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Letter: Take care of local schools and business

I have been surprised by the difficulty this community has had in passing a levy to support our schools.

I was even more alarmed that not passing one has already affected the professionals we are able to recruit to our community to take care of us (thanks Chuck for letting us know the difficulty in recruiting quality doctors to the area).

I grew up in a town smaller than this in North Dakota and was taught that you support local businesses, churches and schools, as they are the ones that are there for you.

I can remember my mom saying, "Where would you get milk at 9 p.m. when you've run out if your grocery store was not there?" So, we shopped at the local grocery store for most of our food and supported the local businesses -- that's how you keep them in business.

We also have to keep in mind that the schools are who supply the next generation of electricians, plumbers, doctors, nurses, lawyers, teachers, etc., that someone in your family is sure to need.

We are impressed with what a progressive community Perham is and how the local businesses reinvest in it. When we got married, I lived in Perham and we decided this would be a good place to raise a family due to what seemed to be a strong community with support for its businesses and schools.

Since I now only work part-time, most of our income comes from my husband's job in St. Paul. When we have needed something from furniture to plumbing services, carpet, appliances, groceries, and other supplies, we have purchased most of those things right here in Perham.

With the recent failed levy attempts that seem to indicate a lack of support for our schools, we are starting to question whether or not this is the right place to educate our five children that range from 12 years to 9 months. Please reassure us we are not wrong about the Perham community and consider a Yes vote on the school referendum this November.

Celeste Kostohryz