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EOT History Museum opens new exhibit about the '70s

The 1970s garnered some national recognition for Minnesota, with the election of Walter Mondale to Vice-President of the United States and the release of Bob Dylan's 17th studio album, "Desire," which reached No. 1 on the Billboard Pop Albums Chart for five weeks.  

Closer to home, Perham became a city instead of a village. Tuffy's Dog Food was sold to Star Kist Foods and ground was broken for a potato chip factory.

The last train pulled out of the Perham Depot and the new Highway 10 opened to bypass Perham.  Dennis Happel was named as city attorney.  Arsenic was discovered in Hammers' well, a legacy of the grasshopper plagues of the 1930s.

Long time mayor, Paul Miller, died, and the city leaders voted to rename the park, which he had worked to develop, the Paul Miller Park.

That same year, the city council approved a proposal by Ken Nelson to develop Krauss Park. The face of Main Street, which had stayed pretty much the same for several decades, began looking significantly different as historic buildings were torn down and others remodeled.

A new exhibit at the History Museum of East Otter Tail County features the 1970s, with special attention to the music of that decade. Stop in to see the exhibit and listen to the music of Gregg Allman, Rod Stewart, Carole King, Stevie Wonder and others.   

The museum is located at 230 First Avenue North in Perham, in a historic stone structure that was built in 1887 as an Episcopal Church. For more information, call 218-346-7676 or visit