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

Les Gunderson wins the Perham Leadership Award, Carl Rina wins a new snowmobile, and a young Lucas Schmitz wins a Christmas Drawing Contest, in these top headlines from Perham's past.

Lucas Schmitz showed off his drawing that won the 1996 Christmas Drawing Contest. (File photo)

50 years ago

Prize Winner: Carl Rina won the grand prize of a new snowmobile in the local Christmas promotion. Perham Retail Association Co-Chairman Bill Hughes showed Rina the controls. There were 24 other winners of the promotion, each awarded $50.

Perham Retail Association Co-Chairman Bill Hughes showed Carl Rina the controls of his new snowmobile. (File photo)

Don's Super Market New Year Deals: With the new year right around the corner, Don's Super Market advertised some discount prices that would be effective as of 1972's first day. Ready-to-eat boneless hams were 99 cents per pound, ground beef was 69 cents per pound and summer sausage was 79 cents per pound.

Some News is Good News: The newspaper's last issue of 1971 featured a collage of some positive headlines throughout the year, such as a record crowd at the East Otter Tail County Fair, the Miss Perham Pageant, Russ Westover's hole-in-one at the golf course and a North Dakota State University professor's speech on drugs.


From the Thursday, Dec. 30, 1971, Perham Enterprise-Bulletin

25 years ago

Schmitz wins Christmas Drawing Contest: The newspaper held its annual Christmas Drawing Contest, naming Lucas Schmitz, who was in sixth grade at the time, as the 1996 winner. His drawing featured a manger scene from the Bible. He earned $15 for his prize drawing

102 and Counting: Minnie (Waldow) Johnson turned 102 years old on Dec. 3, 1996. In the early 1900s, she grew up on a farm in South Dakota, where she loved playing games and collecting rocks. She helped with farm work and household chores, speaking both German and English at home. She often had a long, cold walk to school as a kid. When she grew older, her family moved to Fergus Falls, and, as a senior, she lived in the Perham Memorial Home. There, she was known for the flowers she made out of pill cups.

Minnie (Waldow) Johnson is presented cake on her 102nd birthday in 1996. (File photo)

Recognizing Perham's best: Perham awarded Les Gunderson the Perham Leadership Award. Catherine Drahmann, Ed Ebeling and Jim Daly became Hall of Fame recipients.

From the Thursday, Dec. 26, 1996, Perham Enterprise-Bulletin

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