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Brenda Biegler, left, and Julie Stroh deliver Meals on Wheels some Thursdays as part of a United Community Bank volunteer rotation. They said they enjoy the experience because it gives them the opportunity to get out into the community and talk to people. After all, Stroh added with a little laugh, “community is our middle name!” Marie Nitke/FOCUS

The unpaid delivery drivers: Meals on Wheels volunteers bring food and comfort to people in Perham

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Every Thursday afternoon for the last 10 years, in rain, snow, sleet or shine, Jim Holper has gotten into his car, picked up bags of food, and brought dinner to as many as a dozen people around Perham who are unable to shop or cook for themselves.


Sometimes, Holper is the only person those people talk to all day. He helps connect them to the outside world by giving reports on the weather and trying to make them laugh.

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Marie Johnson
Marie Johnson (formerly Nitke) came to the Perham Focus after several years as the Education and Arts & Entertainment Editor at the Herald-Review of Grand Rapids, Minn. She lives in rural Ottertail with her husband, Dan, and their spunky yellow lab, Louisa.
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