30 years ago (1980):
Lightning struck an antenna at the home of Lee and Karen Arnswald at about 10 p.m. Sunday, starting a fire that gutted the second floor and resulted in smoke and water damage to the rest of the house. The two-story three-bedroom home, located southwest of New York Mills, on County Road 14, was a total loss.
Chuck Johnson reported, "the city of Ottertail was a playpen for the Gods early Friday morning. They wrecked some buildings...tore up some trees...but miraculously left the people mostly unhurt." Tornadoes and high winds were reported to have run through town and damaged trailer homes near Buchanan Lake.
60 years ago (1950):
The gates on the railroad tracks had been in place for a few weeks. Everybody in the New York Mills community believes they are invaluable as a safety feature. However, many persons are seen driving around the gates.
The Perham Village Council decided to hold a special election permitting the voters to decide whether or not the village should buy out the Perham Telephone Exchange. The action was taken at the request of the Perham Chamber of Commerce. Several members of the council expressed the opinion that if the election did favor the village buying the exchange it should be resold to a competent and experienced telephone man or company.
90 years ago (1920):
Emma Brauch, a 13-year-old Wadena girl is recovering at the hospital from a bullet wound received at the Nichols' home on Lake Marion when a 15-year-old boy named Johnson fired a target rifle at her. The bullet entered her body near the shoulder and followed a rib around to a point opposite on her back where it came out. It pierced the shoulder blade but the injury was much less serious than had the missile entered her lung. Brauch was immediately rushed to the Perham hospital Tuesday morning after the shooting.
The Perham Fats and St. Joe's Sluggers battled until dark in an effort to solve the question of supremacy. They gave up when it became too dark to see the ball, leaving the score a tie--8 to 8. The game was replete with sensational plays and spectacular umpiring.