With a campaign to locally raise $2.5 to $3 million well on its way, groundbreaking for the new Perham hospital is planned in November. The proposed 120,000 square foot facility was projected as a $39 million project-but with the extremely competitive bidding environment, the construction costs may be as much as $4 million below estimates. "We definitely need to do this, and it is the right time to build," said Dennis Happel, who is assisting with the "Together--Building for the Future" capital campaign.
Lunacy...insanity...shock treatments...lobotomies...the asylum...institution...the state hospital...loony bin...funny farm...nut hut All terms connected to mental illnesses and mental handicap; most of them shamefully incorrect--politically. The public has always been squeamish, awkward and clumsy when it comes to maladies of the mind. It continues today, though thankfully to a lesser extent. But we are nonetheless intrigued with treatment of the mentally disabled in the decades past.
It stood as a sturdy testament to the faith of early Polish-American residents for 125 years. It took but two hours to close the doors of St. Stanislaus Catholic Church, ending an important chapter of Perham history. There were both tears and smiles as about 300 to 350 filled St. Stanislaus Church for the final worship service Oct. 4. Presiding over the final mass was Bishop John Kinney of the St. Cloud Diocese. In 1922, it was St.
No good economic news? No summer? No problem. That appears to be the consensus among resort owners and operators in the Otter Tail lake country. Despite an economic downturn that is considered the worst since the Great Depression, resort lodging was booked. Despite a cool, often cloudy and rainy, summer, people still came "up to the lakes." "People are not giving up on their vacations," said Tres Jeltema, Shady Grove Resort on Rush Lake. "With the economy, it was a big scare factor in the spring.
Perham's "hardware man" Al Bretz, the patriarch of one of the longest-operating downtown Perham businesses, died last weekend at age 94. Bretz moved from his hometown of Wadena to purchase the Perham store in 1961, and kept right on working almost right up to his death. Though son Jim was the day-to-day man who carried on the family tradition at Bretz Our Own Hardware in recent years, Al still continued to work a few hours most days. It will be a rare occasion Thursday and Friday, as Brertz Hardware will be closed for business for Al's funeral. The store will close its doors at 3 p.m.
Pumpkins by the hundreds were hauled by the Radio Flyer wagonload and rolled to awaiting car trunks at the annual Uncle Ray's Pumpkin Day. The pumpkin patch at the Brian Sillinpaa farm was opened up to the masses Sept. 26. "There will be about 1,600 pumpkins taken out of here today--maybe 2,000," said Sillinpaa, who carries on the tradition of "Uncle Ray" Sonnenberg, who died a few years ago. It is a tradition of generosity and family--as every pumpkin is given away, for free. Hot dogs and goodies are served, and a donation box is out, but the money is immaterial.