50 years ago

Bill Lee retires following 35 years as Perham Village Treasurer

Bill Lee is retiring at the end of his term after 35 years as treasurer of the village of Perham. During his tenure he has seen the annual village income grow from $10,000 to a $600,000 plus figure last year.

Village elections set for Tuesday

Perham voters will go to the polls Tuesday to elect a new mayor, a village councilman and vote on a change in the form of municipal government. Vying for the position of mayor are Burton Jay Iversen and Ernest P. Kollar. The contest is considered an open one, largely as a result of the resignation of incumbent mayor, Royale B. Arvig.

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Mrs. Julia Jones, well known elementary principal here, dies

An over-capacity crowd joined together at the United Methodist Church in Perham to pay their final respects to Mrs. Julia Jones, well known local Elementary School Principal, who died at Memorial Hospital. Mrs. Jones taught school for 34 years, the last 24 spent at Perham.

From the Thursday, Oct. 30, 1969, Perham Enterprise-Bulletin

25 years ago

Habitat for Humanity hands over keys to first house

Greg and Michelle Nash are the first homeowners to benefit from the Leaf River Area Habitat for Humanity. The Nashes lived with and paid rent to Michelle’s grandmother in her double bedroom house, after they moved to Perham from Oklahoma two years ago. “At one point we had nine people living in that house,” Michelle reflected. “People think it’s charity,” said Greg. “They don’t realize that you are buying the house. We put hours of work into it and we have a mortgage. This is not a handout.”

Small Engine Repair new location on Thunder Road

Small Engine Repair, owned by Gary and Corinne Schattschneider, is now in a spanking new building on Thunder Road. Formerly located in town, the company will continue to handle the same items, basically the same manufacturers, but the number of models will be expanded over the next few months, Corinne said. Small Engine Repair specializes in service of all types of mowers, snowblowers, tillers, chainsaws, trimmers, outboard motors and snowmobiles.

Hospital OKs update for operating room

Perham Memorial Hospital and Home Board of Trustees approved projects that will provide for the repair of equipment, add computer software and authorize operating room facilities updates. The recommendation was made to the board that a remodeling project be pursued with a target cost of approximately $400,000.

From the Thursday, Nov. 3, 1994, Perham Enterprise Bulletin