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Marie Nitke/FOCUS Curtis Swanson has taken his mowing service to the professional level. He recently turned 16 and got a driver’s license, along with a new truck and trailer, to expand his business, Little Pine Mowing Services, throughout the Perham area.

Mowing his own path

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Not many 16-year-olds can say they’ve already been in business for five years.

But Curtis Swanson can.

The Perham teen offered to mow a couple of neighbors’ lawns when he was just 11 years old, and from that he created a lawn mowing business that’s grown almost as fast as the grass.


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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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