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The Day in History - June 16-20


June 16, 1991

National Headlines:

  • Basketball great Scottie Pippen signed an $18 million, five-year contract extension with the Chicago Bulls.  The contract is retroactive to increase Pippen’s salary on the remaining 2 years of his contract and extend to another 5 beyond that making his annual rate of pay for the next 7 seasons about $2.7 million.
  • The International Olympic Committee selected Nagano, Japan over Salt Lake City, Utah as the site of the 1998 winter Olympic Games.

State Headlines:

  • Headliners for the 1991 South Dakota State Fair are comedian George Burns, country star Garth Brooks and rapper Vanilla Ice.  Tickets for all shows are available for the first time through Ticketmaster, a national entertainment ticket outlet.

Local/Area Headlines:

  • Five members of the National Guard’s 452 Ordinance Company based in Aberdeen arrived home from the Persian Gulf today.  They were transported in open convertibles from the airport to the armory along a flag-decorated parade route through the city.
  • Eureka is hosting the second annual ‘bed races” as part of its Crazy Days celebration at the end of June. Plan to enter your four member team now.  The rules are simple—all members start the race at the foot of their steel-framed bed, when the race starts 2 members must don nightshirts and caps and jump in bed, the remaining two members push the bed down Main Street and back to the starting location.  The fastest team is the winner.  All this fun for only $5 per team!
  • Teachers and students at Groton will enjoy the use of 85 new computers next year.  Classes in “word processing” and “data bases” will be added to the high school curriculum and “keyboarding” will be added to the elementary curriculum.
  • The Aberdeen school board appointed Virginia Tobin as the district’s interim superintendent.  Tobin has been serving as the district’s superintendent of student services.
  • Tristan Siewert, Nate Malchow, Ryan Goodman, Dave Goodman, and Rebecca Goodman qualified for the national AAU Regional track meet in Miles City, Montana after winning events in the local trials.
  • Dr. Michael Holte will join Drs. Mark Harlow and James MacDougal in the practice of orthopedic surgery this month.
  • The Aberdeen Municipal Band 73rd consecutive concert season is underway and its director, Orville Evenson, celebrates his 22nd consecutive year as the group’s leader.
  • At the Movies:  John Candy in “Only the Lonely”, Bill Murray in “What About Bob?”, Kevin Costner in “Robin Hood”, Billy Crystal in “City Slickers” and Ron Howard’s “Back Draft”—all at the Midco 5 theaters located at Lakewood Mall.

 

June 17, 1975

National Headlines:

  • Karim Abdul-Jabbar, a 7’2” star of the Milwaukee Bucks, has signed a 5-year $2.5 million contract with the Los Angeles Lakers.  Abdul-Jabbar, then known as Lou Alcindor, lead UCLA to three national titles and was the NBA’s top draft choice in 1969.  He signed with the last place Bucks and was honored as the NBA’s “Rookie of the Year” for his work on that team.

State Headlines:

  • An interim committee of the South Dakota legislature is meeting to review policies currently in place to regulate the 236 registered beekeepers in the state who own 156,000 bee colonies at 5,000 locations throughout the state.  The industry contributed $3.7 million to the state’s economy last year and SD is ranked 4th in national production of honey and beeswax producing nearly $7 million worth annually.

Local/Area Headlines: 

  • Northern Athletic Director, Clark Swisher, said that the new football stadium and all-weather track will not be completed in time to host the school’s 1975 football games.  He stated the grass on the playing surface needs two full growing seasons to be strong enough to withstand the demands of weekly football games.  The team will continue to play at Simmons Field for one more season.
  • The Aberdeen City Commission will not purchase the old BIA building on the corner of 9th Avenue and South Main for use as a training complex by the local fire department.    The costs to renovate the structure for use were more than the purchase price making the deal fiscally undesirable.
  • Rory King of Aberdeen has been elected the president of the Young Lawyers Section of the South Dakota Bar Association.
  • Summer brides—see Susie Wells, bridal consultant, for all your bridal fashion needs at Pred’s Cloud Nine Terrace in downtown Aberdeen.
  • Area boys participating in the Bob Wach’s/Northern Basketball Camp on the campus of NSC were Tom Waage of Groton, Lyle Swingler of Gettysburg, Jeff Babbe of Milbank and Stuart Stiles of Mobridge.
  • The grand opening of Thorson Aviation’s new facility is scheduled to take place at the Aberdeen Regional Airport on June 22.  Steve Thorson is the owner of the operation that began in 1969.
  • NSC student, David Henkel, designed the winning logo in a contest sponsored by the Aberdeen Area Bicentennial Committee.  The logo will be the official emblem of the group.  Judges were Jim Gibson, Robert Fuller, Don Fordham and Betsy Carey.
  • Ken Fiedler, owner of Ken’s Fairway Foods in Aberdeen, announced that work on a 6,000-square foot addition to the grocery store would begin immediately.  The construction is expected to be complete by November 1.
  • Tonight on TV:  “Hawaii 5-0”, “Police Story”, “Barnaby Jones” and “Marcus Welby, MD”

 

June 18, 1957

National Headlines:

  • Actress Ethel Barrymore died in her sleep, she was 79.  She began her career at age 14 and eventually became one of America’s great Broadway leading ladies.

State Headlines:

  • The South Dakota Board of Regents will review “car privileges” for students at the state-supported colleges and universities to determine if they are too liberal.   

