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Marie Nitke/FOCUS Luke Stuewe, Romie Walz, Larry Lange and George Kupferschmid test roughly 90 water samples taken from wells within the Perham Wellhead Protection Area during one of their twice-yearly testing sessions, held last Tuesday at Lange’s residence in Perham. Not pictured is the fourth long-time volunteer, Jim Braun, and a newer regular volunteer, Darrel Huber.

Long-time volunteers keep tabs on nitrate levels

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With two decades of steady volunteer work under their belts, these guys are a dedicated bunch.

The four long-time members of Perham’s Volunteer Nitrate Sampling Network have been collecting and testing water samples from area wells twice a year, every year, since the inception of the Perham Wellhead Protection Area in the early 1990s.


And they’re still at it today.

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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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