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

The dart league turns 19 years old, the hospital is renovated, and other news from Perham's past.

Mike Witte throws a dart at a Perham Dart League meeting in 1997.
(From the Thursday, Feb. 13, 1997, Perham Enterprise-Bulletin)

50 years ago

Sheriff's Annual Report Shows Big Jump in Crime: Activity and crime reported at the Otter Tail County Sheriff's Office increased from 1971, with a total of 2,388 complaints. This was nearly double as many complaints as in 1969.

Voters Hand Bond Issue Defeat: Perham School District voters came out in record numbers to vote on whether or not the School District should sell bonds for school remodeling. The majority of the 1,811 voters elected to reject the bond issue.

Perham High School seniors Charlene Schultz and Ivy Woods vote for the first time at the school elections in 1972.
(From the Thursday, Feb. 17, 1972, Perham Enterprise-Bulletin)

Perham Students Recipients of Scholarships: Perham High School students Doris Perszyk and Stephen Weis won the annual scholarship awards made by the Perham Masonic Lodge. They each received $25 as first-stage winners. Their personal files and essays were entered for state judging in the next step.

From the Thursday, Feb. 17, 1972, Perham Enterprise-Bulletin

25 years ago

Out with the old… And in with the new: The Perham Memorial Hospital was in the process of remodeling and adding to its building. On Feb. 4, a new operating room opened to replace the old, which had been demolished in the renovation. The old one seemed to underwhelm patients, whereas the new one seemed to wow them.


The new operating room at Perham Memorial Hospital opened in February 1997.
(From the Thursday, Feb. 13, 1997, Perham Enterprise-Bulletin)

Did you know that Perham's Dart League is 19 years old: As electronic dart boards grew more prevalent, so did the popularity of the game. The Perham Dart League, however, had been part of the community for 19 years. With two-person teams, they competed in a season-long round robin. Created by George Thomas, the league met every Thursday.

Yellowjacket wrestlers defeat tigers: The Yellowjacket wrestling team celebrated a 53-12 varsity win against the Morris Tigers on Feb. 6

From the Thursday, Feb. 13, 1997, Perham Enterprise-Bulletin

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