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The gymnasium at Heart of the Lakes Elementary School was packed with people on Friday. The gym was the site of food, a large silent auction and multiple bounce-houses for the kids. The hallways were packed, too, as games were spread out around the whole school. Photos by Marie Nitke/FOCUS

HOTL Carnival ‘truly a community success’

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Hundreds of kids and families showed up to Heart of the Lakes Elementary School’s Carnival on Friday evening to play games, eat food, and help raise funds for some new playground equipment at the school.


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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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