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This Day in History - July 7-11


July 7, 1967

National Headlines:

  • CBS announced that its long-running daytime game show “Password” would not be in the fall line-up.  Allen Ludden has been the show’s host for the past six seasons.  A new soap opera will fill Password’s timeslot next season.

State Headlines:

  • The state’s republicans are meeting in Rapid City to select nominees for the fall election.  Attorney General Frank Farrar is the front-runner for the governor’s race.  Charles Howard of Aberdeen is the state party chairman.

Local/Area Headlines:

  • An early morning fire destroyed the Peavey Lumber Company in Mobridge and damaged several neighboring properties.  Early damage estimates are near $250,000. 
  • Philip Overby of Mellette and Denton Haber of rural Redfield were the winners in the Spink County 4-H automotive competition.  They will represent the county at the state contest in Huron later this summer.
  • JoAnn Frost of Hoven and Heidi Troske of Doland attended the state’s first Cheerleader’s Workshop on the campus of SDSU in Brookings.  Instructors were from Kansas City.
  • During the month of June the Aberdeen police made 75 arrests for speeding, a number considerably lower than previous months.  The department’s efforts to slow area drivers seem to be taking effect.
  • The Northern State College Band will perform during pre-game and half-time activities at the Minnesota Vikings/San Francisco Giants game on September 17.  A block of 500 tickets has been secured for area fans that wish to attend this game, but they will only be available until August 1.  Remaining tickets must be returned to the Vikings front office.
  • The Redfield Chamber of Commerce is holding a “Name the Park” contest for the newly built park near the Redfield Lake spillway.  The winner will receive a cash award.
  • Dorothy Frankhouser, mayor of Gettysburg, rides her bike on the streets and alleys of her city each day to keep on eye out for misplaced trash and garbage.  She was elected earlier this spring on her call for a “city beautification” plan.
  • Don’t miss “Spider and the Crabs” at the Richmond Lake Dance Pavilion tonight.  This band is nationally advertised on radio station KOMA, Oklahoma City—home of all the hits.
  • Tonight on TV:  “Hogan’s Heroes”, “The Wild, Wild West”, “The Joey Bishop Show”

 

June 8, 1998

National Headlines:

  • The Baseball All-Star game will be played tonight at Coors Field in Denver. ( Results of the game—The American League defeated the National League 13-8 in the highest scoring all-star game ever.  Cal Ripken Jr broke Willie Mays’ record with his 15th consecutive start in an all-star game.)

State Headlines:

  • The Sioux Falls Canaries will face a woman pitcher tomorrow evening in their game against the Duluth-Superior Dukes.  Ila Borders, the first woman to pitch in a minor league baseball game, is scheduled to be the Dukes’ starting pitcher.  Borders made her professional debut with the St. Paul Saints two years ago but has never been the designated starter until now.

Local/Area Headlines:

  • Storybook Land Theater is celebrating its 10th season this summer.  Actors for this season are Chris Ruud, Molly Wilson, Katie King, and Meg Bailey.
  • Tickets for the grandstand shows at the Brown County Fair are still available.  Scheduled entertainers are Tracy Byrd, Bill Engvall, Little River Band, and Kenny Chesney.  Reserved grandstand seating $40 general admission $20.
  • A stained glass technician from Fargo is removing the stained glass windows from the old Bethlehem Lutheran Church and will be reconditioning them prior to placing them in the new church later this fall.
  • The current local price for a gallon of unleaded gas is $1.14, in Bath its only $1.09, but in Groton its $1.13.  If you drive to Madison you can still get a gallon of gas for under one dollar (barely) its $.99
  • Dr. Donald Frisco has joined the medical staff at Aberdeen’s Orthopedic Surgery Specialists.
  • The Brown County Commission has declared a flood disaster in Brown County.  In Shelby Township alone (Houghton area) water covers roads in 56 locations. 
  • Sara Frankenstein of Tulare is the reigning Miss South Dakota.  She will compete in the Miss America pageant in September.
  • Northern State University professor of English, Jay Ruud, has been appointed to serve as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.  Ruud has been on staff at Northern since 1985.
  • The Sears and Roebuck Company is considering opening a “dealer store” in Aberdeen—the dealer is responsible for start-up and operational costs. 
  • At the movies—all at Midco 9 theaters in Lakewood Mall.  “Hope Floats”, “A Perfect Murder”, “Dr. Doolittle” and “6 Days, 7 Nights”
  • On TV tonight:  “The Nanny”, “3rd Rock”, “Dharma & Greg”, “Chicago Hope” and “Spin City”

