Gabrielle Rothwell has been battling a series of health problems, ranging from an immune system deficiency to arthritis, all of which her doctors believe may be caused by a rare, currently-undiagnosed underlying disease or cancer. Through it all, though, the 11-year-old, better known as Gabby to her friends and family, has remained relentlessly positive and upbeat. “She goes through life with a smile, as you can see in her pictures,” her mother, Sara Sullivan, told the Perham Focus newspaper. “She teaches those around her to be thankful and to focus on all that is good.
At a special meeting on July 1, the Perham-Dent school board unanimously approved the hiring of Jennifer Hendrickson as Heart of the Lakes Elementary School’s newest principal. Hendrickson is replacing the departing Kari Yates, who has accepted a position with Moorhead Public Schools. The language in Hendrickson’s contract is “standard,” and will be similar to that of Yates’, according to Perham-Dent School Board member Jim Rieber, who also noted that her salary will be “right on line with where (it) should be” for a starting principal. Hendrickson started immediately in order to spen
Businesses in the Perham area usually get a boost from an influx of tourists in the warm summer months. But this year’s long, nearly unprecedented stretch of winter weather and the more recent string of rain and unseasonably cold temperatures have presented unique challenges to business owners and managers. Tim Sucher, owner and operator of Hook, Line, and Sucher resort on Rush Lake, said the weather made it difficult to get outdoor work, such as landscaping, done in anticipation of the tourist season. “We had to cancel for open fishing,” he said, because the resort didn’t have time t
PERHAM — “Whenever we hear a song on the radio now, we think, ‘Is that a two-step or a waltz or what?’ ” joked Sam Foust last week as he and his wife, Lora, got ready for their weekly dancing lesson at Promenade Ballroom. The Fousts have been taking dance lessons from Paul Mathieu, owner of the ballroom, since October, when Lora won the lessons in a charity auction. They’re learning all sorts of turns, steps and new moves, but there’s one major twist in their dance routine — Sam is blind. Off the dance floor, he requires the use of a leader dog, and Lora’s assistance when necessary.
A semi-truck filled with fertilizer collided with a train and rolled over at the intersection of 425th Ave. and County Highway 80 near Perham early this morning. The truck, operated by West Central Ag, pulled up to the intersection heading south. The driver didn’t see the westbound train in time, tried to accelerate over the tracks to avoid being hit, but was clipped in the back, according to Sgt. Keith Van Dyke of the Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Department. There are no crossing arms at that intersection.