50 years ago: Perham student to compete in state FFA cow clipping contest

50 Years Ago

-Mitchell James Wegscheid will have to wait until 1968 to celebrate his first birthday. He was Perham Memorial Hospital’s only Leap Year baby born February 29. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. LeRoy Wegscheid.

-DuWayne Sonnenberg of Vergas, a junior at Perham High School, will compete in the state FFA cow clipping contest.

-Larry Herrmann of Dent was the winner of a 1955 Ford at a price of only $2.50 in a drawing at Bauck Chevrolet.

Thursday, March 5, 1964, Perham Enterprise Bulletin

25 Years Ago

-Drawing by J. Peeters. Groundhog, seeing his shadow on the snow says, “Looks like six more weeks of winter!” A deer, standing nearby says, “Hey! Wait a minute! Groudhog Day is Feb. 2nd, not March 2nd!!”. Does this seem at all familiar?

-Merle Sherman of “Merle Sherman & Associates” Auctioneering Service returned with two first place trophies awarded at the State Auctioneer’s Contest.

-Top candidates for City Manager position are Larry Bethel, Curtis Jacobson, Gerald McCullough, Diana Murack and Terry Stallman.

Thursday, March 2, 1989, Perham Enterprise Bulletin

Compiled by Harriet Mattfeld

Pine Lakes Lodge changes owners

50 Years Ago

-Walt Hughes and Darrell Nelson were passengers on Northern Pacific Train No. 14 which struck an auto-bus at Grand Forks, killing five persons.

-Mr. and Mrs. Lee Conrad and their five children vacationed at Pine Lakes Lodge for seven years. He liked it so much that he bought the lodge from the Lee Rogerts.

-Photo: Carol A. Engebritson became the bride of Garld W. Senske on January 3 in Pelican Rapids. He is known to us in the area as “Gary” Senske.

Thursday, Feb. 27, 1964, Perham Enterprise Bulletin

Ad from a 1964 Perham Enterprise Bulletin

25 Years Ago

-Photo: Cleone Stewart took a first place advertising award at the Minnesota Newspaper Association Convention for the Fire Department ad she organized for Fire Prevention Week.

-Photo: In recognition of exemplary humanitarian service John Knight received the Melvin Jones Fellowship award. John is still a member of the Perham Lions and the last of the charter members.

-Three Perham wrestlers will begin their quest for a medal at State. They are Art Meyer, Jon Toedter and Mike Hanson.

Thursday, Feb. 23, 1989, Perham Enterprise Bulletin

Compiled by Harriet Mattfeld


25 Years Ago: Fire engulfs Swanson house

50 Years Ago

-On page 9 you will find a full page ad for Pine Lakes Hatchery. I came here in 1954 and one of the first buildings (along with a slight few others) I remember was the building owned by “Tuffy Nelson” and his hatchery.

-Photo: Three Perham high school wrestlers advanced to the regional tournament at Alexandria. They are Dennis Happel, Gary Flatau and Dale Anhorn.

-Miss Ann Marie Siebels was chosen Girls Stater by the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 61.

Thursday, Feb. 20, 1964 Perham Enterprise Bulletin

25 Years Ago

-Thick wind-blown smoke bellowed from the Sharon and Leo Swanson house last Thursday as fire consumed the house and all its contents.

-29-year-old Michael Allen Hauge from rural Dent, was killed Sunday when his snowmobile was struck by a pickup truck as he was crossing the highway.

-St. Paul’s Lutheran church has their pipe organ restored to full auditory glory after 86 years.

This advertisement from 1964 Perham Enterprise Bulletin.

Thursday, Feb. 16, 1989 Perham Enterprise Bulletin

50 years ago: Raging inferno levels manufacturing building

50 Years Ago

-Photo: A raging inferno leveled the manufacturing building of Feed Producers Association here Saturday afternoon in this village’s biggest and most spectacular fire in years.

-Two Perham brothers, who lived in California and Minneapolis died 14 hours apart. John Zeller of Los Angeles, 53, died at 6:30 p.m. California time and Don Zeller, Minneapolis, died at 10 a.m. Tuesday morning.

Thursday, Feb. 6, 1964, Perham Enterprise Bulletin

25 Years Ago

-Tom Meinhover was the recipient of the 5th Annual Perham Leadership Award. (I was there that night. As Chuck Johnson got up to announce who the winner was, it had been kept secret, Tom got a phone call and walked out of the room for a few seconds but got back just in time to realize that he was the winner of the award. What a reaction from Tom!)

-52-year-old resort owner Dennis McCurdy was killed when an explosion and fire struck a cottage at Heart Beach Resort.

Thursday, Feb. 2, 1988, Perham Enterprise Bulletin

Compiled by Harriet Mattfeld

50 years ago: Perham man killed in truck accident on Christmas Eve

50 Years Ago

-Ray Rebuck was killed on Christmas Eve when the truck he was riding in skidded and overturned on slippery Highway 10. The truck turned on its side and he was pinned between the truck and the highway.

