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Location of Perham, Minnesota

 Perham (city) 1970 1980 1990 2000 2010 2000-2010 Change
Actual Percent
Population 1,933 2,086 2,075 2,559 2,985 +426 +16.65
Land Area (sq. mile) 1.00 1.41 2.19 2.62 2.62 0 0.00
Density (persons per sq. mile) 1,933.0 1,479.4   947.5   976.2 1,139.3 +163.11 +16.65
Housing Units 687 876 933 1,167 1,388 +221 +18.94
Households -- 818 880 1,104 1,304 +200 +18.12
Persons Per Household -- 2.42 2.24 2.23 2.29 +0.06 +2.69


Perham is a city in Otter Tail County, Minnesota. U.S. Route 10 and Minnesota State Highways 78 and 108 are three of the main routes in the community. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.18 square miles (8.24 km2), all of it land. The elevation is 1,368 ft (417 m) above sea level.

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As of the census of 2010, there were 2,985 people, 1,304 households, and 722 families residing in the city. The population density was 938.7 inhabitants per square mile (362.4/km2). There were 1,388 housing units at an average density of 436.5 per square mile (168.5/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 94.1% White, 1.1% African American, 0.5% Native American, 0.5% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 2.3% from other races, and 1.5% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.8% of the population.

There were 1,304 households of which 27.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 38.9% were married couples living together, 11.9% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.6% had a male householder with no wife present, and 44.6% were non-families. 38.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 19.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.19 and the average family size was 2.89.

The median age in the city was 41.5 years. 22.6% of residents were under the age of 18; 9.2% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 22.1% were from 25 to 44; 22.7% were from 45 to 64; and 23.4% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 46.5% male and 53.5% female.

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PERHAM Township, organized March 19, 1872, was then called Marion Lake Township, for the lake adjoining its southwest corner, but March 1, 1877, it was renamed, to be like its village, by an act of the legislature. Josiah Perham, commemorated in this name, was the first president of the Northern Pacific Railroad company, in 1864-65. He was born in Wilton, Maine, in 1803 and died in Boston, Mass., in 1868. Very interesting biographic notes, with narration of his enthusiastic efforts for construction of this transcontinental railway line, are given in Eugene V. Smalley's History of the Northern Pacific Railroad (1883, pp. 97-132). Perham, a city in sections 14 and 15, on this railroad, platted March 6, 1873, was incorporated February 14, 1881. Its original townsite was laid out in June 1872 by the Lake Superior and Puget Sound Land Company; the post office began in 1872, with Henry Kemper as postmaster.

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Merchants Hotel, Perham Minnesota, 1920's
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Perham City Hall
125 2nd Avenue NE
PO Box 130
Perham, MN 56573
Phone: (218) 346-4455
Fax: (218) 346-9364

Regular Business Hours:
Monday - Thursday 7:30 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 8:00 am - 12:00 pm

City Council Meetings:
2nd Tuesday of each month at 7:00 pm

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Perham City Hall, Perham Minnesota
Title Term Ends Name and Address   Phone
Mayor 12/31/2022 Timothy L Meehl
613 Pine Cone Drive
Perham, MN 56573
Email (218) 346-4768
City Manager appointed Jonathan Smith
125 2nd Avenue NE
Perham, MN 56573
Email (218) 346-9799
Council Member 12/31/2022 Brad Schmidt
411 2nd Avenue SE
Perham, MN 56573
Email (218) 371-7068
Council Member 12/31/2022 Fred Lehmkuhl
515 5th Avenue NE
Perham, MN 56573
Email (218) 346-4665
Council Member 12/31/2024 Eric Spencer
423 4th Street SW
Perham, MN 56573
Email (218) 346-4642
Council Member 12/31/2024 James M Johnson
424 4th Avenue NE
Perham, MN 56573
Email (218) 849-8948

Post Office:
US Post Office
100 3rd Avenue NW
Perham, MN 56573
Phone: (218) 346-6185
Toll Free:
(800) ASK-USPS

Regular Business Hours:
Week Days       8:15 am - 10:45 am
                       12:00 pm - 4:45 pm
Saturday           8:30 am - 10:30 am

