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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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.
A change is coming in the way Perham’s rural gas customers are serviced and billed. Possibly as soon as this winter, but more likely not until the following year, the city’s public works department will begin conducting monthly readings for rural customers, as they do for those who live in town. Currently, Perham Natural Gas customers who live outside city limits are asked to read their meters themselves for nine months out of the year.
A 24-year-old Detroit Lakes man was arrested in Otter Tail County on Sunday after a series of unlawful events, including vehicle theft and DWI. A press release from the Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Office states: After getting into an argument at a wedding reception in Ottertail, Jacob Syverson left the reception looking for a ride back to Detroit Lakes. Unable to find a ride, he stole a 2006 Dodge Ram pick-up truck pulling a camper.
Perham city councilors recently took a few small but necessary steps to keep four new developments moving along. At a meeting last Wednesday, councilors approved two variance requests and made two zoning changes in an effort to help some local businesses and business owners meet their expansion needs. One of the zoning requests, made by Professional Agronomy Services, was to rezone property at 904 Pinewood Circle from residential to industrial. Professional Agronomy recently purchased the property with the short-term intent to refurbish the existing home on the lot into office space.