City of Perham buys former St. Paul's school building

The early-1900s "Perham Brick" building on Second Street S.W. was last used as a school around 2007, and has sat empty for years.

The Perham City Hall. (Elizabeth Vierkant/Focus)

The Perham City Council has approved a purchase agreement for the former St. Paul's Lutheran School building, with unofficial plans to use the building for an eventual expansion of emergency services.

The action was taken during the council's most recent regular meeting, on Monday, Oct. 11. The property was bought for $87,500 and the closing is expected to happen by the end of October.

The building, at 560 Second Street S.W., was last used as a school around 2007, when the new St. Paul's school was built as an addition onto the church, and has sat empty for years.

While the city has no official plans for the building yet, the intent of the purchase was to possibly expand emergency services sometime in the future. There will be no immediate changes to the property, but City Manager Jonathan Smith said it's something to look forward to in the near future.

Other items discussed at Monday's meeting:


  • The lockers in the Perham Area Community Center locker rooms are almost completely installed.
  • The Fox Street project (between the PACC and the Hub) will hopefully be completed by the end of October, meaning people will be able to drive on the road between the two facilities.
  • Hydrant flushing will take place Oct. 24 – Nov. 5; water may be a little discolored during that time.
Elizabeth (she/her), 23, graduated with a degree in Journalism and Communications from the University of Wisconsin–Stout in 2020. Elizabeth has always had a passion for telling stories about people and specializes in community features, which she uses for her Perham-centered content.
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