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DETROIT LAKES, Minn.—People are beginning to ask more and more questions about their food: How was it made or grown? Where did it come from? Is it organic? The push to support local farmers by buying local is growing, and the question of whether it's worth it to certify organic is on farmer's minds. Organic certification can be a costly process, but the owner of Lida Farms just outside of Pelican Rapids says it can be "a complicated little beast" as well, requiring neat record-keeping and other changes some farmers may just not be ready for.
The organization that hosted the proper flag disposal ceremony at St. Henry's church was not the VFW but, in fact, the Dent American Legion post no. 148. The article titled "Respectful disposal: VFW hosts proper flag disposal ceremony at St. Henry's school" that ran in the Oct. 5 edition of the Perham Focus improperly named the organization in the headline and photo captions.
In spite of chilly winds Thursday afternoon, the Dent American Legion post no. 148 successfully held its annual flag burning ceremony at St. Henry's, allowing students from the school and students from St. Paul's Lutheran School to learn the proper way to dispose of American flags. "When a flag becomes soiled or torn, faded or just looking bad, we like to have it turned over to an armed force agency such as the American Legion and, once they do, these flags are disposed of in a very honorable way," said Legion Commander Ronald Bjelland.
DETROIT LAKES, Minn.—Jeremy Scott wasn't looking for luxury when he curled up with his dog Buddy beneath the eastbound Highway 10 bridge in Detroit Lakes to sleep. It was a roof, a temporary shelter while he gathered his bearings. Scott says he had been left behind by a couple fellow "travelers" who took his money to get a hotel room for the three of them, while he panhandled by Subway in this popular lakes-area community. By the time he figured out they weren't coming back for him, it was dark, and Scott had no idea where to go.
At the special city council meeting held Wednesday, City Manager Jonathan Smith went over the 2019 proposed tax levy, which said that, overall, the levy would see an increase no greater than 9.94 percent or $136.461. The tax rate is proposed at 51.663 percent or 3.4 percent higher than last year.
Perham High School students and staff released pink balloons this afternoon to honor the birthday of Tammy Palubicki, a beloved cook at the school who passed away August 26. Tammy graduated from Perham High School in 1984, according to her obituary. After high school, she furthered her education and earned a degree in cosmetology at Wadena Technical College, so she could cut Steve and Curt’s hair for 30 years.
The City of Perham was finally able to have some say in Otter Tail County’s recently proposed T21 ordinance at Wednesday evening’s Community of the Whole meeting and, after some discussion with T21 backers, city officials still don’t seem ready to jump on board yet. “I personally am not concerned about who has what authority over what ordinance,” said Council Member Jim Johnson.
Teenagers are doing it everywhere—in the car, in the school bathrooms, even in the hallways and classroom. Vaping, or using electronic cigarettes, has become so popular among minors that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a statement recently saying the issue "has hit epidemic proportions."
A fire that burned up a trailer house on the 19000 block of 400th Avenue in rural Frazee Saturday evening has been ruled as an arson, according to the homeowner, Denise Wilson. The incident is still under investigation, but Wilson says the fire marshall "found three hot spots," or origin spots, in the kitchen that raised suspicion. No one has been charged for the crime, and Wilson preferred not to comment on who she thought the culprit may be.
Former Frazee High School student Samantha Riggles was reunited with her six-month-old son, gaining back full custody of him the day after Christmas this year after a difficult battle with an addiction to meth. Riggles remembers the spiral into addiction clearly. Back in the fall of 2015, she was 19 and had recently purchased her own home in Audubon. She was doing well for herself until she noticed something wasn't quite right: her boyfriend at the time would go off the radar for days on end, leaving Riggles wondering what was up.