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This Day in History - March 10-14

March 10, 1968

National Headlines:

  • The U.S. commander in Vietnam, General William Westmoreland, has asked President Lyndon Johnson to approve a request for 50,000 to 200,000 more men.  This is over and above the 525,000 men already fighting there.

State Headlines:

  • The SD Highway Department reporting spending over $250,000 in the last two years to pick up trash along the state’s highways. 

  • Attorney General Frank Farrar stated that demonstrations of good grooming practices in high school homemaking courses are not an illegal practice of cosmetology.

Local/Area Headlines:

  • Construction is progressing on Aberdeen’s second hospital, Dakota Midland, north of town.

  • Roncalli defeated Aberdeen Central to win their first ever trip to the State A Tournament. George Amundson was Central’s top scorer with 23 while Roncalli’s Dennis Fettig had 20.

  • The A tournament line up is:  Sioux Falls Lincoln, Vermillion, Miller, Rapid City, Lead, Brookings, Watertown, and Aberdeen Roncalli. Championship game:  Brookings defeated SF Lincoln 69-57.

  • The B tournament line up is:  Onida, Arlington, Emery, Parker, Clark, Pine Ridge, Platte and Britton.  Championship game:  Arlington over Parker 69-64

  • Best selling books this week:  Fiction-- “The Confessions of Nat Turner” and “Myra Breckenridge”  Non-Fiction  “The Naked Ape”  “Nickolas and Alexandra”

  • Top Records this week:  “Love is Blue” by Paul Mauriat; “Simon Says” 1910 Fruitgum Co. and “Spooky” the Classics IV

  • 1968-1969 Community Concert Tickets now available from any Community Concert member or at sales headquarters located at the Downtowner Friendship Inn (Ward Hotel).  Season tickets are just $8.50 for adults and $5.00 for students.

  • Specials at Walgreens--202 S Main--Sylvania Blue Dot Flashcubes 12 pack $1.09 and Tums--3 rolls just $.19

  • At the Movies:  “The Jungle Book” at the Capitol and “Sgt. Ryker” starring Lee Marvin at the Orpheum.


March 11, 1974

National Headlines:

  • Results of a recent Gallup poll indicate that an American non-farm family of 4 needs $152 per week just to meet the costs of necessities.  This figure is five times higher than the $30 needed in 1937 and 50% more than the 1967 figure of $101.

  • The exercise room in the White House will open its doors to women staffers after a 2 1/2 year battle for access to this previously all-male domain.  Women can now use the facilities from 8am - 11:30 am daily.

State Headlines:

  • A Sioux Falls “Streaker” clad only in tennis shoes and a ski mask who did his thing before 3000 high school basketball fans will donate the nearly $600 he won in bets to the YMCA and do 50 hours of community service at the Sioux Falls arena as part of a plea agreement reached in his indecent exposure arrest.  He also must have a clean record for the rest of the year to keep this arrest off his permanent record.

Local/Area Headlines:

  • The city commission voted not to approve the proposed plat of Jobee Acres due to its proximity to the airport.  Airport officials worry that further development of the area will have adverse effects on future lengthening of existing runways.

  • Aberdeen voters will go to the polls in May to vote on a bond issue of nearly $9 million to construct two new high schools--one on the south side of town and one on the north side-- and a new building to replace the existing Lincoln elementary.  The proposed site for the south high school is South of Melgaard Road and east of Moccasin Creek while the north site is directly north across the street from Holgate Junior High.

  • The Hamlin Chargers defeated Parker 36-33 to capture the state B basketball title.  The Britton Braves took third place by defeating Salem 56-54 in overtime.

  • Aberdeen Central’s Golden Eagles won a berth in the state "A" tournament by upsetting Huron 60-47.

  • Northern has cancelled its spring production of “Treasure Island” because area elementary and secondary students, the plays main audience, are unable to attend due to the cost and lack of gasoline.  Gas prices topped $.60 a gallon last week.

  • Featured dining specials at local restaurants.  The last big lutefisk feast of the season at the Ranch Cafe $2.50 per plate; an all you can eat Smorgasbord at Leo’s Good Food just $2.00; or spend just $1.69 at Bonanza Sirloin Pit for a 6-oz ribeye steak dinner.

  • See Biegler Motors for the new “fun to drive” Gremlin for only $2309 or a Hornet Hatchback for only $2649.


March 12, 1965

National Headlines:

  • Mariner 4 is in the 103rd day of its journey to Mars and has already taken over 16 million scientific measurements and will make about 11 million more before it flies past Mars on July 14.

  • Two big issues facing President Lyndon Johnson are--the fledgling Vietnam War and the racial tension in Selma Alabama.

State Headlines:

  • SD Congressman Ben Reifel announced that the Veteran’s Administration is planning to build a 75-bed nursing care facility in Sioux Falls.

Local/Area Headlines:

  • The Hecla Red Rocket basketball team will play in the state B tournament for the first time in 25 years.

  • The Aberdeen Park Board set the golf rates for the season at Lee Park as follows:  Season ticket men $25, women $20 and youth $12.  Daily fees are $1.50 on Sat/Sun and holidays $1.00 weekdays.

