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Grandstand gone

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This photo, taken last Wednesday, shows what little was left of the Al Krueger Field Grandstand after members of an Amish community came and removed most of the wood and other materials in recent weeks.

Merle Meece, Perham's Public Works director, said a temporary backstop is to be installed starting this week. The field will be playable through the summer, with temporary bleachers up until the new grandstand is complete.

At a Committee of the Whole meeting last week, Perham's Economic Development Director, Chuck Johnson, said the fundraising committee will be stepping up its efforts to raise the estimated $280,000 needed for a new grandstand.

If all goes well with the fundraising, construction could begin this spring. The former grandstand had been a landmark in the community for more than 70 years.