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Looking Back - Feb. 1 edition

The Perham Yellowjacket Speech and Drama department is having an especially successful year, in the number of participants and success in meets. (Chuck Johnson file photo 1992).

25 years ago

• And the winner is...Landmark Liquor:

After being known as "The Municipal Off-Sale" ever since time began (actually..."The Muni"), the city's off-sale now has a new name: "Landmark Liquors".

That's the name chosen from the nearly 100 entries received in the "Name the Muni" contest sponsored by the City Council. The name was submitted by two different people, Dorothy Glander and Deborah Weller, who will share the prize of $50 in Perham bucks from the council.

The search for a new name for the Muni was prompted by the upcoming move into the Old City Hall in a few weeks, after that renovation project is complete. Store manager Jim Vetter suggested a few weeks ago that a new name be chosen for the offsale, prompting the council to hold their "Name the Muni" contest.

• Hearing on partitioning Perham Township next Tues:

Is Perham Township going to be partitioned, ceasing to exist?

That question will be the focus of a public hearing next Tuesday, March 16, when proponents and opponents of partitioning gather beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the Perham Area Community Center.

The hearing was called by the Otter Tail County Commissioners, after receiving a petition requesting partitioning earlier this year.

• One-month reprieve for St. James: Hospital delays request for city permission to demolish; Does recent State Supreme Court ruling enter into play?

The vacant St. James Hospital has received a one-month reprieve from demolition proceedings.

The Perham Hospital Board decided Feb. 25, to demolish St. James to clear the way for an addition at that location to house physical therapy, occupational therapy and their retail pharmacy.

But that demo can't proceed without permission from the city, due to the city's involvement in helping sell bonds for bond issues for the nursing home and hospital, on which the hospital continues to make payments.

From the Thursday, March 11, 1993 Perham Enterprise-Bulletin

50 years ago

• Donald Weickert to Receive Bronze Star:

Mr. and Mrs. Laurel Weickert received a telephone call Sunday night from their son, Donald, who is in Hawaii on R&R leave from Vietnam. He expects to be home about the 1st of April. He also informed his parents he is to receive the Bronze Star for bravery for rescuing 3 wounded men.

• Parsonage to be dedicated Mar. 10:

The dedication of a new parsonage will take place at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Evergreen Twp., on Sunday, March 10. During the afternoon there will be an open house from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. with coffee being served by the ladies of the congregation.

The Rev. and Mrs. Fred Sauder and their four children, Cynthia, Mark, Jennifer and Todd, moved into their new home on Feb. 22.

• Smalley Smiles:

My old fishing buddy and coffee partner of years ago left us this week - Leo Drahmann.

He was a fine gentleman and a good friend. That didn't keep him from beating me 22 times in a row when we matched for coffee! He offered to give me odds but I just kept on flipping and most of the time losing.

I did a little better keeping up with him on the lake. Don't think I caught more fish very often, but I usually wasn't far behind.

Back in the early 1900's Leo was a motorcycle enthusiast. His contemporaries were Bernie Kemper, Dick Beitz, Frank, Ed and Joe Weis and my father, H.D. St..

As a civic leader, Leo was one of the founders of the Perham Advancement Club (later the Perham Chamber of Commerce) a charter member of the Fair Board and director of the Perham Chamber of Commerce.

From the Thursday, March 7, 1968 Perham Enterprise-Bulletin