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Dee Rust (center, front) celebrates six decades of work at Perham hospitals with current Perham Health employees during a February retirement party.

Celebrating 6 decades of work at Perham hospitals

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When Dee Rust was 16 years old, she earned a coveted position at Perham's St. James Hospital.

She packed up her bags and moved to town, where she joined her sister, Viola Bormann, in the kitchen.


Landing a job at the hospital in 1947 was a good deal for women looking for work. Room and board were paid for, along with meals.

"It was about as good a job as anyone could get, I guess," she said.

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