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Murphy the school dog performs the old tennis ball on the nose trick with Perham students a couple years ago in this file photo. Murphy's "last day of school" was last spring. A new animal policy is expected to be passed by the Perham School Board this month.

Critter policy bans teacher's pets

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Critters and kids are the focus of a new policy that is expected to be approved by the Perham-Dent School Board this month.

For kids in the Perham elementary school, it means that the beloved "school dog" Murphy will no longer be free to roam the premises. Allergies and related health issues are the motives behind the school board policy.

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