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This Day in History - March 24-28, 31

March 24, 1966

National Headlines:

  • A 6-year old suburban Cincinnati boy is leading a boycott on his school lunchroom, claiming the food “just isn’t as good as Mom’s”.  The superintendent did not stop the 2-day boycott saying it has been “great fun for the kids” and “our food really isn’t all that bad.”

State Headlines:

  • Republican Ben Reifel, SD’s US Representative for the 1st District, announced he will seek a 4th term.  He is currently the top-ranking member of the House Appropriations Committee.

Local/Area Headlines:

  • Northwestern Bell Telephone announced that customers in the Aberdeen service area would have access to “direct dial” long distance service beginning April 1. 

  • Due to a major winter storm that crippled the Twin Cities, all flights in and out of Aberdeen were cancelled. 

  • Snow removal costs for February and March snowstorms in the Aberdeen area cost the city over $16,500--this does not include gas and oil costs, just payroll and equipment expenses.

  • The Aberdeen Social Security Office will extend its regular hours next week and remain open until 9pm so residents will have more chances to receive information about the Medicare program, which will take effect July 1.

  • Aberdeen is hosting the annual South Dakota Inventors Congress.  Displays will be at the Civic Arena all weekend.  Inventors will have the opportunity to meet with manufacturers, patent attorneys, and representatives of the Dept. of Commerce.

  • Fire destroyed the Frederick Lumber Yard.  The building was completely destroyed in one hour despite the efforts of volunteer fire departments from Frederick and Hecla.

  • Stop in to Omer’s Cafe in Groton each Saturday evening for the smorgasbord that is served from 5pm - 9pm.

  • See Benny Schmaltz at the Furniture Mart in Aberdeen for a new Zenith combination TV/Radio/Stereo.

  • The Barnard Congregational Church is hosting its Annual Jiggs Dinner of corned beef & cabbage next week.  Adults $1.50  Kids $.75

  • Tonight on TV.  “The Munsters” and Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass, the Kroftt Puppets and Jane Morgan are guests on the Dean Martin Show.


March 25, 1975

National Headlines:

  • Saudi Arabia’s King Faisal was shot and killed today by his mentally deranged nephew, Prince Faisal Aziz.

  • Bobby Knight, legendary Indiana basketball coach, has been named the AP’s Major College Coach of the Year.

State Headlines:

  • The American Revolution Bicentennial Committee has selected Mount Rushmore, also known as the Shrine of Democracy, as a focal point of the nation’s upcoming bicentennial. 

Local/Area Headlines:

  • The region is digging out from blizzard that dropped 13” of snow over the past 48 hours.  City Commission urges everyone to “just stay home”

  • Jim Wyly, chairman of the Brown County Democrats, whose term would end in June of 1976 has resigned that position so a new party chairman will have plenty of time to gear up for the 1976 general elections.

  • Seventh grade Grand prizewinners in the Roncalli Junior High Science Fair are Chris Rinke and Allen Gates whose project dealt with diet deficiencies in mice and the resultant effect on learning.  Purple ribbon winners were Rick Fettig and Mike Weber.

  • The Brown County National Farmers Organization set up shop in Plywood Dakotas parking lot and sold nearly 2.5 tons of ground beef and cheddar cheese directly to consumers.  Another sale will be held next week in the Sandvig’s Parking lot.

  • Aberdeen’s Beta Sigma Phi organization has announced the 1975 First Lady is Bea Premack.

  • Monique and Miquette Kosse, Kristi and Staci Hogg, Elise Iwerks, Scott Dell, Blake Anderson, Scott Swisher and Bridget Steele were some of the Aberdeen Elks Swim Team members who placed in a recent meet in Bismarck.

  • Easter specials at Gibsons:  Clairol “Frost ‘n Tip” home hair frosting kit just $3.47; a portable 8 track player $33.97; 3 pound Morrell Pride canned ham $3.99; Kodak Instamatic 20 camera outfit (includes camera, roll of 110 film, magi cubes, and cube extender)

  • At the movies:  “Airport 1975” and “Best Friends” at Cinema 1&2, “Macon County Line” at the Orpheum and James Caan and Allen Arkin in “Freebie and the Bean” at the Capitol.


