Marie Johnson joined the Detroit Lakes Tribune in November 2017 after several years of writing and editing at the Perham Focus. She lives in rural Frazee with her husband, Dan, their young son and daughter, and their yellow Lab.
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Perham’s in-the-works capital improvement plan continues to be rearranged in an attempt to balance the city’s needs with the high cost of meeting those needs. City leaders learned at a meeting last week that if the plan were to move ahead as currently drafted, project costs would cause tax levies to spike.
See this week's Perham Focus for a special 4-page pull-out section containing additional articles and pictures on the past, present and future of the PACC. When the Perham Area Community Center opened its doors to the public for the first time on April 29, 1989, the excitement in the air was palpable. The community had spent the previous five years planning and fundraising for the new center, and then another year waiting for construction to be completed.
Editor’s note: This is the second in a weekly series of feature stories about the temporary seasonal foreign workers at Barrel O’ Fun. For Volodymyr Dredun, the first two weeks...
Perham has gotten creative in its effort to bring more affordable housing to town. By using a never-before-tried tax abatement strategy, the city has rolled out the welcome mat for a new rental housing development by Grow Perham, LLC. The development will feature efficiency apartments, at least 40 percent of which must be occupied by individuals who meet income restrictions.
Editor’s note: This is the first in a weekly series of feature stories about the temporary seasonal foreign workers at Barrel O’ Fun. Every day, at least one person asks Valentyna Savchenko, “How are you?” That may seem like a small thing, but it’s new to her, and she appreciates it. “I like the people here,” she says. “Everybody’s friendly, everybody smiles. Especially when we first came here, everybody met us with such love.
Arvig hosted a meeting of the Governor’s Task Force on Broadband last week, giving task force members a chance to learn more about the Perham-based telecommunications company and issues that affect broadband coverage in rural areas. The task force was established by Gov. Mark Dayton in 2011. Its 15 members are charged with expanding broadband access in Minnesota, with a goal of equipping all individuals and businesses with high-speed Internet no later than 2015.
The 2014 City of Perham Housing Study is complete, and has been posted online for public review. The study was accepted by the Perham City Council at a meeting Sept. 8, following the release of a draft of the study in August. The 117-page document offers a full analysis of the overall housing needs of Perham. It provides some historical and demographic data about the city, such as population trends, housing costs, and employment and economic trends.
Perham city councilors have voted to keep a portion of Third Street NW closed for a while longer to continue to accommodate the expansion project at Tuffy’s Pet Foods. The council initially agreed that the road could be closed from May 1 through Sept. 1.
A 1994 Ford Explorer ran into Our Savior’s Ten Mile Lutheran Church in Dalton on Saturday. A driver suffering from a medical condition went off the road and hit the church at about 10:30 a.m., according to a press release from the Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Office. Steven John Nettestad, age 59, of Dalton, did not suffer any injuries in the accident, the sheriff’s office reported. His Explorer was severely damaged, and the church sustained minor damage.
Perham’s property taxes will be going up next year. On Monday, the city council approved a preliminary levy increase of 2 percent. The city will collect about $23,000 more in local taxes in 2015 than in 2014, with a total levy of $1,165,167 (up from $1,142,273). Local property taxes help fund many programs and services in the community, including police and fire departments, streets, libraries and more. While the city w