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Elizabeth Huwe/FOCUS Third graders Olivia Rosenthal, Dakota Olson, Eva Vorderbruggen and Trenton Lee, left to right, were hanging around on Tuesday morning, making good use of the playground while waiting for the first day of school to start at Heart of the Lakes Elementary. Kids across Perham appeared to be excited for the new school year, and almost all the schools reported higher enrollment numbers than last year.

A swingin’ start to the new school year

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Kids and parents crowded around Perham schools Tuesday morning, as the bells rang for the first time this year.

That excited ‘back-to-school’ feeling was in the air, with most kids trucking into the hallways with smiles on their faces. Some anxious, near-tears kindergarteners worrying that “I don’t know where to go” were quickly calmed by paraprofessionals who stood watch outside.

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