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Tribute-benefit event set for Jerome Boedigheimer

Friends of the late Jerome Boedigheimer had just started a rapid effort to organize a tribute/benefit when the longtime Perham city councilman died Oct. 29.

Friends of the late Jerome Boedigheimer had just started a rapid effort to organize a tribute/benefit when the longtime Perham city councilman died Oct. 29.

Cancer took the life of Boedigheimer in barely two weeks from time of diagnosis. This raised the question whether or not the group should continue planning the event.

After polling friends and family, the decision was made to honor Boedigheimer Nov. 7, with an informal feed at the Perham Firehall, from 4-7 p.m.

A special tribute to Boedigheimer will be at 6 p.m.

"We're looking at it as a celebration for all the things he's done for the community," said Dennis Happel, a longtime friend.

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The event is being hosted by friends, city colleagues and family. Firefighters, emergency personnel and others will be cooking food for the event.

Turkey sandwiches, hamburgers, brats, chips, beans, pop and coffee will be served.

Free will offerings will be taken, with all proceeds going to the Boedigheimer family to help defray medical expenses.

Matching funds may be provided from both the Holy Family Catholic Aid Council and Thrivent Financial for Lutherans.

those unable to attend can make a donation to the Catholic Aid Council, attention: Alana Herrmann, Box 7, Perham, 56573. Or, make check payable to Thrivent, 556 W. Main Perham, or drop it off at United Community Bank, attention Brenda Biegler.

Donating food for the event are both local grocery stores, Service Foods and Dean's Country Market. Boedigheimer was a longtime past employee of Service.

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