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PERHAM

For the estimated 18% of real-tree buyers who opt to cut their own Christmas tree, the ritual is as much about the experience as it is about the perfect pine. Local tree farms have worked hard to make that experience merry and bright, by adding extras like Santa Claus visits, gift shops, craft classes, bonfires for making s’mores and sled rides featuring live reindeer.
Most people go their whole lives without knowing anything about childhood cancer, and for a while, the Hartwig family of Perham were some of those people. Unfortunately, all of that changed one July night in Fargo.
Long Prairie police and Todd County sheriff's deputies responded to reports of gunshots at a residence in the 500 block of Second Avenue Southeast in Long Prairie about 3:30 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 12, 2021. Officers found a man, now identified as Antonio Francis Rodriguez Fortes, dead just outside the home.
Perham High School graduate and successful athlete Abigail Anderson of Minneapolis, the sister of late track star and Olympic hopeful Gabriele Grunewald, died on the evening of Saturday, Aug. 14, near the University of Minnesota’s soccer stadium, Elizabeth Lyle Robbie Stadium, when she was struck by a vehicle. She was 29.

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In fall 2020, Leona Cichy opened Roots and Wings Wildlings Forest School on her 40-acre property in New York Mills. This eight-week program started off small, then, by the end of it, there were 14 kids on the waiting list.
Johnnie Barthel, 64, traveled to Myrtle Beach, S.C., to compete in Today's International 2021 Pageant.
Every Wednesday, June through August, people from all over gather in Turtle Race Park downtown to race turtles. However, the ethics and sustainability of the races have recently come into question.
All the fun happenings in Perham, this summer and beyond; from our DESTINATIONS magazine, out on area newsstands now.
Doug and Roxanne Harthan run fly fishing classes through Front 20 Outfitters.
Josh and Audrey Caughey spent their honeymoon at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester. A fund has been set up to help her stay at home with him as he fights a growing brain tumor.

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A Perham child who wandered off in the cold was saved by DNR Officer Chris Vinton.
The lone occupant of a vehicle died on the scene of a car vs. train accident on Sunday afternoon.
While not all of Perham, Minnesota's service clubs are still active, they all have worked for the community.

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