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This Day in History - December 8 - 12


December 8, 1973

National Headlines:

  • Gerald Ford was confirmed as the nation’s new Vice President yesterday replacing Spiro Agnew in the position.  Ford held his first press conference today and assured reporters President Nixon has no plans to resign over the Watergate scandal.

State Headlines:

  • Celia Miner, a member of the Mount Marty College staff, has been appointed to the state board of regents by Governor Richard Kneip. 

Local/Area Headlines:

  • Peggy Andries was crowned Miss Sno Sho at Northern.  She will compete in the upcoming Snow Queen contest.
  • The Arctic Circle Family Restaurant at 205 6th Ave SE is having its Grand Opening this week.  Specials include burgers for $.15 each.  Free balloons and litter bags will be given away as well.
  • Ken’s Fairway is celebrating its new look with specials throughout the store including 5 pounds delicious apples $.99, 10 boxes of Jello $.88, 3 pound can of ButterNut coffee $2.39, Miss Breck Hairspray $.39, and king size box of Tide laundry detergent $1.19.
  • Ida Reuer is the new postmaster in Hoven.
  • Vince’s Drive In (formerly Terry’s Drive In) at 1122 S Main is now open and specializes in southern fried chicken as well as burgers, fries, shakes, and hot dogs.
  • Top records this week:  “Goodbye Yellowbrick Road” Elton John, “Top of the World” Carpenters, “Just You and Me” Chicago, “Leave Me Alone” Helen Reddy, and “Photograph” Ringo Star.
  • Weekend specials at Tempo include Crock-pot slow cooker $15.88; blank cassette tapes (one hour recording time on each) 3 for $.99; and an 8 print pack of Poloroid film $3.77
  • At the Movies:  “Brian’s Song” starring James Caan, Billie Dee Williams and Shelley Fabares at the Orpheum  and Richard Harris in “A Man Called Horse” plus Dustin Hoffman in “Little Big Man” double feature at the Captiol.

 

December 9, 1984

National Headlines:

  • According to the NBA Scouting reports Georgetown’s Center senior Patrick Ewing is the number one center in the country and will most likely be drafted into the NBA this year.
  • Sportscaster Brent Musberger signed a new five year contract with CBS, his broadcasting home for the past 16 years.  Musburger will get $2 million per year, which makes him the highest paid national sportscaster.

State Headlines:

  • The Brookings Bobcats girls’ basketball team completed a 23-0 season and took the State A Basketball title by defeating the girls from Sioux Falls Lincoln 67-55 in the championship game.

Local/Area Headlines:

  • The Hecla Community Chorus is presenting a Christmas concert tonight at St. John’s Lutheran Church.
  • Thomas Tonner and Thomas Tobin are now practicing law together and their office is located at 104 S Lincoln Street.
  • New area Snow Queens include Dixie Aasby, Highmore; Melissa Mauck, Mobridge; Sonya Mikkonen, Frederick; Theresa Schmitt, Hosmer;  Lynn Haselhorst, Ipswich; Marlys Kapperich, Northwestern; Mary Bennett, Selby; Nancy Graham, Warner.
  • Sister Anna Marie Weinreis will have a book signing for her new book at Courtney’s Books and Things at 422 South Main.
  • Jodi Gubin, a senior at Warner High School, was selected as a member of the South Dakota All-State Orchestra.  She plays the French horn.
  • At the Movies:  “Oh God, You Devil”, starring George Burns in a dual role, and “Thief of Hearts” at the Cinema Twins; Chuck Norris stars in “Missing in Action” at the Capitol.
  • On TV tonight:  “Murder She Wrote”, “Knight Rider”, “All Star Party for Lucille Ball”—100 stars pay tribute to Lucy, and “Trapper John, MD”

 

December 10, 1979

National Headlines:

  • Mother Theresa is in Oslo, Norway, today to receive the Nobel Prize for Peace. 
  • “Grease” is now the longest running Broadway Show having completed its 3,243rd performance.  It replaces “Fiddler on the Roof” as the longest running show.

State Headlines:

  • The Yankton Gazelles girls’ basketball team claimed its third straight State A Championship title by defeating Rapid City Stevens 71-59. 
  • South Dakota’s last 8 party telephone line located in Rochford, 20 miles from Deadwood, has been replaced with 8 single party lines.  No more “rubbering” on the neighbors’ conversations!

