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Missouri, Nebraska visitors top turtle race 'opener'

The annual running of the turtles started June 3, with sunny skies and mild temperatures.

lA total of 106 racers turned out, from, including visitors from California, Colorado, Indiana, Iowa, Mexico, Minnesota, Missouri and Nebraska.

In fact, it was a pair from beyond Minnesota's borders who took two out of the three top places.

1st Place: Kailey Pike from Kansas City, MO

2nd Place: Zach Hanlan from St. Joe, MN

3rd Place: John Bowley from Papillion, NE

Winners were presented with turtle race t-shirts, and the grand champion received a pendent provided by T.A. Gould Jewlers.

Also enjoying part of the day out of the classroom were students from St. Paul's Lutheran Church school, who raced turtles and then returned to school aboard the "Perham Express" locomotive.

The Perham Area Chamber of Coammerce hosts "Turtle Races" every Wednesday through August 26. Race time is 10:20 a.m. Registration starts at 9 a.m.