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This Day in History - April 1-4

April 1, 1982

National Headlines:

  • The new Hubert H. Humphrey metradome in downtown Minneapolis will open this weekend with an exhibition game between the Minnesota Twins and the Philadelphia Phillies.  Ticket prices have been raised to help fund the dome.  Twins tickets went from $7, $6 & $3 to $10 $7.50 and $4.50 while Vikings tickets will go from $12 to $15!

State Headlines:

  • South Dakota AAA has released its most recent statewide average gas prices--regular gas at full-service stations is $1.29 a gallon, unleaded is $1.34 and premium unleaded is $1.45.  Prices at self-service pumps are $1.19 for regular, $1.25 for unleaded and $1.33 for premium unleaded.

Local/Area Headlines:

  • The Chancel Choir from Aberdeen’s First Methodist Church will present a concert during the regularly scheduled worship services next Sunday.  The choir is directed by Lonn Sweet.  A brass choir of Jim Downie, Bob Downie, Dennis McDermott, and Charles Mangan will assist the choir on two anthems.

  • Tom Daschle will be hosting a “Thank-You” and kick off to his campaign for re-election as South Dakota’s Congressman this weekend at the Aberdeen Country Club.  Admission is free and the event is very informal.

  • Northern has announced its football recruits for next season and they include:  Lonnie McKittrick of Groton, David Hagen of Sisseton, Ron Englehaupt of Faulkton, and Glenn Melcher of Aberdeen Central.

  • The Star-Lite Outdoor Theater will be opening soon and is now hiring.  Stop at the Cinema Twins for an application.

  • The Minnesota based Plywood Minnesota store of Aberdeen has a new name:  The Floor to Ceiling Store. 

  • “ Uptown, Downtown, My Town”, Aberdeen’s newest restaurant, will open next week at 12 2nd Ave SW says owner Mart Zomers.

  • Aberdeen will not be getting a LaBelle’s store after all.  The store announced last fall it would be locating in the space formerly occupied by Tempo at the Super City Mall.  Changes in the national economy have forced the company to change its mind.

  • Guys, go to The Main for your prom tux and accessories.  A complete package including shoes is just $40.

  • Tonight on TV:  “Fame”,  “Give Me a Break” “Taxi” and “Hill Street Blues”


April 2, 1969

National Headlines:

  • The body of former President Dwight “Ike” Eisenhower was laid to rest today in the tiny chapel at the Eisenhower Center in his hometown of Abilene, Kansas.

  • Lou Alcindor, a 21 year-old 3-time All-American basketball star at UCLA turned down a $3.25 million 5-year contract with the American Basketball League to negotiate with the National Basketball League who offered him $1 million for the same time-period.

State Headlines:

  • The SD Department of Public Instruction released the per student education costs for the state that range from a high of $905.76 in Tabor to a low of $361.61 in Murdo.  The average cost was $541.37 and Bristol’s $541.31 and Conde’s $541.83 were the closest to that level.

Local/Area Headlines:

  • Sister M. Alacoque  is Aberdeen’s new First Lady.  She is a physical therapist at St. Luke’s Hospital.

  • A benefit basketball game between teams representing Aberdeen’s Job’s Daughters and DeMolay ended with the Demolays defeating the Job’s 23-21.  Money raised by the event will be donated to the School of Hope in Aberdeen.

  • The Aberdeen City Commission awarded Biegler’s, Inc the contract for 3 new police cars.  The firm’s bid was $5,537.88 plus trade-in for each.

  • Robert Imrie and Sherry Plepp will represent Bristol High School at Boys and Girls State.

  • Plans are being made for the dedication of two new dorms on the campus of Northern State College.  Ceremonies for McArthur-Welch and Jerde Halls will take place later this month and Governor Frank Farrar will be the featured speaker.

  • Easter Special at Tempo--Get a free live baby duck with a purchase of $3.00 or more.  Ducks can be purchased for $.49 each, however none will be sold to parents unless a child accompanies them. 

  • The 1969 All State B Basketball team includes Rich Andrejewski from Arlington, Dave Thomas from Onida, Allen Guthmiller from Leola and Steve Hammer from Pierpont.

  • Fenn’s Ice Cream specials at your favorite store--Old Fashioned Cherry Nut, half-gallon $.79 or a half-gallon of Spumoni only $.98.

