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Looking Back 50 and 25 years ago in Perham

Perham High School as seen by airplane in 1969. (Archive)

50 years ago

Dist. 549 one of Perham's big businesses by Harv Smalley

It is quite a different institution from the comparatively small PHS that I graduated from in 1928. It has facilities which we never dreamed of, geared to the scientific era in which we live. We can view District 549 with pride. Out of it have come some very outstanding men and women in the field of science, education, business and the military. A rather high percentage of money expended by the school district stays in the area, at least long enough to make a couple of rounds.

Flatau barn destroyed by fire Thursday

An early morning fire destroyed a large barn on the Harry Flatau farm about 7 miles west of Perham. The fire, discovered by Mr. Flatau at about 6 a.m. had already engulfed the structure in flame when first seen. Perham firemen managed to save a grainery which had caught fire, a farm tractor and large supply of tractor fuel. About 200 head of beef cattle were housed in the barn, which had been remodeled to provide loose housing. Apparently all of the cattle escaped.

Drive on to move log cabin to Phelps Mill

The drive is on for a log cabin to be moved to Phelps Mill. Committeemen, Floyd Hoff and Harold Wentzel of Underwood have canvassed part of the county and the goal is $3,000 for moving and purchasing the log cabin. A memorial for Geneva Tweeten will be given. From the Thursday, July 3, 1969, Perham Enterprise-Bulletin

25 years ago

Dennis Dahl scrambles to get kitchen back on line after fire at The Otter

Dennis Dahl is scrambling to get the Otter Supper Club fully functional after a fire that destroyed the club's kitchen and left the rest of the facility with smoke damage. The fire picked the worst possible time to occur, on Saturday of 4th of July weekend. "At least I got Friday night out of it," he said.

Perham could have its second radio station soon

Listeners might have a second station they can call a Perham radio station in the not too distant future. The timing all depends on when the Federal Communications Commission grants a license to the Result Radio Group, which has been pursuing license for a Perham station for years. But the FCC moves slowly in such matters.

Bloodmobile has successful report

The Perham area had another very successful blood drive surpassing their goal by nearly 30 units. The Red Cross collected 168 units of blood, with 13 first time donors.

From the Thursday, July 7, 1994, Perham Enterprise Bulletin

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