Around 3 p.m. on Aug. 1 a Chevy Silverado piled into the side of the Dairy Queen in Perham and caused extensive damage to both the truck and the building.
At the time, Co-Owner Mike Winjum and his employees were ready to celebrate DQ's annual "Miracle Treat Day" Aug. 2 along with DQ's all across the country. The "miracle" that occurred that afternoon was that no one was injured or killed.
The truck had piled into the restaurant's storage and break area. A sink was torn off the wall, shelves of DQ products were pushed over and the room was left in a shambles.
Perham's "Miracle Treat Day" had to be delayed and its employees found themselves without work.
But Friday the Perham DQ was as busy as an anthill. The news that the "Miracle Treat Day" was open again had customers flocking to Winjum's establishment.
Miracle Treat Day benefits local sick and injured children. It is an opportunity to support Sanford Children's Hospital in Fargo-North Dakota and northwest Minnesota's only Children's Miracle Network Hospital.
The Perham Dairy Queen donates all of the proceeds from the day's Blizzard sales and Blizzard coupon sales to Children's Miracle Network benefiting Sanford Children's. The Perham DQ raised almost $5,000 in 2017. It has donated more than $15,000 to Sanford Children's in the last three years.
"We hope it's going to be the biggest but we don't know," Winjum said. "There has been great community support."
Winjum was also proud of his employees, who helped him clean up the restaurant and then manned their workstations Friday for the first time since the accident.
"In a couple of years it'll be a fun story to tell," Winjum said. "It's going great, and I'm glad."