March 26, 1985

National Headlines:

  • “Amadeus” sweeps the Academy Awards with 8 wins including best picture and best male actor, F. Murray Abraham.  Other winners include:  best actress, Sally Field in “Places in the Heart” best original song, Stevie Wonder’s “I Just Called to Say I Love You”, best visual effects “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom”

State Headlines:

  • The Ellsworth Heritage Foundation is hoping to build a top-flight air and space museum at Ellsworth Air Force Base in Rapid City. Cost for the project is estimated to be near $350,000.

Local/Area Headlines:

  • The Bristol Community held an “All-Male Miss America Contest” with 21 local entries strutting their stuff in swimsuits and evening gowns--all for a good cause.  The event raised $1400 for a sand filter for Bristol’s swimming pool.

  • Mayor Del Janusz has been elected for a second term as president of the Northern State College Foundation.  Dennis Bale is the new vice president.

  • The Houghton Centennial Committee traveled to Frederick to present its melodrama, “The Villain of Glitter Gulch” for the benefit of the Centennial and the Frederick Store. A matinee and dinner theater performance were given.

  • NSU’s basketball standout Janell Birrenkott has been named to the NAIA Area 3 Kodak All-American basketball team by the area 3 women coaches.

  • The Aberdeen school board approved volleyball as a new girl’s sport for the upcoming school year.  Athletic director, Jim Haar, wants the program to begin in 7th grade so a competitive program can be built.

  • There will be a new crossing guard to help the students at Howard -Hedger Elementary School navigate the busy corner of North 2nd Street and 8th Avenue.

  • The following candidates are running for a 5 year term on the Aberdeen City Commission: Gordon Gray, Shawn Hanson, David Heacox, C.T. Kirkpatrick, Robert Nikolas, Roger Preszler, Tim Rich and Don Vogt.

  • Tonight on CBS, a special movie presentation of  “Anna Karenina” with Jacqueline Bisset and Christopher Reeve.

  • At the Movies:  “Porky’s Revenge!” and “Micki & Maude” at the Cinema Twins and “Friday the 13th part 5” at the Capitol.


March 27, 1964

National Headlines:

  • After 17 days of diplomatic pressure, Russia released two American pilots shot down by a Soviet fighter over East Germany.

State Headlines:

  • Governor and Mrs. Archie Gubbrud will host an Easter egg hunt on the lawn of the Governor’s mansion.

  • Prices of haircuts in union shops in Sioux Falls will be $1.75, an increase of $.25 beginning immediately.  This is the first price hike since July 1957 when the price went to $1.50 from $1.25.

Local/Area Headlines:

  • Officials of South Dakota Boy’s State say that enrollment in the week long government camp is the highest on record, nearing 500.  Tom Daschle and Hollis Hurlbert are among those chosen from Aberdeen Central High School to attend the event.

  • The Aberdeen Country Club is hosting its annual Easter Egg Hunt indoors at the clubhouse.  The event runs from 10:30am to 2pm to coincide with the Club’s regular Sunday Brunch.

  • The annual Easter egg hunt at Melgaard Park has been cancelled due to the weather--snow is still on the ground and it’s unseasonably cold.

  • Stevenson’s, a women’s apparel store, will open on Main Street next week.

  • Summer “Drive-In” help is needed at Dutch’s Cafe and Drive-In.  If interested send photo, age, experience, and letter of OK from parents.

  • Lars Herseth, a low hurdler, is among the lettermen returning to the Central track team this season.

  • The Beatles have the top 4 records in this week’s top 10 countdown with “She Loves You”, “I Want to Hold Your Hand”, “Please, Please, Me” and  “Twist and Shout” the 4 Seasons “Dawn” was number 5.

  • Have Easter dinner at the Blackhawk Cafe (318 S Main) Prime Rib $2.25; Baked Ham $1.50; Pan Fried spring chicken with cream gravy $1.25

  • At the Movies:  Walt Disney’s “Sword in the Stone” at the Capitol and Rock Hudson and Paula Prentiss in “Man’s Favorite Sport” at the Orpheum.

