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This Day in History - July 28-31


July 28, 1967

National Headlines:

  • Paul Hornung of the Green Bay Packers announced his retirement from football today.  Injuries to his neck in a game last season caused permanent nerve damage, so upon the advice of his medical team, he’s leaving the game rather than subject his body to more damage.
  • The US Postal Service is considering raising the price of a first class stamp from $.05 to $.06.  Air Mail rates for letters would increase to $.10 an ounce from the current $.08 rate.

State Headlines:

  • The state Capitol building is now open 7 days a week for tours.  The new Saturday and Sunday hours were added due to the increase in tourist numbers. Guided tours of the facility showcase the House and Senate chambers, the governor’s office, the marble rotunda, and exhibits of the gowns the first ladies have worn to their inaugural balls and portraits of all past governors.  The tour ends at the burning fountain on Capitol Lake.

Local/Area Headlines:

  • Sears in downtown Aberdeen is featuring the top 8 LPs of popular music for only $2.98.  45s with hits from The Letterman, The Outsiders, Peter and Gordon and Chad & Jeremy are only $.99
  • The Northern Electric Cooperative will move into its new facility near Bath next week.
  • Aberdeen has its first female mail carrier.  Jeannie Blue is delivering mail during her summer vacation.
  • The Northville Teener baseball team captured the championship title in class B of the state VFW teener tournament.  Mark Remily was a member of the team.
  • The Aberdeen police department made its first arrest under a new city ordinance requiring motorcyclists to wear protective helmets.  The offender was fined $15.
  • The Hub Area Duplicate Bridge Club is planning a “Ringneck Riot” tournament.  Players will “shoot” at master points and pheasant trophies will be awarded to the overall winners.
  • Enter the contest to name the new “Junior Shop” at Feinsteins Ready to Wear.  The winner will receive a $100 wardrobe from the store.
  • The old Brown County jail, condemned and vacant for over a year, was demolished last week to make room for a new parking lot. 
  • Try the “Hawaiian Delight” at the Blue Buffalo Drive-In and get a free beverage.  You’ll get a slice of country ham topped with melted cheese and a ring of fresh Hawaiian pineapple on a toasted bun.  It’s only $.65

 

July 29, 1973

National Headlines:

  • Football’s #1 draft pick, running back Chuck Foreman, has reported to the Minnesota Vikings training camp in Mankato Minnesota.
  • Three American astronauts are on their way to link with Skylab 2.  They will board the space station and call it home for 59 days while they conduct a wide variety of tests.

State Headlines:

  • The South Dakota Department of Revenue collected over $64 million in state sales tax and $6.5 million in city sales tax for fiscal year 1973. This money goes into the state’s general fund.

Local/Area Headlines:

  • Reverend Ken Thurow of Wessington Springs will be installed as the new pastor of Zion Lutheran Church in Aberdeen next Sunday.
  • Aberdeen National Bank will begin construction of a 6-unit drive up banking facility next week.
  • “Deliverance” is showing at the State Theater in Ipswich.  All seats are $1.25.
  • The O’Donnell Meat plant in Mellette has closed, but the slaughtering plant and locker will remain open.
  • Michael Markley and Michael McDaniel of Aberdeen along with Michael Hess of Clark have been selected for the cast of “Up with People” and will travel to California to begin rehearsals next month.
  • Aberdeen elementary schools will begin classes at 8:35 rather than 8:45 as in past years according to school officials.  Dismissal will then be at 3:15 instead of 3:30. The busing schedule is the reason for the change in school hours at the elementary level.
  • Aberdeen will host an amateur all-star baseball game tomorrow evening and all kids under 15 will be admitted free.  Some of the “inner city” star players are Bob Beattie, Bill Gayton, Scott Sletting, Hollis Hurlbert, Curt Frederickson, and Rich Andrewjewski.  Some of the “outer city” stars are:  Sherm Cutler, Larry Stroschein, Mick Palmer, Pat Traxinger, and Roger Roth.
  • Get a free slush drink with each game of golf at Klein’s mini golf on SW 6th Avenue in Aberdeen this weekend.
  • The Tom Lammon Show has been held over for a 2nd big week at the Gas Lite Lounge in downtown Aberdeen.
  • The 1973 Dacotah Stampede Rodeo “Mystery Miner” was revealed to be Aberdeen realtor Harley Hoffman.

