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Tyler VanOurkerk, who is a service technician with Esser Plumbing and Heating of Perham, said there’s been no shortage of work this winter, with subzero temperatures causing problems for people’s heating systems. Marie Nitke/FOCUS

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Stephanie Ellingson knew as soon as she walked in the door that something wasn’t right.

It was a couple of Fridays ago, when temperatures were just starting to dip below zero at the start of a forecasted string of bitterly cold days. She got home from work at about 5:30 p.m. and hurried inside, hoping to quickly brush off the chill.


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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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