Looking Back - September 20 Edition

30 years ago o 'Yellow Ribbon Fever' is growing as vote on classroom project nears: Doctors in School District 549 have no reason to fear the latest epidemic. Yellow ribbon fever is rapidly spreading throughout the area but it is no a fatal disease.

Get Acquainted Night was held at the Perham and Dent schools last Thursday, and drew a good crowd of students and parents. They had a chance to meet teachers and discuss various educational matters. (Rex Kingsbury photo)

30 years ago

• 'Yellow Ribbon Fever' is growing as vote on classroom project nears:

Doctors in School District 549 have no reason to fear the latest epidemic. Yellow ribbon fever is rapidly spreading throughout the area but it is no a fatal disease.

"It's contagious, there's no doubt about that. I just hope the whole area catches it," explained one voter. "It's our way of quietly showing our support for an issue we believe in very strongly."

The classroom proposal, the reason for all the yellow ribbons, is scheduled to be voted on October 18. Communities Educating Together calls the proposal, "An excellent combination of ideas tempered by conservative minds."


"This proposal is literally the work of hundreds of community volunteers," said Ken Huebsch, Joint Design Committee Chair and member of the school board. "We met in groups all last year researching, revising and developing the best possible plan to present to the district residents. This plan is truly 'Of the people, by the people, for the people.'"


• Superintendent Walt Simonson accepts new job in Spring Valley:

Perham-Dent Superintendent Walt Simonson has accepted the superintendency in the Spring Valley school system and is expected to leave the local school district soon.

Simonson has been in Perham since 1976, a little over 12 years, since coming from Sandstone. His 12 years here is fairly long, considering the normal 7 or 8 years generally served by superintendents in school districts the size of Perham-Dent.

In an interview this week, the superintendent explained that he has felt the need to move to another school district for some time now. He became aware of the opening in Spring Valley through a former college advisor, who now specializes in recruiting superintendents for school districts.

Spring Valley is a farming community located about 25 miles south of Rochester.



From the Thursday, Sept. 29, 1988 Perham Enterprise-Bulletin

50 years ago

• Muskies come to Perham Area:

A number of sportsmen were on hand last Saturday morning to welcome the arrival of the muskies noted Lud Fellerer, president of the Perham Sportsman's Club.

"They were really beautiful fish. Twelve to 16 inches in length. As we watched them swim away from shore one could only feel he was watching a bunch of pioneers going forth to set up housekeeping in a new world," Lud humored.

About 200 muskies were divided between Little Pine and Big Pine Lakes Saturday. They were raised at Battle Lake, transferred to the Perham lakes in a conservation department truck and carried from the truck to the lakeshore by Bob Babbitt in a washtub.

The young muskies will grow to 30 inches before they can be taken legally, but it won't be long as they are tremendous eaters.

Money for purchasing the muskies was raised by the community.



• Stay September Days Celebration this week:

Perham is here to stay as a complete shopping center and to prove it the merchants of Perham are extending a special invitation for residents of the area to participate in Stay September Days this Friday and Saturday.

We all like September so together maybe we can make it stay too. Let's all join in celebrating Perham's first Stay September Days.

Joint sponsors of the event are the Perham Chamber of Commerce, the Perham Rotary Club and the Perham Jaycees.

Friday evening will kick off the promotion with a "Hard time-Oldtime" Dance at Babe's Resort with Wayne and Eddie's band performing. No ties are allowed.

Saturday's schedule is as follows:

9:30 a.m. - Free merry-go-round rides, kids races and a greased pig contest.

11:30 a.m. - Ten cent food lunch dinner featuring turkey on a stick, coffee and milk at the Perham Park.

1:30 p.m. - Adult entertainment stand opens at the VFW Club.

2 p.m. - Silver in stack dig with children under 12 hunting for silver in a haystack.

2:30 p.m. - Horseshoe pitching contest.

3 p.m. - Hear your favorite politician speak on current problems and answer questions in front of the post office.

8:30 p.m. - Climaxing event - Teen dance at Babe's Resort featuring the Lost Thymes band.


From the Thursday, Sept. 26, 1968 Perham Enterprise-Bulletin

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