 

July 30, 1989

National Headlines:

  • Terry Bradshaw, the only NFL quarterback to lead a team to 4 Super Bowl victories, will be inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame next week.
  • A legislative committee is suggesting that the existing temporary smoking ban on airline flights of 2 hours or less be made permanent. Several opponents of the measure sarcastically suggested that perhaps airlines should place bans on liquor, “cheap cologne” and crying kids as well since they all could be offensive to someone.

State Headlines:

  • A new law prohibiting the sale of tobacco products of any type to persons under the age of 18 took effect on July 1.  Violation of this law is a petty offence carrying a $20 fine

Local/Area Headlines:

  • The Alexander Mitchell Library is ready for renovations on its first floor now that the asbestos removal is complete.  The library is still open for business—everything has been moved to the basement until the project can be completed.
  • There was no winner in today’s South Dakota All-Star football game!  The scoreless game was called at half time due to a heavy thunderstorm in the area.
  • The Warner town board has agreed to purchase a new screen door for the little league concession stand if the player/coaches install it.
  • Scott Fergusen is the new executive director of the Brown County United Way.
  • The Brown County Fair Board elected Larry Gerlach as its president, Jerry Schley as its vice president, Connie Howard its secretary and Nancy Hansen its treasurer.
  • The Sugar Babes and the Sweet Sensations children’s dance teams from Groton performed during half-time at the All Star basketball game last night.  Jay Kusler of Aberdeen and Eric Piatkowski of Rapid City were two of the basketball all-stars.
  • Zach Flakus from Colome High School was a member of the South All-Star football team.
  • Tom Roberts and the Storybook Land Theater Company will perform at Simmons Park in Frederick next week.
  • Taco John’s is looking for full and part time help—starting wage $3.75!
  • Aberdeen’s Matt Tobin was one of two South Dakota representatives at Boys Nation held in Washington DC.
  • At the Movies:  “Honey, I Shrunk the Kids” and Roger Daltry in “License to Kill” at the Cinema Twins and “Turner and Hooch” at the Capitol.

 

July 31, 1978

National Headlines:

  • Pete Rose’s string of hits continues—he’s made a hit in 39 consecutive games so far.  He’s closing in on Ty Cobbs’ 1911 record of making hits in 40 consecutive games and is aiming at the record of hits in 56 consecutive games set by Joe DeMaggio in 1941.

State Headlines:

  • The state’s democratic convention selected Roger McKellips of Sioux Falls as its gubernatorial candidate.  His running mate is Billie Sutton of Bonesteel.
  • Huron is hosting the 30th annual National High School Rodeo and is expecting 1200 entries.

Local/Area Headlines:

  • Aberdeen furniture storeowner, Hugh Hay, is this year’s Mystery Miner.  Don & Jeanne Gibbs won the $500 prize for having the earliest correct identification of Hay. 
  • Captain 11 (Dave Dedrick) was at the Super City Mall as part of the Dacotah Stampede Rodeo festivities yesterday
  • The 50th annual Dakota Open Golf Tournament will be played in Aberdeen August 12 & 13 at the Lee Park and Aberdeen Country Club courses.  Aberdeen’s Steve Pfeiffer won last year’s tournament and will be on hand to defend his title.
  • Debbie Stoner (now Jensen) is the new elementary and junior high instrumental music teacher for the Groton School system.
  • Sisters Barbara Peterson and Marilyn Imberi have purchased the Marie O. Simmons women’s clothing store located on Aberdeen’s Main Street.  They are planning a September grand opening event.
  • David Sletting has moved his dental practice to the Professional Arts Building on SW 8th Avenue in Aberdeen.
  • Plans are nearly complete for the celebration to honor the 75th anniversary of the Tulare United Methodist Church next week.
  • At the Movies:  Walter Matheau and Glenda Jackson in “House Calls” and “Jaws 2” at the Cinema Twins and “Star Wars” at the Capitol.
  • On TV tonight:  “Little House on the Prairie”, “MASH” and “Lou Grant”