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This Day in History - October 27-31


October 27, 1965

National Headlines:

  • The US Army is in desperate need of 500 additional registered nurses.  Nurses who sign up will be ranked 1st Lieutenant, 2nd Lieutenant, or Captain depending on experience and education.  New Army nurses may choose their assignments and go to Alaska, Germany, Okinawa, Japan or Viet Nam.

State Headlines:

  • The South Dakota Public Utility Commission approved a request from the Great Northern Railroad to discontinue passenger service between Aberdeen and the North Dakota State Line.  The Company will continue its daily passenger and freight service between Aberdeen and Breckinridge, MN.

Local/Area Headlines:

  • Cindy Wilke and Richard Wilson are the new homecoming royalty at Columbia High School.
  • Merle Klein, owner of Aberdeen’s Little Big Dollar Store, announced storewide savings are available this week to commemorate the store’s third anniversary.
  • The S&L Store in downtown Aberdeen has the new rage “Go-Go Boots” in stock.  These white vinyl boots are only $6.99 a pair.
  • Robert and Marvel Johnson of Groton have been elected as secretary and treasurer of the new Dakota Wesleyan University Foundation in Mitchell.  The new group is comprised of alumni and parents of DWU students.
  • “Headin’ for a Weddin’” is what the juniors at Columbia High School selected as their class play.  Cast members include Roger Zastrow, Janet Buntrock, and Linda Gilchrist.
  • Some songs on the “Mighty 93” KSDN’s top 30 for this week:  “You’re the One” by the Vogues, “A Lovers Concerto” by the Toys, “You Were On My Mind” by The We Five, “Get Off My Cloud” by the Rolling Stones, “I Hear a Symphony” by the Supremes, and “1-2-3” by Len Barry.
  • Tonight the Aberdeen Elks are hosting their annual Father-Son banquet at their clubrooms on South Main Street.
  • Walgreens has these specials today:  Vitalis Hair Tonic $.99 a bottle, box of 25 CHRISTMAS cards only $.48, a Decca 4-speed phonograph only $19.44, and a 5-tube AM radio only $6.44

 

October 28, 1990

National Headlines:

  • ABC’s “Good Morning America” is about to celebrate its 15th anniversary.  It has been the number 1 pick for morning shows since January of this year when Jane Pauley left NBC’s Today Show and was replaced by Deborah Norville.

State Headlines:

  • Senator Larry Pressler is up for re-election and is being challenged by Democrat Ted Muenster and Independent Dean Sinclair.

Local/Area Headlines:

  • Aberdeen’s 452nd Ordinance Company will leave tomorrow for Ft. Riley, Kansas, and it is assumed their final destination will be Saudi Arabia.  This deployment will last at least until March 19, 1991.
  • Homecoming royalty in Langford is Julie Jensen and Travis Olson.
  • The seniors at Rosholt High School are hosting a free-will offering dinner to help raise money for the senior class trip to Orlando, Florida next spring. 
  • The NSU theater department is rehearsing for the opening of “South Pacific” cast members include Vicki Rusch and Les Cummings.
  • The girl’s cross-country team from Hoven High School captured the state title yesterday.  Heidi Minnerath was Hoven’s first runner across the finish line coming in 5th place.
  • Candidates in the upcoming race for three open seats on the Brown County Commission are Julie Pfeifer, Don Fordham, Stan Gunderson, June Schliebe, Ruth Humphries, and Tom Fischbach.
  • Students and parents in Groton met with the school administrators to discuss the future of the high school prom.  Dwindling attendance is the biggest concern the groups have.
  • RBE Electronics, the newest business in Aberdeen’s industrial park, will host an open house this week at its new facility. Currently RBE employees about 50 people but hopes to have up to 125 employees within the year.
  • Kathleen’s at 510 S Main announces its new Bridal Registry services.
  • Construction of the $1.4 million upscale retirement center, Westin Court, started this week at 1701 3rd Avenue southeast in Aberdeen.  Jim Thares is developing this project.

 

October 29, 1984

National Headlines:

  • After 28 years “The Edge of Night” soap opera will have its final show on December 28.  The decision to end the show results from its being ranked 23rd out of 26 daytime shows.
  • The eyes of the nation are on 16-day old Baby Fae who underwent heart transplant surgery at Loma Linda University Medical Center.  The heart used in the operation came from a baboon, which has caused some controversy in the animal rights arena.

State Headlines:

  • During the past four years agricultural products like grain, livestock, hides, skins, and oils produced in South Dakota have amounted to 2% of the United States’ ag exports.

Local/Area Headlines:

  • VideoLand is now open at 1001 South Main in Aberdeen.  Stop in for all your videotape rental needs.

  • Melissa Bain and David Campbell were crowned as the royal couple during the Frederick High School homecoming festivities.

  • Members of the Aberdeen Hockey Association poured 260 yards of concrete today inside the Holum Expo building at the Brown County Fairgrounds.  This is the first step in the construction of hockey rink facilities inside the building.

