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Looking Back -July 5 Edition

This photo, taken at 9 a.m. last Friday by area resident Brian Osterday, shows flooding on a stretch of County Highway 8 just north of Perham. Submitted photo

5 Years Ago

Perham Area hit hard by storms:

• Massive hail, 60-70 mph winds and heavy rainfall hit the Perham area overnight last Thursday and into Friday morning, creating power outages, flooding, some road closures and damage from hail and fallen trees.

Area residents reported that as many as 6 inches of rain fell at their homes and hail reaching diameters of more than 2 inches fell steadily for up to 15 minutes. In some places, including patches just north of Ottertail and north of Perham, baseball-sized hail was reported. Roofs, vehicles and other property were damaged as a result.

Strong winds knocked over multiple trees and large branches causing some temporary road blocks and damage to property. There were unofficial reports of stray docks and personal watercraft floating on area lakes the morning after the storm, and one person wrote to the Focus Facebook page that a couch was picked up and moved to another spot.

From the June 27, 2013 Perham Enterprise Bulletin

40 Years Ago

Roger Hanson from Vergas is Lt. Governor candidate:

• Roger Hanson of Vergas has gotten into the thick of things for the upcoming state elections with his being chosen as running mate for governor candidate Robert W. Johnson.

Hanson, along with Johnson, is a former state senator. Hanson gained considerable publicity in 1976 with a speech on the senate floor in which he sail rural areas of Minnesota resent continued imposition of new government controls from "Mother St. Paul," a reference to state government.

Hanson, 52, said he would be active in the campaign as a spokesman for rural Minnesota. He served four years in the state house and four in the senate. Among the committees on which he served were those dealing with agriculture, local government, conservation and natural resources.

Johnson, St. Paul, did not seek endorsement at the Independent Republican state convention last weekend. He plans to run in the Sept. Primary against candidate Al Quie.

Hanson operates Hanson's Hardware in Vergas. He said in his area of Otter Tail County "a handshake means more than a piece of paper."

He was elected to the House of Representatives in 1968 and re-elected in 1970. He was elected to the Senate in 1972.

From the Thursday, June 29, 1978 Perham Enterprise Bulletin

50 Years Ago

Cyclist hurt Saturday night:

• Jerry Lattman, 19, of Perham is listed in good condition Wednesday at Perham Memorial hospital following a spectacular motorcycle crash near Babe's Resort Saturday evening.

The mishap occurred about 11:40 p.m. when Lattman and the motorcycle left the tar road, crashed into a parked vehicle, bounced completely over it and struck another parked auto a good distance beyond the first vehicle.

A 1967 graduate of Perham High School, Lattman received a concussion and lacerations about the head.

From the Thursday, June 27, 1968 Perham Enterprise Bulletin

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