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Marie Nitke/FOCUS The fellowship hall at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church was packed full of well-wishers on Sunday afternoon. They were there to thank and congratulate longtime school principal and teacher, Bonnie Stohs. Stohs is retiring after 15 years at St. Paul’s School.

A fond farewell

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When Bonnie Stohs was asked to be principal of St. Paul’s Lutheran School in Perham, she was told the stint would be brief, about a month or two, at most.


That was in 1998. Fifteen years later, after a much longer than expected career at the school, she laughs and shakes her head at how things turned out so differently – and she’s clearly happy that they did.

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Marie Johnson
Marie Johnson (formerly Nitke) came to the Perham Focus after several years as the Education and Arts & Entertainment Editor at the Herald-Review of Grand Rapids, Minn. She lives in rural Ottertail with her husband, Dan, and their spunky yellow lab, Louisa.
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