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Perham Bucks changes are coming

Some big changes to the Perham Bucks program are in the works.

As of Dec. 31, 2010, the original green (5's) and white (20's) Perham Bucks will no longer be sold. During the months of January, February, and March of 2011, the program will not be running, according to a release from Perham Bucks Coordinator Lisa Hemmelgarn.

The Perham Area Chamber of Commerce encourages all Perham Buck-holders to redeem all purchased bucks by March 31, 2011 to help transfer the program to the new one.

After Dec. 31, 2011, all former Perham Bucks will be invalid. The new program will go into effect on April 1, 2011. Perham Bucks will be redesigned, coded, and come in a new color. They will be sold in $20 increments only. Watch for the new design as it gets closer to the opening date.

The Perham Bucks program has been a mainstay in the Perham community for many years, according to Hemmelgarn.

"It has been a valuable resource to help keep the economy strong in the Perham area," she said. "An evaluation has been completed on the program's efficiency and accountability. With this in mind, the Perham Bucks program will undergo a transformation."

For more information about the transition process, or concerns during this period, contact the chamber office at 218-346-7710.