-Donald Theodorson, electronics technician seaman, USN, son of Mr. and Mrs. R.O. Theodorson of Perham, is serving aboard the attack aircraft carrier USS Bon Homme Richard.

Thursday, Jan. 2, 1964, Perham Enterprise Bulletin

-Erp Paavola came within a hair’s breath of rolling a perfect game at Lloyd’s Lanes. He had to settle for a score of 289 after his 11th and final ball left the four pin standing.

-Gene Dertinger, who has been in the hospital since November 11th, returned home on Christmas Eve. Gene fell from a ladder at the school and broke his leg. He will be at home for some time as he still cannot walk on the leg.

-Winners of the Herald Christmas Coloring Contest were Arlene Jacobson, 1st place; Keith Boyne, 2nd place; and Corrine Klepatz third place.

Thursday, Jan. 2, 1964, New York Mills Herald

25 Years Ago

-Photo: Post Christmas snow hit the area Monday morning and by Tuesday it had dumped about 9 inches of snow. Frank Schwientek was out doing shovel duty at his home.

-Photo: 4 shops are being constructed in the Mini-Mall in the former Bauck Chevrolet Garage. Owner Bill Bauck is hoping the mall will be available by late winter.

-Senior Airman Christine Strauch-Diaz, daughter of Claude and Mary Strauch of Richville, has re-enlisted in the U.S. Air Force after being selected for career status.

Thursday, Dec. 29, 1988, Perham Enterprise Bulletin

-The ten thousandth Lund boat rolled off the line at 2:22 pm on December 22, 1988. It was a blue 1750 Tyee.

-Photo: This car was snowbound on Tuesday, Dec. 27 as nearly 10 inches of snow fell in the area. It was welcomed as very little snow and very little rain in the area has caused a drought.

-Jodi Lyn Loomer, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ron Jacobson, graduated Cum Laude from St. Cloud State with a Bachelor of Science Degree.

Thursday, Dec. 29, 1988, New York Mills Herald

Compiled by Harriet Mattfeld

50 years ago: Deputy beaten by gang of seven men

50 Years Ago

-Monday was a busy day in Perham municipal court as the result of the beating of Deputy Sheriff Roger Hanson in Vergas. Seven men ganged him, lacerating his forehead, closing one eye and bruising his body and ribs. All the young men were from Detroit Lakes.

-Vernon Krueger, son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Krueger, was in charge of integrating the electrical sub-systems for America’s newest scientific satellite.

-A tool shed and its contents were destroyed by fire Tuesday at the Jim Bucholz farm.

Thursday, Dec. 12, 1963, Perham Enterprise Bulletin

-Photo: Cynthia Mattfeld, a junior and cheerleader for the Eagles does a great job leading the Mills fans last Friday but her little sister, 3-year-old Karilee, stole the show and gave the fans their biggest treat as a guest cheerleader.

-People sending Christmas cards at the 5 cents first class rate are paying the same amount as Americans did in 1847.

-Two New York Mills persons, Mrs. Abner Hoyhtya and Mrs. Winell Hepola, were in the Greyhound bus that rolled onto its side Sunday. Neither was injured.

Thursday, Dec. 12, 1963, New York Mills Herald

25 Years Ago

-A near disaster was averted Sunday when fire fighters managed to confine a fire at the Bible Baptist Church to the basement area and portion of the adjoining parsonage.

-Photo: The Miller Bike and Fitness Shop, owned by Cal and Pat Miller, are in a new location between Radio Shack and Jay’s Café.

-Photo: Ray Polenski won the fish house given away by the Perham Lions. On hand for the award were Lions Bill Parks, Bob Luaghlin, Joh n Altstadt and Jerry Neseth.

Thursday, Dec. 8, 1988, Perham Enterprise Bulletin

-Photo: RSVP Director Phyllis Romann and Headstart Director Marie Johnson stand in front of a table of mittens, hats and scarves that have been made by volunteers. They will go to those in need.

-Paulette Lafferty demonstrated how to make chocolate covered cherries during the candy making class at the high school.

-Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Thomas Tougas, son of Richard and Kathleen Tougas, was recently promoted to his present rank. He joined the Navy in February 1988.

Thursday, Dec. 8, 1988, New York Mills Herald

Compiled by Harriet Mattfeld

50 years ago: Edward Rippa elected Mayor of NYM

50 Years Ago

-Lyle Huwe was elected mayor of Richville, receiving 34 of the 37 votes cast. Lois Sundberg was elected council woman and Ernest Hofmann treasurer.

-Smalley Smiles: Fallon, the 11-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Norbert Mikula, won 9th place in a MTCN coloring contest for youngsters. That is no small honor as there were over 12,000 entries.

