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Perham, NY Mills reflect on tragedy in Connecticut


The very thought of a school shooting causes local officials to shudder.

Perham and New York Mills schools, like others across Minnesota, are constantly preparing for a tragedy like the one Friday in Newtown, Conn., talking through procedures and offering practice drills.

But they're always hoping they never have a need for those preparations.

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