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Utility Type Utility Name Utility Phone
Electricity Otter Tail Power Co (800) 551-3593
Natural Gas Perham Municipal   (218) 346-4455
Wastewater Perham Municipal (218) 346-4455
Water Perham Municipal (218) 346-4455
Telephone Arvig Communication Systems (888) 992-7844
Cable TV Arvig Communication Systems (888) 992-7844

Major Employers:
Employer Products/Services Employees
KLN Enterprises Inc. Other Food Manufacturing 517
Perham Health Sanford General Medical & Surgical Hospitals 295
Perham Dent Public Schools Elementary & Secondary Schools 260
Arvig Communication Systems Wired Telecommunications Carriers 238
Royale Resources Employment Services 107
Tuffy's Pet Foods Animal Food Manufacturing 80
Service Food Market Grocery Stores 70
Lakes Area Co-op Creamery Dairy Product Manufacturing 60
Perham Egg LLC Poultry & Egg Production 60
Hammers Construction Residential Building Construction 50
United Community Bank Depository Credit Intermediation 46
City of Perham Executive, Legislative, & Other Gen. Govt. Support 31
Compass Consultants Inc. Architectural, Engineering, & Related Services 30

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History Museum of East Ottertail County
230 1st Avenue N
Perham, MN 56573
Phone: (218) 346-7676
ITOW Veterans Museum
805 W Main Street
Perham, MN 56573
Phone: (218) 346-7678
ITOW Veterans Museum, Perham Minnesota

Perham Lakeside Country Club
2727 450th Street
Perham, MN 56573
Phone: (218) 346-6070
Fax: (218) 346-6049

Lake Name Size
Lake info Lake Map Rec Map Topo Map
Bear 198  
Big McDonald 992    
Big Pine 4,726
Devils 355
Little McDonald 1,312
Little Pine 2,080
Marion 1,624
Moenkedick 103  
Mud 305    
Nitche 70  
Paul 346

Health Care:
Meritcare Clinic Perham
665 3rd Street SW
Perham, MN 56573
Phone: (218) 346-4040
Fax: (218) 346-4043
Perham Memorial Hospital
665 3rd Street SW
Perham, MN 56573
Phone: (218) 346-4500

Our 25-bed acute care hospital offers a full range of health care services with medical equipment that is technologically current, and a network of professional and qualified staff that is trained and skilled in each of their fields.

Perham Memorial Hospital, Perham Minnesota

Independent School District 549
520 1st Avenue S
Perham , MN 56573
Phone: (218) 346-4501
Fax: (218) 346-4506
Perham High School
200 5th Street SE
Perham, MN 56573
Phone: (218) 346-6500
Fax: (218) 346-6504
Prairie Wind Middle School
480 Coney Street W
Perham, MN 56573
Phone: (218) 346-1700
Heart of the Lakes Elementary School
810 2nd Avenue SW
Perham, MN 56573
Phone: (218) 346-5437
Heart of the Lakes Elementary School, Perham Minnesota
St. Henry's School
253 2nd Street SW
Perham, MN 56573
Phone: (218) 346-6190
St. Paul's Lutheran School
500 6th Avenue SW
Perham, MN 56573
Phone: (218) 346-2300

"Touching lives forever spiritually, academically, physically, and socially with the love of Jesus." That is the mission of St. Paul's Lutheran School. We want to provide a school with a difference. That difference is that the children will experience the love of Jesus each hour of the day in all their activities and experiences.

St. Paul's Lutheran School, Perham Minnesota

Calvary Lutheran Church
619 3rd Avenue SW
Perham, MN 56573
Phone: (218) 346-4780

Pastor: Phil Holtan
Sunday Worship: 8:30am & 10:45am

Calvary Lutheran Church, Perham Minnesota
Church of Christ
150 6th Avenue SW
Perham, MN 56573
Phone: (218) 346-2640
Church of Christ, Perham Minnesota
Lutheran Church New
201 1st Avenue S
Perham, MN 56573
Phone: (218) 346-7203
Northwoods Assembly of God
945 W Main Street
Perham, MN 56573
Phone: (218) 346-5433

Pastor Dirk & Bobbie Currier
Sunday Service:  10:00am

Northwoods Assembly of God, Perham Minnesota
Perham Community Alliance Church
600 8th Street NE
Perham, MN, 56573
Phone: (218) 346-4673

