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'It's been quite a ride' Perham community and business leaders celebrate growth, address current worker shortage

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Perham’s had plenty to celebrate over the past decade.

The community has grown remarkably, with more than $140 million in new developments since 2004, and it’s showing no signs of slowing down. In fact, last year was a record year for the city, with nearly $45 million in building permits issued – more than in the previous four years combined.

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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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