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This Day in History - December 15-19


December 15, 1998

National Headlines:

  • Sports Illustrated has named Sammy Sosa and Mark McQuire as its co-Sportsman of the Year for 1998.
  • President Bill Clinton and his wife, Hilary, were at the ribbon cutting ceremony for the Gaza International Airport.  This is the first time in history that an American president has been in a Palestinian controlled area.

State Headlines:

  • There will be no more bookbag/back packs allowed in the Pierre Junior High School.  There are too many students complaining of back problems due to the weight of these bags. 
  • The Hardrocker’s women’s basketball team from SD Tech went all the way to the semi-final round of the NAIA Division II National Basketball Tournament.  The team has been named College Women’s Team of the Year by the SD Sports Writers Association.

Local/Area Headlines:

  • Temperatures in Aberdeen are unseasonably warm.  Today they are in the upper 40s.  Yesterday they were a record setting 54!  The previously recorded high temp for this date was 52 set in 1921.
  • NSU’s men’s basketball coach, Bob Olson, has been named College Men’s Coach of the Year by the SD Sportswriters Association.
  • John Hilpert has been installed as NSU’s 14th president.
  • Amber Meister of Groton is the new Presentation College Snow Queen.
  • Specials at Econo Foods in Aberdeen include a 12 pack of Pepsi $1.99; 2 loaves of white bread $1.00; 5 pound bag of delicious apples $1.49; and boneless rump roast $1.89 per pound.
  • At the Movies:  “Babe, Pig in the City”, “Star Trek Insurrection” “Rugrats”, “A Bug’s Life”, “The Waterboy” and “Psyco”—at the Midco Theaters.
  • Tonight on TV:  “JAG”, “3rd Roc from the Sun”, and “NYPD Blues”

 

December 16, 1989

National Headlines:

  • The White House Christmas tree has been decorated in an old-fashioned theme this year.  The tree is adorned with strings of popcorn and cranberries and many homemade paper ornaments.
  • President Gerald Ford has nominated Judge John Paul Stevens of Chicago to fill a vacancy on the US Supreme Court.  It is expected Stevens will be confirmed by the Senate shortly.

State Headlines:

  • The SD Sportswriters Association named Rapid City’s Post 22 legion baseball team the state’s Top Independent Team for the 1989 year.  The team has captured six straight class A state titles and has won 11 of the past 15 state tournaments.

Local/Area Headlines:

  • New are Snow Queens include Judy Linneman of Clark, Gayle Mydland of Pierpont, and Amy Vogel of Doland.  Cindy Clausen of Northville is the new queen at the Aberdeen School of Commerce.
  • Plymouth Clothing has the hot new “tube socks” just $2.00 per pair. 
  • The senior class at Hecla will present “Father’s Been to Mars” this weekend at the school auditorium.  Cast members include Steve Rasmussen, Diane Zick, Dawn Knecht, Janet Traxinger, Patrice Hagen, and Randy Tisher.
  • Tomorrow evening Feinstein’s Women’s store will hold its annual holiday “for men only” fashion show.  Guys, this is a great place to get gift ideas for the women in your life.
  • A representative from the G.E. factory will be at Aberdeen TV and Appliance to give a microwave cooking demonstration.   This is your chance to see and learn about the latest cooking rage.
  • Barb Fransen of Groton was a member of the McDonald’s High School Marching Band that performed recently in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade and will march again in the Rose Parade on New Year’s Day in California.
  • At the Movies:  “Last Tango in Paris” at the Orpheum, “Papillon” and “Conduct Unbecoming” at the Cinema Twins.

 

December 17, 1972

National Headlines:

  • Former President Harry Truman who is 88 years old is hospitalized and his condition is very grave according to hospital officials.
  • There is fruitcake even in space!  Astronauts on Apollo 17, who may be the last to set foot on the moon, have been enjoying fruitcake during their days in space.

State Headlines:

  • Tomorrow South Dakota’s 4 presidential electoral votes will be cast for President Nixon and Vice President Spiro Agnew.  These electors were chosen by SD voters in the November election.  They will travel to Pierre to cast their official ballots.

