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Looking Back - Feb. 1 edition

Barb Giesen is the new Lutheran Brotherhood agent for the area, replacing Jan Buck and Ron Hintz. Barb has offices in Perham and New York Mills. Her Perham office is located between the Enterprise Bulletin and Granny's Candy Shop. (Chuck Johnson photo 1992).

25 years ago

• MinnesotaRight: Local officials have mixed emotions about the plan

Health care has again taken the forefront in debate around Minnesota, especially now that MinnesotaCare, the state's health care program is in full swing.

Hospitals began paying the 2-percent revenue tax on January 1, this year, and as of February 1, this year 32,000 Minnesotans had qualified for coverage.

Even more people had applied for MinnesotaCare but for one reason or another had been turned down. Either they qualified for Medical Assistance, had too recently been insured by an employer or not meet income guidelines.

• Arsenic confirmed in ground water; Testing continues:

A round of water samples taken last summer showed there is still arsenic-contaminated water near the site of the former arsenic burial site on the south side of Perham.

Now further testing is underway to determine exactly how widespread the contaminated water is, setting the stage for a groundwater cleanup that will probably take place in 1995.

The arsenic site was discovered in the early 1970's when a well was unwittingly bored right through it. Workers at Hammers Construction drank the water, and at least three persons received severe arsenic poisoning, Bob Hammers, John Alstadt and Tom Hammers.

The city of Perham immediately installed municipal water to the site, eliminating the need for the well.

From the Thursday, February 25, 1993 Perham Enterprise-Bulletin

50 years ago

• The "Staters": Jick Knuttilla Named to Boys State; Sharon Schultz Selected to Girls State

Jick Knuttila, son of Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Knuttila of Perham, was recently selected by a special vote of the high school faculty to participate in the 20th annual American Legion boys State program. He will be sponsored by Burelbach Post No. 61, Perham.

Boys state is a functional practice of democratic activity applying knowledge already acquired with respect to political organization and knowledge.

Sharoon Lavonne Schultz was recently selected by the American Legion Auxillary as Perham's delegate to Girl's State this year. Sharon is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wilmar Schultz of rural Frazee.

Girl's State, an American Legion Auxiliary project is a practical application of Americanism and good citizenship. Its purpose is to provide citizenship training for a selected group of high school girls through a week of intensive "Living" of government.

• Otter Tail Empire Association has Banner Year:

At last Thursday's meeting in Perham, the Board of Directors of the Otter Tail Empire Resort Association were brought up to date on association progress. President Cal Stoller reported that 50,000 four color brochures were now on their way 11 sport shows. The 11 sport shows will be represented by Viking-Land USA. In addition to having the brochures distributed at the above shows, OTE will attend the Springfield, Illinois Sport show during the past part of March.

From the Thursday, February 22, 1968 Perham Enterprise-Bulletin