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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.

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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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