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Looking Back 50 and 25 years ago in Perham

50 years ago Fred Kjorlein Receives Bronze Star from the Army: On May 12, 1968 Kjorlein was serving as a rifleman with his company during a recon operation south of Song Be, Vietnam. Contact was suddenly made with a North Vietnamese force using a...

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50 years ago

Fred Kjorlein Receives Bronze Star from the Army: On May 12, 1968 Kjorlein was serving as a rifleman with his company during a recon operation south of Song Be, Vietnam. Contact was suddenly made with a North Vietnamese force using automatic weapons and rocket propelled grenade fire. "With complete disregard for his personal safety," Kjorlein put forth suppressing fire which enabled his comrades to move back to the protection of a tree line. As the fighting progressed he began an assault on the Viet Cong positions. Kjorlein suffered a severe leg injury and was evacuated. "Specialist Kjorlein's outstanding display of aggressiveness, devotion to duty and personal bravery is in keeping with the finest tradition of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, the 1st infantry Division ad the United States Army.

$500 smiles For the Teen Center: B. Jay Iversen was all smiles as he received a $500 check from the VFW to Rotary Club, sponsors of the upcoming Teen Center. Ernie Kollar, who made the presentation on behalf of the Vets, seemed pleased also. The $500 check was to kick-off for a fundraising drive for the Teen Center project. The Perham Rotary intends to set up a Teen Center in Perham soon. A location hasn't been officially been selected but the lower floor of the Municipal building is favored by the Rotarians.

Teachers seek $8,000 to $17,000 range: Seventeen area District 23 schools unanimously reaffirmed the state wide goals for teachers' salaries at a recent meeting in Detroit Lakes. The goals stated: In order to live modestly, further educate themselves, provide for the education of their children, realize a decent retirement, and reach a truly professional status, the single income teacher should earn a salary which ranges from a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science minimum of $8,000 to a Masters of Arts or Masters of Sciences maximum of $17,000.

From the Thursday, December 26, 1968 Perham Enterprise Bulletin

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25 years ago

Another food industry of Perham: Perham's reputation as a food producer is getting bolstered by a newcomer and they're bringing a totally new concept to the community... tofu. Long Life Foods owners Jim Skiff and Shichiro Sato are converting the old Grunewald building in the Perham Industrial Park for the tofu plant and plan on beginning production in 1994. After researching Skiff and Sato settled on Minnesota because of the water quality and soybean production. Minnesota was further a factor because of the market. Most of the tofu on the market was manufactured in either Los Angeles or Japan. "What we feel, is that somebody is going to do this somewhere in Minnesota," Skiff explained. "What really gets us excited is the fact that you hear more and more references to tofu these days."

Back to the drawing board: It's back to the drawing board for a portion of the middle school plan. As the Perham-Dent school board met to discuss the floor plan major concerns were raised concerning the cafetorium and courtyard spaces. The board was also worried about the administrative and music areas. The 'cafetorium' (combination cafeteria and auditorium is too small, by as much as 2,000 square feet. Added space would cost an additional $100,000 to an already tight budget. The board felt uncomfortable enough to put the plan on hold for a week until the architectural firm can provide additional options.

Urbach wins state punt, pass & kick: Loren Urbach won the State Punt, Pass and Kick championship for the second year in a row. The kicking events were held before the Vikings/Cowboys game on Sunday, Dec. 12, and the passing portion was at halftime. The contestants were each given a full vikings uniform and the opportunity to have their picture taken with numerous Vikings players. Loren is an 8th grader at Perham Public School.

From the Thursday, December 23, 1993 Perham Enterprise Bulletin

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