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Perham Boy Scouts Jordan Berns, left, and Dylan Ashcraft are both on a deadline to complete requirements for their Eagle Scout award. Their community service projects include a memorial bench and a flag pole at city locations.

Perham Boy Scouts plan two projects to beautify the town

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Perham Minnesota 222 2nd Avenue SE 56573

A pair of Boy Scouts, working toward Scouting's highest award, have chosen community service projects that will beautify Perham.

Scouts Jordan Berns and Dylan Ashcraft, of Perham Troop 321, outlined their projects at the June 8 Perham City Council meeting.

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A flag pole for Arvig Park, next to the concession stand by the ball diamonds, is the project proposed by Berns. He expects to finish the project by early August. The Perham VFW Post has also pledged money toward the flag pole project, noted Berns.

Eagle Scouts must complete requirements for the Eagle award before their 18th birthday--and Berns will turn 18 in September.

Ashcraft is under a tighter schedule for his project: A memorial park bench honoring the late councilman Jerome Boedigheimer.

Ashcraft will turn 18 on August 15, so he is aiming at completing the granite park bench project by August 11.

The council and the park board have each discussed the location of the Boedigheimer bench. The initial plan was to place the bench in the courtyard area by the Perham Public Library.

Some officials suggested the bench be placed in a higher traffic area, where the Boedigheimer memorial would be more visible. Boedigheimer led the annual Arbor Day tree planting campaign for nearly 20 years, and is credited with planting more than 1,000 trees around the community. He died in the Fall of 2007.

"I'd like to see the memorial closer to downtown area," said Dennis Happel, city attorney. "Jerome had so much to do with how downtown Perham looks."

Both Scout projects were unanimously-- and enthusiastically-- approved by the council. But specific locations and details were referred back to the Perham Parks and Recreation Board.

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