Local/Area Headlines:

  • The Langford Band Mothers met to plan a float for the upcoming Jubilee parade in Britton.
  • Members of the Southside Baptist Church in Aberdeen will hold a groundbreaking ceremony for a new church on the corner of South Main Street and Melgaard Road on Sunday and construction will begin Monday morning.  Currently services are held at 825 12th Avenue SE
  • The Swing ‘em in Gingham Square Dance Club of Mellette is sponsoring a dance at the Aberdeen fairgrounds.  Dancers are urged to bring a sack lunch.
  • The Ladies Aid of the Barnard Congregational Church met to discuss the possibility of getting water piped into the church basement.
  • Despite 99 degree heat, members of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Java held a work bee to begin construction of their new church.  The group worked from 6am to 7pm, used 4 cement mixers and 1000 bags of concrete to complete the foundation.  Workers enjoyed 2 meals and an afternoon snack prepared by the ladies of the church.  More work days will be planned until the church can be completed.
  • The Kelly and Miller Circus will perform at the Brown County Fairgrounds next month.  It will bring giraffes, hippopotamuses and rhinoceroses plus 21 elephants and more than 200 other animals.  This circus is 2nd is size only to the Barnum and Bailey circus and is the largest “tent show” currently on tour.
  • Specials at the Arcola Grocery this week include frozen lemonade mix $.10 a can, 2 pound box of Velveeta cheese $.69; 6 pak of Coke or 7 UP $.39 plus bottle deposit, Duncan Hines cake mixes 4 for $1.00, one pound of butter $.59 and one quart of Miracle Whip $.49
  • The Aberdeen City Commission awarded the bid for wiring the overhead lights on the new 2nd Street overpass to Northwestern Public Service.  The overpass is expected to be ready for use by July 25.
  • Spaulding Auto has a new shipment of Edsels—stop by for a test drive.
  • The new student union building on the campus of NSTC is expected to be ready for use by this fall.
  • On TV tonight:  “December Bride”, “Tennessee Ernie Ford”, “Groucho Marx” and “Zane Gray”

 

June 19, 1967

National Headlines:

  • A 27-year old Jack Nicklaus won the U.S. Open with a score of 275 for the 72-hole tournament and set a new tournament record for low score.  The previous low was 276 set by Ben Hogan 19 years ago.
  • Singers Sonny & Cher are expecting their first child.  They were married in October of 1964.

State Headlines:

  • 450 school lunch cooks are enrolled in a “short course” at SDSU with topics as varied as “Understanding Children” and “Menu Analysis”.  Cooks from the Aberdeen public and Catholic schools will attend along with those from Redfield, Conde, Rosholt and Frankfort.

Local/Area Headlines:

  • The old Brown County jail will be demolished now that work on the new jail is complete.
  • Today’s baking at the Northside Bakery was a total loss when the power failed in a four block area of Aberdeen.  Included in the loss were 400 loaves of bread and all the sweet rolls that were in the ovens when the power went out.
  • Bob Johnston and Vern Lausten are running for a seat on the Aberdeen School board.
  • Jim Lust won the Watertown Open Golf Tournament by two strokes.  He took 187 shots to complete the 45-hole match.  Aberdeen golfers Norm Scott and Guy Walkingstick tied for 4th.
  • The new Head Start program opened in Aberdeen last week.  Classes are being held in the Roosevelt School.
  • Top records this week:  “Respect” by Aretha Franklin, “I Got Rhythm” by the Happenings,

  • “Groovin’” by the Young Rascals, “Release Me” by Engelbert Humperdinck, “Creeque Alley” by the Mamas and Papas, and “Somebody to Love” by Jefferson Airplane.

  • At the movies:  “The Sound of Music” at the Capitol, “Help, I’m in Orbit” at the Orpheum and “The War Lord” at the Starlite.

  • On TV tonight:  “The Monkees”, “Family Affair” and “Big Valley”

 

June 20, 1986

National Headlines:

  • The Bristol-Myers Company has removed its popular over-the-counter pain reliever, Extra Strength Tylenol, from the market after a third bottle of capsules tainted with cyanide was discovered in Seattle.

State Headlines:

  • The Nordland Fest begins in Sioux Falls tomorrow.  Three Scandia bands will provide music for a dance that is expected to draw 1000 people.

Local/Area Headlines:

  • About 50 people attended the organizational meeting of the Aberdeen Chapter of the Germans From Russia Heritage Society.
  • Today is the Grand Opening of the Nibble Nook located at the E-Z Stop Food Mart on Roosevelt Street.  There is a drive-up window as well as inside seating.  All food is homemade—nothing is microwaved!
  • Swimming has been banned at Mina and Richmond Lakes due to a high bacteria count in recent water samples. 
  • Workers at Aberdeen’s Safeguard plant are on strike.  This is the second strike in three years and the fifth in the 35 years of union involvement at the plant.
  • The Putney Centennial Picnic will be held next week.  There will be games and a program after the meal.
  • The Claremont Community Club will present “The Perils of Penelope”, an old time melodrama, as part of the town’s centennial celebration.
  • Arliss Alberts, organist at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Aberdeen, has been re-elected the vice president of the South Dakota Federation of Music Clubs.
  • Mike McCafferty is the new executive director of the New Beginnings Center in Aberdeen.
  • Plan to attend all the activities scheduled next week in Bowdle as part of its Centennial celebration.
  • Alabama is just one of the country acts scheduled to appear at the Great North American Country Music Festival in Britton in July.
  • The Osmond Brothers are the headliners for the Presentation Sisters’ Centennial Celebration at the Aberdeen Convention Center.
  • At the movies:  “Back to School” at the Capitol, “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” and “Space Camp” at the Cinema Twins and “Police Academy 3” at the Pheasant Drive-In in Redfield.