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This Day in History - December 1-5


December 1, 1971

National Headlines:

  • Rose Kennedy has sold the rights to her autobiography for $1,525,000 which she will donate to the Joseph Kennedy Foundation for the Mentally Retarded.
  • The US Senate approved a bill lowering the minimum age to serve on a jury from 21 to 18.  The House will vote on the bill next week.

State Headlines:

  • There are two new ski areas ready for use in South Dakota.  Deer Mountain is located 3 miles southwest of Lead/Deadwood and features a 6000 foot slope.  Great Bear Ski Valley is opening near Sioux Falls, which features 4 ski lifts and six ski runs with 250 foot drops.

Local/Area Headlines:

  • Gibson’s has these and other hot LPs on sale for only $3.99 this week:  “Teaser and the Fire Cat” by Cat Stevens, “Aerie” John Denver, “Tapestry” by Carole King, “Carpenters” by the Carpenters, and “Bark’ by Jefferson Airplane.
  • Today is the first anniversary of the Aberdeen Boy’s Club located in the old county highway building on southeast First Avenue.
  • Ingrid Reuer is the new Miss Presentation College.  She will represent the school in the upcoming Snow Queen contest.
  • Sharon Stroschein is the director of the Warner Elementary School Christmas program scheduled for next week.  According to Stroschein there is a good chance Santa may make an appearance after the concert.
  • Piggly Wiggly in Aberdeen has these specials  25 pounds of Gold Medal flour $1.89; 5 cans of corn $1.00; ten grapefruit $1.00;  prime rib $.79 per pound; ground beef $.57 per pound and 3 dozen eggs for $1.00.
  • Lakeland Nurseries in Aberdeen has flocked trees in the following colors white, light green, gold, red, blue, pink, and avocado.
  • At the movies:  “Waterloo” starring Rod Steiger and Christopher Plummer at the Capitol and “The Return of Count Yorga” at the Orpheum.
  • On TV tonight:  “Winnie the Pooh Adventures”  “Medical Center” and “Mannix”

 

December 2, 1996

National Headlines:

  • Walt Disney’s “101 Dalmatians” starring Glenn Close as Cruella DeVille grossed $46 million during its 5-day Thanksgiving weekend opening, which beats the previous Thanksgiving weekend opening earnings record of $43 million set in 1989 by “Back to the Future 2”
  • Boxer Mike Tyson is the highest paid athlete of 1996 receiving $75 million for the three fights he had this year.  He replaced Michael Jordon who had been at the top of the richest athlete list for the past four years.

State Headlines:

  • US Senate Democrats nominated SD Senator Tom Daschle to be their leader for a second term.  Senator Tim Johnson has been selected to serve on three Senate Committees, Banking, Agriculture and Natural Resources.

Local/Area Headlines:

  • Dog owners in Leola have until December 31 to purchase a license for their pet for 1997.
  • Jennifer DeGroot, a junior at Ipswich High School, has been named to the state A basketball team.  Aberdeen Central senior, Jennifer Murphy, was named to the state AA basketball second team.
  • Local retailers report there is not one “Tickle Me Elmo”, this year’s hot Christmas toy, to be had in Aberdeen.
  • One hundred twenty vocalists and 35 orchestra musicians will perform under the direction of David Eckert this weekend in the 9th annual Living Christmas Tree concert.
  • Details Ltd., a women’s clothing store, at 319 S Main in Aberdeen will have a complete liquidation sale beginning tomorrow.
  • There will be a community bake sale in Eureka to raise funds for an automatic door opener for the Eureka Healthcare Center.
  • Tonight on TV:  “Murphy Brown”, “Cybil” and ‘WCW Monday Nitro Wrestling”

 

December 3, 1968

National Headlines:

  • The Bank of America ran full page ads in three California newspapers listing the five most wanted bank robbers.  The bank is offering a $1000 reward to anyone who offers information that will help capture and convict these robbers.
  • Singer Don Ho has a $6.25 million 12 year contract with a nightclub in Honolulu.  Ho wants to add $5000 per week to the contract but club owners don’t think the public will pay higher ticket prices necessary to honor that request.

State Headlines:

  • Governor Nils Boe is nearly the end of his second term.  His administration has been called one of the most stable and productive in recent years.  One of his accomplishments is the creation of technical schools at Watertown, Rapid City, Sioux Falls and Mitchell.

