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Looking Back - Dec. 21 edition

Caroline Hayden is this year's winner in the Christmas Greetings Drawing Contest, sponsored by the Perham Enterprise Bulletin. (Chuck Johnson photo).

25 years ago

• Leachate tank at landfill develops a leak:

Authorities have discovered a leak in the leachate collection tank at the Otter Tail County Northeast Landfill near Perham.

Leachate, explained OTC Solid Waste Director Mike Hanan, is the water that drains through the incinerator ash at the landfill.

Eventually this water is collected in an underground tank, the same tank which has now sprung a leak.

Fortunately, Hanan explained, the leachate is not an environmental threat and meets all the pollution standards for drinking water.

Even so, the tank is being pumped on a regular basis to prevent the leachate from leaking any further.

• St. James to be studied: Engineering study to be completed by February:

The Perham Hospital Board has taken a major step toward an objective look at the proposal to renovate the old St. James Hospital, hiring a company to study the facility.

Baker, Hogan and Associates will perform a number of functions for a maximum fee of $4,450, explained Architect Tony Stoll, who was at last week's hospital board meeting. For that fee, the hospital should have enough physical information about the building to help determine the financial feasibility of renovating it.

But there's another financial aspect that will come into play for the proposed project, the eventual tenants of the now-vacant building. If enough paying tenants are found, the project could become reality. The fewer tenants found, the less likely the project will be able to move forward.

• Burglars hit Blue Horizon for eighth time in a year: Doors, windows smashed, but inside not damaged:

If you've driven by the Blue Horizon Ballroom in the past several days, you've undoubtedly noticed the fact that is windows are all boarded up.

No, that doesn't mean the entertainment spot is closed, stated owner Diane Wanner. What it means is that vandals/burglars have been at it again, the eighth time in the past year they've either broken into the Blue Horizon or attempted to.

Last weekend's version was only an attempt, because the would-be burglars were thwarted by the new deadbolts on the locks. But they managed to get an arm through one of the windows to grab an electric roaster so they could unsuccessfully batter it on the door like a battering ram. By the time they were done, they had wrecked four doors and broken three windows, resulting in this week's boarded-up look.

From the Thursday, December 24, 1992 Perham Enterprise-Bulletin

50 years ago

• Rain and sleet Saturday night and Sunday turned this part of Minnesota into a beautiful, but costly winter scene:

Sunday evening, rain slicked the streets and sidewalks, making movement of any kind treacherous. Village sidewalks and streets were glare ice for hours, though as the rain turned to snow early Sunday, a rougher crust eased the situation somewhat.

A number of cars slid into the ditches but there were no reported injuries and damage to vehicles was slight.

Telephone and light companies worked around the clock to maintain and restore service.

East Otter Tail Telephone Company was particularly hard hit as was the Bell system. Sleet covered lines were welded together as the temperatures dropped and a wind whipped lines together. EOT lost a number of poles, but it appeared the original estimate of $100,000 in damage might not be reached.

Perham was without long distance service for the better part of two days.

• Mayor suggests postponement of TH 10 Re-routing:

At a Highway 10 meeting in Wadena last week, Royale B. Arvig, Perham's Mayor, told highway department officials to postpone the proposed expressway bypassing Perham until the effect of Highway 94 could be felt.

"By your own figures," said the Mayor, "the traffic count through Perham will drop from 4200 per day to 1100 when Interstate 94 is opened."

Arvig pointed out that since the highway does not bypass most of the towns, it would save very little time by bypassing Perham.

Such a bypass would seriously cripple many Perham businesses.

Arvig suggested the highway department present funds on other projects until the impact of Interstate 94 could be assessed.

No action was taken by the highway department.

From the Thursday, December 21, 1967 Perham Enterprise-Bulletin