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This Day in History - April 7-11

April 7, 1965

National Headlines:

  • Hundreds of Minnesota residents are living in temporary housing due to flooding on the Minnesota River.  In Mankato the river is expected to crest at the 26.5’ level--a half a foot above the dikes built to protect the city after the floods of 1952.

  • Sports announcer, Chris Schenkel, of the American Broadcasting Company, was selected by his peers as America’s top sports caster for 1964.

State Headlines:

  • One of the issues being studied by a committee of state legislators in preparation for next year’s legislative session is “equal pay for men and women” employed by state and local governments.

Local/Area Headlines:

  • Voters in Bowdle will be considering the approval of a $50,000 bond issue to fund the operation of a rest home in the community.  Last fall voters approved a $147,000 to build the facility.

  • Dedication ceremonies for the new Catholic High School have been postponed indefinitely.  Officials feel construction has not progressed far enough to warrant the ceremony.  The open house will be held as planned however.

  • Graduation at Northville-Northwestern High School is scheduled for May 19.  Commencement speaker will be SD’s Attorney General Frank Farrar.  Larry Gerlach is a member of the graduating class.

  • Stop at Newberry’s for a large assortment of parakeets--many different colors--on sale for just $2.98.  Get a free food kit with the purchase of any bird.

  • Ladies--get all you need to complete your new spring outfit at Tempo.  Seamless nylons $.77 a pair, pastel vinyl handbags $2.88 each, classic white, black or beige gloves only $.94 a pair or 7-button length gloves only $1.78 a pair.

  • The Ben Franklin Store will be opening soon in the Super City Mall.  Apply in person for a variety of full and part-time positions.

  • There will be no dance this weekend at the Rainbow Ballroom in Britton.  But dances will be held as usual at the Brentford Legion Club and the Richmond Lake Ballroom.

  • Tonight on TV:  Perry Como hosts famed trumpeter Al Hirt, singer Connie Francis and actor Woody Allen.  Carl Reiner hosts “The Celebrity Game” with guests Zsa Zsa Gabor, George Jessel, Olivia de Haviland, Hedda Hopper and Pearl Bailey.


April 8, 1974

National Headlines:

  • President Nixon signed a bill raising the minimum wage to $2.30 per hour.

  • Baseball Slugger Hank Aaron broke Babe Ruth’s career home run record--714--in today’s game against the Los Angeles Dodgers. 

State Headlines:

  • State banking officials have cautioned South Dakotans about a loan scam currently making its way through the state.  The offer allows a person to receive a loan of $600 with no collateral.  The catch--the interest rate is 34%!  Interest rates for legitimate loans in the state are currently 10% or less.

Local/Area Headlines:

  • Judge Philo Hall, the presiding judge of the Fifth Circuit, announced he would be seeking re-election to that position. 

  • Aberdeen lawns may go dry this summer according to the city’s Water Commissioner, A.G. Westby.  Unless we receive significant rainfall soon, water restrictions will be put in place very early.

  • Construction of the Safeguard Automotive Company building is underway in Aberdeen’s Industrial Park.  The building is adjacent to the new Safeguard factory building completed last summer.

  • The Northern Wolves baseball team defeated a team of alumni 5 - 3 in a game played to raise funds for the Adjustment Training Center.  Gene Reich played for the alumni.  Curt Fredrickson and Skip Kurth played for the Wolves.

  • Plan now to attend a “Double Rock Concert” on April 17.  Hear R E O Speedwagon and Chi Coltrane at the Civic Arena.  The concert is sponsored by the Union Operations Board from Northern.

  • Beat the high price of gas this summer--get a new bike from Coast to Coast.  All types and models are now on sale and $5.00 down holds your new bike until you need it.  Get an extra 5% discount if you by 3 or more bikes.

  • The Sunrise Branch of the Aberdeen National Bank is now open on the corner of 6th Ave. and South Roosevelt Street.  Eldon Swingler is an assistant cashier.

  • This week’s top 10 records include:  “Hooked on a Feeling” by Blue Swede; “Bennie and the Jets” by Elton John; “Mockingbird” by Carly Simon and James Taylor; “Sunshine on my Shoulders” by John Denver.

  • At the movies  “The Sting” at the Orpheum; “Cinderella Liberty” at the Capitol.  Don’t forget the Starlight opens Friday.


April 9, 1983

National Headlines:

  • The PGA Masters golf tournament will not be played today due to rain.  Tomorrow is doubtful as well.  Current leaders after two rounds are:  Jack Renner, Ray Floyd, and Gil Morgan.  Arnold Palmer is one stroke behind.  Back spasms forced Jack Nicholas to drop out yesterday.

  • Lech Walesa, former leader of Poland’s Solidarity Union, has declined an offer to speak at Harvard University’s commencement fearing that Poland will ban him from the country if he leaves.

State Headlines:

  • Circuit Judge Mildred Ramynke of Peever has been appointed as the presiding judge in the Fifth Circuit making her the first woman to hold this position since the unified judicial system was created in 1974.  She will replace Judge Philo Hall in the position.

Local/Area Headlines:

  • Aberdeen police arrested a suspect for the armed robbery last week at Gibson’s Discount Center.  The store’s ass’t manager suffered a non-life threatening gunshot wound during the robbery.

  • The Cresbard High School band under the direction of Scott McKirdy will present a “Grand Concert of Yesterday” to honor the band of 1953 that was chosen to perform at the Mid-West National Band Clinic in Chicago.  Today’s band will perform the same program the 1953 band played in Chicago.

