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A business that was meant be here:Reuter Family Dentistry planning to open office in Perham

Dr. Brandon Kvidt and Dr. Heidi Reuter flanked Reuter Family Dentistry Manager Ryan Reuter at their office in Wadena. The Reuters are planning to open a new office in Perham on Market Street. Michael Johnson/Pioneer Journal

Ryan and Heidi Reuter would be among the first to appreciate the twists and turns life can take because they've lived them.

The owners of Reuter Family Dentistry in Wadena will be expanding their business to Perham, a community where neither grew up but which now seems tailor-made for them.

No decision has yet been made on exactly "when" the Reuter office in Perham will open, but the "where" has been nailed down—929 Market Street, in a place formerly occupied by a business called "Keep It Local."

"We're still working with the contractors on a start date, we're finalizing some things," Ryan said. "(There have been) lots of meetings every week trying to get this thing rolling. We want to do it right, so we are crossing all the T's and dotting all the I's before we get started here."

The idea of expanding into Perham picked up steam when Dr. Brandon Kvidt joined the Reuter Family Dentistry team this summer. Along with a passion for the outdoors and sports, the native of Thompson, N.D., brings skills to the practice that are difficult to find outside of the metro area.

Kvidt has experience handling wisdom teeth removal, implants and I.V. Sedation Surgery.

"Everyone loves him here," Ryan said. "I think it's because he's a small town guy."

Ryan said both dentists will frequent the Perham office once it opens along with seeing people at the Wadena office.

In addition to a mutual interest in their four children, the couple has an interesting business relationship. Ryan, who has a background in small banking and corporate finance, runs the business end of the practice and Heidi does the dentistry work.

Heidi has been practicing since 2007. After working in Hastings and Rochester, she joined Dr. Jim Matthiae in Wadena in 2010 and worked with him for five years. The Reuters bought Matthiae's practice and then opened in a new office in Wadena in 2015.

The Reuters have lived in Perham since coming to the area, and their appreciation of the Perham community runs deep.

"Perham is a very progressive community, and it's growing," Ryan said. "We really love Perham a lot."

Ryan began realizing what Perham had to offer 15 years ago when his family traveled up from southeastern Minnesota to attend his wedding and stayed in a local motel. Having grown up in Red Wing, a small city on the Mississippi River surrounded on every side by farmland, he liked what he saw in Perham right away.

"I remember being like 'gosh, I could definitely live in a town like this,'" Ryan said. "I remember thinking if I were out in this area I would want to live here. We never had intentions of coming back out here, so it's funny to think we would wind up here."

When that decision was made eight years ago, the Reuters knew Perham was the place where the couple wanted to raise their family.

Eight years after settling in Perham, the couple is sending send three of their children to St. Henry's and the fourth to a local daycare. In addition to his job and his family, Ryan has found time to indulge his passion for basketball.

Ryan was a volunteer coach on Perham's varsity basketball squad for five years and then took over a fall basketball program for kids.

"I love kids," Reuter said. "Heidi and I are both passionate about mentoring."

Ryan also said his wife, who grew up on a dairy farm near Hewitt, is very "family-centered" and "community-centered" and has a strong interest in fitness.