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Looking Back - June 21 edition

The Fellowship Hall at St. Paul's Lutheran Church was packed full of well-wishers on Sunday afternoon. They were there to thank and congratulate longtime school principal and teacher, Bonnie Stohs, pictured. Stohs is retiring after 15 years at St. Paul's School. Marie Nitke/FOCUS

5 years ago

• St. Paul's Principal retiring:

When Bonnie Stohs was asked to be principal of St. Paul's Lutheran School in Perham, she was told the stint would be brief, about a month or two, at most.

That was in 1998. Fifteen years later, after a much longer than expected career at the school, she laughs and shakes her head at how things turned out so differently - and she's clearly happy they did.

In front of a large crowd of family, friends, coworkers and other well-wishers at her retirement party on Sunday, Stohs said, "It has been a fantastic, fantastic 15 years. I have really enjoyed it."

The party was held in the Fellowship Hall at St. Paul's Lutheran Church and the room was packed from corner to corner with people there to praise Stohs for her work and wish her well as she moves forward into the next phase of her life.

• Arts Center has reasons to celebrate:

It's official - the former St. Stanislaus Church is now the Perham Center for the Arts.

In addition, Perham Center for the Arts is now officially a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.

Both of these major milestones for the new arts center have been reached within the last month, with the transfer of title of the building complete as of June 4, and the nonprofit status achieved in May.

The St. Stanislaus Corporation, which has held the title for the church, will now be dissolved, and the Perham Center for the Arts will move forward with fundraising and renovations to the building.

"The transfer of the title in complete, the building is ours," Fran Johnson happily announced in a interview last week. Johnson, along with five other board members for the arts center, have put in a lot of hard work to get to this point.

• PHS pranksters assigned community service; vandals have yet to be charged:

The 15-20 students involved in an end-of-the school year prank at Perham High School have been assigned 16 hours of community service, according to Superintendent Mitch Anderson.

A lengthy investigation by police and school officials determined that the group of recent graduates was responsible for some minimal damage caused during a senior prank on May 29 - smearing Vaseline on door handles, squirting ketchup around, and rolling toilet paper down hallways, for instance.

Reportedly unbeknownst to the first group, two or three other people, who Anderson said "we could not ID as Perham students," caused more serious damage, throwing a brick through two windows on Door 4 and spray painting graffiti on some exterior walls. That damage will cost an estimated $800-$1,000 to repair, Perham Police Chief Jason Hoaby has said.

If the damage totals more than $1,000, the vandals could be charged with a felony.

From the Thursday, June 13, 2013 Perham Focus

50 years ago

• Recovers lost diamond through E-B Want Ad:

Last week Harry Johnson of Big Pine Lake ran an ad for a diamond ring he had lost.

This week he came in to run a thank you note to Mrs. Ed Ziegler who had found his ring Wednesday and, after seeing the ad on Thursday, return it to him.

Mrs. Ziegler found the ring on Luce Bridge on the Otter Tail River, one block from his home where Mr. Johnson had been fishing for bullheads.

• Roger Hanson, Vergas, to file for Legislature:

Roger Hanson of Vegas has announced that he intends to file for the office of State Representative from Otter Tail County at this fall's election. H.J.Henning's decision not to seek re-election was a deciding factor.

Roger Hanson is 42 years of age, a lifelong resident of Otter Tail County, and is in partnership with his brother, Rodney, in the Vergas Hardware Co. He and his wife, Donna, have 5 children and have both been active in community and church activities.

Mr. Hanson is a director of School Dist. No. 23; has been involved in law enforcement for many years; has been active in local and regional Fire Departments for 20 years; is president-elect of the Otter Tail Empire Assn.; and has served his community and county in many other capacities.

From the Thursday, June 13, 1968 Perham Enterprise-Bulletin

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