Looking Back: Headlines from 50 and 25 years ago in Perham

"Pinocchio" was showing in the Comet Theatre, a safe was professionally cracked and several middle schoolers printed and bound their own storybooks.

1996 Prairie Wind Middle School students Christina Rethemeier, Derrick Stolee, Leah Tobkin, Mark Lindberg, Victoria Shields, Brittany Lubitz, Dana Vareberg and Derick Doherty hold up the books they wrote, illustrated and donated to the school library. (From the Thursday, Dec. 19, 1996, Perham Enterprise-Bulletin)

50 years ago

Thieves Break Safe At Graff Implement: On Dec. 15, someone broke into Graff Implement's safe in a professional safe-cracking. Thieves gained entry through the back door of the shop and used hammers, chisels and pry bars to open the metal safe. Several hundred dollars in change were taken, and a valuable coin collection was also missing. The Otter Tail County Sheriff's Department was investigating the theft.

This photo from 1971 shows the broken safe at Graff Implement, which was professionally cracked. (File photo)

Comet Theatre: The Comet Theatre was showing Walt Disney's "Pinocchio" in technicolor from Dec. 25–27 in nightly 7:30 p.m. shows.

Ceramics Project Offers Classes: The Perham Ceramics Project, located below Coast to Coast, announced that it would be offering ceramics and pottery classes to young people in early January. The classes would be free with a limited number of spots available, which were already filling fast.


From the Thursday, Dec. 23, 1971, Perham Enterprise-Bulletin

25 years ago

They're authors already: Perham-area sixth graders Christina Rethemeier, Derrick Stolee, Leah Tobkin, Mark Lindberg, Victoria Shields, Brittany Lubitz, Dana Vareberg and Derick Doherty wrote original stories with illustrations in their prior fifth-grade school year. In December 1996, Prairie Wind Middle School made copies of these stories and got them bound. The students then donated the books to the school's library.

Area kids can talk to Santa at North Pole tonight: The Perham Jaycees made special arrangements for Perham-area kids to speak directly with Santa over the phone on Dec. 19 between 6–7 p.m. They could chat or request presents.

Still several Christmas events set for Perham: With Christmas around the corner, Perham had several events going on throughout December, including sleigh rides (and the ability to win a free ride) and a free movie at the Comet Theatre with Santa present after the shows.

From the Thursday, Dec. 19, 1996, Perham Enterprise-Bulletin

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