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Arvig selected for Perham Hall of Fame

Leaders of two of the largest community projects of 2010, and a longtime business owner have been selected for Perham honors this spring.

In the spotlight for the annual Perham Leadership-Hall of Fame awards banquet, April 8, will be Alan Arvig, Dennis Happel and the Rev. Phil Holtan.

A half-century record of corporate citizenship propelled Alan Arvig to the Hall of Fame honor.

The Arvig Communications System employs nearly 300; and the firm has brought high technology service to Perham; such as cable, Internet, cellular phone and engineering.

Arvig has been a supporter of many projects, ranging from the Perham Area Community Center to the Perham Memorial Hospital and Home.

One of the most visible examples of the Arvig family's role in the community is Arvig Park. Alan was a pivotal figure in creating this valuable park area.

The Feed My Starving Children project was almost certainly the largest single undertaking in East Otter Tail's history. A total of 435,888 meals were packaged March 13-14, 2009. All of the packaged rice and soy concoctions were bound for developing countries. And leading the "Feed My Starving Children" campaign was Pastor Phil Holtan, of Calvary Lutheran Church.

Holtan is quick to credit his entire committee, and the more than 3,000 food-packers from throughout the region who assisted in the massive endeavor. But the Leadership-Hall of Fame Committee selected Holtan for the honor based on his high profile and visibility in coordinating the campaign.

Joining Holtan with a Leadership honor is Dennis Happel, who with a committee spearheaded the Perham Memorial Hospital and Home "capital campaign."

"When hospital leadership began putting together the capital campaign plan, we knew who the person was that we needed to chair the committee," wrote a PMHH spokesperson in the nomination letter. "It's the person who believes 100 percent that we all need to work together to keep Perham at the forefront of progress."

Happel committed his time and energy to become the driving force behind PMHH's capital campaign to raise nearly $3 million dollars toward the approximate $35 million new hospital building project. The $3 million goal is nearly reached.

Leadership and Hall of Fame honorees are nominated by the general public, and final selection is determined by an anonymous committee-representing a cross-section of the community.

The Hall of Fame and Leadership banquet is open to the public. The dinner and program will be Thursday, April 8 at the Lakeside Golf Course banquet room. For information on tickets, call the Perham Area Chamber of Commerce, 346-7710.