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

Perham schools get a bomb threat, students visit New York City, and other top headlines from Perham's past.

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Joan Doll, Jeff Guck, Kristen Guck, Elaine Doll, Kevin Guck, Rose Doll and Peter Doll of the 4-H Rush Lake Ramblers stand together in 1972.
From the Thursday, April 6, 1972, Perham Enterprise-Bulletin

50 years ago

Share the Fun Winners: The Rush Lake Ramblers 4-H Club of the Perham area put on a skit called "It Takes All Kinds," which was chosen as one of the top three acts at the 4-H Share the Fun Festival. Directed by Patrick Doll, the Ramblers consisted of Joan Doll, Jeff Guck, Kristen Guck, Elaine Doll, Kevin Guck, Rose Doll and Peter Doll.

Bomb Hoax Clears School Building Tuesday: A school secretary received a call at about 8:30 a.m. reporting that a bomb would go off at the Perham Public School building at 9 a.m. Students were quickly evacuated. Ten minutes past 9 a.m., there were no explosions, so authorities searched the building for about 45 minutes. Finding nothing, students went back to school as normal.

Steve Weis Wins Masonic State Award: Perham High School student Steve Weis was one of six Minnesota seniors chosen to receive a $250 scholarship from the Minnesota Masons through an essay competition.

From the Thursday, April 6, 1972, Perham Enterprise-Bulletin

25 years ago

New York… through high schooler eyes: A group of 17 Frazee and Perham High School students traveled to New York City on a school trip. They got to see "Phantom of the Opera" on Broadway, watch "Rigoletto" at the New York City Opera House, visited the Metropolitan Museum of Art, went to a taping of "The Today Show," and more. Perham students even got to see Whoopi Goldberg perform live.

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Perham and Frazee High School students smile together in New York City during a school trip in 1997.
From the Thursday, April 3, 1997, Perham Enterprise-Bulletin

Heavyweight champ receives bonus: Minnesota High School Heavyweight Champion Justin Staebler of Perham received a bonus award from the Perham Mat Club. This award was a plaque that featured an engraved portrait of Staebler and the tournament route that led to his championship win.

Good guys vs. bad guys: Otter Tail and Grant County SWAT team members came to Perham to practice their emergency skills, in which Tracy Schmidt, Jim Tallakson, Shawn Carlson and Mitch Johnsrud would play "bad guys," armed with pellet guns. The goal of the "good guys," the SWAT team, was to detain the bad guys while practicing their emergency response skills.

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Mitch Johnsrud and Tracy Schmidt hide as they play "bad guys" in 1997.
From the Thursday, April 3, 1997, Perham Enterprise-Bulletin

From the Thursday, April 3, 1997, Perham Enterprise-Bulletin

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