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Members of the St. Paul’s Lutheran School Board, along with student representatives and fundraiser organizers, gathered at the front of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church to burn strips of the school’s mortgage on May 18. Elizabeth Huwe/FOCUS

St. Paul’s School holds mortgage burning ceremony

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Years of hard work went up in smoke at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Perham last Sunday – and everyone applauded. The congregation’s fundraising efforts managed to pay off the mortgage for the school addition years early, so they celebrated by burning the paperwork.


St. Paul’s Lutheran School was founded in 1910. As school attendance grew and the church relocated, conversations about expanding became more and more earnest.

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