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New Perham website launches

Perham’s new jobs-centered website,, has launched.

The site went live last Tuesday. Its active status was announced to community leaders and business owners at the city’s annual economic development meeting at Wild Oaks last Wednesday.

The site boasts a sleek, uncluttered design and is simple to navigate. It presents helpful information about the community of Perham, available jobs, civic organizations, business services and more, and features video testimonials by local residents and business owners.

Designed to be a hub of information for current and prospective residents, employees and entrepreneurs, the website provides direct links to local job listings on and It also offers specific information on schools and daycare providers, restaurants and recreation, housing incentives, and health care and other essential services in the community.

“A lot of attention has been focused on the intermix of jobs and housing in Perham,” said Chuck Johnson, director of Perham’s Economic Development Authority. “Jobs are available, but housing is needed in order for job-holders to live in Perham. Progressive Perham is part of a broad team effort to address this situation, giving a place for prospective employees to find significant information on both issues.”

Positioned at the top of the site’s home page is a new logo for Perham Economic Development, which silhouettes some of Perham’s most identifiable skyline buildings, including the Tuffy’s plant, City Hall, the south side water tower, a church steeple and other buildings – painting a well-rounded picture of what the community is known for and stands for.

The website has been under construction for the last several months. The idea for it originated out of the local jobs committee, which formed last summer to address Perham’s worker shortage and help ensure the city’s growth in years to come.

City staff, including Johnson, City Manager Kelcey Klemm and Finance Officer Patti Stokke, along with Carmen McCullough of Marketing by Carmen, were the key people behind the site’s design. With help and input from them, Absolute Marketing, of Fargo, N.D., created the site.

Klemm said at the meeting last Wednesday that the site still needed some minor tweaking here and there, but was mostly finished and fully operational. 

Marie Johnson

Marie Johnson joined the Detroit Lakes Tribune in November 2017 after several years of writing and editing at the Perham Focus. She lives in rural Frazee with her husband, Dan, their young son and daughter, and their yellow Lab.

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