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Junior gardeners beautify Perham

L-R: Joshua Tabery, Brady Larson, Jimmy Minten, Grace Minten, Benny Minten, Anthony Weatherhead, and Ben Hendrickx spruced up the greenery along 3rd Avenue SE in Perham. Robert Williams/FOCUS

PERHAM -- Drivers on their way to Tuffy Stadium have a nicer view thanks to youth gardeners from the Junior Master Gardener program.

Twelve students are enrolled in the East Otter Tail County Junior Master Gardener program.

This program is part of the Children's 4-H Garden Project that meets thoughout the summer at the fairgrounds.

The children work with gardening curriculum developed by Texas A&M University.

The children do community service projects as part of this curriculum.

These projects include planting and maintaining the flagpole flowerbed at the fairgrounds, the perennial garden located by the wildlife building at the fairgrounds, and helping the Perham Beautification Committee maintain the flowerbeds along Highway 78.

Over the course of three years, the children study plant and soil science, ecology, environmental horticulture and life skills and career exploration.

The Jr. Master Gardener program is run by East Otter Tail County Master Gardeners Carol Rethemeier, Carrie Schenck-Kelsey, and Annamarie Koehler Tabery, with the assistance of the University of Minnesota Extension Service.

Robert Williams

Sports Editor at the Detroit Lakes Tribune. Williams worked prior as the Sports Editor in Perham for the Focus, a Forum Communications newspaper, from 2010-14. 

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