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Looking Back - Jan. 4 edition

Three-year-old Paige D'Agostino has had three heart surgeries by the age of three, and is fitted with a pacemaker.The effort was worth it, because she's a totally active, normal young girl. Paige and her sister Kady and brother Daniel along with her parents Dawn and John visited last week near Perham. Dawn's mother grew up in Butler.

25 years ago

• Saved by the smoke alarm: Three escape, but house burns to the ground in bitterly cold temperatures and winds Thursday:

The sound of a smoke alarm is always a jolting thing.

But to Scott Zick, Janet Hogarth and Patty Overson, it was music to their ears last Thursday morning because the sound probably saved their lives. It was just 8 a.m. when the alarm went off in the home that Zick and Hogarth are renting from his parents. Overson, from Detroit Lakes, was an overnight visitor.

"The smoke alarm went off, and when we woke up, the house was full of smoke," Scott explains, talking about the fire that destroyed their home. "I got up, and was trying to put it out, but it was between the wall."

• Three before three: 3-year-old Paige D'Agostino is a lively young girl, despite three heart surgeries and a pacemaker:

John and Dawn D'Agostino were excited as the birth of their second child approached in 1990. Things had gone well, and the birth was pretty typical for a second birth. Paige was a hefty 9 ½ pounder and would eventually make a good playmate for her older brother, Daniel.

But within minutes of birth, the parents knew that something was wrong. Paige wasn't a healthy pink. She was a cold-looking blue. The two watched as doctors examined their newborn daughter, then huddled in the adjacent room.

Paige had double trouble, the parents found out. Normally, the two main blood vessels in a person's heart cross each other, one bringing blood from the body to the heart and the other routing it to the lungs to pick up oxygen. Paige's two arteries were parallel instead of crossing each other. On top of that she had a heart murmur.

From the Thursday, January 7, 1993 Perham Enterprise-Bulletin

50 years ago

• Proposed solution to farm marketing problem:

In the first sections of this editorial I attempted to show farmers they can expect little from government with respect to price supports and other income props. I also tried to show you farmers that you have no power group on your side, and that if you want better prices you must unite to form a marketing power yourselves. After saying this I left you hanging without even a hint of how this might be accomplished. Now after reading parts of this editorial, some of you have asked my ideas on how this marketing organization might be brought about. I am presenting my ideas here.

• The organizing of the FMO would be done by the present ASCS office in each county of the nation. After ASCS had helped to organize FMO then it would be separated from FMO and remain as it is, an arm of USDA while FMO would be farmer controlled.

• It pays to keep bacteria count down in milk:

Tougher restrictions on raw milk for both market milk and manufactured dairy products make it essential for dairy farmers to keep their bacteria count down, says Vern Packard, extension dairy industries specialist at the University of Minnesota.

The grade A raw milk bacteria requirements have gone from a maximum of 200,000 to 100,000.

The USDA has also tightened quality standards on some products purchased by the government, such as milk powder.

Low bacteria count assures the best price to the producer and helps maintain high quality dairy products with long shelf life, Packard says.

The following steps are recommended to help reduce your bacteria count.

Keep the milking area clean and dry. Bacteria can't multiply without moisture.

Sweep the milking area, but never just before milking, since dust carries bacteria.

Clip cows around the flanks and udders.

Sanitize milking machines just before milking, and be sure the sanitizer is of proper strength.

Most sanitizers require two minutes of contact to assure complete bacteria destruction.

From the Thursday, January 4, 1968 Perham Enterprise-Bulletin