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Perham church to close, museum may utilize building

This St. Stanislaus church was erected in 1922 under the supervision of Rev. Stan B. Kuzniak. It replaced St. Stanislaus first church, a wood frame building erected in 1883 by Polish Catholics who had settled in the area.

Last week the parish of St. Stanislaus Catholic Church voted overwhelmingly to approve the proposal from the Friends of the History Museum of East Otter Tail County to pursue re-use plans for the building.

St. Stanislaus Catholic Church is scheduled to have its last service on October 4 and the parish council has been considering what to do with the building for some time. Last January, Lina Belar of the Friends of the History Museum met with members of the parish council to learn about their views and hear their concerns.

"Over and over again I heard that people wanted the integrity and the beauty of the building to be preserved. I think our proposal will do that," said Lina Belar, director of the History Museum. "The Friends of the History Museum proposal recommends use of the building as gallery and performance space for family-related activities in the open areas of the building. Other spaces could be set aside as office space for Someplace Safe and other family related services. The St. Stanislaus Catholic Church building holds many great memories. "

The proposal from the Friends of the History Museum will make it possible to preserve the integrity of the building so that it can continue to serve the community of Perham for many years to come. For more information call 218 346-7676.