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The first turtle races of 2012, held last week, brought in 141 racers - more than twice the number at last year's first race. Connie Vandermay/FOCUS

It's Turtle Fest time!

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Perham's annual turtle races kicked off last week with 141 participating racers, more than doubling last year's first race total of 60.


The international races attracted people from as far away as Germany, though many locals enjoyed the event, too.

The grand champion of the first race of 2012 was two-year-old Kason O'Brien of Norfolk, Neb. Second place went to Ella VonRuden of Perham and third place went to Eli Symmonda of Peoria, Ill.

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