-Hughes Skgmo advertisement: Gift Buys! Give her sheer nylons, 64¢ or some seamless dress sheers for 99¢ How about a velrose nylon tricot slip with lace trim for $2.98.

Thursday, Dec. 5, 1963, Perham Enterprise Bulletin

-Edward Rippa was elected the new Mayor of New York Mills. He replaces John Mark who is retiring after holding this office for the greater part of the past 30 years.

-John Aho says it was “the thrill of a lifetime of fishing” as he poses next to his trophy, a 28 pound muske that he caught on Crow Lake in Canada.

-Looks like a war between the car dealers: Full page ad by Jim Laron Ford, about a 3/4 page ad by Hi-way Auto, a half page ad by Thompson Motor and almost a 3/4 ad by Vaugh Chevrolet.

Thursday, Dec. 5, 1963, New York Mills Herald

25 Years Ago

-Photo: Home Health Care has helped sisters Lillian Rusch and Hazel Smith remain independent in their apartment. Hazel affectionately calls their provider, Mary Christenson, “a good girl.”

-Santa breakfast plus free sleigh rides to be held Saturday. Merchants will be open until 8 pm Fridays and until 9 pm December 12-23. There will be free Saturday matinees and the House Decorating contest will be judged December 15.

-Photo: FFA members that attended the National FFA convention were Stacey Fresonke, Karen Stoderl, Jeni Januszewski, Tracey Jorgenson, Lance Honer, Joe Riepe, Jolene Kempenich, Mark Jorgenson and Adviser Arnie Rethemeier.

Thursday, Dec. 1, 1988, Perham Enterprise Bulletin

-Winners of the 8th grade health class “Tobacco Free” posters are Dale Frost, Rick Ehnert, Mike Almer, Jodie Holtti, Brian Pettow and poaster winner Candie Lubitz.

-Paula Ganz paints a holiday decoration on the window of Lindy’s Hardware, a tradition in New York Mills. She was helped by students James Wait and Becky Pesola.

-Steven Bentley, son of Rueben and Shirley Bentley, was the recipient of a Scholarship for Outstanding Students at the annual banquet held at the U of M Crookston. They are awarded to students in the top 20 percent of their class.

Thursday, Dec. 1, 1988, New York Mills Herald

Compiled by Harriet Mattfeld

25 years ago: North Pole explorer visits Mills

50 Years Ago

-August (Ben) Klinnert, former resident of Dent, was killed three miles west of that village when his car blew a tire and crashed Saturday.

-Roger Sonnenberg, Dora Boosters, was announced as State Winner in leadership at the 4-H Awards Night.

-Gary Ebeling led the Yellowjackets scorers in the conference this season with six touchdowns for 36 points. Second was Jim Burzette with five touchdowns and an extra point for 31 points.

Thursday, Nov. 7, 1963, Perham Enterprise Bulletin

-Three candidates have filed for Mayor of the Village. They are Walter El Barden, John Mark and Edward I. Riippa. Mark is the incumbent.

-Walter Jokela reports that he has recently purchased the Mills Motors building from Walter Windels. Wally’s Repair and Blacksmith Shop will re-locate there.

-Mr. and Mrs. Hugo Guck of Bluffton announce the engagement of their daughter, Margaret Anna, to peter T. Van Erp, son of Mr. and Mrs. Theodore Van Erp of Bluffton.

Thursday, Nov. 7, 1963, New York Mills Herald

25 Years Ago

-Perham Memorial Hospital ends 1987-88 fiscal year with $717,000 profit. What had been projected for the fiscal year was a loss of $20,809.

-Photo: 2-year-old Frank Adamczyk got a mask over his mask as Lorrie Schmidt got him ready to pin the tail on the cat. He was one of numerous youngsters taking part in the Halloween party held at the Memorial Home.

-Incumbent Mayor Terry Karkela has filed for re-election. Three people are seeking the two Council seats, challenger Jerome Boedigheimer and incumbents Jim Johnson and Donna Polensky.

Thursday, Nov. 3, 1988, Perham Enterprise Bulletin

-Polar explorer, Paul Schurke, spoke at the Mills school Friday. He showed slides of the seven men, one woman and 49 dogs and their nearly two months journey to the North Pole.

-Terry Geiser, the spouse of Donna Geiser of New York Mills, was recently named to St. Cloud Technical Institute’s Director’s Honor Roll. He is enrolled in the Civil Engineering program.

-Patrick Matti met his foster grandparent at the Elder’s Home on Oct. 31. The second graders and their foster grandparents toured a special Halloween spook house.

Thursday, Nov. 3, 1988, New York Mills Herald

Compiled by Harriet Mattfeld

50 years ago: Stray bullet enters Perham home, hits stuffed chair

50 Years Ago

-A two-car crash on Highway 78, about one-half mile south of Perham, Sunday evening took the life of Mrs. Harold Mikkelson of Perham. She was 63 years old.