  • Frontier Airlines pulled out of Aberdeen yesterday just seven months after it arrived.  The airline provided twice-daily roundtrips to Pierre and Denver.  Low passenger numbers were blamed for the closure.

  • Feinstein’s Bootery in downtown Aberdeen is having a 60th anniversary sale with huge savings on all family footwear.

  • The Bath PTA is hosting a fun night this weekend with supper and midway games available.  Proceeds will go to the school library and playground.

  • The White House Inn, a 96-room motel, is now open in Aberdeen.

  • The vocal and orchestra students at Simmons Junior High School in Aberdeen are preparing for their fall concert, which will be tomorrow night in the new school gym.

  • There will be an open house this weekend for Dakota Midland Hospital’s new outpatient services addition.  The addition features a new emergency entrance and space for physical therapy, medical records, a pharmacy and meeting rooms.

 

October 30, 1975

National Headlines:

  • Alabama Governor George Wallace’s press secretary told reporters today the Governor would officially announce his plans to enter the race for the Democratic nomination for US President on November 12.
  • The Girl Scouts national organization voted to remain an “all-girl” organization despite the fact the Boy Scouts voted last year to admit girls to its organization.

State Headlines:

  • Mrs. Richard Kneip will draw the state girl’s basketball pairings in a ceremony at the Governor’s Mansion next week.  The “A” games will be played in Aberdeen and the “B” games in Huron.

Local/Area Headlines:

  • The new terminal for the Jack Rabbit Bus Lines opened today at 423 N Main in Aberdeen.  Previously the bus terminal was housed in the old Milwaukee depot on North Main.
  • Lee Park Golf Course will close for the season tomorrow.  All equipment stored in the clubhouse must be removed prior to closing.
  • Members of the Aberdeen Board of Education are discussing the possibility of implementing a 4-day school week.
  • Tickets are available at Stereo Town in Aberdeen for next week’s concert by Rare Earth--$5.00 for reserved seats or $3.50 general admission.  The concert will be held at the Arena and is sponsored by Northern State College.
  • The Bonanza Sirloin Pit has a new menu item-steak & lobster for only $4.99.  Lobster dinner is only $6.49.
  • The Aberdeen Holiday Inn and its innkeeper, Fred Drusch, rate in the top 10% of the Holiday Inn International Motel system.
  • Eureka natives Lesley Schulkowski and Tracy Jones are members of the Northern marching band this year.  David Tukua of Webster is the band’s drum major.
  • Barb Fransen of Groton has been named to the 1975 McDonald’s All American Band.  Two musicians from each state are selected for the group that marches in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City and the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California.
  • Area homecoming royal couples are:  Kris Holler and Kevin Kalt in Warner, Rita Peterson and Craig Ellingson in Conde, Bill Zimmerman and Lynette Westphal in Gettysburg, and Peggy Hoffman and Warren Job in Leola.

 

October 31, 1991

National Headlines:

  • Each night since the memorial opened in 1982 workers at the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington DC have gathered the memorabilia left by Wall visitors and carefully placed the items in storage.  A fundraising effort will begin soon to raise the $200,000 necessary to create an exhibit of these items at the Smithsonian for Wall’s upcoming 10th anniversary. (“Personal Legacy: The Healing of a Nation”, an exhibit of 1500 of the over 25,000 items left at the Wall since 1982, was on display at the Smithsonian from 1992 – 2003)

State Headlines:

  • Mount Rushmore is 50 years old this year.  The state tourism department is using that as an extra incentive to travel to western South Dakota this year.

Local/Area Headlines:

  • The NSU Marching Band under the direction of Alan LaFave will perform an indoor marching concert this weekend in the auditorium of the Krikac Administration Building.  The concert will feature the marching brass, winds, percussion and flag corps.
  • The Aberdeen Area Foundation is sponsoring a fundraising event call “Emerald Evening” to raise funds to distribute to non-profit groups within the community.  Only 400 tickets will be sold and each is $50.
  • Start your holiday season on November 15 at NSU where the Indianapolis Ballet Company will perform “The Nutcracker”, a perennial Christmas favorite.  Tickets are $7.00
  • Arlette Schweitzer and her daughter Krista will be featured on ABC’s “Good Morning America” tomorrow morning.  Mrs. Schweitzer is the first American woman to carry a baby for her own daughter who was unable to become pregnant. 
  • Because of the cold weather throughout the region the football game between Sully Buttes and White River will be played this afternoon rather than this evening.
  • Mark Remily and his traveling Karaoke Show will be at the Lumber Company this evening
  • Now showing at the Midco 5 Theaters:  “Curly Sue”, “Mystery Date”, Goldie Hawn in “Deceived”, William Hurt in “The Doctor” and “The People Under the Stairs”
  • On TV Tonite:  “Top Cops”, “The Trials of Rosie O’Neil”, “Knots Landing”, “L.A. Law”, “Wings” and “Different Strokes.