A historic preservation team will be working at Perham Cemetery this summer



The restorations of the Perham cemetery are scheduled for this summer.

Otter Tail County Historical Society executive director Chris Schuelke asked Perham City Council at its monthly meeting on Monday April 12 to help fund the preservations. The Duluth-based Northern Bedrock Historic Preservation Corps will be staying at the Pioneer Village from July 27 to August 4 to work on the restorations. If they have time, they will also work on the restoration of the Pioneer Village.

In order to complete the project, the Northern Bedrock Historic Preservation Corps would need $ 12,000. Although they asked the council to help fund funds, they also said they could raise any remaining funds needed on their own. The city agreed to fund them all of the $ 12,000.

According to the Northern Bedrock website, it uses AmeriCorps teams of young adults, between the ages of 18 and 25, who work at historic sites across the state of Minnesota. Crew members learn business skills while helping to preserve historic sites.

Perham Cemetery is located at 700 First Ave. N. (Elizabeth Vierkant / Focus)

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Several other decisions were made at the Perham City Council meeting held on Monday evening:

  • An On Sale / Sunday Liquor License applied for by Perham Hotel Group, LLC has been approved. This will be used minimally at the GrandStay Hotel & Suites for happy hour and events.
  • The board approved a request to proceed with a bond sale and a call for a public hearing on property tax cuts proposed by Ehlers Inc. to help finance the construction of the PACC. The board also approved a resolution to allow Ehlers to proceed with the bond sale.
  • David J. and Denise N. Schornack purchased a property in the Town of Perham for $ 6,250. The purchase of Lot 1, Block 2, East Park’s first addition has been approved.
  • A renewal of the 2 a.m. closing time for Zorbaz of Little Pine Lake and Patrick S Honer DBA Suds Tavern Inc. has been approved.
  • Leah Jesser, a member of the Otter Tail County Safe Communities Coalition, asked council to consider allowing the mayor to sign the Distracted Driving Month proclamation. According to Jesser, statewide statistics indicate an increase in the number of traffic fatalities in recent years. The coalition’s goal is to reduce the number of fatalities, injuries and accidents at the wheel to zero.
  • They are looking for support to make April Distracted Driving Month, where they can ask the people of Perham to observe and practice safe driving. The board agreed to approve it.
  • Household Hazardous Waste Day is scheduled for Thursday, July 15 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Public Works Garage.
  • Council approved an updated development plan for Perham Municipal Airport. This new plan will allow less guesswork in future expansions and allow for greater community development.


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