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Karen Hasskamp, left, and Jane Bartlett are two of about 15 active, regular volunteers at the Perham Area Library. They’re pictured here in front of a row of books by one of their favorite authors, Elizabeth George. Marie Nitke/FOCUS

Lending their time

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Perham’s library has a long and storied history with volunteers.

In fact, without them, there would be no library. It was volunteers who got the library started in 1922, and it was volunteers who kept the library running for decades, until Catherine Drahmann – a long-time library volunteer – became Perham’s first paid librarian in 1978.


Today, volunteers still play a vital role there.

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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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