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Looking Back - June 28 Edition

10 years ago

• Man throws knife at Perham cop

A routine patrol turned into a tense confrontation as Perham Police Officer Mike Christopherson had first one knife, then another, tossed in his direction.

At 11:45 p.m. on Saturday, June 14, Christopherson noticed a man sitting on the sidewalk on the 100 block of 2nd Street SW. According to police records, Christopherson pulled up to the man, asking him, "How's it going?"

The man did not answer his inquiry. Officer Christopherson then asked the man if he had any identification on him, and the man is reported to have said "nope."

At this time, the man is alleged to have flipped open the blade of a knife, showing it to the officer. Christopherson then exited the vehicle and started walking toward the man, extracting his taser, and telling the suspect to drop the knife. The man opened the blade again and tossed the weapon side arm to the left side of the officer.

The man then turned around and started to reach into his pocket. Christopherson warned him to take his hands out of his pocket. In doing so, Christopherson noticed that the suspect had yet another knife in his possession.

Christopherson instructed the man to drop the knife, at which point the suspect is alleged to have opened the knife and thrown it side arm at the officer's feet. The man bounced by Christopherson's feet and landed just past him.

The 19-year-old Ottertail man was eventually handcuffed and issued a citation for Consuming Alcohol Under Age 21.

• The Turtle Lady:

She's the Perham "Turtle Lady," and she is known worldwide.

There is nothing cold-blooded or reptilian about Lynn Henderson's turtles. These are warm-blooded critters, soft, fuzzy and colorful, and she's created and sold nearly 2,000 over the past 22 years.

A professional seamstress, Henderson sews everything from aircraft the Rush Lake area shop.

"The turtles are my hobby," said Henderson, who sets up her display at each turtle race of the season in Perham.

Her multi-colored turtles have been sold to people from all over the world.

In 2007, for example, she sold 850 of the stuffed animals.

"I was a 4-H leader for 47 years, so I like kids," said Henderson. "This is a way to visit with kids from all across the country."

From the Thursday, June 19, 2008 Perham Enterprise-Bulletin

40 years ago

• Sandy Rosenthal finds $500 medallion on only one clue:

"The only other thing I ever won before was a turkey in a drawing," said Sandy Rosenthal last week as she spoke of her finding the $500 medallion for June Fest.

One clue, seven words, was all it took for Sandy to find the medallion, which was located in a black stove in the blue fairground building. The clue was "Black and Blue Means $500 for You."

The fairgrounds wasn't Sandy's first choice. In fact, it was one of the last places she thought to look. The clue was given at 7 a.m. on the radio, and Sandy picked it up in her car. "I sat in the car for a while and thought about it. I looked by the water tower because that's blue. Then I tried the 500 block because I thought maybe the $500 was tied to that."

The hospital and fire hall were next "because I thought maybe the black and blue meant being injured." After that, it was the map of Perham by the Tourist Information Booth. By the time she checked the park, it was about 10:00, and time for another radio broadcast.

The 10:00 clue was the same as the 7:00 clue, so it didn't give her anything to go on. She decided that the fairgrounds was one of the only public places left in the city to check out.

"I was going to go to the main gate, but I misjudged it by a block," she says. "I went in by the big blue building. I figured that was too obvious but I checked inside. Then I saw that old black stove and it was so old and crummy I figured it wouldn't be in there." But she checked the stove anyway.

As she peeked into the stove she saw what she thought was the top of a tuna fish can. "I wasn't even going to pick it up because I had picked up so many things already that morning.

But curiosity got the best of her again and she picked up the 'tuna fish cover.' The first thing she noticed was the names of the two girls who found the medallion last year. "Gee, this looks like it," she said to herself.

• Two hurt in separate accidents:

Two Perham people were seriously hurt in separate accidents Saturday and Monday, with a number of minor accidents also reported in the area.

Russell Dean Winkels, 14, Perham, was hurt Saturday about 6 p.m. when his 10-speed bicycle and a car driven by Phyllis Jean Baker, Perham, collided. The accident occurred north of Perham along Highway 51 on the south side of Paul Miller Park. Winkels was transferred to St. Luke's Hospital in Fargo. He was reported in "stable" condition by Perham Memorial Hospital personnel.

Greg Lehman, Perham, was injured about noon Monday when the motorcycle he was riding struck the rear corner of a truck driven by Jeff Dewar. The accident occurred at the intersection of 2nd St. and Highway 78, Lehman, who had a helmet on, struck his head on the bumper of the Dewar truck. He received facial lacerations and was unconscious when transported from the scene. He was taken directly to Fergus Falls Hospital.

From the Thursday, June 15, 1978 Perham Enterprise-Bulletin