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This Day in History - September 15-19


September 15, 1991

National Headlines:

  • President George H.W. Bush nominated his deputy national security advisor, Robert Gates, to head the CIA.  Gates’ confirmation hearing where he will be questioned by members of  the U.S. Senate begins today.
  • A New York sculptor is looking at South Dakota as a home for his “living herd” of 1000 copper buffalo.  He’d like them to “roam” over one-half mile of open range in western SD.

State Headlines:

  • Governor George Mickelson has launched a “draft Janklow campaign” in hopes of convincing the former governor to run for the US Senate in 1992 against incumbent Tom Daschle.

Local/Area Headlines:

  • Aberdeen’s Mercury Dry Cleaners will help you clean out your closets!  Bring in 25 wire coat hangers for $1 discount on your next dry cleaning order.
  • Aberdeen women’s softball player, Linda Mork, was inducted into the South Dakota Softball Hall of Fame last night.
  • A video from the Bath all-school/community gathering held last summer will be shown this weekend at the Northern Electric auditorium.  Remaining souvenirs of the event will be available at reduced prices.
  • Plan now to attend the German Schmeckfest in Eureka this weekend.  Tickets for the meal and evening entertainment are $7 each.
  • The American News is hosting an experimental recycling project next Saturday at Ken’s Fairway.  Drop off all your old newspapers—no books or magazines will be accepted.  These papers will be turned over to a company that will recycle them into house insulation.
  • Aberdeen’s Lakewood Mall is celebrating its first anniversary this week with special events each day.
  • Today the Turton Congregational Church is hosting a quilt show and tour of local homes as a fundraiser for restoration of the church, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
  • Residents of Cresbard are selling bricks to raise money for a community planter.  So far the group has raised $8677 with the sale of 275 bricks.  Bricks can be specially engraved for a donation of $30 or more.  All bricks sold will be used in the planter.

 

September 16, 1974

National Headlines:

  • Candy manufacturers plan to raise the price of a candy bar to $.20 because of the demands on the world’s cocoa supply as well as the increased prices of other candy ingredients like sugar, butter and milk.  The size of the candy bars will not be changed despite the price increase.
  • Walnut Grove, Minnesota is enjoying a new-found fame thanks to the new “Little House on the Prairie” television show that features the activities of Laura Ingalls and her family on their farm near Walnut Grove.

State Headlines:

  • Girls Basketball has been added to the list of sanctioned sports in South Dakota.  So far Roscoe, Selby, Ipswich, Java, Agar, Hosmer and Glenham have organized teams for this year.

Local/Area Headlines:

  • Aberdeen native, George Amundsen, a second year running back for the Houston Oilers, scored the team’s 3 touchdowns in its victory over San Diego yesterday.
  • Dr. Walter Morgans announced he will be closing his Aberdeen dental practice after serving the community for 50 years.

1974 Gypsy Day activities: 

  • Wolves defeated Wayne State 41 –21 in football.
  • Bob Beattie was named Coach of the Year by the Royal Order of Gyps
  • Gypsy Queen Renee Mydland from Groton and King Kevin Carson from Langford reigned over the weekend’s activities.
  • The theme for the event was “Waldo’s Wild West”
  • Karl Graeber was named King of the Gyps
  • Ipswich Homecoming activities will take place this week under the theme “It Happened in Ipswich” The homecoming football game pits Ipswich against Eureka.
  • Eureka defeated arch rival Leola 56-12 in the Eureka homecoming football game.
  • Top records this week:  “I Shot the Sheriff” by Eric Clapton, “”You’re Having My Baby” by Paul Anka, “The Night Chicago Died” by Paper Lace, “Rock Me Gently” by Andy Kim and “I’m Leavin’ It All Up To You” Donnie & Marie Osmond.
  • Officers in the Brown County Sheriff’s office will no longer perform “dog catching” services within the county.  Each response call costs the county $5
  • Aberdeen Federal Savings and Loan at 13 Second Avenue SE is celebrating its 40th anniversary and will give away 40 prizes during the next week.  First prize is a 600-watt Panosonic microwave oven; second prize, a Kelvinator freezer.

 

September 17, 1966

National Headlines:

  • The Metropolitan Opera opened in its new $45.7 million facility at Lincoln Center last night.
  • Volkswagon is the first major car maker to announce its 1967 pricing.  The company increased the price of its popular “Beetle” by 3.4% or $54!

State Headlines:

  • There are over 5.3 million hens in SD laying eggs this year, down 6% from last year.