  • On TV Saturday morning--”Captain Kangaroo”,  “Tennessee Tuxedo”, “Quick Draw MaGraw” “Rin Tin Tin” and “Roy Rogers” 


March 28, 1983

National Headlines:

  • Houston defeated Villanova 87-71 in the Midwest Finals of the NCAA Basketball Tournament.  Houston’s Akeem “The Dream” Olajuwon, a 7’ powerhouse, hit his first 10 shots and was hot for the rest of the game.

State Headlines:

  • Eighteen of this year’s 49 USD medical school graduates are choosing Internal Medicine as a specialty.  Another 8 chose family practice; five chose ob/gyn careers with the remainder selecting surgery, pediatrics, pathology and radiology. 

Local/Area Headlines:

  • The Brown County Sheriff has received several complaints of dogs running at large throughout the area.

  • Northern’s Cathy Coyle received honorable mention for the NAIA All-American Women’s Basketball Team.

  • Negotiations are beginning between the city of Aberdeen and the Sheraton Motor Inn to build a $1 million city-owned convention center on the north side of the Sheraton.

  • Aberdeen received another 3 inches of snow delaying the arrival of spring temperatures.

  • An estimated 300,000 snow geese have returned to Sand Lake as part of their annual spring migration to Canada.

  • Stop in at Loel Lust Chevrolet to see Ron Droog’s re-designed 1983 racecar built by Bob Harris Racing Products.  Celebrate Ron’s 11 years of racing--he’s won 32 feature races in 1982 and has over 150 career feature wins. 

  • The Aberdeen Boys & Girls Club is sponsoring an Easter Egg hunt at the club beginning at 4pm

  • Dr. Reid Holkesvick will be joining the medical practice of Dr. R. H. Brown and Dr. Harvey Hart.

  • Wanda Wagemann received “The Spokette” award that is given to the outstanding first-year Jaycette.

  • Watch ABC’s mini-series “The Thorn Birds” beginning tonight

  • “Tootsie” is now showing at the Cinema and Tom Sellack’s “High Road to China” is at the Capitol.


March 31, 1973

National Headlines:

  • “Operation Homecoming” is in the final stages as the last of the 587 American POWs released from prisons in Laos and Vietnam are scheduled to be airlifted to the United States aboard American hospital jets.

State Headlines:

  • The first negotiations in 13 days between the federal government and the American Indian Movement (AIM) are being held in Wounded Knee, SD.  It is hoped these talks will lead to a peaceful resolution to the (to date) 32-day occupation of Wounded Knee by the AIM.

Local/Area Headlines:

  • Warner High School selected Kathy Jark and Nita Kline to attend Girls State and Gregg Holler and David Kalt to attend Boys State.

  • Boys and Girls Staters from Aberdeen Central include:  Roger Werth, Scott Healy, Jay Schlagel, Cathy Bosma (Hall) and Ann Harrington.

  • Vera Schlosser representing Cresbard High School had the 5th best high jump (5’2”) in the national AAU Junior Olympic competition.

  • The Selby school board set $6300 per year as the new base pay for teachers in that district.

  • Plan to attend Northern’s production of Camelot   Cast includes:  Arthur--Tim Molseed;  Guenevere--Diana Guhin;  Sir Dinaden--Merle Fristad.  General Admission $2.00

  • Tickets now on sale at Engel Music for next month’s Doc Severinsen concert.  Tickets are $4.50.

  • Books on the best seller list this week:  “The Odessa File”  “Jonathan Livingston Seagull”   “Dr. Atkins Diet Revolution” and “I’m OK, You’re OK”

  • Top Records this week:  “Love Train” by the O’Jays; “Neither One of Us” by Gladys Knight and the Pips; “Killing Me Softly with His Song” Roberta Flack and “Sing” by the Carpenters

  • Now playing at the Capitol “The Godfather”  Opening next week at the Orpheum “Lady Sings the Blues”

  • Take your family to the newly remodeled Holiday Inn for the weekend.  1 room, 2 nights just $22.  Those from Frederick, Pierpont and Conde will receive a free bottle of wine.