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'Hardware guy' Al Bretz dies

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Perham's "hardware man" Al Bretz, the patriarch of one of the longest-operating downtown Perham businesses, died last weekend at age 94.

Bretz moved from his hometown of Wadena to purchase the Perham store in 1961, and kept right on working almost right up to his death.

Though son Jim was the day-to-day man who carried on the family tradition at Bretz Our Own Hardware in recent years, Al still continued to work a few hours most days.

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