Local/Area Headlines:

  • The boys’ basketball teams from Conde and Bristol remain undefeated so far this season.
  • John Hilleson of Veblen scored 37 points and had 20 rebounds to lead his basketball team in a 75-48 win over Rosholt.
  • Get a Ronald McDonald doll at McDonald’s for only $1.25.
  • Reserved Seat Tickets for the 1973 Snow Queen Festival are now available at Kirkpatrick’s Jewelry Store on Main Street Aberdeen.  Main Floor seating tickets are $3, $4, or $5 and balcony seating tickets are $2.50, $3 or $4.
  • Today’s special at the Bonanza Sirloin Pit—Ribeye Dinner $1.39.
  • Seniors at Aberdeen Central received their “Senior Privilege Cards” today.  Students were instructed they may not loan these cards to any other student.
  • One of the daily breakfast specials at County Kitchen across from the Super City Mall is 2 eggs, 2 pancakes and 2 strips of bacon for $.49
  • Holiday specials at Osco include a Fondue Set $12.95, a Deluxe Toaster Oven $29.95, a Deluxe Electric Can Opener $9.99, a 12” black & white TV $69.95.
  • At the Movies:  “The Culpepper Cattle Company” at the Capitol and “Murders in the Rue Morgue” at the Orpheum.
  • Tonight on TV:  “Hee Haw”  “MASH” and “The FBI”

 

December 18, 1986

National Headlines:

  • Johnny Carson announced he will try marriage for the 4th time.  He will marry Alex Maas.
  • Penn State coach Joe Paterno won the Bear Bryant Coach of the Year award as the nation’s best college football coach.  Paterno’s Nittany Lions will meet Miami for the national championship on January 2.

State Headlines:

  • The Lady Lancers from Mount Marty College have been named as the 1986 College Women’s Team of the Year by the SD Sportswriters Association.  The team has been without a “home court” since the closing of Yankton College two years ago.  The home games are played at the Yankton High School gym—scheduled around high school activities.  Away games are played at gyms either in Tyndall or Springfield.

Local/Area Headlines:

  • The Aberdeen County Club announced its membership rates for the 1987 year.  Golf memberships for a couple or family are $832 and for singles the price is $416.  Social memberships for a couple or family are $312 and for a single is $182.
  • Janelle Heyd is one of the letter winners returning for another season on the Aberdeen Central volleyball team.
  • Northern will hand out 121 diplomas tomorrow at its winter graduation ceremony.  Sonya Kempf and Pam Rossi will play prelude and postlude music for the ceremony.
  • Aberdeen hunter Gary Myhre won the American News “Big Buck” contest with the 250 pound buck he shot recently.  Tony Peschong’s 25 ¾” pheasant rooster tail feather won the  newspaper’s “longest tail feather contest.”
  • The Aberdeen Braun Trucking Basketball Team was selected as  the Independent Team of the Year by the SD Sportswriters Association.
  • At the Movies:  “Star Trek IV” at the Capitol, “Heartbreak Ridge” and “An American Tail” at the Cinema Twins.

 

December 19, 1980

National Headlines:

  • Ten days after his death John Lennon’s “Starting Over” is the number one single and the album he recorded with wife Yoko Ono “Double Fantasy” is in the top spot for albums.
  • The nation’s prime lending rate hit another all-time high today at 21.5%.  Before this week, the prime rate had never been above 20%.

State Headlines:

  • The girls’ basketball team from Sioux Falls Washington has completed a 23-0 record and now have their first class A championship title under their belts.  The SD Sportswriters Association named the team its 1980 High School Girls’ Team of the Year.

Local/Area Headlines:

  • Scott Bosanko of the Northern State College basketball Wolves bagged his 2000th career point with the Wolves.  The 6-4 Bosanko is 288 points behind the school record held by Gary Evjen.
  • Newly crowned area Snow Queens include a Natalie Sundvold of Clark, Barb Dennert of Columbia, Peggy Eckstein of Highmore, Barbara Meyer of Ipswich, Donitta Tuscherer for Cresbard, Jan Johnson for Langford, Nancy Cowley of Hecla and Angie Patterson of Conde.
  • Aberdeen policemen may be sporting beards in the upcoming months if they choose to participate in the whisker contest for the Aberdeen Centennial.  Special permission has been granted for this activity since it is against police department regulations for officers to have beards.
  • The Brown County Fair Board has announced its big name entertainment for the 1981 fair will include the Daisy Dillman Band, Joe Stampley and Sylvia.
  • There will be no “Christmas Formal Dance” at Aberdeen Central this year due to the high cost of securing a band, decorations and refreshments. 
  • Organizers of Groton’s Carnival of Silver Skates announced the dates for the 1981 event today.  Skaters wishing to participate must register no later than December 23 for the February 14-15 carnival.  Frankye Gravatt of Groton will direct this year’s carnival.