 

July 9, 1980

National Headlines:

  • Many states in the South and on the Plains are suffering the effects of a 2-week heat wave with daytime temperatures soaring above 100 degrees.  In New Orleans, all animals used to pull tourist carriages through the French Quarter have been retired until moderate temperatures return.  Nationwide the heat related human death toll topped 160 yesterday.

State Headlines:

  • South Dakota’s first ethanol plant is nearly ready for use.  The $600,000 plant, located near Scotland, will use 1100 bushels of corn every 24 hours to produce the gasoline additive.

Local/Area Headlines:

  • By the end of 1981, the Northern Border Pipeline will run just north of Aberdeen.  Sections of the 42” diameter pipe have arrived and will be put in the ground in the upcoming months.  When complete the pipeline will transport natural gas from Alaska and Canada to the heart of the US.
  • Doug Johnson has been hired to be the new director of Aberdeen’s park and recreation department. 
  • Aberdeen’s Y’s Men’s Club will begin releasing clues to the identity of the 1980 “Mystery Miner” next week.  The Miner, a well-known citizen, will be revealed as part of Dacotah Stampede Rodeo.  The first person to correctly identify the Miner will receive a $500 savings bond.
  • A bull and cow moose have been spotted in the marshes of Sand Lake during the past couple weeks.  State Game Fish and Park officials think the pair has probably strayed from a larger herd headquartered in Minnesota.
  • Andover and Waubay celebrated centennials and Forbes a jubilee this past weekend.
  • Robert Schroeder of Hecla, Shirley Kalkman of Faulkton, and Colleen Braun of Mellette graduated from the St. Lukes School of Radiologic Technology yesterday and will begin their careers as x-ray technicians at area hospitals.
  • Martyn-Edwards located in Aberdeen’s Auto Plaza announces its “A Dodge in Every Garage” sale with specials on a 1980 Dodge Omni—only $5360—and a 1980 Dodge Aspen Sedan for only $5151.
  • Sherwin Linton will be playing at the Brown County Democrats annual picnic at Wylie Park.  Also in attendance will be Senator George McGovern and Representative Tom Daschle.
  • Ben Franklin in the Super City Mall is holding a Grand Opening for its Home Accent Shop.  Craft demonstrations will run continuously throughout the day.
  • At the movies:  “The Shining” at the Capitol and “The Last Flight of Noah’s Ark” at the Orpheum. “Little Darlings” and “Being There” at the Cinema Twins and “1941” at the Star Lite.
  • On TV tonight:  “”Eight is Enough”, “Different Strokes”,  “The Facts of Life”, and “Vegas”

 

July 10, 1987

National Headlines:

  • Tomorrow is the day population experts claim the world’s population will reach 5 billion! (A baby boy born in Yugoslavia was determined to be the 5 billionth person by the United Nations because his time of birth matched the estimated time the world population would reach that number)

  • Lt. Col. Oliver North is in his third day of testifying before the congressional Iran-Contra committee about an alleged sale of arms to Iran in exchange for the release of American hostages held there.

State Headlines:

  • Grain buyers from Taiwan have purchased over $10 million of South Dakota wheat.  The 2.6 million bushels of grain are scheduled for delivery by April 1988.

