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Fifty years ago a couple Maine boys were convicted on charges after stealing a car and lighting it on fire, leaving it to burn just off Highway 10. The two had connections to a string of similar incidences across Montana and North Dakota. File Photo

25 Years Ago

• Terry Knauf chosen as Activities Director: Terry Knauf is the new Activities Director for the Perham High School, after being hired to the position at last Wednesday's School Board meeting.

Knauf was one of the three finalists for the job, all of whom were interviewed by the

board that night. After discussing the matter, they settled on Knauf for the position. He will be wearing two hats at PHS, working half time as a phy ed teacher and half time as Activities Director.

The AD position is a new one this year. The school decided several months ago to

split the former dean of the students/athletic director position into two positions. Bob Wilkowski, who has held the position for a number of years, was named to full-time dean of students.

• Fireworks on the 4th of July: This is 4th of July weekend, and you'll be able to take part in an American tradition, with fireworks to take place on Saturday the 4th, following the Pirates vs Wolf Lake baseball game.

The game begins at 7:30 p.m., as the two teams meet in their traditional 4th of July contest. And in keeping with tradition, it'll be followed by the fireworks display, which generally begins just as darkness sets in.

• Demo work begins on Old City Hall interior: Renovation expected to be completed next winter: Work has begun on the first phase of the Old City Hall project, with interior demolition work now well under way.

A crew of people hired is gutting the interior of the old building, under the supervision of Construction Managers Hammers Construction. Originally, it was intended that the demo work be bid out. But only one bid for demo was received, coming in much higher than projected. So Hammers proposed that a temporary work crew be hired, to work under Hammers' supervision. That's what's taking place, with Ardeen Langness overseeing the crew of about five, which began work last week.

From the Thursday, July 2 and 9, 1992 Perham Enterprise-Bulletin

50 Years Ago

• FPA Releases Plans For New Plant, Sets Construction Date: Feed Producers Association of Perham this week released plans for the new FPA plant to be built on the site of the old plant which was destroyed by fire this spring.

Work is set to begin on the foundation the week of July 10 with a completion date of

Jan. 1.

The new plant will be between 110 and 120 feet in height at the peak and 72 feet wide

at the driveways, with a height over the driveways of 80 feet. It will be constructed of concrete and steel with poured concrete over the driveways and warehouse. The lower portion including driveways, warehouse, and other equipment and office section on the east end will be built on 12" concrete block, while the bin sections slanting from approximately 30' up will be steel covered with siding similar to that of Young's Jobbing Building or the Laundromat in Perham.

• Stolen Car Burns, Boys from Maine Are Questioned: The Perham Fire Department was called out Tuesday morning to put out a burning car on west Highway 10 near Schuster lake and wound up apprehending two Maine youths who may have been involved in car thefts and burnings all the way across the states of Montana and North Dakota.

According to the Otter Tail County Sheriff, Carlton Mortenson, the youths identified themselves as Ronald Allen Baston, 18, of Augusta, Maine, and William H Mayo, 19, of Weeks Mills, Maine.

When the firemen arrived on the scene of the blaze they spotted the pair running away from the car and firemen Bob Perry, Marvin Knuttila, Ed Perszyk and Beanie Palubicki took off in hot pursuit. Before they were apprehended the youths attempted to steal two additional cars. One, which was parked near Devil's lake, had a child sleeping in the vehicle. A second, parked in a farm yard, had the dew wiped off the window by the youths. In both cases, the owners had removed their keys, and the youths were thwarted. The firemen then circled the two and met no resistance.

Baston and Mayo went before Perham Municipal Judge John Kukowske on Wednesday morning and were convicted on charges of hitch-hiking. They are being held in the county jail pending further investigation by the FBI and county authorities.

• Lynn Theater showings: "How to Succeed in Business Without Rally Trying" played July 6, 7, and 8.

From the Thursday, July 13, 1992 Perham Enterprise-Bulletin

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