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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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