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'Turtle Tales 2' now available in Perham

Lizzie Dale and Heidi Studer pose for a portrait at the Perham Turtle Races. Studer teamed up Dale to illustrate "Turtle Tales 2." (Carter Jones/ FOCUS)
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When Heidi Studer finished writing "Turtle Tales" last year, she already knew what her next book was going to be about.

“Turtle Tales 2” tells the story of Jane Aschnewitz as she brings her traveling turtles to a field trip in Minneapolis

Studer discovered the Aschnewitz's story while combing through old newspaper archives to write “Turtle Tales.”

Aschnewitz was a turtle-racing pioneer in Perham, and helped organize the Turtle Derby fundraiser at the University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital.

“I hope to have more people do what they can in the community, in honor and memory of Jane,” Studer said during a recent turtle race day.


The book features real photos of the Turtle Derby, along with illustrations done by Lizzie Dale, a student at Perham High School.

Dale did a few illustrations in the first “Turtle Tales,” and Studer called on her to do all the illustrations in the follow-up. It took her about two months to complete them all, while balancing school work.

Dale said it’s been really fun to see her pictures used and shown in public.

Studer says the book is family-friendly, and includes a wide vocabulary to keep kids thinking.

“It’s like a scrapbook to take home and share memories for years to come,” Studer said.

“Turtle Tales” and “Turtle Tales 2” are available in Perham at The Willow Bookstore, Photo Magic and the Chamber of Commerce.

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