 years of serious health struggles, a new mix of antibiotics could be the answer for Lois Porath
A ‘good guy’ is gone: Rodney Hanson remembered for his kindness, love of local history and many community involvements
November 22, 2017
We're thankful for you, dear reader
You're the best, you know that? Throughout this crazy, politically charged year, you are still reading your local newspaper. Even if you're reading this off social media, it's still us - you're still reading the paper, and we love you for it.
November 22, 2017 - 3:00pm
September 29, 2017
The knee, the flag and the king: a tragic fairytale
Once upon a time there was a jester who longed to be a star. But Colin Kaepernick was sad because although he once did a good job entertaining, Colin was going downhill, just like Jack and Jill - and he, too, lost his crown. Colin didn't like this, and so one day, as the kingdom's...
September 29, 2017 - 3:00pm
August 14, 2017
25 Years Ago Tombstone-tippers strike St. Henry’s: Vandals tip 56 of them in late night foray; Over $500 in reward money being offered--Vandalism is always puzzling to figure out, because it doesn’t make sense to the average person. Nevertheless, it has become part of every day...
August 14, 2017 - 5:06pm
July 25, 2017
25 Years Ago • Working mothers on the rise in the 1990's—Only about one-third of Minnesota children under age 6 have a non-working parent,...
July 25, 2017 - 4:40pm
July 19, 2017
25 Years Ago • Full-time surgery at MHH: Dr. Rand Stolee and Dr. Gary Broadrick will share services—Perham Memorial Hospital now has...
July 19, 2017 - 2:28pm
July 10, 2017
25 Years Ago • Terry Knauf chosen as Activities Director: Terry Knauf is the new Activities Director for the Perham High School, after being...
July 10, 2017 - 12:11pm
June 26, 2017
25 Years Ago • Water Ski Show returns to Turtle Fest: The Prior Lake Water Ski club performed a water ski show for Turtle Fest at Paul Miller...
June 26, 2017 - 4:40pm
June 21, 2017
Perham Focus offered in E-PAPER format free through June 30
Electronically delivered replica newspapers are all the rage these days. From major-metro dailies to small-town weeklies, publishers everywhere are finding audiences enthused by this modern method of traditional newspaper delivery. Starting today and through June 30, anyone who wants...
June 21, 2017 - 4:40pm
June 17, 2017
Get your free trial of the Perham Focus digital edition today!
Want digital? Try it free! Stay up-to-date with local and national news with our e-edition newspaper. This digital edition is easy and affordable...
June 17, 2017 - 10:00am
June 14, 2017
Severe storm causes damage throughout the area
Area residents will be doing some serious clean-up after last night’s severe storm. People from all around the Perham area woke up this morning...
June 14, 2017 - 10:54am
Moorhead man accused of putting hot sauce in 2-month-old daughter's eyes, throwing fireworks in her face
A Moorhead man is accused of abusing his 2-month-old daughter, including rubbing hot sauce and cayenne pepper in her eyes and blocking her airway...
June 14, 2017 - 8:42am
Former Hawley church treasurer sentenced for theft admits to using church money to pay women for sex
A Hawley, Minn., man was sentenced June 12 to 20 days on electronic home monitoring at his own expense for his earlier guilty plea to a theft charge of taking thousands of dollars from the church where he used to be treasurer. As part of a plea agreement, Allan W. Fenske, 54, will...
June 14, 2017 - 8:35am
Man sentenced for grabbing, trying to bite people
Cristian Alex Cahlin, 22, of Wadena has been sentenced in Becker County District Court for felony fourth-degree assault and misdemeanor disorderly conduct. According to court records, on the evening of Dec. 13, during a sporting event, police were called to Audubon Elementary School,...
June 14, 2017 - 8:31am
June 12, 2017
'The Turtle Keeper': Where Perham's racing turtles go when they're not being raced
Sandy Palubicki is sometimes called by another name in the summers: "The Turtle Keeper." If you've ever wondered who takes care of the turtles...
June 12, 2017 - 11:10am
June 8, 2017
Charges: Brainerd man says sheriff 'as good as dead'
A 71-year-old Brainerd man faces eight criminal charges after he allegedly threatened to kill a private citizen and law enforcement officers,...
June 8, 2017 - 2:09pm