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Mayor, two city council seats open in Perham

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The seats of Perham Mayor Tim Meehl and Council Members Brad Schmidt and Fred Lehmkuhl will be open for those seeking public office in November's elections.

Meehl, Schmidt and Lehmkuhl are currently serving with council members Eric Spencer and James Johnson, who will see their terms expire in 2020.

Meehl said Saturday it was his intention to run for re-election. He was first elected mayor in 2010. Schmidt, who has served on the council since 2017, has also decided to run. Lehmkuhl will also be running for another term. A newcomer to the city council race will be Jeffrey Fritz.

The communities of Ottertail, Dent and Richville also have council positions open. Otter Tail Mayor Myron Lueders' term is expiring, along with council members Jim Carlson, Ronald Grobeck and Judah Burlingame. Dent Mayor Perry Coleman's seat will be on the ballot, along with council members Dan Nodsle and Dawn Boyne.

Seats held by clerk Jessie Werner and council members Rick Sazama and Sheila Widness are all open on the Richville City Council.

Three townships in the Perham area will have seats open in the November elections, including those held by supervisor Kelvin Rudolph and clerk LaDonna Tellinghuisen. Supervisor Jack Werner and Treasurer Angie Werner will see their terms with the Rush Lake board expiring. Supervisor Tony Roberts and Clerk Bonnie Hintzman are up for re-election in Butler Township.

Board members up for re-election in the Perham-Dent School District are Nathan Rooney, Christi Stoll, Arnie Thompson and Sue Huebsch. The filing period for city and township offices runs July 31 through Aug. 14.

A primary on Aug. 14 will determine the final two candidates in the race for a new Otter Tail County Sheriff. Perham Police Chief Jason Hoaby is running against Otter Tail County Deputy Barry Fitzgibbons and Fergus Falls Chief of Public Safety Kile Bergren.

The Perham City Council has approved a resolution calling for an election on a sales and use tax in November of one-half of one percent for the expansion and betterment of the 29-year-old Perham Area Community Center. The tax would ultimately raise $5.2 million of which $3.46 million would be applied to the PACC.

The general election is set for Nov. 6.