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Four generations of the Nelson family: Albert (with Charlie on his lap), Tuffy and Kenny, left to right. What Tuffy and Kenny started in 1964 as a small father-son pet food-making business has since grown into a $500 million corporation, KLN Family Brands. KLN is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. Submitted photo

KLN reaches a milestone

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Editor’s note: Read more stories like this, highlighting growth and economic development in the Perham area, in our latest Progress Guide.


At 50 years old, KLN Family Brands has still got it.

The years have been kind to this family-owned company, with steady success and consistent growth causing it to blossom into Perham’s pinnacle industry.

What’s more, it’s not showing any signs of slowing down.

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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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