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This Day in History - September 22-26


September 22, 1996

National Headlines:

  • For the first time in the school’s 157-year history, women will be allowed to attend the Virginia Military Institute beginning in the fall of 1997.
  • President Bill Clinton and his Republican opponent Bob Dole will have two debates prior to the presidential election.  Vice presidential candidates Al Gore and Jack Kemp will face each other in one debate.

State Headlines:

  • South Dakota’s lone US Representative, Democrat Tim Johnson, is challenging Senator Larry Pressler in the fall election.  Johnson has represented SD in the House of Representatives since 1986.

Local/Area Headlines:

  • The Britton girls’ basketball Braves won their first game in three years by defeating Webster last night.
  • The Wolves Girls’ Basketball Classic was played at Wachs Arena last night with these results:  the DeSmet girls defeated Roncalli 61-38; Redfield defeated Ellendale 52-40; Castlewood defeated Hitchcock 65-59; Willow Lake defeated Northwestern 52-33; and Warner defeated Hoven 54-44.
  • Residents of Aberdeen are discussing changing to a 4 year high school from the current 3 year program.  Discussions are also being held about building a new high school building.
  • Seven-year-old Samantha Bunke of Groton will appear on “America’s Funniest Home Videos” this week.  She was taped at the 1996 Snow Princess contest during an interview with MC Jay Dean who asked her to name the United State President—Bunke’s answer “Hillary Clinton.”  Bunke ultimately was the show’s winner and received a $10,000 prize.
  • Mary Gorder Groth, SD’s 1995 artist of the year, will be the keynote speaker at the “Women on the Prairie Conference” at PC later this month.
  • Tony’s Fitness Center at 112 South Main announced it will be moving to 201 South Main (the former Stewart School of Hairstyling building) later this fall. 
  • The NSU music faculty is preparing for its staff recital this week.  Those scheduled to perform are Lonn Sweet, Janis Pearson, Jay Coble, Kregg Stovner, Alan LaFave, Marcela Faflak, Mary Kay Geston, Alan Jacobson, Matt Patnode, Bill Weiland, and Matt James.
  • Tim Norman and Bobbi Ryman will reign over the 1996 Aberdeen Central Homecoming activities this week.

 

September 23, 1983

National Headlines:

  • Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Steve Carlton goes for his 300th career win in today’s game against the St. Louis Cardinals.  If successful, Carlton will become the 16th pitcher to win 300 games. (He was successful)
  • Brooke Shield is a member of the freshman class at Princeton this fall.

State Headlines:

  • The John Morrell pork packing plant in Sioux Falls was scheduled to shutdown today, but last minute negotiations between labor and management averted that action.  Had the talks been unsuccessful, 930 employees would have been layed off.

Local/Area Headlines:

  • Sabrina Pfeiffer and Darrin Weber will reign over Roncalli’s homecoming this week.  The pair was crowned last night.
  • Willard Scott, weatherman on the “Today” show, is the featured speaker at this year’s Chamber of Commerce annual banquet.  Tickets are $25.00  Duane Harms will be installed as the new chamber president at the event.
  • Selby High School homecoming royalty are Dan Dahlquist and Lori Akre.
  • Some members of the 1983 Roncalli Cavalier football team are Kevin Fiedler, Mark McNeary, Trevor Lien, and Dan Cleberg.  Members of the Central Golden Eagles team include: Randy Knecht, Rich Russman, Corky Rott, Daryl Tonemah, and Jess Dillavou.
  • Patty Kirkpatrick is the new Director of Public Relations at St. Luke’s Hospital in Aberdeen.
  • The average price for a gallon of unleaded gas in the Aberdeen region is $1.28.
  • Solheim’s Department Store in Redfield will be closing.  A going out of business sale starts October 1.
  • Leon Tobin, superintendent for the Warner School System, will be the emcee during the dedication ceremony for the Warner Community Center.  Governor Bill Janklow will be the featured speaker.
  • The Aberdeen Wrecking Company is paying $.34 per pound for refuse aluminum including pop cans.
  • Bernice Evans Webb will serve as the parade marshal for this year’s Gypsy Day parade.  Sixty years ago, Mrs. Webb was the Gypsy Day Queen.

 

September 24, 1975

National Headlines:

  • Lynette “Squeeky” Fromm, who is accused of trying to assassinate President Gerald Ford, has been declared mentally competent to stand trial and will act as her own council.
  • The 1974 year-end figures released today indicate that nationwide gasoline prices have jumped 21.7 cents since 1960.  The 1974 average price per gallon for gasoline was 52.8 cents compared to  31.1 cents in 1960.

State Headlines:

  • South Dakota Senator James Abourezk is working on federal funding for a study being conducted at the SD School of Mines that explores creating energy from wind power. 

