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Perham drops alcohol screening plan for prom after ACLU protest

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PERHAM, Minn. – The Perham High School checklist for this Saturday’s prom is back to normal.

Beyond tuxes and dresses, corsages, dinner and the Grand March, students had been told they and their guests would have to take a pass by a passive alcohol screening device to get admitted to prom.


That plan has now been scotched.

The tests were originally called Breathalyzer tests in an article in the Perham Focus.

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Helmut Schmidt
Helmut Schmidt was born in Germany, but grew up in the Twin Cities area, graduating from Park High School of Cottage Grove. After serving a tour in the U.S. Army, he attended the University of St. Thomas in St Paul, Minn., graduating in 1984 with a degree in journalism. He then worked at the Albert Lea (Minn.) Tribune and served as managing editor there for three years. He joined The Forum in October 1989, working as a copy editor until 2000. Since then, he has worked as a reporter on several beats, including education, Fargo city government, business and military affairs. He is currently The Forum's K-12 education reporter.
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