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2010: A local year in review


A settlement was reached in the two-year contract between the Minnesota School Employees' Association (MSEA) and the Perham-Dent Public School District.

The agreement froze the wages and benefits for the two years of the contract at amounts that were earned in the 2008-09 school year.

The settlement included zero salary schedule improvement for 2009-10 and for 2010-11.

KLN teams with Twins, Barrel O' Fun and Kenny's Candy to be sold at Target Field.


Perham Mayor Kevin Keil resigns. Keil, who served four years on the city council and was midway through his second, two-year term as mayor, cited increased responsibilities at work among his reasons for stepping down. Deputy Mayor Tim Meehl took over the position.

A $200,000 tech grant was won by New York Mills and Perham schools. The grant from the Minnesota Department of Education was used over 18 months on technology and teacher training.


$5 million was allocated to the Perham Resource Recovery Facility to be used for expansion of the Perham solid waste incinerator. The bonding bill was combined with a grant from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.

The PACC announces the addition of a water slide to the facility.


Ottertail's Sophie Thiel named a Fargo Star finalist.

New Creation's Lutheran Church in Perham marks fifth year. A groundbreaking for the new church was held behind Pamida along Highway 10.


A groundbreaking is held for Perham skate park.

Minnesota-based Madison Hospitality Group announced as new owner of Thumper Pond Golf Resort, Ottertail.


Anita Mycke resigns from the Perham City Council after accepting a new job and moving outside the Perham city limits.

The city of Ottertail approves a 3 percent lodging tax.

Tornado rips through Wadena and Bluffton, leaving land and buildings destroyed.


St. John's Lutheran Church celebrates 125 years on July 25.

The East Otter Tail County Fair celebrates 100 years.

Perham Police Chief Brian Nelson retires after 35 years.

Fire destroys the Mills Locker Plant of New York Mills.


A makeover of the Perham High School cafeteria is completed. The room went under complete renovation over the summer including replacing carpet with wood floors, new paint for the walls and repaired ceilings.

The Richville City Council approved the construction of a new veterans' memorial.

Perham gets a new police chief, Jason Hoaby.


New York Mills gets a new police chief, Jim Van Schaick.

Jeffrey Berns of Perham charged with arson after allegedly setting fire to his own home.


An announcement is made that Mills Locker Plant will reopen right around deer hunting season.

New rifle shooting range opens off of State Highway 78. The range was developed by the Perham Sportsman's Club with help from various local businesses.

The Elders' Home in New York Mills celebrates 50th anniversary.


Nine-year-old Nathan Johnson receives a new heart after a first transplant in 2005.

A third attempt for a levy referendum fails in Perham; New York Mills passes.

Perham-Dent Public School District is allocated $290,000 in federal JOBS bill money. The money can only be used to save or create teaching jobs.


Lakes Area Cooperative announces merge with Crop Production Services to make new company, Professional Agronomy Services.

Longtime Ottertail mayor Raymond "Ole" Mounts retires.

A vote to unionize the hourly work force failed at Lund Boats' plant in New York Mills. Of 240 hourly workers eligible to vote, 85 percent opposed unionization.