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This Day in History - November 10-14


November 10, 1974

National Headlines:

  • The Ponderosa Ranch, the home of the Cartrights (father Ben and sons Adam, Hoss and Little Joe), will close its doors at the end of this year.  “Bonanza”, the once-popular Western TV series that featured life on the Ponderosa, has been cancelled after rating 52nd in the latest Neilson poll.

State Headlines:

  • In the recent elections, Democrat James Abourezk defeated Republican Robert Hirsch to claim the US Senate seat vacated by presidential candidate George McGovern.  Democrat Frank Denholm was re-elected to the 1st district House seat by defeating John Vickerman while the state’s second district House seat went to Republican James Abdnor who defeated Patrick McKeever.

Local/Area Headlines:

  • Fire destroyed Aberdeen’s five-story Safeguard Industries building today.  The fire apparently started in the company’s paint room and quickly spread throughout the massive structure, which ultimately collapsed just three hours after the fire was discovered.
  • Don Reshetar, head football coach at Aberdeen Central, announced his retirement from that position.  He will continue to serve as the school’s athletic director.
  • Beadle Floral (formerly Koch’s (cook’s) Flowershop) at 904 S 8th St is hosting its grand opening tomorrow.  Jim Beadle has leased the business from Mr O.H. Koch who is retiring.
  • Members of the Faith United Methodist Church in Aberdeen with celebrate the church’s 90th anniversary this Sunday with a special service that will include honoring members with the longest, continuous membership and those (still living) with the earliest baptism dates.
  • Ken Pudwell is the new basketball coach at Frederick High School. 6’2” sophomore Dean Marske is one of his players for this season.
  • Election results of interest to Brown County:  Donna Kuhfeld won a 4th term as the county’s Register of Deeds, Ruth Humphries was re-elected as the auditor, Tom Tonner was elected as the state’s attorney, and Elroy Johnson was re-elected as sheriff.
  • A gallon of gas is only $.29 at local stations.
  • This week’s top records “Nights in White Satin” The Moody Blues, “Burning Love” Elvis, “Garden Party” Rick Nelson, “Ben” Michael Jackson, and “Listen to the Music” Doobie Brothers.
  • At the Movies:  Richard Burton in “Bluebeard” at the Orpheum and “Last of the Red Hot Lovers” at the Capitol.

 

November 11, 1981

National Headlines:

  • The United States government ended its fiscal year with a deficit of $148 billion.
  • One of every four domestic flights by the nation’s major air carriers arrives at least 15 minutes late and 150 flights are chronically late according to a recent government study.

State Headlines:

  • Governor George Mickelson announced the creation of the South Dakota Community Foundation, a multi-million dollar endowment fund to benefit human services and economic development projects in South Dakota.  It is hoped the fund will be valued between $10 and $12 million by December 1988 and be available for use as the state begins its second century in 1989.

Local/Area Headlines:

  • The Roncalli Cavaliers are headed to the state’s football championship games in the Dome later this week.  The team defeated Vermillion 28-7 in the semi-final matchup for the 11A title last evening at Swisher field.  (The Cavs lost the 11A title game to Winner)
  • Brown County’s 14 Vietnam War casualties will be honored when the new Vietnam War Memorial located in Anderson Park is dedicated this afternoon.  The ceremony will include the sounding of a 21-gun salute and a “missing man” formation fly over by members of the South Dakota Air National Guard.
  • Stephanie Herseth scored 10 points to help her Groton basketball team defeat Clark 62-37.
  • Plan to attend the Black and White Bash this weekend at the Holiday Inn Convention Center.  It’s a fundraiser for the Aberdeen Area Arts Council; Black Velvet and the Aberdeen Big Band will provide the music.  Tickets, $10 each.
  • First Bank of Aberdeen’s Sunrise Branch at 2319 6th Ave SE will close next week.  The branch opened at that location in 1974.
  • The Aberdeen Kiwanis Club has its first woman member, Mayme Green, whose husband Paul was a charter member of the group in 1923.
  • Bostwick’s in downtown Aberdeen announced a new shipment of “Minnesota Twins 1987 World Series Champs” sweatshirts has arrived.
  • At the Movies:  “Dirty Dancing” and “Death Wish 4”
  • Tonite on TV:  “Magnum, P.I.”, “The Equalizer”, “Highway to Heaven”, and “St. Elsewhere”

 

November 12, 1977

National Headlines:

  • Decorative gaslights may be banned if President Carter’s energy bill passes as he hopes. There are between 2 and 4 million of these lights in use throughout the country and discontinuing them will save as much as 73 billion cubic feet of gas annually.

State Headlines:

  • The nation’s leading gasohol expert will be in South Dakota to speak at the state’s gasohol conference scheduled for December, which will examine the commercial feasibility of producing the grain/gasoline mixture.  Attendees at the conference will discuss the possibility of starting gasohol production within South Dakota.

