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Published August 08, 2013, 12:00 AM

Photo gallery from Perham


Marie Hanson, right, trains Karen Jackman of Ottertail, Minn., at the nonprofit Perham Area Community Center. The 66,000-square-foot facility opened in 1989 and cost about $2.5 million. The building is owned by the city of Perham. Carrie Snyder / The Forum

  • Marie Hanson, right, trains Karen Jackman of Ottertail, Minn., at the nonprofit Perham Area Community Center. The 66,000-square-foot facility opened in 1989 and cost about $2.5 million. The building is owned by the city of Perham. Carrie Snyder / The Forum
  • Angel of Hope Park was established about five years ago by a group of volunteers who raised funds to bring the statue to Perham, Minn. These individuals had lost a child in one way or another. The park is one of more than 100 parks nationwide. Carrie Snyder / The Forum
  • From left, Andrea Westby, Beth Miller, Patty Klatt and Jolene Miller golf at Perham (Minn.) Lakeside Golf Club. The ladies are part of the Perham Women's Golf League at the 27-hole golf course. Carrie Snyder / The Forum
  • Harriet Mattfeld, 79, of Perham, Minn. has lived in Perham since 1954 and has witnessed the changes in the community over the years. "In 1954, there were a lot of wooden buildings, but there's been a lot of change," Mattfeld said. "The buildings in town are the business part of Perham; the people are the heart of the community." Mattfeld is a retired newswoman, served on the chamber for two years and is on the City Council, the American Legion Auxiliary, the Lions Club and the hospital board. "I keep busy," she said. Carrie Snyder / The Forum
  • Tuffy's Grandstand at Al Krueger Field was torn down and rebuilt in six months thanks to the fundraising efforts of the Perham, Minn. residents. "For a government guy, it's baffling to get it done that quickly," said Kelcey Klemm, city manager. "The attitude in town is very progressive. We don't take no for an answer. If there's a problem, we find a way to get things done."� Carrie Snyder / The Forum
  • Barbara Horstmann of northwest Iowa shops at Bob Rogne's shop at the Perham, Minn., farmers market. Rogne does woodturning as a hobby and tries to sell his trade when he can. "It's a good community," Rogne said. "The people in town are real nice to deal with."� Carrie Snyder / The Forum
  • The Perham Express runs through the streets of Perham, Minn. on Wednesday's as part of the International Turtle Races. The train is also available for special events, class reunions and parades through the Chamber of Commerce. Carrie Snyder / The Forum
  • Tuffy's Dog Food is part of KLN Enterprises, which employs about 1,200 people in Perham, Minn. Carrie Snyder / The Forum
  • Bennett Gietzen, 4, of Elk River, Minn. checks out the baked goods at D&V's Perham Bakery while visiting his grandma and grandpa and participating in the International Turtle Races in Perham, Minn. Gietzen enjoys the donuts so much that he has celebrated his birthday in the past at the bakery. Carrie Snyder / The Forum
  • Perham, Minn., is located in Ottertail County and has about 3,000 residents. Carrie Snyder / The Forum
  • Savannah Schauff, left, and Britney Schubert of Dakota Dunes, S.D., participate in the Perham (Minn.) International Turtle Races. The races began in 1978 and are held every Wednesday from June to August. They average 300-500 participants each Wednesday from across the United States and other countries. Carrie Snyder / The Forum
  • Alyssa Tolan, 7, of Blaine, Minn., waits to take her turn at the International Turtle Races in Perham, Minn. Carrie Snyder / The Forum
  • The 66,000-square-foot Perham (Minn.) Area Community Center opened in 1989 and cost about $2.5 million. It offers fitness classes, pool and recreational activities, and houses sporting events for the Perham School. Carrie Snyder / The Forum
  • The Perham (Minn.) Area Community Center opened in 1989 and cost about $2.5 million. It offers fitness classes, pool and recreational activities, and houses sporting events for the Perham School. Carrie Snyder / The Forum