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Frank George speared a 25 lb., 8 oz. Northern on Straight Lake Jan. 17, 1962.

DAYS GONE BY 1962: ONLY ONE ELIGIBLE FISH CAUGHT IN FIRST DERBY

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Excerpts taken from the Park Rapids Enterprise. These entries are taken verbatim to preserve the flavor of the stories. That includes spelling errors and often, missing names.

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100 years ago (1912)

Jan. 11, 1912

A RECORD BREAKER

The mercury has not been above zero this year. The coldest temperature was -44.

From Dr. P.A. Walling, who has charge of the local weather bureau, the Enterprise has secured the official figures recorded by the government thermometer during the present cold snap, and they are presented herewith. Not for several years has there been a condition such as has prevailed since Jan. 1.

Although the condition has been extreme, business has continued to move as usual this season. The rural free delivery carriers and outgoing stages have maintained their regular schedules, but it is noticeable there is not much wood being brought in and there is a good market for what comes.

The thermometer has not been above zero yet this year, and -44 is the coldest record on Jan. 7, 1912.

70 years ago (1942)

Feb. 5, 1942

Local Happenings

Clinton Manlove of Hubbard brought to the Enterprise office Wednesday a large egg laid by one of his white leghorn hens. The egg measured 6½ by 7¾ inches and weighed four ounces.

50 years ago (1962)

Feb. 8, 1962

Uncooperative fish fail to diminish fun

The first annual Park Rapids Fishing Derby, held Sunday on Fish Hook Lake, was a huge success despite the recaltricance of the most uncooperative fish ever gathered together in one body of water. More than 500 persons braved the elements to lend support to the Lions sponsored event.

Robert Ohlgren, 14, son of Mr. and Mrs. Earl Ohlgren, who won a 3HP Johnson motor and a $25 Savings Bond for the first and largest game fish caught a 4-ounce Blue Gill that proved to be the only eligible fish caught during the two-hour derby.

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