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Bert Nelson of New York Mills has played the part of Santa in the area for about 15 years. He recently showed up at the NYM Community Christmas Program, at left with local kids Boyd and Lindsey Olson.

Tales from a local Santa

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Doing much of the ho-ho-hoing around the Perham and New York Mills area during the holiday season is another local Santa, Bert Nelson.

Nelson figures he's been playing the role of jolly ol' Saint Nick for about 15 years now. He spends his holidays stationed at area businesses, and frequenting local Christmas gatherings and holiday kick-off events.

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