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A student group from last year's Laurentian trip takes a break from a winter hike. Every year Perham eight grade teachers takes a group of students up to Virginia, Minn. to gain outdoor and group skills.

Laurentian Program gives eight grade students outdoor, group skills

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In an age of Nintendo Wii and Facebook, you might not think that four days in the wilderness - in winter, no less - would be appealing to eighth grade students.

For 10 years, though, Perham English, science, math and geography teachers take their eighth grade students on a trip to Virginia, Minn. in the first weekend of December to do just that.

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