Marie Johnson joined the Perham Focus more than five years ago, and has since worn many hats as writer, editor and page designer. She lives in rural Frazee with her husband, Dan, their one-year-old son, Simon, and their yellow lab, Louisa.
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Just 20 miles south of Wadena, Kalie Wright says she's "still coming down from Cloud Nine" after being named the new Miss Minnesota USA on Sunday. The Eagle Bend contestant was crowned at the culmination of the 2018 pageant, held at the Ames Center in Burnsville Nov. 25 and 26. During that big moment—literally the 'crowning moment' of the competition—Wright was "shouting and screaming with excitement," she recalls. "I just lost it." She still sounded a little hoarse days later.
Marc Reynolds has received this year's Teacher of the Year award from the Wadena VFW Post 3922. Reynolds is a special education teacher for students in grades 5-8 at Wadena-Deer Creek Public Schools, where he has worked for the past eight years. The Teacher of the Year award (formerly known as the Smart/Maher VFW National Citizenship Education Teacher Award) is given out by the Wadena VFW every year to honor local teachers who educate students on the importance of integrity, character and becoming good citizens.
Editor's note: November is National Adoption Month, and what better time to talk about family than at Thanksgiving? Family, in all its many modern forms, is truly a thing to be thankful for. Krystal Boyd had long suspected that she might end up adopting a child. The Wadena woman knew from a young age that she would one day want to be a mom, and she also knew she might not be able to have kids of her own due to issues with diabetes.
Rick Sazama says the news of his wife's illness was "a life-changing shocker." When he first heard that Tanya, his high school sweetheart and the mother of their four children, was suffering from a rare form of terminal cancer, "It just kind of took my breath away," he recalls. The devastating diagnosis came last March, after what Tanya thought would be a short doctor's visit in Perham unexpectedly turned into an 11-day stay at a Fargo hospital. She had been dealing with headaches for the previous few months, and then started having pain and heaviness in her chest.
When Bob Riepe first decided to embark on a book series based on real people from Otter Tail County's early days, he thought it would be about a five-book project.
A Perham man suffered small cuts to his face, and his father is in jail, following a shooting incident in rural Perham on Wednesday. The Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Office has reported that Jeffrey Schultes, 53, of rural Perham, fired a .22 caliber rifle at his son, Jesse Schultes, 24, of Perham, as Jesse tried to drive away from the scene. A bullet struck Jesse’s window, shattering it and causing glass fragments to land on his face, resulting in small abrasions. He was not seriously injured.
Here to work: Saving up before settling down Every day, at least one person asks Valentyna Savchenko, "How are you?" That may seem like a small thing, but it's new to her, and she appreciates it. "I like the people here," she says. "Everybody's friendly, everybody smiles. Especially when we first came here, everybody met us with such love.
An 83-year-old Bluffton woman was awakened just after midnight on Saturday morning after someone shot at her home. Agnes Geiser told the Otter Tail County Sheriff's Office that a window of her house was broken. She had been sleeping in the next room when she heard the glass break. The deputy who responded to Geiser's call saw the broken window and noted that it had been shot from the outside, according to a press release from the sheriff's office. A bullet was also lodged in the side of the house.