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This Day in History - August 11-15


August 11, 1990

National Headlines:

  • Delta Airlines announced a 5.3% increase in domestic and international fares to counteract the ever- increasing price of jet fuel.  Yesterday American Airlines raised its fares 10% for the same reason.
  • Joe Montana has signed one of the richest deals in NFL history—a 4 year, $13 million deal with the San Francisco 49ers.  Montana led the 49ers to a Super Bowl victory last winter—its second consecutive title.

State Headlines:

  • The 50th annual Sturgis Bike Rally is in progress and has drawn more than 250,000 bikers to Sturgis.  Representatives from 45 news agencies worldwide are covering the event from Sturgis.
  • In the 8 months since the state legalized gambling in Deadwood, players have wagered $118 million.

Local/Area Headlines:

  • Brian Sharp, a member of the Dakota Sharpshooters 4-H Club, is a 4-H royalty candidate.  A king and queen will be crowned as part of the Brown County Fair.
  • Headline entertainment at this year’s Brown County Fair includes “The Oak Ridge Boys”, “Lorrie Morgan”, The Bellamy Brothers and “Highway 101”.
  • Mother’s Restaurant on Aberdeen’s Main Street will close its doors this week.
  • Back to school fashions are featuring neon colors and paisley prints.  Lunch boxes feature images of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and New Kids on the Block.
  • Lakewood Mall is now open on East 6th Avenue.
  • Gregg Magera, Russ Levsen, and Roger Imberi are among those who placed in different categories in the recent Aberdeen City Tennis Tournament.
  • Heidi and Jim Ruch won the Jack and Jill Golf Tournament at Moccasin Creek Country Club.
  • Gas prices in Aberdeen have risen to $1.25 per gallon.  Steady increases have taken place since the US invaded Kuwiat on August 1.
  • Attend the Youth Heritage Arts Festival today at Wylie Park to enjoy historically based activities for kids and adults.  Admission is just $.50.
  • Tonight on TV:  “China Beach”, “Twin Peaks” and an NFL preseason game between the Los Angeles Raiders and the San Francisco 49ers.

 

August 12, 1975

National Headlines:

  • The FBI is investigating the disappearance of teamster boss Jimmy Hoffa.  He was last seen July 30.

State Headlines:

  • Bids for a new domed stadium in Vermillion on the campus of USD came in $3 million above the projected $7.2 million cost.  Even if the University had the $10 million required for the project, it could not spend it this year.  The state legislature put an $8.8 million spending cap on the project.  The idea is not dead however, University officials will look for additional funding options.

Local/Area Headlines:

  • Aberdeen telephone customers may now be assigned a phone number with a 226 prefix since the previous 225 and 229 prefix numbers are nearly all in use.
  • Radio station KSDN hopes to increase its power from 1000 watts to 5000 watts.  If the request is approved by the FCC, the station will be more powerful by spring of 1976.
  • The first day of school for students in the Aberdeen public school system will be September 2.
  • Groundbreaking ceremonies for Roll Away USA, a modern roller skating facility, were held yesterday.  The facility is scheduled to open in November of this year.
  • The Artic Circle Drive In at 205 6th Ave SE features 4 hamburgers for $1.00 every Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday—all day.  Carla’s Drive In at 1122 South Main features barbeques for only $.27 every Monday.
  • David Laustsen, owner of KKAA-AM a 24-hour country music radio station, announced today an application for an FM radio station has been approved.  The new station will operate at 94.9 on the FM dial and offer a stereo music format.
  • The price of activity tickets for Aberdeen students increased by $3 for the upcoming school year, so senior high students will pay $8 and junior high students will pay $5.
  • The Tri-City Jaycees will hold a Hawaiian Luau at the Roslyn High School gym this weekend.  Enjoy fresh fruit, roast pig, and hors d’oerves for just $5.00 per person.
  • Don’t miss “White Wing” playing nightly at the Station House 1100 S Main in Aberdeen.

  • The Kyle Evans Band will be playing at the Grandstand during the Brown County Fair.

  • At the Movies:  “Jaws” and “Earthquake” at the Cinema Twins and “The Land that Time Forgot” at the Orpheum.
  • On TV tonight:  “Barnaby Jones”  “Marcus Welby, MD” and “Ironside”

 

August 13, 1965

National Headlines:

  • Police and the National Guard are trying to end the race riots in the Los Angeles suburb of Watts.  So far 16 deaths have been reported as the violence escalates daily.

State Headlines:

  • A new law took effect July 1 of this year requiring SD counties with a population exceeding 50,000 and encompassing more than 2500 square miles to elect a full time states attorney.  Pennington County is the only county affected by this law. 

