The United Way of Otter Tail and Wadena Counties is asking for help to meet their annual campaign goal. After an initial review the organization is predicting a budget shortfall of $88,000, according to a press release. The gap comes at a time when more people than ever are asking for help, according to United Way of Otter and Wadena Counties board president, Lori Mattfeld.
Andrew Jacobson attended the Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership Camp last summer. "At HOBY I had a great time learning about my leadership style and meeting amazing, new people," Jacobson said. "We were privileged to listen to speakers from all around the world and from all walks of life." Jacobson thanks everyone at the 549 Family Foundation for making the opportunity possible and encourages all sophomores in Perham to enter an essay for a chance to share the experience.
The Perham City Council approved the 2019 tax levy and budget during the regular council meeting Monday night. The residential tax rate increases from 48.25 percent in the 2018 levy to 48.4 percent in the 2019 final levy. A home valued at $138,000 will see an increase of $1.72 according to a sample residential tax calculation presented by City Manager Jonathan Smith. Perham's tax rate was the 7th lowest in Otter Tail County with Richville being the lowest at over 20 percent and Rothsay the highest at over 100 percent according to Smith's presentation.
Lakeside Tap, the bar and restaurant located at Perham Lakeside Golf Course, will close this winter in order to regroup before the lucrative summer season. "We have decided that it would be in our best interest to temporarily close the bar and restaurant this year during the historically slow winter months," the Board of Directors said in an open letter to members. Current hours of operation will stay in effect until Dec. 22. During this time promotions will be offered to manage the existing inventory and get customers through the holiday season.
Steven C. Sheets, CFSP, a funeral director with Schoeneberger Funeral Home in Perham, recently qualified for recertification of the designation of Certified Funeral Service Practitioner (CFSP), by the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice. The CFSP designation is the funeral service's national individual recognition. Sheets voluntarily participated in educational and service opportunities that surpasses what the funeral licensing board in Minnesota requires.
Brett Christiansen, engineering manager at Arvig, was selected on Prairie Business magazine's 2018 40 under 40 list. The list highlights 40 of the top business professionals under the age of 40 in the northern Plains. Christiansen, a Perham resident, appears in the December issue of the magazine.