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This Day in History - October 20-24


October 20, 1972

National Headlines:

  • The latest Gallup Poll indicates that 32% of Democrats favor President Nixon over their own presidential candidate George McGovern. 
  • Stock quotes for today include:  Coca-Cola 135 5/8; Northwest Airlines 31 ¾; McDonald’s 58 ¼; Ford Motor Company 63 5/8; and IBM 379

State Headlines:

  • The Board of Regents is asking the legislature for a significant increase in its budget for next year to increase teacher pay at the state colleges and universities.  Currently the average pay for a college teacher is $14,000 annually.

Local/Area Headlines:

  • Pheasant hunting season starts tomorrow and out of state hunters are pouring into local motels and hotels today in hopes of bagging a few of the state’s five million pheasants.
  • The new Elks Lodge building west of Lee Park Golf Course is nearly complete and will be dedicated as soon as the furniture and a couple pieces of interior equipment arrive and are installed.
  • Many local businesses will be closed on October 23 to observe Veteran’s Day.  In 1971 the federal government changed Veteran’s Day to a “Monday Holiday” which was so unsuccessful that President Ford returned Veteran’s Day to its traditional November 11 date in 1975.
  • The Aberdeen city commission is considering building an overpass on Dakota Street to improve traffic flow from south 6th Avenue to Fairgrounds Road.
  • Residents are reminded to pile leaves on their boulevards tonight for pick up by the city’s “vacuum truck”
  • Tickets are now on sale for Northern State College’s production of “The Miracle Worker”.  Admission for adults is $1.75, NSC students $1.00 or $.50 with activity ticket.
  • At the movies:  “Alice’s Restaurant” at the Capitol, “Everything You Wanted to Know About Sex (but were afraid to ask)” at the Orpheum, “Love Story” at the Hosmer Theater and “Skyjacked” at the Ipswich Theater.
  • On TV Tonite:  “The Brady Bunch”, “The Partridge Family”, “Room 222”,  and “The Odd Couple”

 

October 21, 1969

National Headlines:

  • A spokesman for the US Senate stated today that it is expected that all American troops will be pulled out of Vietnam within one year.
  • The Associated Press has named Ted Williams as baseball’s American League manager of the year.

State Headlines:

  • The state is planning a celebration to commemorate its 80th anniversary as a state. The event will take place in Pierre in the House chambers.

Local/Area Headlines:

  • Brown County’s new Dacotah Prairie Museum opened today in its temporary home at Anderson Recreation Center (now the senior center).  Governor Frank Farrar was the keynote speaker for the event.
  • Top records this week:  “Suspicious Minds” by Elvis Presley, “Sugar, Sugar” by the Archies, “Little Woman” by Bobbie Sherman, “Jean” by Oliver and “This Girl is a Woman Now” by Gary Puckett and the Union Gap.
  • Mark Caven is the new president of the Roncalli junior class.
  • Betsy Bastian, an art student at Aberdeen Central High School, has been chosen to design the award medal for the SD Girl’s Track Association.
  • Today voters in Mina are deciding whether to dissolve their school district and become part of the Ipswich district.
  • Tomorrow city crews will begin picking up leaves with the leaf vacuum.  They will work 16 hours per day until the leaves are gone.  Rake your leaves into the gutter for pickup.
  • The First National Bank is sponsoring a “Dress A Doll” contest.  Organizations and individuals can vie for prizes and needy children will receive these dolls as Christmas gifts.
  • At the Movies:  “The Great Bank Robbery” at the Capitol, “Johnny Cash, The Man, His World, His Music” at the Orpheum.
  • The Grand Ole Opry is returning to the Britton Auditorium this weekend.  Featured performers will be Faron Young, Pee Wee King, The Collins Sisters and many more.  Advance tickets are $2.50; at the door $3.00.
  • On TV Tonite:  “I Dream of Jeannie”, “Julia”, “The Debbie Reynolds Show” and “The Governor and JJ”

 

October 22, 1994

National Headlines:

  • The New York Stock exchange closed down for the second consecutive day with investors worried about higher interest rates and corporate earnings.  The exchange closed at 3981 after a roller coaster week.

State Headlines:

  • Tickets are now on sale for the South Dakota state football championship games to be held at the Dakota Dome in Vermillion.  Ticket prices are $8 per day for adults and $4 for students.

