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Men working on the Perham homes include, from left to right: Cole Fredrickson, Ryan Plafcan, Michael Nguyen, William Tjaden, Jesus Leal and David Wagner. Joe Bowen/FOCUS

A ‘win-win’: County inmates learn valuable skills while constructing affordable houses in Perham

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West Central Minnesota Community Action, in a partnership with the Department of Corrections, has been building a group of three energy-efficient houses in southwest Perham with the help of inmates from the Douglas County Jail in Alexandria.


The inmates provide the majority of the construction labor, including finished carpentry, said WCMCA Affordable Housing Coordinator John Eggert, who oversees the program.

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