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Believe it or not, Kris Kringle and his wife live just down the road from Perham. The beloved pair has lived a relatively quiet life in Ottertail for the last eight years. When not making and delivering toys to kids at Christmas, the pair (who are also known by their local aliases, Mike and Diane Windey) keep busy as active members of the local community. Submitted photo

Happy Ho-Ho-Holidays!

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It’s been a long week for Ottertail’s jolliest resident, Kris Kringle.

Just days before The Big Night, toys still needed making, snow needed shoveling, presents needed wrapping and reindeer needed brushing.

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That’s right, reindeer. In Ottertail.

It’s a little known fact that Kringle, also known as Santa Claus, has lived in Ottertail for eight years.

“It’s because it’s so cold,” Kringle said with a happy “Ho Ho Ho!” adding, “I love the cold, and the snow!”

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