Local/Area Headlines:

  • Help Aunt Chilotta’s Mexican Restaurant celebrate its first birthday this week.  Stop in for daily specials including 3 hard shell tacos for $1.00
  • Marlene Larson and Kathy Ellingson will serve as emcees for the upcoming Snow Queen contest in Warner.
  • Last night was the annual Sadies Hawkins dance at the YMCA.  For this event, girls invite boys to dinner and the dance.  Opus provided music for the dance.
  • Maurice’s, Aberdeen’s most exciting new feminine fashion store, is now open at Third Avenue and Main Street.
  • The Hay Furniture Company has purchased the old Gamble building at 6 South Main Street in Aberdeen and will be using the north half of the building for its new World of Wood and Sleep Shop.  The south half of the building is being rented by the News Printing Company.
  • Klein’s Big Dollar Store is moving from its Main Street store to a new building just west of K-Mart. 
  • Spaulding Auto in the Auto Plaza has new 1978 Ford Pintos for just $2995.
  • Jones Drug is now open from 10am – 10pm on Sundays and is conveniently located next to Kesslers on 6th Avenue.
  • At the Movies:  “One on One” at the Capitol and “Rolling Thunder” at the Orpheum.
  • Tonight on TV:  “The Godfather Part I”  and “The Bionic Woman”

 

November 13, 1994

National Headlines:

  • The mid-term elections are over and Republicans are eyeing the presidential race that is two years off.  Republican Senators Bob Dole, Phil Gramm, and Arlen Specter have all been in Iowa this week to “test the waters” for the Iowa caucuses to be held early next year.

State Headlines:

  • Construction crews working on a new housing development in the Black Hills dug up a 4 foot long mammoth tusk that could be anywhere from 10,000 to 100,000 years old. 

Local/Area Headlines:

  • Aberdeen artist, Mary Gorder Groth, has created a drawing of the Capitol Theater Marquee as a fundraiser for restoration of the marquee.  Prints are $15 each or a signed and numbered print is $75.
  • The doctors of Aberdeen Family Physicians (Dr. Mogen, Dr. Wachs, and Dr. Ellerbush) will be moving to their new offices in the Dakota Medical Square later this month.
  • The original Schwinn Airdyne exercise bike is on sale now for only $499 at Dakota Outdoors.
  • Feinstein’s Bridal Shop is going out of business.  All wedding gowns are priced to sell-- $50 - $299!
  • The new drive up window at Michael’s Ice Cream & Sandwich Shoppe is now open. Michael’s is located across from Northwestern Public Service and is open 7am – 10pm.
  • Today is the soup, sandwich & pie supper at the North Highland Methodist Church as well as the ham and meatball dinner at St. Paul’s Lutheran in Aberdeen.
  • A Nintendo with Dr. Mario game is now on sale at WalMart for only $70 and a portable CD player is only $99 today only.
  • Dakota Electronics has the newest in regional mobile phones—guaranteed wide coverage area with minimal monthly fees.
  • Tonight on TV the world premier mini-series “Scarlet”—the much anticipated sequel to the classic “Gone with the Wind.”  Timothy Dalton stars as Rhett Butler and Anne Whalley Kilmer plays Scarlett O’Hara.

 

November 14, 1991

National Headlines:

  • The US Senate approved a bill to lower credit card rates in an effort to stimulate the economy.  The new rate would be set 4 points higher than the current rate charged by the IRS on delinquent taxes, which is 10%.  Therefore credit card companies can charge no more than 14% on outstanding balances.

State Headlines:

  • According to the US Census Bureau, 78% of South Dakotans have completed high school and 18.4% have completed four years of college.

Local/Area Headlines:

  • The Webster School will open bids for 100 new band uniforms at its next meeting.
  • Students at Aberdeen’s O.M. Tiffany Elementary celebrated the school’s 50th birthday today with special treats provided by the school—37 dozen decorated cupcakes!
  • Organizers in Britton are finalizing plans for “Christmas on Parade”.  Events on the schedule so far include a bake sale, strolling carolers, a showing of Christmas cartoons at the Strand Theater, and the ringing of church bells one hour prior to the evening parade.  The parade will end at the Britton Sale Barn where there will be a live Nativity scene.
  • The Groton School Board is considering plans for a $500,000 addition to the elementary school.
  • Some of the participating businesses in Aberdeen’s upcoming Holiday Open House are Courtney’s Books and Things at 422 S Main, Coffee Etc at 412 S Main, JL Footwear at Lakewood Mall, Pleinis Jewelry at 213 S Main, The Aberdeen Crockery at 511 S Main, and Snyder City Drug on Main Street.
  • The Aberdeen City Commission has purchased the former Adjustment Training Center building on 10th Avenue and South State Street to be used mostly as a storage facility for the city’s street and painting equipment.
  • Kimberly Ann Fortin is the new Snow Queen from Bowdle.  So far there are 36 candidates registered for the upcoming Snow Queen contest in Sisseton.
  • Sister Bernadette Bodine was inaugurated as the new president of Presentation College yesterday.
  • “The Buffet” is a new restaurant now open at 2220 6th Ave SE.  There are different buffet offerings for lunch and dinner.  Dinner will include crab legs, shrimp, baked fish, roasted chicken, meatballs, lasagna, and barbecued pork ribs.