Local/Are Headlines:

  • Newly crowned Snow Queens include Cathrine Scherle, Mobridge; Patty Samson, Roslyn; Karen Froiland, Sisseton; Patty Kiesz (Kirkpatrick) Hosmer; Connie Eberlein, Britton.
  • Clark Title is hosting an Open House to show off its new building at 104 South Lincoln. 
  • Artz Camera has “ViewMasters” the 3-D viewing machine for only $1.75.  Packets of ViewMaster pictures are only $1.25 each.
  • The 1968 Class A 11 Man All-State Football team includes Lynn Schumacher of Ipswich, Rick Newman of Redfield, and Rich Larson of Webster.  
  • Kay Lewis and Tom Scott were named Spink County’s outstanding 4-H Club members at a recent banquet.
  • White Drug has the new 3M Super 8 Movie Camera and MovieMate Light for only $34.97.
  • See “Cool Hand Luke” at the State Theater in Groton or “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” at the Ipswich Theater.
  • At the Aberdeen Theaters:  Peter Sellers in “I Love You Alice B. Toklas” at the Capitol and “Paper Lion” at the Orpheum.

 

December 4, 1982

National Headlines:

  • Four New Jersey men split an $11 million lottery payout—the largest ever in the US.
  • Georgia’s Hershel Walker is the new Heisman Trophy winner narrowly edging out Stanford quarterback John Elway and Southern Methodist tailback Eric Dickerson.

State Headlines:

  • The girls from Salem defeated Castlewood in the State B Girls’ Basketball Championship game 42-39.

Local/Area Headlines:

  • Next week Aberdeen will vote on a $2 million bond issue to help build an athletic center on the campus of Northern State College.
  • Dr. Terrance Brown is the new president at Northern.
  • Michelle Montgomery of Aberdeen and Amy Jensen of Redfield were members of the 1982 McDonald’s Marching Band that appeared in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City recently.
  • Kathy Smith of Northville was crowned as Miss Presentation College and will compete in the upcoming state Snow Queen contest.
  • Lacey’s Dairy Bar announces its delicious homemade ice creams are now available in “take home quarts”.
  • Cook’s Jewelry in downtown Aberdeen is quitting business so everything in the store is drastically marked down.
  • Helen Miller has been named chairman of the Aberdeen Chamber of Commerce.
  • Aberdeen Foster Grandparents is celebrating its 10th anniversary.
  • On TV Tonight:  “T.J. Hooker”, “Love Boat”, “Love, Sidney” and “The Devlin Connection.”

 

December 5, 1978

National Headlines:

  • Minnesota Vikings quarterback Fran Tarkenton set a new season pass completion record when he completed number 304 in a recent game.  The previous single season record was 288 completions by Sonny Jurgenson.
  • Alaska’s Senator Ted Stevens was seriously injured and his wife was killed when the Lear jet they were in crashed and broke into three pieces on a return trip to Juneau from Anchorage.

State Headlines:

  • A recount is underway to determine the winner of SD’s First District Congressional seat.  Democrat Tom Daschle was declared the winner defeating Republican Leo Thorsness by 14 votes when the 129,000 votes cast in the race were canvassed the first time. 

Local/Area Headlines:

  • Aberdeen Central’s girls’ basketball team is headed for the State A tournament.  They will play Huron in their first tournament game.  The eventual winner of the title was Yankton.
  • Dr. Dwight Tschetter will be opening a dental clinic in Eureka.  He will split his practice between Eureka and Ashley.
  • Enjoy daily luncheon specials at Dakota Beef and Broth at 12 2nd Ave SW—behind Miss Pred’s.
  • Ladies, shop at Kim’s Limited in the Moccasin Plaza Mini Mall for footwear with “a touch of class.”
  • Walgreen’s has Old Spice “Soap on a Rope” 2 for $1.59. 
  • K-Mart’s toy department has EZ Bake microwave ovens for $10.96; Clue or Monopoly $4.86; Hasbro’s Digger the Dog for $6.47; Mattel See ‘N Say only $6.97
  • At the Movies:  “Sound of Music” one showing nightly at the Capitol; “All Things Bright and Beautiful” and “National Lampoon’s Animal House” at the Cinema Twins.
  • On TV Tonight:  “Happy Days” “Laverne and Shirley” “Taxi” and “Paper Chase”