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February 14, 2022 09:28 PM
By Jan, Jennifer, Chris and Abby Parta and families, Perham MN
Throughout his decades-long career in newspapers, Parta owned the New York Mills Herald, Perham Enterprise-Bulletin, Wadena Pioneer Journal, Staples World, Contact Shopper, Wadena Intercom and the Finnish language newspaper Amerikan Uutiset.
19 vehicles were part of the procession that honored New York Mills Police Officer Ron Smith as it passed through Wadena on Thursday, Dec. 16. Smith died Wednesday, Dec. 15, following a battle with COVID-19.
Beloved by many in the Perham, New York Mills, Wadena and Motley communities he served during his 14 years in law enforcement, Smith will be remembered as a "really good guy" who was “pretty phenomenal," according to a few of those closest to him.