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Published December 21, 2012, 06:05 PM

A Perham Veterans museum is fighting to save history

Perham, MN (WDAY TV) -- Soon, a piece of history could go extinct. Perham's ITOW Veterans Museum is struggling to pay bills, behind by hundreds of thousands of dollars.

By: Andrea Hubbell, WDAY, WDAY

Perham, MN (WDAY TV) -- Soon, a piece of history could go extinct. Perham's ITOW Veterans Museum is struggling to pay bills, behind by hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Julie Listrom: "This is the beginning of our maze"

Each morning the sun rises.

Listrom: "Vietnam, Korea, world war II"

This history buff wakes up...

Listrom: "Every 90 seconds we lose a World War II vet."

to a job she loves.

Listrom: "I have a really military family my father served in world war II, uncles in Korea, Vietnam, and my husband is an Iraq vet."

Julie Listrom lives for places like the ITOW Veteran Museum.

Listrom: "She's one of our WW II, she was in the waves"

Same goes for this Park Rapids volunteer.

Virginia Cameron/Museum goer: "When I heard it was a veterans museum and he was in during the Vietnam era and today's his birthday so I decided to bring him here."

This is a first for the Camerons who share a military backrground too.

Jim Cameron: "The marine core, I just joined after high school"

Now there's all sorts of passion for history like this, but without the funds it soon could all be gone.

Listrom: "it's heartbreaking, it really is. We do not want to see these go away."

But like this American flag, their income is limp, if the museum cant come up with 371 thousand dollars in little over a year, it could be gone for good.

V. Cameron: "Veteran history is real important to us."

J. Cameron: "There are a lot of veterans in this country and there should be something around to honor the vets."

So the fight continues to save the stories.

Listrom: "There is no one else like us, nowhere."

To remember those who fought for us. The museum is searching for other options, like refinancing. But if it can't find the 371 thousand dollars by April of 2014, it's likely the museum could close.

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