In addition to the school and meeting closings and cancellations, businesses around Perham are dealing with recommendations regarding the spread of the coronavirus in their own ways.

Here are some of those stories:


Ma’s Little Red Barn is using common sense and basic precautions as they are still open for business, Mark “Pa” Lenius said. The coffee bar is still operational and the floral shop is still taking orders and doing deliveries, Barb “Ma” Lenius said. Orders can be made online or over the phone, and order deliveries can be dropped off at the door or customers can meet the delivery on the porch, if that makes them feel more comfortable.

So far Ma’s has still been able to deliver flowers to Perham Health by dropping them off with the hospital, Mark said.

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NAPA of Perham is still doing business as usual and taking it day by day, Matt Strommen, Counter Sales, said.

Photo Magic is planning on staying open with business as usual, Doug Lange, manager, said.

Main Street Express is open for business as usual, co-owner Brain Meyer said. The dine-in area is closed, but they will still be taking call-in orders for carryout at the food counter.

Dynamic Cropping Systems will still be operating, as usual, Jerry Morberg said.

Richter’s Men's Wear will remain open as usual until they are mandated to close, Connie Richter said. Richter is also thinking about doing some painting at this time.

Nadine’s Ladies Fashions is remaining open, owner Denise Schornack said. This is not an extremely busy time of year so the store is helping their customers from a respectful distance, or 6 feet, offering extra hand sanitizer and keeping the store clean. Orders can also be made at, on the store’s Facebook page, or by phone at 218-346-2615. Free shipping is being offered at this time.

125 Apparel, Refreshing Designs and Karvonne’s will remain open unless mandated to close, owner Aaron Karvonne said. All three stores are doing extra cleaning and allowing staff to go home if they feel unwell or have other concerns due to the current situation.

The Willow Bookstore is still open at this time. Curbside pick up is available and highly encouraged. Materials can be ordered on, emailing, calling 218-457-0401 during business houses, or by texting 218-325-0167 at any time, owner Megan Wells said. Instructions are online, on the store’s door or on the store’s Facebook page. As of Wednesday, March 18, customers were still able to enter the store to pay. Browsing is discouraged, however, and customers being allowed to enter the store could change.

Bay Window Quilt Shop is operating as usual. That could change, however, said owner Katie Hennagir. The store has canceled its April 4 event and is taking extra efforts to keep surfaces clean.

Bongard’s Retail Store is still open as normal for the time being, manager Jennifer Moulzoft said.

Gene’s Sports Shop will be closing for regular business for the time being, sales manager Josh Nordick said. Managers will be in the store to receive daily shipments from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. During that time some curbside pick up, determined case to case, will be available. The store will be keeping patrons up to date on its Facebook page.

Murdock’s Ace Hardware will be operating as usual until mandated to close, manager Matthew Bleichner said.

Salons: All hair salons, spas and like businesses, nail salons and cosmetologists are closed until Friday, March 27, according to the Minnesota Board of Cosmetology, on Gov. Tim Walz's executive order.


Grandstay Hotel is still open for business with a few limitations, hotel manager Cheryl Stoll said. The pool is open to guests only, no outside swimmers or those coming in for therapy will be permitted at this time. The hotel’s bar is closed and breakfast and drinks will not be served at this time. Coffee and juice, however, are still available. The hotel’s meeting room has a limit of no more than 10 people may use the room at one time, Stoll said. The hotel, while always keeping a high standard of cleanliness, has heightened its cleaning and sanitizing at this time, Stoll said.


The Boys and Girls Club of Perham will be following the lead of the school and will be closed until Friday, March 27, when they will reassess the situation, Unit Director Cori Brown said. In the meantime, the club will be planning summer programs, doing a deep cleaning of the facilities and emailing families and posting on Facebook ways to engage with children during this time.

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