Every strong community has a variety of services it offers - here are some of ours. 

Strong communities are like a wheel with each of its entities making up the spokes that keep the wheel turning. There are a number of services offered in our area, and they keep our community moving forward each day. 

City of Perham Government

Whether you are looking to hook up utilities or relocate a business, the City of Perham has the information and the resources needed. Check out their website for more information on their services. 

Day Care Providers

Childcare is a must in thriving communities. Luckily, we have the East Otter Tail Daycare Association full of member businesses that are ready to take in your child. Check out the full list of providers here. 

Fire Department

The Perham Fire and Rescue Department serves 164 square miles throughout our region, including the cities of Perham and Richville, as well as Corliss, Gorman, and Perham Townships. Part os Pine Lake and Rush Lake Townships are also covered. For more information, contact Fire Chief Mark Schmidt at 218.346.4440 or email to

Food Shelf

The Perham Area Community Food Shelf serves residents in the Perham-Dent School District. Located at 501 4th Ave NW in Perham, the Food Shelf is open each Tuesday from 8am to noon. They are also open on the first Tuesday of the month from 3-5pm. For more information, please call 218.346.6181 or visit their website

Minnesota DNR

The Perham Area is blessed with an abundance of natural resources in a state that features four distinct seasons. We work closely with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources to make sure our wildlife is abundant all year round. Click here to visit the MN DNR website and click here to view the Minnesota DNR map of the Otter Tail River

Senior Citizens Center

Located inside Ma's Little Red Barn at 300 West Main Street in Perham, the Perham Senior Citizens Center offers a variety of activities for seniors. Please call 218.346.2262 for more information.

TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly)

A TOPS group meets every Tuesday at the United Methodist Church, 223 4th Ave SE in Perham. Weigh in is from 5:00-5:30pm with a program from 5:30-6:00pm. For more information, call Bobbi Sachs at 346-6460. 

Volunteer Opportunities

There are a number of organizations that are looking for volunteers on a daily, weekly, or as needed basis. If you have time, talent, or resources, these groups would love your assistance. Click here to see United Way's volunteer opportunities.