50 years ago

The end of an Era!

The final westbound passenger train pulled out of the Perham depot one last time 100 years after the railroads helped form Perham as a town. This last train made its stop on Friday, April 30, 1971.

Candidates to appear at open forum

The election for the Perham Board of Education was approaching. To prepare for this, candidates planned to hold an open forum on Tuesday, May 11, at 8 p.m. in the Perham High School auditorium. The six candidates were Dexter Femling, Frank Hammers, Frederick Huebsch, Tom Meinhover, Edris Meier and incumbent Melvin Schultz.

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Barnesville youth dies in two-car crash

While two students were leaving a high school golf tournament at the Lake Side Country Club, their car collided with another. The other car was headed south on County Highway 51. The students were driving along the intersection of the highway and the road going past the country club. The two cars collided, killing an 18-year-old passenger from Barnesville and injuring several others.

From the Thursday, May 6, 1971, Perham Enterprise-Bulletin

25 years ago

The Tuffy's Plant was sold to the Windy Hills Pet Food Company in 1996. (Chuck Johnson)
The Tuffy's Plant was sold to the Windy Hills Pet Food Company in 1996. (Chuck Johnson)


New Owner for Tuffy's

Tuffy's Pet Foods was owned by Heinz Pet Products since 1971, however, in 1996 the plant was sold to someone else. Starting that year, Tuffy's was owned by the Windy Hills Pet Food Company.

Perham is Tree City for fifth year

Perham was named a Tree City USA by the National Arbor Day Foundation for the fifth year in a row. Perham achieved this by demonstrating progress in its community forestry program through literature distribution, local awards programs, a park and open space. In order to be named a Tree City, a community needed to meet four standards: have a tree board or department, a city tree ordinance, a community forestry program and observe Arbor Day.

A fundraising doubleheader!

Over the weekend of April 20 and 21 of 1996, two fundraisers in Perham raised $24,000 to help two local families pay for medical costs. The first family, the Meyers, were dealing with a brain aneurysm and inoperable cancer. A raffled organized by Dwight Meyer's partners at All Trade Equipment on Saturday raised $11,600. On Sunday, the Abrahams held a pancake breakfast to help pay for Rozanne Abraham's medical needs following a near-fatal car accident. They raised $12,000, and over 1,690 people were served.

From the Thursday, April 25, 1996, Perham Enterprise-Bulletin