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Marie Nitke/FOCUS Perham resident Dale Wright has an early copy of the Declaration of Independence in his possession. He’s having the document professionally examined and appraised later this month, and plans to sell it.

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It’s the Fourth of July!

For many of us, that means a day or two off work, cookouts with family, a weekend at the lake, and, of course, fireworks.


But in the midst of these fun-filled celebrations, how many of us stop to think about what this pinnacle summer holiday is really all about?

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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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