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Two interested in city council seat

Two candidates have stepped forward with interest in a vacant seat on the Perham City Council.

Kevin Hennagir and Fred Lehmkuhl submitted letters to the city, expressing interest in the open seat.

Following the resignation of former Mayor Kevin Keil earlier this year, Deputy Mayor Tim Meehl was appointed to the mayor's seat-leaving his council seat vacant.

Council members will review the letters from the two prospects, and are expected to make an appointment at the April 12 city council session.

The individual selected will serve the remainder of this year. The seat will be on the ballot for the November 2010 election, and the winner of the election will then take the seat in 2011.

Hennagir wrote in his letter that his priority issues were environment, crime, housing, health, and new and existing business development.

With a background in real estate, management and sales, Hennagir also has an associate degree in aquaculture, which is management of aquatic plants and animals.

"A community's personality, character and health are important factors to people who are currently residing in and those considering a business venture or considering living in and around this community," said Hennagir, 51.

Hennagir and his wife have one child in the Perham school district. He is involved with the local Kinship mentoring program.

"I am interested in the well-being and growth of people, housing and economics of this community and would like the opportunity to assist," he added in his letter.

A lifelong resident of Perham, Fred Lehmkuhl has been in the equipment sales business all his life. He has a long background in emergency services, serving on the Perham Fire Department for 25 years. He still serves with the Perham Area Emergency Medical Service. He is past director and current chairman of the city's Emergency Management Committee.

Lehmkuhl said emergency services and public works are primary interests, though he also has an interest in economic development.

"I think that the city should be looking at conditional land purchases for industrial development," wrote Lehmkul in his letter. "Also promoting the downtown strength in order to keep our community vitalized. Perham has a great success in building business off of existing businesses in a trickle down effect and we need to help that continue to grow."

Lehmkul also received an endorsement letter from longtime Perham city manager Bob Louiseau.

"I have known Fred for over 20 years and have witnessed his commitment and dedication to the Perham community throughout that time," wrote Louiseau. "His knowledge of the community and passion for its continued growth are major assets he would bring to the council."