Local/Area Headlines:

  • The two Aberdeen Bookmobiles will discontinue stops at local schools as of August 1 as a result of newly implemented user fees for residents living outside the Aberdeen city limits.  Determining which students would be required to pay and which would not, would place an undue burden on everyone involved according to library director Dave Rave.
  • The 35th annual Summer Festival begins today at the Groton fairgrounds.  The event features 4-H showmanship events as well as a variety of other citywide fun.
  • Tickets are now on sale at the Book Trader in Super City Mall for ACT’s summer musical, “The Sound of Music”.  Julie Ann Berger of Webster plays Maria and Rory King of Aberdeen plays Capt. George Von Trapp.
  • Aberdeen native Dr. Roger Werth will join the surgery practice of Dr. Albin Janusz on August 1.  Dr. Gregg Carlson will join the obstetric practice of Dr. Scott Berry that day as well.
  • Brown County Fair buttons are on sale now.  Grandstand entertainment will be Marie Osmond, Dan Seals, Gary Puckett and Sha-Na-Na. Reserved seating $25 general admission buttons $10.
  • The Bob Downie Orchestra will be playing at the Aberdeen Elks Club this weekend for your listening and dancing pleasure.  Kiesz and Company (Bob Kiesz, Patty Kiesz Kirkpatrick, Paul Dutt and Chuck Gugel) will be playing at the Castle in Storybook Land courtesy of the Chamber of Commerce’s Cultural Affairs Committee.
  • At the Movies:  “Revenge of the Nerds II” and “Benji—The Hunted” at the Cinema Twins, and “Dragnet” at the Capitol.  The Pheasant City Drive In in Redfield is showing “Crocodile Dundee”
  • On TV Tonight:  “Belvedere”  “Dallas” and “Hard Copy”

 

July 11, 1975

National Headlines:

  • Congress has a new committee called the “Democratic Heavies” whose members are trying to “trim the fat”—their own.  South Dakota Senator James Abourezk told reporters he’d lost 19 pounds after joining the group.
  • Cher has filed for a divorce from her second husband, Gregg Allman, after only 9 days of marriage!  Cher’s first marriage to Sonny ended in divorce only three days prior to her marriage to Allman.

State Headlines:

  • The Homestake Opera House in Lead was a movie venue for many years, but this summer it will become the home of live theater.  A professional acting troupe will present 5 plays from July 12 – September 1.

Local/Area Headlines:

  • Tacoma Park residents spent the weekend filling sandbags in an effort to protect their cabins from the rising waters of the James River.
  • Mister’s Menswear in downtown Aberdeen is celebrating its 22nd anniversary with huge savings in all departments.  They have a great variety of leisure suits priced from $12.88 to $42.88.
  • Waubay High School math teacher Leola Johnson has been named as an Outstanding Secondary Educator of America for the 1975 school year.
  • The Milwaukee Depot, the First Methodist Church, and the Brown County Courthouse-all located in Aberdeen—have been placed on the National Register of Historic Places.
  • Catch the local sports on Aberdeen Channel 9 (KABY) with commentator Mike Levsen.
  • Ronald Reagan will be in Aberdeen on July 23 to speak at a luncheon sponsored by the Brown County Republicans.  Contact Duane Riedel for tickets.
  • The Aberdeen School Board has seven members for the first time in history.  Last year voters approved the addition of two members to the 5-member board.  The seven members are Richard Van Beek, Salona Wachs, Carol Stellner, Gerald Krueger, Robert Gill, James Sperry, and Chester Grosclose.
  • Stewart’s School of Hairstyling is looking for local apartments available to house students during the upcoming fall term.
  • Northern State College tennis coach Robert Sorge (Sore-gee) has been selected as the 1975 NAIA District 12 Tennis Coach of the Year.
  • Enjoy “Southern Springs” a 6-piece band from Arkansas tonight at the Station House at 1100 S Main in the old M and St. L railroad depot.