Local/Area Headlines:

  • Dr. Kris Teigen has joined the Aberdeen Dental Practice.
  • Area football teams capture conference titles:  Ipswich recorded its first 8-0 season since 1952 to capture the North Central Conference title.  Eureka-Bowdlewon the Yellowstone Trail Conference ending its conference season with a 4-0 record.  Veblen-Rosholt ended with a perfect season to take the Eastern Coteau Conference title.  Warner defeated Frederick-Hecla for the Lake Region Conference title.
  • Two former NSU basketball players will return this year as assistant coaches.  Paula Stolsmark and Stephanie Franzen will be on the sidelines to help head coach Curt Fredrickson.  They will join Neil Chalmers who will be returning as an assistant coach.
  • Wylie Park is full of creepy and spooky creatures tonite during the Haunted Forest event.
  • Fewer Snow Geese have been spotted at Sand Lake than ever before.  It seems the birds have changed their migration routes and are avoiding the Lake area in the fall.
  • The Groton City Council will discuss a request from a resident for a line to be placed down the center of the city’s Main Street.
  • There will be a Casino Night fundraiser in Andover this weekend on behalf of the summer baseball and softball programs.
  • The Tulare Lions Club is hosting an all-you-can eat pancake feed tonite at the Tulare Buffalo Café.
  • Movies currently showing at the Midco 5 theaters.  “The River Wild” starring Meryl Streep and Kevin Bacon, “Forrest Gump”, “Little Giants”, “The Specialist” and “New Nightmare”

 

October 23, 1980

National Headlines:

  • Fifty-two American hostages have been held in Iran for 352 days.  Negotiations for their release are ongoing.
  • The Philadelphia Phillies won the World Series in six games against the Kansas City Royals.

State Headlines:

  • State politics:  The “Marlboro Man” Clint Roberts and Ken Stofferahn are in a race for the US House seat in SD’s 2nd Congressional District.  Bart Kull is running against Tom Daschle for the House seat in SD’s 1st Congressional District. George McGovern and Jim Abdnor are running for the US Senate. 

Local/Area Headlines:

  • The Aberdeen City Commission will purchase 86 new uniforms for the fire department at a cost of $40.12 each.
  • The City Commission also accepted bids totaling $725,470 to construct a new fire hall immediately east of the Municipal building.  The existing fire station will be remodeled for city offices.
  • Kimberly Hieb and Scott Svendson are the new homecoming royalty in Eureka.  Kim Solberg and Kenny Northrop are the royal couple in Warner.
  • The cast of Up With People is visiting area schools and nursing homes this week.  They will present a concert in the Civic Arena this weekend.  Tickets are $6.00 for adults and $4.00 for students.
  • Duncan Murdy is one of 4 full time pharmacists ready to serve you at Osco Drug in Aberdeen.
  • See the all new “spacemaker” microwave oven at Aberdeen TV & Appliance. The oven replaces your existing range hood and doubles as an exhaust system.  No need to give up valuable counter space just to enjoy a microwave.
  • Siebrecht’s Florist in downtown Aberdeen has lots of plants and live arrangements to choose from for “Mother-In-Law Day”
  • Aberdeen Savings and Loan is offering 11.55% interest on 30-month CDs. 
  • Bowlers of all ages are invited to participate in the Cystic Fibrosis “Bowl for Breath” fundraising event this weekend at the Village Bowl. 
  • Tonite on TV:  “MASH”, “The White Shadow” “The Games People Play” and “Angie”

 

October 24, 1989

National Headlines:

  • Eleven-year old Jacob Wetterling of Stearns County, Minnesota has been missing for three days.  Wetterling was abducted while riding his bicycle.
  • Batman and Joker costumes are in demand for this Halloween after the success of the recent blockbuster Batman movie. The availability of these costumes is limited due to the red tape involved with copyright issues.

State Headlines:

  • South Dakota’s video lottery machines have been in place for one week.  Players left a total of $605,000 in the 500 machines currently operating, and the state’s share of those revenues will be $56,000.

Local/Area Headlines:

  • The Aberdeen Hockey Association presents Ray Durkee’s “Sunday at the Memories” oldies show live at the Ramkota Convention Center this weekend.  Tickets are $5.00 per person.
  • The Eureka Theatrical Company is rehearsing for its opening of “A Bad Year for Tomatoes”.  Cast members include Mark Opp, Holly Hoffman, Todd Hieb, Eleanor Wanner, Maurae Gab and Ron Brockel.
  • The Preachers N Pals will present a concert at “the Hosmer Civic Center” to raise funds for the St. John’s Handbell Choir’s trip to a national handbell festival in Wisconsin next summer.
  • Plan to attend the fall bazaar at the Mellette United Methodist Church.  Funds raised from the event will be used for sidewalk repairs outside the church.
  • St. John’s Lutheran Church in Warner is getting new shingles this week.
  • Britton High School will offer volleyball as a girl’s sport this year.
  • A gallon of gas at a self-serve pump is now $1.20!
  • Yesterday it was 77 degrees in Aberdeen—just 3 degrees shy of a record 80 set in 1963.
  • At the Movies:  “Look Who’s Talking” and “Dead Poets Society” at the Cinema Twins and “Halloween 5” at the Capitol.
  • On TV Tonite:  “Matlock”,  “Who’s the Boss”, “In the Heat of the Night”, “Thirtysomething”, and “The Wonder Years”