Local/Area Headlines:

  • Houghton is planning to unveil a plaque honoring its favorite son, former Governor Ralph Herseth, this weekend.  Herseth is the sole Brown Countian and only the third Democrat to serve in the state’s highest office.  The Hecla High School Band will provide music.
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  • See Lakeland Nursery across from Melgaard Park for all your fall planting needs.  Just arrived--Dutch tulip bulbs.
  • Gary Sharp of Bath has been elected president of the South Dakota Junior Angus Association.
  • The eighth grade English class from Monroe Junior High School took a field trip to the Alexander Mitchell Library where head librarian, Miss Helen Glau, showed them how to locate books using the card catalog.
  • Northern State College announced its fall enrollment figure—2710—854 of whom are freshmen.
  • Larry Hanks, a recent Northern graduate, is the new head football coach at Mobridge High School this year.
  • Bill Amacher begins his 11th year coaching the Britton football squad.  Returning letterman for the Braves are Gary Tisher, Dennis Smart, Wayne Buhl, Roger Freibel, Jim Freudenthal, and Frank Evans.  The team defeated Groton in the season opener but lost to Flandreau in their first conference game of the year.
  • Today’s specials at Jeff’s Fairway Foods in the Super City Shopping Center include:  Nestle chocolate chips $.25 per bag; bananas 2 pounds for $.25; 3 dozen oranges for $.96; and Pillsbury cake mixes just $.19 each.
  • Tempo has the new Admiral color TV/stereo/radio entertainment center.  The unit includes a state of the art color 25” TV, a 4-speed record changer, and AM/FM radio tuner.  Easy payments available starting at only $26/month.
  • Listen to “Your Schools in Review” each Wednesday morning on KSDN.  Central High School students will recap the week’s activities.

 

September 18, 1981

National Headlines:

  • Simon and Garfunkel fans are flocking to New York City’s Central Park for tomorrow’s outdoor concert by the duo—it’s their first formal appearance together in nine years.  (Over 400,000 attended the concert)
  • Former resident Gerald Ford and his wife Betty attended the dedication of the Ford Presidential Library in Grand Rapids, Michigan today.

State Headlines:

  • The South Dakota Board of Regents is proposing to cut $9 million from the budget requests submitted by the state’s colleges and universities.  The leaders of these institutions are in agreement with this cut since the Regents have worked hard to shift spending away from non-academic programs in order to increase salaries for professors.

Local/Area Headlines:

  • Faulkton is hosting a bake sale and farmer’s market to raise money for its upcoming centennial.
  • The Bristol Community Chorus will be among the acts performing at the Bristol Area Boosters show called “I Love America” at the high school gym.  The show is free to the public.
  • Webster’s Harvest Hoedown is today and tomorrow on Webster’s Main Street.  There will be lots of fresh produce available as well as good entertainment.
  • Frankfort will kick off its centennial with a dance tomorrow night at the Honey House.  The Wayne Jensen Orchestra will provide music.
  • Jennifer Vogel and Kevin Miles are the 1981 homecoming royalty at Doland High School.
  • Becky Guy and Jim Halverson are the 1981 homecoming royalty at Veblen High School.
  • Juniors and Seniors at Aberdeen Central can take one semester of basic computer programming to introduce them to computers.  Char Ackerman in the instructor.
  • Scott Geffre has been named the assistant manager at Osborn’s Clothing Store at Super City Mall.  Geffre has worked at the store for the past two years and will graduate from Northern in the spring of 1982.
  • The Aberdeen Central High School Marching band will debut its new flag corps at the upcoming homecoming football game.  Members of the flag corps were selected from the school’s drill team.

 

September 19, 1970

National Headlines:

  • U.S. Senate leaders are working on legislation to junk the Electoral College system of voting used in the nation’s presidential elections.  This will be their second attempt to pass a bill to  allow results of direct voting in presidential elections to determine the winner—the group’s first attempt fell just 6 votes shy of the 2/3 majority required for passage.

State Headlines:

  • South Dakota’s portion of the nation’s Interstate Highway system will cover 678 miles when complete.  To date there are 443 miles of interstate finished and in use in the state.  Yet to be open is the stretch of I-29 from Brookings to the ND border and 122 miles of I-90 in the western portion of the state.

Local/Area Headlines:

  • Mark Remily of Brentford and Joan Wetzler of Northville will reign over the homecoming activities at Northwestern High School this week.
  • Enrollment numbers at Presentation College this fall are ideal for males—there are only 37 of them compared to 272 females.
  • The Central High School Pageant Day (homecoming) theme for 1970 is “TV Shows”.  The parade route will meander north from the Arena to Railroad Avenue where it will proceed west to Main Street; south on Main Street to 15th Avenue and finally turn west to the city dump area where floats will be dismantled.
  • The plans for the clubhouse and pro shop at Prairiewood Golf Course have been made public.  Construction is expected to begin November 1 and be completed for the 1971 golf season.
  • The staff of H.H. Hoffman Realty is hosting an open house at the Melgaard West Town Houses located at south Main and Melgaard Road in Aberdeen.  There are 2 & 3 bedroom units available--all with individual garages, patios with gas grills and a beautiful landscaped court yards.
  • The First National Bank in Aberdeen has reached a banking milestone by having $100,000,000 in assets.  The bank employs 206 people with an annual payroll of $1.2 million.
  • Today is “Watermelon Day” in Bowdle.  Drive out for all the watermelon you can eat (free) and specials at all the Bowdle merchants.
  • Members of the local DeMolay will be picking up trash on the highways between Aberdeen and Richmond Lake and Aberdeen and Mina Lake today.
  • Toyland is now open at Aberdeen’s Coast to Coast Store.  $2 will hold your Christmas toy until December 15th.