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New child care providers to be in Perham soon

The city of Perham recently purchased a child care duplex, and during the Perham City Council meeting on the evening of Monday, Sept. 13, the council approved a lease agreement with Mahube-OTWA for a new and upcoming child care program.

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The Perham City Hall (Elizabeth Vierkant/Focus)

The topic of providing childcare to the people of the Perham area has been a discussion point throughout the past few City Council meetings. The Kalinas, childcare providers in the city for 30 years, recently retired on Aug. 31 , and this left their childcare duplex at 773 and 775 N.E. Fifth St. empty, but it won't be for long.

The city of Perham recently purchased the building, and during the Perham City Council meeting on Monday, Sept. 13, the council approved a lease agreement with Mahube-OTWA for a new and upcoming child care program.

Mahube-OTWA is a nonprofit organization that provides services throughout Mahnomen, Hubbard, Becker, Otter Tail and Wadena counties. Leasing the duplex from the city, this organization will bring in two child care providers to continue offering this service to the Perham community following the Kalinas' retirement.

City Manager Jonathan Smith said that, while the details are still up in the air since the new providers have yet to be hired, the council hopes that the new child care services in the duplex will be up and running in the next month or two.

Other items discussed at the meeting

  • With Productive Alternatives' recent purchase of the old 4-H building on the East Otter Tail Fairgrounds, the building needed to be rezoned from a park lot to a residential one. The council approved this change as well as adding on to the site to make it more usable and provide more vehicle space and storage. Productive Alternatives is a nonprofit that helps adults with mental health issues and disabilities find jobs and stability.
  • Grow Perham will be bringing a third apartment complex, which will have 24 units, to the city.
  • Surveying on the 2022 Utility and Street Rehabilitation Project will be complete soon.
  • The library will be hosting a 100th Anniversary Open House on Thursday, Sept. 23, from 4-7 p.m.
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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