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May is a month to celebrate biking and walking, museums in Perham

Perham Mayor Tim Meehl signed two different proclamations at a city council meeting last week, designating May as Museums Month and the week of May 4-12 as Bike or Walk to Work or School Week in Perham in 2013.

Museums Month

Perham is home to two museums, the History Museum of East Otter Tail County and the In Their Own Words (ITOW) Veterans Museum. The history museum’s mission is to preserve and present the stories of the people and places of the community; ITOW tells and preserves the stories of local veterans.

According to the proclamation, “the museums in Perham are unique,” with the history museum sometimes called “the poster child of small museums” and ITOW respected at the state and national levels for its quality of displays and the concept behind the exhibits.

Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton, while a U.S. Senator, recommended the history museum for a national award because of its pioneering work in digitization of local historic resources. And ITOW has been recognized by the director of Explore Minnesota Tourism as “a one of a kind experience.”

The proclamation recognizes the museums as important components of Perham’s educational system, helping students fulfill academic standards and serving the needs of lifelong learners.

Designating May as Museums Month is Perham is part of a statewide partnership between Minnesota’s museums, tourism agencies, media partners and other organizations.

The designation is intended to broaden awareness of the diversity of Perham museums, highlight the contributions the museums make in educating children and creating communities, and encourage the people of Perham to visit and learn from the museums.

Bike or Walk to Work or School Week

According to the proclamation signed by Mayor Tim Meehl, biking and walking are two of the easiest and most efficient ways to increase energy, manage weight and reduce health risks.

For more than a century, the bicycle has been a utilitarian, economical, environmentally sound and effective means of personal transportation, recreation and fitness.

By signing the proclamation, the city of Perham is making a statement – that it “encourages the increased use of bicycles and walking as a means of transportation, endeavors to promote safe and responsible bicycling and walking and is committed to the accommodation of bicycling and walking in Perham.”

The city is also recognizing bicycles as legitimate roadway vehicles that are entitled to legal and responsible use of public roadway facilities in Minnesota, except highways constructed to interstate standards.

The proclamation designates May 4 through May 12, 2013 as Bike or Walk to Work or School Week in Perham.

Marie Johnson

Marie Johnson joined the Detroit Lakes Tribune in November 2017 after several years of writing and editing at the Perham Focus. She lives in rural Frazee with her husband, Dan, their young son and daughter, and their yellow Lab.

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