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Louiseau named to Perham Hall of Fame

DETROIT LAKES -- Detroit Lakes City Administrator Bob Louiseau is getting his star on the walk of fame, being inducted into the Perham Hall of Fame next month.

The Perham Area Chamber of Commerce hands out two awards each year -- the Leadership Award and the Hall of Fame award.

"The Hall of Fame typically goes to someone who has been involved in the community, supporting and getting things done over a long period of time," explained Chuck Johnson, a member of the Chamber's selection committee that decides on the recipient.

After a call for nominations, the committee received several nominations for Louiseau.

This year, there are two men being honor with the Hall of Fame award. Along with Louiseau is Jerome Boedigheimer, who passed away recently from cancer.

Boedigheimer had served many years on the Perham city council. There were a lot of crossover years when Boedigheimer and Louiseau worked and served side by side for the city.

Perham City Attorney Dennis Happel will be presented Louiseau with his award at a ceremony Thursday, April 10.

After serving as Perham city manger for 17 years -- before moving to the Detroit Lakes city administrator position last year -- Louiseau was involved in many of the projects throughout the city of Perham during his tenure.

"Those 17 years with him at the helm of the city were very, very successful years in the city. Bob was a strong, positive force for that whole period of time," Johnson said.

Some of those projects include building a library, natural gas department expansion, Arvig Park development, full renovation of Main Street, Second Street reconstruction, industrial growth, residential growth, incinerator project, Mulligan's club house at the municipal golf course, veterans museum, and he started on the liquor store's new location before he came to Detroit Lakes.

"Bob's a workhorse. He doesn't like to be in the public eye, doesn't seek out the public eye, but he's very effective. He's in the trenches getting stuff done," Johnson said.

Johnson was the one who informed Louiseau he was nominated and chosen for the honor.

"Bob is a pretty private person and I wasn't sure how he was going to react," Johnson said of when he told Louiseau he was receiving the award. "It was very positive. He felt very honored by it. It was a very nice reaction."

"I wasn't sure how he'd react. I wouldn't have been surprised if he would have Grrr," Johnson said with a growl. "If you know Bob, he can do that," he added with a laugh.

The awards ceremony night is April 10, in Mulligan's, beginning at 6 p.m. with social hour. Dinner is at 6:30, followed by the awards at 7:30. Tickets are available for $25, and reservations can be made by calling Marcia at the Perham Chamber at 346-7710 or e-mailing