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Submitted photo The first turtle races of the summer were held Wednesday, attracting 143 racers from as far away as Pennsyvania, Montana, Nebraska and Germany. The grand champion for this week was Kason O'Brien, of Nortold, Neb., while the runners-up were Ella VonRuden of Perham and Eli Symmonda of Peoria, Ill. They are pictured here with Miss Perham, Paige Meyer.

And they're off... turtle races are under way

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Lingering in the turtle pits at the Perham Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday, 30 turtles awaited the opportunity to race in the year's first weekly races.

Turtle races started this week and will continue every Wednesday throughout the summer in the courtyard of the Perham Chamber building in downtown Perham. Registration begins at 10 a.m. and the first turtles race at 10:30 a.m.

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