Skip to main content

Perham fears being 'known as the stinkiest city in the U.S.'

  • Author:
  • Updated:
    Original:

What's that smell? For residents of Perham, it's like a death knell.

Apparently the west-central Minnesota town has a stinking problem, if a story in The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead is any indication.

We start off our tour of Perham at "the town’s biggest summer attraction, Turtle Fest," which is ... well, it's not really explained what that is. But the thing that was notable about it last week is that the air was relatively clear.

"Without a heavy deluge of rain and eastern winds," the Forum reports, "thousands of guests would have been greeted by Perham’s signature scent – odors from an open-air wastewater treatment system."

The odor is a part of life in recent years for the people who live and work in Perham, but shop owners fear the stench will keep visitors away. How bad is it? People step out of their cars, get back in and don’t stop at any of the businesses due to the odor, according to what is actually a sad tale.

Perham has battled the odor for two years, according to the Forum. Wastewater pours into the city’s outdoor treatment ponds at rates higher than they can handle, and expanding the treatment facility to meet the demands of the growing town has fallen behind schedule.

Business owners are worried as much about the town's reputation as much as anything. "It will murder us," says one local bakery owner. "We do not want to be known as the stinkiest city in the U.S.”

Next Up

Screen Shot 2022-10-02 at 8.25.27 PM

Pilot, brother and sister killed when plane crashed into house are ID'd

The plane crashed into a house in Hermantown, Minnesota.

Screen Shot 2022-10-02 at 7.18.52 PM

Rolled semi, livestock on freeway interchange in Woodbury

Traffic cameras showed what appeared to be hogs on the side of the road.

Eric Reinbold

Reinbold guilty of murdering wife with 'particular cruelty'

Eric Reinbold, 46, was convicted of two counts of murder in the second degree in Pennington County Friday.

police tape

Armed assault suspect arrested after standoff in Waite Park

The standoff ended early Saturday when officer obtained a warrant for the home.

Screen Shot 2022-10-02 at 9.06.25 AM

3 dead after plane crashes into house in Hermantown

Two people in the house were uninjured.

FeDh7pUWAAg3NMd

Destructive fire at Maple Grove greenhouse and nursery

The fire burned early Sunday morning at a longtime Maple Grove greenhouse and nursery.

st. cloud state university hockey

SCSU player hospitalized after being taken off ice on stretcher

Luedtke was checked into the boards in the first period and down for a reported 10-15 minutes.

Amber alert wisconsin

Amber Alert for Kryssy King canceled, suspect still at large

Police beleived 15-year-old Kryssy King was with a 22-year-old man who remains wanted.

Screen Shot 2022-10-01 at 10.18.12 AM

3 St. Paul fast food restaurants robbed in space of an hour

The thieves struck between 7:15 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Screen Shot 2022-10-01 at 9.06.40 AM

What to do with the Kmart site? Minneapolis wants your ideas

The project will connect Nicollet Avenue south of Lake street and north of the Midtown Greenway, reestablishing a street grid.

Screen Shot 2022-10-01 at 7.53.55 AM

Crowd evacuated at end of homecoming football game in Brooklyn Park

Police blamed 'unruly teens' in the stands and some who were trying to enter the stadium.

Related