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Two of the Perham skate park "kingpins" have shovels in hand at the Perham skate park groundbreaking May 8. Trish McClellan was one of the many parents and adults who worked to make the park a reality. With Trish is Harley Karvonen, who supported the park from the beginning and donated $10,000 to the project. In the background, park board member Whitey Schuett and Mayor Tim Meehl.

Kowabunga, Harley!

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For one of the major donors to the first skateboard park in Perham, the objective was simple.

"You have to give the kids something to do so they stay out of trouble."

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That was the comment from Harley Karvonen, who at 94 was the senior "skateboard dude" of the bunch when a group of more than 50 gathered May 8 for the ceremonial groundbreaking of the "Kowabunga Skate and Bike" park.

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