Local/Area Headlines:

  • It was 112 degrees in Aberdeen today, which broke the city’s previous hottest August day set on August 1, 1900 when the mercury reached 111 degrees.  The previous record in Aberdeen for August 13 was 106 set in 1938.  Redfield unofficially reported 118 degree readings showing on Main Street thermometers.  The official weather observation thermometer in Redfield showed 116 degrees.
  • Aberdeen is hosting the American Legion Baseball World Series later this month.  Tickets for reserved seats in the grandstand are now available at Stout Drug for $12.50 per book (14 to 15 games)
  • The Barnyard Rustlers 4-H Club of Bath selected Stanley Dell to represent them on the 4-H council.
  • Leo’s Good Food, 324 S Main in Aberdeen, is nearly ready to move to its new location immediately north of its present site.  The new facility will seat 40 and feature a balcony dining room for private parties.
  • A record 230 people attended the flower show and silver tea sponsored by the Faulkton Methodist Church that featured 258 flower entries from 81 exhibitors.
  • Tonight and every night after 8pm you can make a 3 minute station-to-station long distance phone call for only $1.
  • In a recent ceremony US District Judge Axel J. Beck elevated these Aberdeen Boy Scouts to the rank of Eagle Scout--Larry Lockwood, Greg Goodspeed, Tom Dougherty, Reed Dornbush, and Kevin Forbes.
  • Shop Gene’s Super Value at 224 SW 6th Ave for these specials: cantaloupe 4 for $1, 10 pound bag of red potatoes for $.69, Bathroom tissue 12 rolls for $1, and Campbell’s Chicken Noodle Soup 6 cans for $1.  Get 1800 extra Gold Bond Stamps with purchases of designated in-store specials.
  • Live market broadcasts from the Aberdeen Livestock Sales Company can be heard daily at 12:25 on KXAB-TV.

 

August 14, 1958

National Headlines:

  • There are roughly 1.5 million Americans past the age of 65 still in the workforce, which means they are not eligible for Social Security benefits.  There are nearly 9 million Americans who are drawing the monthly retirement check.

State Headlines:

  • A Rapid City woman has designed a 49 star flag that SD Senator Francis Case submitted to the White House for consideration.  Her design features 49 stars placed in concentric circles.  The stripes in her flag remain unchanged.  There are over 200 designs under consideration for a new US flag once Alaska becomes our 49th state.  The President will select the new design.

Local/Area Headlines:

  • The Farmers and Merchants Bank in Aberdeen is now open every Friday evening from 7pm –9pm for your convenience.  All banking services will be available during those hours.
  • Membership in the Aberdeen Chamber of Commerce reached a record 517 during last week’s membership drive.
  • The Brown County Grain Company announced it would be tripling the size of its elevator located at 1122 South Main in Aberdeen.
  • A new product is being tested on a stretch of Highway 12 in Brown County.  “Neopreme” is a plastic additive that is supposed to make highways more skid resistant.
  • Voters in Mobridge defeated a $48,000 bond issue for airport improvements for a second time yesterday.
  • Nationally there are 54,300 Edsels on the road.  Stop at Saunders Motor Sales at 124 First Ave SW in Aberdeen to test drive one today.
  • Nearly 200 Yelduz Shriners and their wives will leave next week to attend the Midwest Shrine Association summer meeting in Regina, Saskatchewan.
  • The new May Overby Elementary School in Aberdeen will have its first PTA organizational meeting next week.
  • Kessler’s Super Valu is planning to construct a new facility immediately to the east of its present store.  The store will be an 84’ x 120’ single story structure when completed. 
  • When the books were closed on Gettysburg’s 75th anniversary celebration, a balance of $3905.20 remained.  The money will help pay the debt on the new swimming pool.
  • Tonight is “Jalopy Night” at the Starlite Drive In.  It’s your chance to win a “beautiful bucket of bolts” free—there are 3 to choose from.  They’d make great hunting or fishing cars.
  • Tonight on TV:  “The Groucho Marx Show”, “The Real McCoys” “The Price is Right”

 

August 15, 1981

National Headlines:

  • There was a nationwide walkout of 13,000 air traffic controllers on August 3 and now major air carriers are having to lay off thousands of employees as a result of the disruptive effects of the strike.

State Headlines:

  • The air traffic controlers strike has forced entertainer Kenny Rogers to postpone scheduled performances in Rapid City and Sioux Falls next month.  Rogers had planned to make the SD stops on his way back from appearances in Canada, but doesn’t want to take a chance on not being able to make his connections.

Local/Area Headlines:

  • Dr. Harold Kraushar has opened his chiropractic office in Aberdeen in the Hanley Building at 5th Avenue and South 2nd Street.
  • Students in Ipswich will report to school on August 24.  New classes being offered this year include French, shorthand, and an improved computer programming course.
  • Get a new COLOR computer, the TRS-80, at Radio Shack. It also has lots of memory-- 4K and is priced at only $399  Serious computer users will want the 16K converter pack.
  • Entertainment at this year’s Brown County Fair includes “The Daisy Dillman Band”, “The Deputy Dawg Band”, “Sylvia” and “Freddie Hart and the Heartbeats” 
  • The Brown County National Farmers Organization will sponsor a pure ground beef and cheese sale next weekend at the Brown county Fairgrounds. 
  • David Bunsness was one of several youth from Bethlehem Lutheran Church to spend  a few days visiting an orphanage in Mexico. While there the youths dug sewer lines, sewed and mended clothing, cooked meals, weeded gardens and fixed machinery.
  • The Aberdeen Area Chamber of Commerce announced that all tickets for the Centennial Banquet featuring Paul Harvey are sold.  They are taking names on a waiting list should tickets become available.
  • At the Movies:  “For Your Eyes Only” and “Condorman” at the Cinema Twins.  “Raiders of the Lost Ark” at the Capitol and “Stipes” at the Starlite Drive In.
  • On TV Tonight:  “Hee Haw”, “Eight is Enough”, and Roger Ebert and Gene Siskel’s “Sneak Preview”.