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Looking Back at the news in Perham 25 and 50 years ago

50 years ago Smalley Smiles (by Editor Harv Smalley): A great debate now going on locally and throughout the country is about the former first lady of the land who is now the wife of a Greek shipping magnate quite a few years her senior... Mrs. K...

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50 years ago

Smalley Smiles (by Editor Harv Smalley): A great debate now going on locally and throughout the country is about the former first lady of the land who is now the wife of a Greek shipping magnate quite a few years her senior... Mrs. Kennedy's personal tragedy was heart-rending, yet no more distressing than the loss of a devoted mate by any other wife - and perhaps less so, in many instances. The loss of her mate did not pose the ominous financial problems it does for most other wives under similar circumstances. In addition to an equally deep feeling of personal loss, their economic security has been shaken, seriously crippled or almost totally destroyed. So, let's put it all in perspective. Having served her country to the best of her ability, and having been severely battered in the process, Mrs. Kennedy ought to be left alone to decide what she shall do with the balance of her lifetime.

Juniors Set Date For Class Play: The junior class will be presenting "The Jury Room," a three act play, on the evenings of Nov. 7th and 8th for the public. The play, under the direction of Mrs. Naomi Peterson, is a drama concerning the jury of a murder trial who are having difficulty in reaching a unanimous vote for conviction.

Perham Bank Debits Up 31% Over Year Ago: Bank debits in Perham during September showed an increase of 31 percent from the same period a year ago, according to statistics released by the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. In dollars, Perham bank debits volume during September was $3,802,000. Bank debits for the most part are checks against depositors' accounts and thus represent payments for goods, services, debts, etc.

From the Thursday, October 24, 1968, Perham Enterprise Bulletin

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20 years ago

Three new dams; DNR replacing dams on Big Pine, Rush and Otter Tail to help keep water up in dry periods: Work has begun to replace the three outflow dams for the lakes on the Otter Tail River, Big Pine, Rush and Ottertail. The new dams are intended to keep the lakes at a higher level during dry times, perhaps 3 to 5 inches more than they would be during dry times with the current dams. At the same time, they will allow the same outflow as the existing dams during wet conditions like the area experienced in August and September.

Time to plan middle school; plans, concepts need to be ready in only two months: Lots of people rolled up their sleeves in the past several months, working to get support for the vote on the middle school project. It passed strongly, 60-40 percent. Now, just when people got their sleeves rolled down, it's time to roll them up again, because the school is embarking on a planning process that will establish just about all the aspects of the building. The process is being condensed into two months, with a deadline of December 15.

One finalist for Perham radio station: The four-party competition to obtain the right to put up a radio station in Perham has been reduced down to a one-party competition. Jerry Papenfuss, owner of KBRF Radio in Fergus Falls and Winona, is the lone remaining applicant in the drawn-out process for a Federal Communications Commission license. But he still hasn't received the license, and isn't sure at this time when it will be granted. It was about a year and a half ago that it was announced that the FCC was making an FM frequency available for the city of Perham; 99.5 FM, at a power of 3,000 watts.

From the Thursday, October 21, 1993, Perham Enterprise Bulletin

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