Local/Area Headlines:

  • The Selby Men’s Chorus will present a  Christmas Concert with “living pictures’, an interplay of mankind, still life and light, next week at the Selby High School Auditorium.  Micki Frankenstein is the director of the chorus, lighting is under the direction of Jason Job.
  • Holiday preparation specials at Ken’s Fairway include a dozen Juel Eggs $.39; one pound of Blue Bonnet margarine $.53; a twin box of potato chips $.79; Nestle chocolate chips $1.69;  8 oz bag of shelled walnuts $1.39; and 3 pound can ButterNut coffee $7.99.
  • Rod Fouberg is the new worshipful master of the Sunrise Lodge at the Masonic Temple.
  • Aberdeen’s temperature today was a balmy 58 degrees!
  • Area Snow Queens recently crowned are Heidi Gibbs, Langford; Gina Shurr, Roscoe; Ann Monson, Roslyn; Angela Remily, Conde; Valerie Jacobs, Selby; Virginia Flanigan, Cresbard; and Michelle Youngquist, Highmore.
  • Christmas gift specials at Jones Drug include Monopoly game $5.88; Tigress cologne for women $4.99; Water Pik with 4 color-coded heads $21.99; and a Dial-a-Brew coffeemaker $21.99.
  • Blue Buffalo Café in Aberdeen has daily specials for only $2.95—a different special each day.

 

December 11, 1994

National Headlines:

  • Republican Newt Gingrich of Georgia will become the new Speaker of the House when Congress reconvenes in January.
  • The San Francisco Clippers, a team that has not won an NBA game in 235 days, defeated the Milwaukee Bucks 96-94.  South Dakota’s own Eric Piatkowski is a rookie with the Clippers, and is naturally enjoying the taste of victory.

State Headlines:

  • The state has awarded developers a $1.6 million grant to help build the $100 million Dunbar resort that is being planned by Kevin Kostner and his brother Dan.  It is hoped the facility will open in May 1997.

Local/Area Headlines:

  • Presentation College is offering a new Surgical Technology program—a 2 year program to prepare students to work in hospital operating rooms.
  • The NSU women’s basketball wolves won their 40th straight game defeating University of Mary 64-52.  The winning streak is well into its second year.
  • Brad Sharp, a student at Aberdeen Central, has been selected to attend the Hugh O’Brien Youth Foundation leadership seminar in Sioux Falls.
  • Area Snow Queens include Kala Grosek, Webster; Sheila Loebs, Britton; Jennifer Sanderson, Conde; Jennifer Stickelmyer, Eureka; Kellie Nelson, Langford; Alesha Behrens, Selby.
  • The two-room school in Glenham will close at the end of this school year.  There are only 19 students in grades K-5.  Glenham is part of the Selby/Java/Glenham school district.
  • Brown County Sheriff Steve Oakes is retiring after 42 years in law enforcement.
  • At the Movies:  All at Midco 5 theaters.  “The Santa Claus” starring Tim Allen, “Drop Zone” starring Wesley Snipes, “Interview with a Vampire” starring Tom Cruise,  Kurt Russell in “Stargate”, and “Miracle on 34th Street”
  • On TV tonight:  “White Christmas” starring Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney, and Vera Ellen and “It’s A Wonderful Life” starring Jimmie Stewart and Donna Reed.

 

December 12, 1967

National Headlines:

  • Brides to be can find unauthorized copies of the wedding dress designed by Geoffrey Beene for Lynda Baines Johnson in Gimbel’s Department Store for only $135.  This knock off model will contain 7 yards of satin and 46 buttons like the original.  For another $80 brides can get a headdress and 15 yards of nylon net to use for a train.

State Headlines:

  • The state Game, Fish, and Parks department has re-opened pheasant season for a six day holiday hunt that begins on December 26. Bag limit is 3 birds and hunting hours are noon to sunset.  The special season will give students and servicemen home for the holidays a chance to hunt the state bird.

Local/Area Headlines:

  • Nancy Greeno is the new Snow Queen in Leola.  Sandra VanderVorste is the new Britton Snow Queen.  Other area Queen are Carol Bauer, Eureka; Mary Markley, Highmore; Luanne Eisenbeisz, Bowdle; and Carol Gillick, Ipswich.
  • The Aberdeen Park Department warns that the ice on Moccasin Creek is unsafe for skating due to the unseasonably warm weather. 
  • Game specials at Osco include The Official Ouija Board $2.66; Yahtzee $1.47; Deluxe edition Tripoley $1.69; and Scrabble $2.88.
  • Inman Hatchery has oven ready ducks $1.25 each.  They also offer Christmas Duck Gift Packages.
  • TB Christmas Seals are now available at First National Bank in Aberdeen.
  • Walgreen’s in Downtown Aberdeen has Life Saver “Story Books” for $.47; a 6-hole black walnut pipe holder with humidor $3.98; and an AM-FM pocket transistor radio $10.97.
  • Tempo has the new Tappan ranges with built in warming shelf available in copper or avocado just $299.00
  • Top Records this week “Daydream Believer” The Monkees, “Hello Goobye” The Beatles, “I Heard it Through the Grapevine” Gladys Knight and the Pips,  “I Second That Emotion” Smoky Robinson and the Miracles, “In and Out of Love” The Supremes.