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This Day in History - March 17-21

March 17, 1962

National Headlines:

  • Scott Carpenter has replaced astronaut Deke Slayton who was scheduled to be the next man to venture into space.  A heart condition has grounded Slayton.

  • Today New Yorkers will continue a tradition they started in 1779--the St. Patrick’s Day parade. This year’s parade starts at noon and is anticipated to last five hours.

State Headlines:

  • The South Dakota High School Activities Association has awarded both the A & B basketball tournaments to Sioux Falls for next year.  Huron has hosted these events for the past several years taking the action from Aberdeen after building an arena larger than Aberdeen’s.

Local/Area Headlines:

  • This is State A week, teams in the contest are:  Mitchell, Mobridge, Pierre, Brookings, Sisseton, Belle Fourche, Sioux Falls Washington, and Rapid City Central.  Championship game:  Brookings defeated Sioux Falls 42-39.

  • Britton’s Jim Schlekeway was named to the All-State B Basketball team.  Britton won the consolation title in the recent State B tournament.  Other teams participating were:  Pine Ridge, McIntosh, DeSmet, Bridgewater, Murdo, Freeman and Howard.  Pine Ridge won the title over McIntosh 70-68.

  • The Claremont community is busy planning its Jubilee Celebration scheduled for June 23.

  • Arlo Moeckley of Britton is one of the featured soloists in SDSU’s men’s chorus The Statesmen.

  • Tickets for the Downtown Quarterback Club’s Award dinner are nearly sold out.  Featured speaker is Norm Van Brocklin, head coach of the Minnesota Vikings.

  • Aberdak Travel located in the Sherman Hotel Lobby has a package trip to the Seattle World’s Fair.  $21.00 for three days or $49.25 for the five-day excursion.

  • Malchows and the Furniture Mart are celebrating their 25th anniversary with huge savings on Frigidaire electric ranges.  Get a free 4-piece silver coffee service set with the purchase of a new range.

  • At the movies:  A double feature at the Capitol “Ivanhoe” and “Knights of the Roundtable”

  • See Eddie Haskell, Clarence “Lumpy” Rutherford, Ward, June, Wally and Theodore “the Beaver” Cleaver in “Leave it to Beaver” tonight on TV.


March 18, 1987

National Headlines:

  • Massachusetts Governor, Michael Dukakis announced he intends to enter the race to become the 1988 Democratic presidential nominee.

  • Boston Red Sox pitcher Roger Clemens is in the 11th day of a contract holdout declining the Sox offer of nearly $950,000 for the upcoming season.  That is a $500,000 base and incentives such as an extra $50,000 for making the All Star team, $100,000 for being named MVP, $100,000 for Cy Young, etc.  Clemens reaction to the offer--he was indignant!

State Headlines:

  • Rapid City is preparing to welcome its new professional basketball team, The Thrillers, who are part of the Continental Basketball Association.

Local/Area Headlines:

  • Terry Small’s Golden Eagles are making the trip to the state AA tournament.  Other participating teams are:  Huron, Brookings, Mitchell, Rapid City Stevens, Yankton, Sioux Falls Lincoln,  Sioux Falls Washington. 

  • In the State AA Championship game Aberdeen Central lost to Brookings 48-47.  Eagles high scorer was Tony Portra with 16, Jason Durnil added 14, and Tom Larson 10.

  • State B action took place this week in Rapid City.  Teams playing were:  Midland, Emery, Irene, Selby, DeSmet, Ethan, Northwestern, and Wilmot.  Championship game:  DeSmet defeated Selby 50-49.  Steve Sawinsky led Selby with 17 while Scott Whitlock had 14.

  • State A games were played last week in Sioux Falls:  Those teams were Milbank, Tri-Valley, Pine Ridge, Mobridge, Freeman, Lennox, Spearfish and Platte.  Championship game;  Pine Ridge defeated Lennox 60-53.

  • The Claremont post office is celebrating its 100th birthday.  Postmaster Lowell Beck has served there for the past 34 years.

  • Currently about 80 men are working for 22 contractors on the new Barnett Center at NSU.  Completion of the building is scheduled for September 1 of this year.

  • The Aberdeen Wrecking Company is sponsoring a metal sculpture contest in conjunction with April Arts Month in Aberdeen.  The first place winner will receive $25

  • This week’s special at “The Lumberjack Restaurant” inside the Lumber Company-- a “mom-sized” piece of pie and coffee just $.99

  • At the movies:  “Platoon” and “Hoosiers” at the Cinema Twin and “Some Kind of Wonderful” at the Capitol.


March 19, 1969

National Headlines:

  • Beatle Paul McCartney has married American photographer Linda Eastman in a ceremony in London.

  • USC football star and Heisman trophy winner, O.J. Simpson said he would like to play pro football for the Buffalo Bills and has had a first meeting with team officials.

State Headlines:

  • Walleye fishing is reported excellent in the tail waters of the Oahe Dam.  Temps are in the 40s and nearly all fishermen are getting their limits.

