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St. Paul's Lutheran School shares gratitude of gift

In a previous article published in the Perham Focus titled, "Perham area schools receive generous mysterious gift" the comments of one local school were inadvertently not included. Along with Perham Public School and St. Henry's School, St. Paul's Lutheran School was also a recipient of the Deloris Barnack Kenner's funds. St. Paul's principal Jolene Wagner said, "Our school and church family here at St. Paul's Lutheran School feel so blessed to be one of the three Perham schools that Mrs. Kenner designated to receive a portion of her generous gift... She has truly left a living legacy not only to the teachers and students of today but also for generations to come."

Kenner left a gift of $1 million that is being administered by West Central Initiative in Fergus Falls.

Michael Johnson

Johnson is a graduate of Verndale Public School. He earned his associate's degree from Central Lakes College with an emphasis in English and natural resources. He earned his bachelor's degree from Minnesota State University Moorhead, where he graduated cum laude in 2008. While there, he double-majored in English and Print Journalism. He's reported for The Advocate, student newspaper of MSUM; The Barnesville Record Review in Barnesville, Minn.; Clay County Historical Society in Moorhead, Minn.; Gillette News Record in Gillette Wyo.; Underwood News in Underwood, N.D.; and The Leader-News in Washburn, N.D. and the Brainerd Dispatch in Brainerd, Minn. Johnson has worked as a reporter for the Pioneer Journal and Perham Focus since Nov. 2017.

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