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

A burglary happened in Perham, money was needed for a cochlear implant and the Comet Theatre collected food for the local pantry.

Five-year-old Bethany Johnson pays with her brother in 1997. (Perham Focus File Photo)

50 years ago

Burglars Net $550 At Local VFW Club: The Otter Tail County Sheriff's Office was investigating a burglary from the previous week, which netted $550 worth in cash and checks from the VFW Club. A rear door of the building was forced open, and the cash drawer had been pried open.

New 4-H Officers and Council Members: The East Otter Tail 4-H Federation met in early January to plan 4-H activities for the new year. They spoke with officers of the 4-H Federation: Kim Pexsa of Parkers Prairie, Doug Arvidson of Vergas, Mark Boyce of Parkers Prairie and Judy Doll of Perham.

Breath Test Regulations Set for Drivers: With a new law that was passed in 1971, officers were authorized to screen drivers suspected of driving while intoxicated. Standards were set for the minimum specifications for screening breath-test devices. Drivers found to have 0.10% alcohol concentration would be arrested.

From the Thursday, Jan. 6, 1972, Perham Enterprise-Bulletin

25 years ago

Bethany hopes for hearing transplant on her birthday: Bethany Johnson's sixth birthday was approaching on Feb. 17, 1997. She had an appointment scheduled to receive a cochlear inner ear transplant on that day as long as her family was able to raise enough money. The operation cost about $40,000 total.


Food Collection: Comet Theatre collected 375 pounds of food to donate to the Perham Food Shelf throughout December 1996.

Best Decorated: The Aerovilla Christmas Decoration Contest of 1996 concluded with Tim and May License as the winners. They were voted the best decorated home out of 18 others in the Aerovilla development by Devil's Lake. They received two 35mm cameras and five rolls of film for their win.

Tim and May License's home won best decorated in 1996. (Perham Focus File Photo)

From the Thursday, Jan. 2, 1997, Perham Enterprise-Bulletin

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