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Hall of Fame, Leadership award night

The Perham Area Chamber of Commerce will be presenting three awards at their annual Leadership Banquet next Thursday, April 10.

Family, friends and colleagues are encouraged to attend. The banquet takes place at Mulligan's, with a social at 6:00, dinner at 6:30 (amaretto chicken or steak) and the awards at 7:30 p.m. The cost is $25 per person, and tickets are available at the Perham Area Chamber of Commerce, 346-7710.

Hall of Fame awards will be presented to former Perham City Councilman Jerome Boedigheimer and former Perham City Manager Bob Louiseau.

Boedigheimer served 16 years on the Perham City Council, before dying of cancer last year. Jerome earned a "green" legacy with his work on parks, trails, tree planting and other beautification. Perham Mayor Kevin Keil will present his award.

Dennis Happel will be presenting the award to Bob Louiseau. Louiseau served 17 years in the position of city manager, resigning last year to take a similar position in Detroit Lakes. Perham saw many changes during his tenure as city manager.

Two local groups which were highly active in fundraising to send nine Perham area servicemen on the Honor Flight will also be presented with a Leadership award. Lance Akers will present the award to United Community Bank and the Burelbach American Legion Post # 61 Auxiliary.

Last year's Honor Flight sent the servicemen to Washington, D.C. to observe the WWII Memorial. The nine local servicemen who took part in the Honor Flight included Al Bretz, Don Hinnenkamp, Jim Huebsch, Erv Johnson, Harley Karvonen, John Knight, Herb Lubitz. Art Maleitzke and George Walter.

Erv Johnson will represent the group to discuss the trip at the April 10 banquet.

The "WDAY World War II Honor Flight" was organized after Tracy Briggs of 970 AM radio saw a news story telling about a group in Ohio who were organizing these trips in honor of their own state's veterans. Within a short time a committee was organized and fundraising began.

Fifteen months later and as of this date, over $575,000 has been raised and 586 veterans have been flown to Washington, D.C. to see the memorial that was built in their honor. A fourth and final Honor Flight is currently scheduled for May 2 and 3, to fly the remaining veterans who applied to go on one of the previous trips but who - for various reasons, could not travel when their time came.