  • Andy Griffith plays an ex-Marine turned preacher in “Angel in My Pocket” now showing at the Orpheum.   Rex Harrison is “Dr. Doolitttle” now showing at the Capitol.


April 3, 1976

National Headlines:

  • The world premier of “All The President’s Men” that documents the Nixon-Watergate Scandal will be tomorrow evening at Kennedy Center.  Few if any of the president’s men will be in attendance--it is an invitation only event with a ticket price of $25 each. 

State Headlines:

  • SDSU’s annual Dance for Dystrophy netted $35, 641, which brings the cumulative total, raised since the school’s first dance in 1972 to more than $105,000.

Local/Area Headlines:

  • The Aberdeen Arts Council chose Melgaard Park as the site of its first Summer Arts Festival.  Council members hope this will become an annual event.

  • Sylvia Jaskinski was named the Aberdeen’s new First Lady.

  • Karl Graeber, chairman of the board of governors for Aberdeen’s Dakota Midland Hospital, announced the appointment of John Forseth as the board’s newest member.

  • Nearly 2000 high school musicians are in town competing in the Region IV Music Contest on the campus of NSU.  Students represent 36 schools in the 12 counties of Region IV.

  • The prom committee for Roncalli High School announced prom colors would be silver, white and midnight blue.  The band “Pegasus” will provide music.

  • The Aberdeen YMCA is holding a weeklong celebration of its 50th anniversary.  Reverend Richard Ward is the current president of the board of directors.  Lon Gellhaus, Chuck Hogg and Rev. Harold Salem are some serving on the board.

  • The Aberdeen Central varsity basketball team played a benefit game with Central teachers to raise money for Muscular Dystrophy.  The Eagles defeated the teachers 83-63.  Top scoring teacher was Terry Small with 14, Steve Graf and Larry Hanks added 12 each, and basketball coach Pierre DuCharme added 6.

  • Hoven’s new all-weather track will see its first action tomorrow during the Hoven quadrangular.  The quarter-mile track has six lanes and was built on the site of the old dirt track.

  • Curt Swanhorst and Joell Lerew will represent Cresbard High School at Boys and Girls State.

  • The Groton High School honor roll includes junior Karl Alberts.

  • Coming soon to the Civic Arena--”The Myron Floren Show” featuring stars from the Lawrence Welk show including dancers Bobby & Cissy, Dick Dale, Larry Hooper, Gail Farrell, Arthur Duncan and many more.  Tickets priced from $3.00 to $6.00 on sale at Engel Music.


 April 4, 1988

National Headlines:

  • The NCAA basketball tournament concludes today with the championship game between University of Kansas Jayhawks and University of Oklahoma Sooners.  The Jayhawks coached by Larry Brown won the game 83-79.

  • This is opening day for Major League baseball.  The season’s first game begins in Boston at 12:05pm between Boston and Detroit. 

State Headlines:

  • Presidential hopefuls spent $1.1 million in the state trying to attract votes in SD’s early primary.  All major candidates from both parities appeared at least once in the state. 

Local/Area Headlines:

  • 1983 Aberdeen Central grad and USD football standout, Robb White, is awaiting a call from the NFL.  It is expected he will be drafted in the middle rounds of the selection process. The last Aberdonian drafted was George Amundson who was selected in the 1970s by the Houston Oilers in the first round.

  • Cast members have been selected for Presentation College’s Ice Cream Theater production of “Wind in the Willows” Teresa Levsen will play a water rat, and Holly Gederos will play a mole.

  • Aberdeen’s Red Owl Grocery Store will be closing next week according to the Red Owl Corporation.

  • Lars Herseth, the defeated 1986 Democratic candidate for governor, said he would challenge incumbent state senator Republican Peg Lamont in the fall election.

  • Aberdeen Central basketball coach Terry Small and Northwestern basketball coach Jim Trett have been named region coaches of the year.  Small for Region I; Trett for Region III.

  • The South Dakota Wrestling Coaches Ass’n named Jim Hadorn, a 1968 graduate of Aberdeen Central, who is now the assistant wrestling coach at Milbank High School, Assistant Coach of the Year.

  • Become the “Earl of Elegance” at your prom.  Register at Carrow’s Formal Wear to win the “Elegance package:  free tux rental, free boutonniere or corsage, free dinner for 2.