  • American News columnist Max Cooper has challenged Aberdeen Mayor Clifton Hurlbert to a pancake-eating contest.  The event is part of the annual Kiwanis pancake days.  (results reported several days later Cooper 28-Hurlbert 26)

  • Top records this week:  “8 Days a Week” the Beatles; “This Diamond Ring” by Gary Lewis; “My Girl” by the Temptations and “Ferry Across the Mersey” by Gerry & the Pacemakers.

  • Among those representing Aberdeen Central at Boys State are:  Rory King, Gary Sharp, and Tom Guhin.

  • Rev. Glenn Midthun will be installed as the new senior pastor at Bethlehem Lutheran Church on Sunday

  • Tickets now on sale for the annual Elks’ Father & Son Banquet.  Fathers $1.00 Sons $.50

  • Showing at the Capitol theater:  “Hush, Hush Sweet Charlotte” starring Bette Davis, Olivia DeHaviland and Joseph Cotten.  At the Orpheum:  Jack Lemmon and Verna Lisi in “How to Murder Your Wife”

  • On TV tonite:  The Bob Hope show with guests Nanette Fabray and Ricardo Montalbon


March 13, 1971

National Headlines:

  • Final testimony was heard in the “My Lai Massacre” trial of Lt. William Calley Jr who is accused of the pre-meditated murder of 102 Vietnamese civilians in 1968.  This concludes 46 days of testimony.  Calley could be sentenced to death if convicted of this crime.

State Headlines:

  • The South Dakota House of Representatives has killed a proposal from Governor Richard Kniep that called for the implementation of a state income tax.

Local/Area Headlines:

  • The DeSmet Bulldogs coached by Larry Luitgens have won the State B tournament title for the second year in a row by defeating Lennox 53-44.  Live action was broadcast in color on Sioux Falls’ KCOO TV with sports director Ken Hirsch announcing.

  • Teams in the upcoming A tournament are:  Watertown, Pierre, Mitchell, Belle Fourche, Brookings, Rapid City Central, Sioux Falls Washington, and Redfield.  Championship game: Washington over Mitchell 68-61.

  • Over 50 students are involved in Aberdeen Central’s spring theater production including:  Bill McQuillen, Roger Darling, Joe Van de Rostyne, George Sullivan, Connie Sieh, Susan Odland (Ewinger),

  • Roncalli students, Ron Heil, Steve Crawford, and Mark Caven furnished vocal music for the Sacred Heart Altar Society meeting.

  • Get your tickets now for “The James Gang” concert at the Civic Arena.  Tickets $2.00!

  • Jim Fischer of Eureka will have his senior recital at Northern’s Administration Auditorium in Spafford Hall.

  • The Groton High School debaters won the class “A” debate tournament.  Team members include:  Eileen Olson, Jeff Von Wald, Diane May and Jim Westby.

  • Northern’s men track team won the Huron Invitational.  Loren Kambestad won the 3400 and the 1600 yard runs; the 1600 yard relay team of Steve Schulte, Tom Atkinson, Mike Peiper and Dave Grafton also took first place.

  • Students named to the honor roll at the Aberdeen School of Commerce include:  Jim Harr, Wanda Parrett, and Dennis Larson.


March 14, 1980

National Headlines:

  • John Wayne Gacy was sentenced to death in the electric chair for the sex slayings of 12 men and boys in Chicago.  Gacy was convicted of slaying 33 victims but only 12 of them were after Illinois’ death penalty law took effect in 1977.

  • President Jimmy Carter unveiled his “Anti-Inflation” program that includes these points.

  • A $.10 per gallon increase in the price of gas; higher interest rates; and no Saturday mail delivery.

State Headlines:

  • The South Dakota Republicans held their county presidential caucuses and elected 184 delegates for Ronald Reagan.  Ford had 121; other candidates received 172; and there were 69 uncommitted delegates. These delegates will go on to the state Republican convention later this year.

Local/Area Headlines:

  • Aberdeen Central won its first round game against the Mitchell Kernels 53-46 at the state “A” tournament in Rapid City.  Brice Iwerks was the Eagles high scorer with 16.

  • The State “A” lineup includes:  Aberdeen Central, Sioux Falls Lincoln, Spearfish, Watertown, Cheyenne-Eagle Butte, Rapid City Central and Yankton. Championship Game:  Rapid City defeated Watertown 58-40.

  • Aberdeen native Al Burgard has joined the Roberts-Nichols Realty firm.

  • The Brown County jail has a newly decorated padded cell--its pink!  Crime experts feel the soft color is least likely to make people violent.

  • Arnie Goldade was the all-events winner in the Aberdeen City Bowling Tournament with a total score of 2140.

  • The Presentation Sisters are preparing to celebrate 100 years of service to North and South Dakota.  There will be several special events at the Heights including a mass with Bishop Paul Dudley of Sioux Falls.

  • Invest $500 for 2 years at First National Bank and receive 11.75% interest.

  • Number 1 spring wheat is selling for $3.53 at local elevators.

  • Daylight Donuts 1st anniversary special--donuts $.10 each, coffee $.15 a cup.

  • At the movies:  Cinema 1-”Apocalypse Now”;  Cinema 2 “The Electric Horseman” The Orpheum “The Jerk” with Steve Martin; The Capitol “Hero at Large” with John Ritter.