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Airport hangar project extended, rental rates set

The completion date for construction of a new hangar at Perham Municipal Airport has been extended, and rental rates for the hangar spaces set.

At a meeting last week, Perham city councilors agreed to extend the completion date of the project from a previously agreed-upon Aug. 1 to Aug. 22. The extension is needed due to an unforeseen delay in the shipment of the pole building from the manufacturer.

Councilor Fred Lehmkuhl, who is also on the Airport Commission, said there was a lot of discussion regarding the rates for the new hangar spaces. Ultimately, various rates were set, depending on the space’s size and location.

“There’s a lot of demand for south-side hangars, because the doors don’t freeze up like the north side’s do,” Lehmkuhl said. “We’ve had a lot of interest from people in the old hangars who want a new hangar on the south side.”

As such, the cost to rent a south side hangar space will be more than it costs to rent a north side space. At most, for the largest south side space, rent will be $165 per month. At the least, for the smallest north side space, it will be $130 per month. Most rates fall somewhere in the middle.

Once complete, the project will add another six hangar spaces to the existing 12 already at the airport. Demand for hangar rental spaces is believed to be high in the Perham area, and most of the spaces are expected to be rented out on a monthly basis. Any that are not will be available to rent for $25 per day.

The city’s financial goal is to at least break even on the project, with hangar rentals eventually paying for the cost of building the new hangar.

Marie Johnson

Marie Johnson joined the Perham Focus more than five years ago, and has since worn many hats as writer, editor and page designer. She lives in rural Frazee with her husband, Dan, their one-year-old son, Simon, and their yellow lab, Louisa. 

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