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A mile in her shoes

Above, left to right, Kenny Nelson, Dennis Happel, Brian Mort, John Minge, and Brian Nelson pose with their heels before the September 24 walk.1 / 4
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Kenny Nelson, KLN Enterprises, prepares to cross the street during the "Walk a Mile in Her Shoes" event.3 / 4
Perham Police Chief Brian Nelson leads the pack down Main Street.4 / 4

This year, some of Perham's most recognizable businessmen slipped on actual men's size heels to parade down Main Street.

The annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event raises funds for Someplace Safe, an organization providing services to families and victims of domestic and sexual violence. This year's walk, held on Sept. 24, took the men from Happel Law Office to the Perham Post Office, and then back again.

As the men shuffled down the sidewalk in their heels, onlookers gawked at the spectacle and applauded the men's effort.

"I ordered some shoes online," explains Kris Warhol, Otter Tail Intervention Advocate with Someplace Safe. "They're actually from a cross dressing site."

Six men took part in the event this year, including John Minge, Brian Nelson, Dennis Happel, Kenny Nelson, Brian Mort, and Pete Miller.

According to the organization's website, "Walk a Mile in Her Shoes" is recognized as the international men's march to stop rape, sexual assault and gender violence. The mission is to form a united gender movement, allowing men to be a part of the solution to ending sexualized violence.

For more information about Walk a Mile in Her Shoes, visit

October is officially recognized as Domestic Violence Awareness Month.