Pastor:  Tom Mitchell
Sunday Worship:  10:00am

St. Henry's Catholic Church
234 2nd Avenue SW
Perham, MN 56573
Phone: (218) 346-4240

Pastor: n/a
Saturday Mass:  5:00pm
Sunday Mass:  10:00am

St. Henry's Catholic Church, Perham Minnesota
St. Paul's Lutheran Church
500 6th Avenue SW
Perham, MN 56573
Phone: (218) 346-

Pastor: Rev. Carl Noble
Saturday Worship   5:00pm
Sunday Worship     9:00am

St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Perham Minnesota
United Methodist Church
223 4th Avenue SE
Perham, MN 56573
Phone: (218) 346-7420

Pastor: Rev. Dr. Fair Caldwell-Meeks
Sunday Worship:   10:30am


Lakes Radio 99.5
235 West Main Street
Perham, MN 56573
Phone: (218) 346-4800
Fax: (218) 346-7595
Perham Enterprise Bulletin
222 2nd Avenue SE
Perham, MN 56573
Phone: (218) 346-5900
Fax: (218) 346-5901
Perham Enterprise Bulletin, Perham Minnesota
Perham Enterprise Bulletin, Perham Minnesota

Budget Host
43937 Fort Thunder Road
Perham, MN 56573
Phone: (218) 346-2100
Budget Host
Crossings Inn & Suites by GrandStay
231 Market Drive
Perham, MN 56573
Phone: (218) 346-2033
Toll Free: (866) 936-7829
Fax: (218) 346-6367

Conveniently located off Hwy 10 and MN-78 in the heart of lake country, Crossings Inn & Suites by GrandStay in Perham , MN is perfect for a family vacation or that last minute business trip. Stroll along our tree-lined cobblestone walks and enjoy over 20 unique gift and specialty shops. Enjoy a day at the lake, on the golf course or just a great meal at one of the many restaurants.

Crossings Inn & Suites by GrandStay

Crossings Perham

Super 8
106 Jake Street SE
Perham, MN 56573
Phone: (218) 346-7888
Fax: (218) 346-7880
Super 8, Perham Minnesota

Big Pine Lodge
43606 Mosquito Heights Road
Perham, MN 56573
Phone: (218) 346-3480

Our cozy resort includes weekly cabin rentals, seasonal RV sites, camping and a lodge that serves Great fresh baked pizza, burgers and pop. 300' of dock space and boat landing so you can keep your boat in the water. 200' of sandy beach and swimming area for you and your family to enjoy.

Big Pine Lodge, Perham Minnesota
Char-Mac Resort
45793 County Highway 8
Perham, MN 56573
Phone: (218) 346-3183
Toll Free:
(800) 414-1881

We have four lakeside cabins on the eastern shore of Little Pine Lake, with sandy beaches, boat lifts and docks, and peaceful surroundings. If you're wanting a quiet spot to relax and fish, swim or water-ski, and take life at your own pace, Char Mac Resort is the perfect vacation for you and your family! We offer clean and comfortable two-bedroom cabins with full kitchenette, dining area, living room space with cable television, and bathroom.

Char-Mac Resort, Perham Minnesota
Pine Beach Resort
40698 460th Street
Perham, MN 56573
Phone: (218) 346-6853
Sunset Beach Resort
44675 Nitche Lake Road
Perham, MN 56573
Phone: (218) 346-4922

Sunset Beach offers you the most beautiful beach and sunsets on Big Pine Lake. We have six lakeside cabins, a three-bedroom mobile home with private deck, and a lakeview rambler with new sunroom and private deck.

Sunset Beach Resort, Perham Minnesota
Whispering Pines Resort
46362 County Highway 8
Perham, MN 56573
Phone: (218) 346-3188

Golden Eagle Campground
42492 480th Avenue
Perham, MN 56573
Phone: (218) 346-4386
Fax: (218) 346-4284

Golden Eagle Vacationland is located in west central Minnesota on the south end of 4,800 acre Big Pine Lake which is famous for its walleye fishing. Situated in the heart of the lake country, the Resort offers large wooded sites overlooking the lake. Golden Eagle Vacationland is a paradise for summer fun.

Golden Eagle Campground, Perham Minnesota


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