The Re-Use-It Thrift Store in Perham has accomplished - and accumulated - an awful lot in one year. The nonprofit organization, begun as a means of financial support for the Perham Area Boys and Girls Club, is now bursting at the seams with donated appliances, home furnishings, decorations, electronics, clothing and pretty much anything else a person could ever need - including the occasional bike, car or boat.
Residents at Perham Living are mourning their faithful, four-legged friend, Lucky. After 11 years of providing love and comfort at the nursing home, the mixed-breed black dog passed away last week. Lucky was adopted as the facility's pet in 2000 after being abandoned and taken into a local veterinarian's office. She took on her new role well, becoming a beloved addition to the nursing home.
Two long-standing community banks, Farmers State Bank of Dent and United Community Bank of Perham, have officially merged. As of Monday, the banks have been operating under the United Community Bank name.
Two tennis coaches, one probationary teacher and a section of kindergarten were all cut from the budget at a meeting of the Perham-Dent School Board on Monday. The cuts were part of the district's annual budget review process. Other ideas for reductions, including the orchestra and science research programs, appear to be safe from the chopping block - at least for now.
Construction has begun on the new stadium at Al Krueger Field in Perham. It was announced late last week that the grandstands will bear the name "Tuffy Stadium" in honor of Tuffy Nelson, of Tuffy's Dog Food in Perham, who was instrumental in the installation of lights at the field. Tuffy's son, Kenny Nelson, and Kenny's wife Kim have pledged $100,000 to the new stadium. Kenny Nelson is the CEO of KLN Enterprises in Perham.
The first Saturday in May will mark two notable events in Perham: Arbor Day and the start of Bike or Walk to Work or School Week. The Perham City Council designated the date for these two events in separate proclamations signed last week. The city will recognize Arbor Day on May 5; Bike or Walk to Work or School Week will be May 5-13. According to the Arbor Day proclamation, "Trees in our city increase property values, enhance the economic vitality of business areas, and beautify our community." As such, the city is urging all citizens to plant trees.
The Perham Lions Club has announced its 2011 Citizen of the Year: Kenny Nelson, CEO of KLN Enterprises. Nelson was chosen for being an "entrepreneur" with a "philanthropic" spirit, explained Lions Club President Gary Senske, adding, "It's a significant award that we give to people who make contributions to the community." Nelson thanked the club for the award, and said he accepted it "very humbly." He added: "When you get older like me, it's fun to do these things.
In an attempt to keep lawns looking green and healthy, the City of Perham is offering new homeowners one year of free water. Available to buyers of any new construction residential housing unit, the incentive will provide free water usage; the water base rate will remain on the utility bill. "We feel this would encourage the new homeowner to establish a nice looking lawn with less cost to them," wrote city Finance Officer Patti Stokke in a letter to the city council. The incentive, effective as of April 10, times out with the approach of spring and the beginning of new construction. The av
Perham native Andrea Greiff has returned to town to live out her dream. After working for 17 years as an accountant in Lincoln, Neb., Greiff is back as the proud new owner of Dot and Minnie's, an apparel and accessories store downtown. The switch from accounting to retail has been a big change for her, she said, but also a welcome one. As someone brand new to the business, she didn't know quite what to expect. But so far, she said with a smile, "I've been pleasantly surprised.
"One of the great things we do in Perham is celebrate the success of others." This statement, made by Fred Sailer at the Perham Area Chamber of Commerce's annual Leadership and Hall of Fame Awards Ceremony last Thursday, was validated that very night. Designed to honor those who make great contributions to the community and possess extraordinary leadership abilities, the 2012 awards were presented to two individuals and one group: Pastor Tom Mitchell, who earned the Hall of Fame Award; boys basketball coach Dave Cresap, who received the Leadership Award; and the department directors at Perh