  • Glenna Fouberg is Aberdeen’s new First Lady.

  • The Aberdeen Exchange Club celebrated it 12th anniversary as an Aberdeen Service Club.

  • Aberdeen Central band director, Dean Kranhold, was named South Dakota’s Outstanding Bandmaster by the state’s bandmasters organization.

  • Steven Donovan, a senior at Groton High School, has received an appointment to the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs CO.

  • The Gettysburg Centennial Committee is seeking entries for its July 2 parade.

  • McDonald’s still has $.35 hamburgers! 

  • Dining options at area churches this weekend:  Pancake supper and bake sale at the Falnes Lutheran Church in rural Langford: Spaghetti Supper at the Northville Methodist Church; a turkey dinner at the Pleasant Valley Church near Kidder ND; or a buffalo supper in Fullerton ND.

  • Tonight on TV:  “T.J. Hooker”,  “Love Boat”, “Fantasy Island”


April 10, 1967

National Headlines:

  • Bob Hope hosted the annual Academy Award ceremony.  “A Man for All Seasons” received 6 Oscars; including best actor for Paul Scofield;  “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolff” received 5 including best actress for Elizabeth Taylor.  Walter Matheau won best supporting actor for his role as a shyster lawyer in “Fortune Cookie”.  Sandy Dennis was named best supporting actress for her role in “Virginia Wolff”

State Headlines:

  • The state Game, Fish, and Parks Department announced the 1967 pheasant season would open October 21, a week later than last year.  It also announced the state’s first mourning dove hunting season would open September 1.

Local/Area Headlines:

  • Aberdeen voters will go to the polls Tuesday to decide whether or not to approve the imposition of a 2 mill levy, which would help fund an organized recreation department for Aberdeen.  If voters fail to approve the increase, the existing recreation department will be discontinued.

  • Shop these mall stores during Super City’s 3rd Anniversary Celebration Sale:  Taco Towne, Julian’s Bake Shop, Ben Franklin, Mrs. Blow’s Sewing Center, Bur-Mar’s, Keith’s Fashions, Fairway Foods, White Drug, Mae’s Treasure Trove, Osborne’s Clothing, and Tempo.  Don’t forget to stop at the Rhine Lounge after bowling at the Super Bowl.

  • Get ready for golf season at Feinstein’s Bootery--Hush Puppies Golf Shoes just $14.00.

  • Roncalli’s first full-fledged track team will make its debut at the Redfield Relays.  The team is coached by Wally Johnson former track standout at Aberdeen Central and Northern State College.

  • Coming to the Aberdeen Civic Arena for one performance on April 17--”We Five”.  Hear their hit “I Woke Up This Morning, You Were On My Mind” plus much more.  Tickets on sale at Stout Drug.  Gen. Admission $1.50 Reserved Seating $2.50.  Show sponsored by the NSC Big Name Committee.

  • The Depot Club is now open at 1100 S Main under new management and ownership. 

  • Celebrate “Baby Week” at Olwin Angels--get 2 dozen CLOTH diapers for only $6.00, snap-front undershirts for $.77; terry cloth sleepers for $2.50 and spring weight “grow bags” just $4.00

  • Top Records this week include:  “Somethin’ Stupid” Nancy & Frank Sinatra; “The 59th Street Bridge Song” by Harpers Bazaar; “I Think We’re Alone Now” by Tommy James & the Shondells; “Girl You’ll Be A Woman Soon” by Neil Diamond.

  • The First National Bank now has five phone lines and 50 phones to better serve its call-in customers.


April 11, 1987

National Headlines:

  • Phil Donahue’s talk show was dropped from the TV lineup for next season in Chicago--the city where the Donahue show was taped in its early years.  “Hill Street Blues” will be dropped from the national line-up next season as will the popular show “Fame”

State Headlines:

  • There is an outbreak of mumps in Southeastern South Dakota.  It was first thought that the cases were confined to college campuses in the area, but there are now many reported cases throughout communities in the region.

  • The ACLU is threatening Watertown with a lawsuit if city officials fail to repeal an ordinance banning strippers and mud wrestling within the city limits.

Local/Area Headlines:

  • There will be a pancake and sausage feed in Leola to help raise funds for the Leola Public Library.

  • The Waubay Community Choir will present a concert in the Waubay High School Commons area.

  • Acting Mayor, Tim Rich, is being challenged in the upcoming election by political newcomer Pat Klabo. 

  • The Aberdeen Resource Center for Women is sponsoring a Trivia Contest at the Sheraton Inn.  A $25 entry fee will be charged for each team entered.  Teams can have as many as 5 members.

  • The Andover Federated Study Club will host its annual Easter breakfast at the Andover Senior Center. 

  • The winner of the 1987 April Arts Month poster contest is photographer Pete Carrels. 

  • Dr. Thomas Luzier will open his medical practice in Aberdeen in July.  He will specialize in the treatment of asthma and allergies.

  • After a 73 year run, the Onaka Grocery store will close tomorrow.  Residents can still purchase milk and a few staples at the Cenex station.

  • The local IRS office is offering extended hours to help those taxpayers who’ve waited until the last minute to file their income tax return.

  • Plan to attend the open house at Camelot Estates (west of Super 8 Corporate Headquarters) on Sunday.  See Aberdeen’s newest and most convenient townhouses.

  • Tonight on TV:  “The New Mike Hammer”, “Golden Girls”, “Room 227”, and “Hunter”