Ashley Schmitz started full-time Monday, March 2, as The Backyard Boarding and Playcare manager, according to a release.

Schmitz grew up in the Perham community and, after graduating from University of Wisconsin-Stout with a bachelor of science in Merchandising and Management, she moved back to Perham with her husband, Jonnie, according to the release. When not at work, she enjoys spending time with her pets, volunteering at the animal shelter, teaching dance and enjoying the lake in the summer.

"Dogs are my passion and I am so excited to have this opportunity to work with them every day," Schmitz said in the release.

For more information, visit www.thebackyardperham.com.

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