-Only incumbents have filed for the village election. They are: Mayor Royale Arvig for two- year term; Al Woessner, trustee, three-year term; W.E. Lee, Treasurer, two years; and Henry Lubitz, constable, two years.

-A ricocheting seven millimeter steel bullet shot from the firing range, about 1 1/2 miles south of Perham, entered the Matt Schmitz home, hitting a window, hit a stuffed chair and landed on a lampstand near the chair.

Thursday, Oct. 24, 1963, Perham Enterprise Bulletin

-Halloween Night will provide a lot of fun for the younger folks in the area when the annual parties are held. There will be movies, games, treats and a teen-hop.

-The Eagles trounced Menahga 20 to 6 Friday afternoon. This places them as runners-up in the Park Region Conference.

-The large squash which was pictured in last week’s Herald was grown from seed that came from Ashland, Oregon. The seed was sent to Mrs. Steve Kytonen by Wayne Inget Jr., grandson of Mrs. Ida Matson of rural Perham.

Thursday, Oct. 31, 1963, New York Mills Herald

25 Years Ago

-Perham City Manager Sandy DiBrito, 53, died of cancer Saturday, October 22. Sandy’s career began in teaching. He was PHS choir director for 13 1/2 years before deciding to become the City Manager.

-The fact that the Carlton Celebrity House of entertainment had to close their doors became dreams fulfilled for Joe and Delores Wasche. They are completely re-creating the Carlton at their Comet Theatre.

-Photo: Samantha Hirsch found a pumpkin just her size at Bahr’s Melon Market. She is the daughter of Jim and Glenda Hirsch of Vergas.

Thursday, Oct. 27, 1988, Perham Enterprise Bulletin

-The local police fingerprinted all of the New York Mills Kindergarten students. The activity was once again sponsored by the New Horizon Club.

-Airman Craig Paju, son of Russell and Judith Paju, has graduated from the U.S. Air Force weather equipment course at Chanute Air Force Base, Illinois.

-An open house honoring Clifford and Irene Ellingson on their 50th wedding anniversary will be held November 5th. On October 30th Clifford and Alice Gedde will be celebrating their 60th anniversary with an open house.

Thursday, Oct. 27, 1988, New York Mills Herald

Compiled by Harriet Mattfeld

25 years ago: ‘Yellow ribbon fever’ spreads through Perham

50 Years Ago

-Pretty Rita Richter reigned as Queen of the Homecoming activities. Her attendants were Judy Peach, Donna Wischnak and Joann Martin. They were all pretty, too.

-Cookie Hanson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Hanson of Perham, is one of eight girls chosen as Homecoming Queen candidate at Bemidji State college.

-Gunder Hanson, advisor, and seven members of the FFA attended a leadership rally at Breckenridge. Attending were Kenny Huebsch, Dave Adams, Jim Wallace, Gary Senske, Phil Schepper and Gary Hartvig.

Thursday, Oct. 3, 1963   Perham Enterprise Bulletin

-Photo: These are the young ladies of the high school who lead the student body in cheering the football team on to victory. They are Bonnie Martini, Kayleen Mattfeld, Cindy Mattfeld, Rosemary Klapprodt and Sharon Pernu.

-The contracting firm of Great Western Constructors of Fargo arrived last Friday morning to make preparations for the building of the high school addition.

-Summer is still hanging on in this section of Minnesota, and everybody is enjoying the short-sleeve weather which has been prevailing. The mercury climbed as high as 82 on Tuesday.

Thursday, Oct. 3, 1963    New York Mills Herald

25 Years Ago

-Doctors in School District 549 have no reason to fear the latest epidemic. Yellow ribbon fever is rapidly spreading through the area, but it is not a fatal disease but a quiet showing of support for the classroom construction project.

-Athletes of the Week were junior Jon Toedter, who gained 122 yards in 22 carries and had one touchdown to win against Walker, and Lynn Singer, who helped the volleyball team win against Barnesville and Brainerd.

-Economic Developer Terry Stallman is now on duty in Perham, working on projects to help development in the area.

Thursday, Sept. 29, 1988    Perham Enterprise Bulletin

-Greta Jaakola, a senior at New York Mills, has placed high in the annual National Merit Scholarship Program and has been designated a Commended Student.

-Photo: Randy Curtis of New York Mills and Kevin Fossee are shown with the 9-point bucks that each shot with a bow and arrow. Kevin is here on leave from the armed forced.

-The New York Mills School District is in good shape. After presenting the year-end audit report, CPA David Stende said, “all in all it was a pretty good year.”

Thursday, Sept. 29, 1988    New York Mills Herald

Compiled by Harriet Mattfeld