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Trisha Marczak/FOCUS Perham resident Harriet Mattfeld believes in her community, and she's not afraid to show it.

Living with 'Perham purpose'

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This is the first in a monthly series highlighting the extraordinary people who bring life to East Otter Tail County communities.

Harriet Mattfeld can remember when the view from downtown Perham directed the eye to a small chicken hatchery.

The chickens are long gone now, and their home certainly is, too. What sits in its place serves as a symbol of economic prosperity in the area, and the story of a family that created somewhat of an empire in the 'small town that could.'

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