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Perham Focus accepts challenge

Perham-After being challenged by the staff at the Morris Sun Tribune and the Hancock Record, seven members of the Perham Focus stepped up to the plate to accept the challenge.

Perham-After being challenged by the staff at the Morris Sun Tribune and the Hancock Record, seven members of the Perham Focus stepped up to the plate to accept the challenge.

The challenge was for the seven members to try and consume pickled herring.

The members of the Perham Focus made it a mission to track down the right kind of herring for this challenge. While, several members could not stand the taste of it, one did.

For her efforts, Cecily Johnson was rewarded with the leftover pickled herring.

Pickled herring, a Scandinavian delicacy, is made by currying herring with sault and vinegar before adding several different ingredients, depending on the recipe.

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It’s a traditional dish that is served during this time of the year, while some may enjoy it throughout the year.

After completing the challenge, the Perham Focus challenges the Cloquet Pine Journal, the newspaper in the hometown of Sports Editor Jason Groth. If they decline the challenge, they are asked to make a donation to the Perham Food Shelf.

The tradition of the Holiday Eating Challenge started at the Grand Forks Herald last year. This year, they initiated the challenge of pickled herring.

Along with the Perham Focus, the staffs at the Morris Sun Tribune, Hancock Record, Worthington Daily Globe, Alexandria Echo and the Brainerd Dispatch have partaken in the challenge.

Kim Ukura of the Morris Sun Tribune contributed to this report.

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