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Marie Nitke/FOCUS The top of what is now the Sugar & Spice building still displays its construction date, as well as the initials of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, a religious and civic group that the building's original owner was a member of.

A historical tour of downtown Perham

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If you want to learn a little something about a town's history, just look up.

That's the advice of Otter Tail County Historical Society Executive Director Chris Schuelke, who points out that construction dates and other information are often carved in stone near the tops of old buildings, still visible even a century or more later, giving people vital clues about a place's origins.

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