Local/Area Headlines:

  • Steve Grieben and Sandy Kopecky will reign over the Central High School homecoming activities this week.
  • Groton is hosting its 2nd annual Sunflower Days this weekend.  Activities include “Jungle Day” (homecoming) parade, punt pass and kick contest, crowning of the Sunflower Queen and free sunflower seeds both days. 
  • The population of Brown County is 1000 higher than last year.  Currently 29,800 people call Brown County home.
  • Betsy Carey has been hired to teach elementary art in the Aberdeen public school system.
  • Loretta and Don Hardin announce their retirement from Hardin Photography.  Their son Jon “Kim” and his wife Jeanne will take over the business.
  • All State Chorus members selected from Roncalli High School are:  Sharon DeWalt, Marsha Westerfield, Marie Gefre, Amy Stark, Casey Steele, Mark Lapka, Michael Duch, and Dave Nikolas.
  • Dr. Dan Harvey is now practicing dentistry in Aberdeen.
  • Curt Swanhorst of Cresbard won the class B division of the Roe Granger Cross Country meet last weekend.  The team from Ipswich including Clarence Gauer, Greg Heier, Blake Hoffman, and Lenny Braun won the class B team competition.
  • Kevin Kalt had five touchdowns to lead his Warner Monarchs to a 42-24 victory over Frederick.
  • Salaries for Aberdeen city employees have been set for the 1976 budget year.  Most employees will receive a $450 raise.  City commissioners will receive $6000 annually and the Mayor $7200.

 

September 25, 1994

National Headlines:

  • The Dow Jones average fell over 100 points this past week as a result of rumors the Federal Reserve Bank will increase the interest rate on short-term loans by ½ point.
  • O.J. Simpson’s murder trial begins next week with the jury selection process.  The actual trial is not expected to begin until sometime in November.

State Headlines:

  • Next month workers will begin a $8.5 million project at Mt. Rushmore to refurbish the visitor center and concession area.

Local/Area Headlines:

  • The Oak Ridge Boys will perform at the Barnett Center October 17—the opening act will be Lance Luitjens, an NSU junior, as “The King of Rock and Roll-Elvis Presley.”  Tickets just $16.
  • Fire destroyed the Putney elevator and 24,000 bushels of grain yesterday.
  • Zion Lutheran Church in Aberdeen will break ground this weekend for a new 9600 square foot addition.
  • Vicki Lust and Jack Thompson will head the 1994 United Way Campaign in Aberdeen.
  • Dr. John Bormes has joined the practice of ophthalmologist Dr. Curt Wishmeier.
  • Holgate Junior High School now has windows for the first time since the school purposely opened “windowless” in 1972.
  • Doug King, a student at NSU, has been named as the executive director of Kids Voting for the 1994-1995 school year
  • Northwestern High School is considering a $1 million addition to its present facility.
  • Gypsy Day 1994 royalty:  Eric Kline and Tina Styles.  King of the Gyps:  Dean Marske
  • The Ipswich kindergarten class float entitled “101 Dalmations” was selected as “Best Float” in the Ipswich homecoming parade.
  • Dacotah Inc manufacturing plant in Webster is slated to add 50 jobs in the next few weeks.

 

September 26, 1968

National Headlines:

  • US Census figures indicate that only 10% of the nation’s 116.6 million eligible voters are under the age of 24.  In the 1964 presidential election only 51% of the nation’s 21-24 year olds voted.

State Headlines:

  • State publicity director, Bill McDermott, is urging state residents to “talk up” the state rather than pointing out the pitfalls of hot summers, cold winters, blizzards and distance between towns.

Local/Area Headlines:

  • Brian Howell and Patti Andries presided over Roncalli High School’s third annual “Cavalier Days” homecoming festivities this week.
  • Aberdeen voters are being urged to vote “yes” for cable television in the upcoming election to give Aberdeen Cable TV the right to install a cable system in Aberdeen.
  • The Langford High School Band under the direction of Trevor Osborne and drum majorette Ann Ogren  will represent the “home team” at this weekend’s Northern football game as Northern’s own band will be in Minneapolis to perform at the Vikings game.
  • Cheerleaders for the Northern Wolves for the 1968-1969 season from the Aberdeen area include:  Roberta Fossum, Aberdeen; Judy Welke, Redfield, and Marilyn Wik from Norbeck.
  • Del Janusz has been elected president of the St. Luke’s Hospital Auxiliary for the upcoming year.
  • Bids are being taken for the construction of the 86-bed Bethesda Nursing Home in Aberdeen.
  • Pictures of presidential candidate Richard Nixon and vice presidential candidate Spiro Agnew are available at Republican headquarters in Aberdeen. 
  • Fran’s Fabric Center has all colors of satin as well as sew-on bangles for your costumes for Gypsy Day.
  • Aberdeen Central’s  Pageant Day theme is “Inventions, Old and New”  and royalty are Carol Granger and George Amundsen.
  • Top Records this week:  “Hey Jude” The Beatles; “Harper Valley PTA” Jeannie C. Riley; “Hush” Deep Purple; “I’ve Got to Get a Message to You” the Bee Gees; and “Fool on the Hill” Sergio Mendez and Brazil ’66.