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Plans for the future Perham Public Works facility are starting to come together. In the past couple of weeks, city councilors have approved a number of measures intended to keep the project moving along. The preliminary plat for the area in northeast Perham known as the East Park Second Addition, where the facility will be located, was approved by councilors last week following a public hearing at the end of July. Councilors also approved the re-zoning of East Park, to accommodate not only the Public Works Facility but also the continued development of residential multi-family unit
A 59-year-old woman required treatment for multiple injuries after being backed over by a car outside the Vergas Hardware Store. Witnesses said Renae Rocholl, of Elizabeth, was knocked over while on the Main Street sidewalk in front of the store, and then pinned under the vehicle for a short time until the driver pulled forward, according to the Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Office.
The title of Brian Hill’s new CD, “Success,” doesn’t mean what you might think it means. It’s not a reference to making tons of money, or to performing at big, sold-out shows. Those things aren’t important to Hill. It’s not even about finding the right career path in life, or settling down and raising a family.
To keep up with residential and industrial growth in the city and to keep gas going to everyone on the system, Perham Public Works is planning on making improvements to some natural gas mains. The distribution system is currently experiencing growing pains, particularly on the north side of town, following industry expansions in recent years, according to Public Works Director Merle Meece.
There was a lot of excitement in the air at the Perham Municipal Airport on Saturday, as four aerobatic planes soared overhead in perfect formation while WWII aircraft powered up their loud engines on the runway below. A crowd of more than 1,000 people “oohed” and “aahed” as the aerobatic planes made loops in the sky, free fell straight toward the ground and then arched back up again, leaving trails of smoke behind them.
The Republican who grew up in Detroit Lakes and now is a Hennepin County commissioner declared a primary election victory Tuesday night, setting up a race with Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton in the general election this fall. Jeff Johnson was getting about 30 percent of the vote in a rare four-way Republican primary election race late Tuesday. His lead, although slightly shrinking through the night, was strong enough to give him the GOP nomination. His primary win was declared shortly before 11 p.m.
The results of a housing study are in, and they confirm what many already suspected – that there’s a need for more housing in Perham, especially rental housing, as the city continues to grow. The study, conducted by Community Partners Research, Inc., of Lake Elmo, Minn., analyzes the current housing situation in Perham, including demographics and demand, and makes recommendations about the city’s needs over the next five years. Scott Knudsen, one of the study’s leading researchers, highlighted some of the major findings at a meeting with city leaders last week. The study, which also t
The owners of Someplace Special in Perham are planning to sell their current facility and move into a newly constructed assisted living complex near the new hospital. Matt and Jessica Johnson have owned Someplace Special for the past 7 years.
She’s a whirlwind, she’s wild, she’s “just plain crazy,” say the Pied Piper Players of the heroine of their latest show, “Pippi Longstocking.” The players will be telling this classic story of a red-pigtailed, freckle-faced girl with mismatched stockings at the Perham High School auditorium on Saturday, Aug. 9 at 7 p.m. About 20 local children are involved in the production, which is a full-length musical.
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.