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Looking Back - Feb. 1 edition

Top three spellers in the fifth grade for the spelling bee were: Beth Knudsen, Jake Stoll and Bob Marotz.

25 years ago

• Deadline for St. James: Floor plan, tentative costs to be presented to hospital board at their Feb. 25 meeting:

With the deadline for the study of the St. James Building only about three weeks away, it appears the future of the building truly hands in the balance.

"I can see it both ways," said Architect Tony Stoll last Friday. "Being in the business, I'd like to save a wonderful old building. But being a conservative person, I'm not sure if it can be done."

Stoll was commissioned by the hospital late last year to do a study of St. James to check its structural integrity, organize tentative floor plans and put together tentative cost estimates. St. James is comprised of two portions, the original built in 1902 and another portion added to the south in 1925. Stoll's study concentrated on the 1902 portion, since it was felt the whole building would be too expensive to undertake and still make it cash flow.

• Rep. Nelson explains where area lottery comes from and is spent:

Ever since the state lottery went into operation, people have asked me for information on where that money goes. So I'd like to share some facts and figures on the lottery's operations statewide and here in House District 11A.

Let's start with the bottom line: The yield to the state treasury from lottery sales in District 11A (the Detroit Lakes area, northern Otter Tail and western Wadena counties) in 1992 was $719,606.03. Statewide, more than $70 million was raised during the year.

That $70 million would be a lot of money in any context except the state budget. In comparison to the total revenue collected by the state, the lottery contributes about three-quarters of one percent - less than a penny out of every dollar the state takes in.

Of the more than $719,000 raised here, $205,121.35 went to the Environmental and Natural Resources Trust Fund and $514,485 to the General Fund.

From the Thursday, February 4, 1993 Perham Enterprise-Bulletin

50 years ago

• Rites for Mrs. H.D. Smalley Today:

Funeral services will be held (Thursday) at 2 p.m. from the Methodist church for Mrs. Harvey D. Smalley Sr., 87. Rev. Marvin Eppard will conduct the final rites.

Mrs. Smalley passed away Monday evening at Perham Memorial Hospital, where she had been a patient for the past two months.

Mabel Kimbell was born in Chicago, Illinois on January 12, 1881, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Martin Nelson Kimbell, Jr. (Annie Craigmile). She grew up in Logan Square on Chicago's west side, an area which her grandfather homesteaded in 1833.

She attended Lewis Institute, and studied music. Before her marriage to H.D. Smalley Sr. on June 22, 1909, she taught piano and was an accompanist for both amateur and professional singers.

Mr. and Mrs. Smalley made their home in Sioux City, Iowa, before coming to Perham in 1911, after purchasing the Perham Enterprise from the late J.P. Coughlin.

• City water use jumps substantially during the past year:

Us of city water jumped substantially during 1967 as compared with the previous year, according to a report submitted by Frank Szcygiel.

"In 1967, a total of 82,681,900 gallons were pumped, compared to 66,493,900 for 1966.

Part of the increase was due to the big FPA fire which required over a millions," Sczygiel said.

From the Thursday, February 1, 1968 Perham Enterprise-Bulletin

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