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Sophomore Christian Hinckley, left, and ninth grader Jaden Wallace dig a hole in preparation for the planting of an apple tree. Despite the mild weather, the students were happy to be outside to help with the creation of the apple orchard. Sam Benshoof/FOCUS

Planting for the future; SHIP funds help establish apple orchard at Perham school

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The Prairie Wind Middle School in Perham will soon boast an apple orchard and blueberry plants.

On May 11-13, students helped dig holes and plant apple trees as the start of the '549 Orchard,' which is funded by PartnerSHIP 4 Health, a branch of Minnesota's Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP). The orchard program was created using SHIP funds.


The orchard will include 40 apple trees and 50 blueberry plants, said Trish McClellan, SHIP coordinator for Perham schools.

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