Local/Area Headlines;

  • Aberdeen Mayor Cliff Hurlbert announced he would seek re-election.  William Hauck is his only opponent to date.

  • The Newman Center at NSC is scheduled to be completed and ready for use by the fall.

  • Aberdeen Central’s George Amundson was named to the Class A basketball All-Tournament team.  Milbank’s Steve Graf and Aberdeen’s Jerry Hegge both received honorable mention.

  • Tickets are now on sale at Chaffin’s for the Hubert Castle Shrine Circus.  General Admission is $1.50 with reserved seats $1 more.

  • Virginia Tobin won $20 in the Fairway Foods Bingo contest this week.

  • A 3-pint box of fresh strawberries is just $1.00 at Piggly Wiggly.

  • It’s spring--Dairy Queen is now open!

  • Jeff Solem, head of KABR radio, is the new president of Rotary.

  • The Kersten twins, Jim and John, are lettermen returning to the Roncalli track team

  • The Aberdeen Seniors won the Tri-state Y basketball tournament defeating a Sioux Falls team 58-56.  Jim Stephenson had 19 for Aberdeen while Al Burgard scored 10 and Gene Reich had 9.

  • A 1969 Buick LeSabre 4 door is just $3377 at Midland Motors.  Includes automatic transmission, power steering and brakes, white walls, remote mirror and full chrome package.

  • On the Bob Hope Show tonight:  Jimmy Durante, Cyd Charrise, Ray Charles and Nancy Sinatra.

  • See Franco Zefferelli’s production of “Romeo & Juliet” starring Olivia Hussey and Leonard Whiting at the Capitol Theater tonight.


March 20, 1977

National Headlines:

  • The US Senate Finance Committee approved an increase in the standard federal tax deduction to $2200 for singles and $2800 for couples filing jointly.

State Headlines:

  • A student at SDSU ate 400 live goldfish to earn money for charity.  It took him 5 hours and 34 minutes.

Local/Area Headlines:

  • The Aberdeen Central Golden Eagles won the State A basketball tournament defeating Rapid City Stevens 50-30.

  • Team members were: Mike Ewing, Rob Sorge, Scott Bosanko, Mike Goeman, Doug Vogt, Randy Utecht, Tim Steinwandt, Scott Mann, Doug Eisenbeisz, Kerry Buntrock, Tim Burgard, and Russ Smith.   Tim Karsky and Daryl Van Dover were the student managers and head coach was Terry Small.

  • Other teams in the 1977 State A tournament were:  Pierre, Milbank, S.F. Washington, Mitchell, Vermillion and Lead.

  • Three new principals have been hired for Aberdeen elementary schools.  Luther Schumacher will lead Simmons Elementary; Bill Hild will be at Henry Neill, and Duane Alm will be at C.C. Lee.

  • “Good Time City, Aberdeen” is the new slogan being used by the Chamber of Commerce to promote Aberdeen.

  • Aberdeen is preparing to host 2000 young basketball players on 129 teams who are coming to the city to participate in the YMCA Interstate Tournament. 

  • Aberdeen K-Mart is celebrating its 3rd anniversary with huge sales.

  • Special at A&W 2 Papa burgers just $1.19

  • A pay phone has been installed in the Brown County courthouse for the convenience of visitors.  The only other public phone in the courthouse is in the sheriff’s office.

  • Tonight at the Ipswich theater  “Midway”


March 21, 1982

National Headlines:

  • The Mount St. Helen’s volcano erupted spewing ash & steam 36,000 feet in the air.

  • OPEC is limiting daily oil production to 18 million barrels.  The per barrel price is the highest in history--$34!!

State Headlines:

  • The SD Board of Regents has killed a measure that would permit students to earn a graduate degree in computer science at the state’s 3 largest universities.  Reason--lack of funds. 

Local/Area Headlines:

  • Life in Aberdeen has come to a halt after a winter storm dumped 15” of snow on the city.

  • The Aberdeen Central Eagles played in the state A tournament in Rapid City winning the “pride” game for 7th place by defeating Sioux Falls Washington 56-44.  Other teams in the tournament were:  Pierre, Rapid City Central, Madison, Watertown, Lennox and Spearfish.  Pierre captured the title defeating RC 56-43.

  • NSU’s Cathy Coyle earned honorable mention honors in the NAIA all-American women’s basketball team.

  • Officials are still trying to determine the cause of the fire that destroyed Aberdeen’s 94-year-old Spur Hotel earlier this week.  Two of the hotel’s 17 residents perished in the fire.

  • Pastor Jim Hanson will leave Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Aberdeen to accept a call to the “Chapel in the Hills” in Rapid City.

  • South Dakota Congressman Clint Roberts will be the featured speaker at Brown County Republican’s Lincoln Day dinner.

  • Cresbard High School is hosting a choral concert for over 100 area vocalists.  Other schools participating in the concert are Ipswich, Bowdle and Roscoe.

  • At the movies:  “Absence of Malice”  “Private Lessons” and the Cinema Twins and “Arthur” at the Capitol.