25 Years Ago
• Full-time surgery at MHH: Dr. Rand Stolee and Dr. Gary Broadrick will share services—Perham Memorial Hospital now has full-time surgical services available, with Dr. Randel 'Rand' Stolee now on staff.
Dr. Stolee is sharing surgical services with Dr. Gary Broadrick, who has serviced patients
in Perham for nearly five years, starting in August of 1987. Dr. Broadrick has had to split his time between the Perham, Detroit Lakes and Mahnomen hospitals, so he could only offer two scheduled surgical days per week in Perham, plus being on call for emergencies. Dr. Stolee will have four regular surgical days per week at MHH, Mondays through Thursdays; with Dr. Broadrick scheduled on Fridays.
• Big Pine has good fishery: DNR test netting reveals one of the better walleye populations in the country—Big Pine Lake has one of the better fisheries in Otter Tail County, based on test nettings that took place there last week.
The DNR crew produced an average of 14 walleyes per gill net set, according to DNR Fisheries Manager Don Reedstrom, a figure that indicates a strong fishery.
"Otter tail County probably has one of the highest test netting figures in the state of Minnesota," says Reedstrom, "and our average is about six per net. When you have a figure like 14, that's more than double our county average. It will be right up there with Otter Tail Lake."
Not only were the numbers good, but the size of the fish caught covered a wide spectrum, explains Reedstrom. They ranged from 7" all the way up to 30", with a majority of them in the 14-15" category that are considered to be 'keepers.'
• J & J Cafe and Deli offers full-time eatery in Ottertail—People in the Ottertail area have had a new place to eat out this summer, with J & J's Cafe and Deli open for business seven days a week.
Owners Jasper and Jackie (J & J) Souder are not newcomers to the area, operating J &
J Restaurant and Lounge in Henning for the past four years. In fact both of them have a long history of involvement in the food business. Jasper has been involved in food service since he was about 20, while Jackie grew up in a cafe and has been involved with food service ever since.
From the Thursday, July 16, 1992 Perham Enterprise-Bulletin
50 Years Ago
• E.O.T. Co. Fair Attendance Again Breaks All Records: About 14,000 Pass Through the Gates—The attendance at the East Otter Tail County Fair apparently broke all records again this year, according to Don Weickert, secretary of the Fair Board.
Weickert pointed out that while final figures are not in as yet, individual admissions at the gate totaled just over 7,000.
"We can usually figure on being able to double that figure to arrive at the total number through the gate," said Weickert.
The figure of approximately 14,000 is an increase of 2,000 over last year's figure.
• Bikes from Chicago To Winnepeg and Expo at Montreal—A young bicyclist from Chicago stopped in the EB office Monday on the way back from Chicago to Winnepeg and then to Montreal. He is Richard A'Hern, a student at Lyons Junior College in La Grange, Ill.
A'Hern, who biked to the World's Fair in New York in 1964 and New Orleans in 1965,
plans on being in Winnepeg for the Pan Am games, and then Expo 67 in Montreal about the first week in August. He was undecided Monday about whether he would bike back to Chicago from Montreal.
A'Hern left Chicago the morning of July 12 and has been averaging about 120 miles per
• There's an easier way to keep cool—The Perham Enterprise-Bullentin's July 1967 edition featured an advertisement for an electric air conditioning unit stating, "An electric air conditioning unit or central air conditioning system will make your summer nights cool, refreshing and restful...and your summer days happy, pleasant and comfortable."
If 1967's summer was as hot as 2017's has been, people were surly flocking to the Otter
Tail Power company, searching for that sweet, cool relief.
From the Thursday, July 20, 1967 Perham Enterprise-Bulletin