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This Day in History - May 12-16

May 12, 1996

National Headlines:

  • A proposed rollback of gasoline taxes to help drivers cope with the soaring price of gasoline has passed a US House committee and will be proposed to the full House this week.  The proposal calls for a moratorium on the 4.3 cent/gallon tax for seven months. 

  • There are 600 new words in this year’s edition of the Random House Webster’s College Dictionary including:  gazillion, ecotourism, computer technology related language such as nettiquete, screen saver, and expansion card as well as business terms like flex dollars and tax deferred annuities and terms that reflect societal concerns like shaken baby syndrome, deadbeat dads and drive-by shooting.

State Headlines:

  • The state’s Republicans will choose between Lt. Gov. Carole Hillard and John Thune in the upcoming primary to determine the party’s candidate for the US House of Representatives.

Local/Area Headlines:

  • Plan now to attend the training seminar on “Windows 95” at the Ramkota.  Topics to be covered:  Running Multiple Programs, Creating Shortcuts, Working with Files and Folders, Customizing the Toolbar, using Windows Explorer and much more.  Tuition is just $99.

  • David Grettler, assistant professor of history at NSU, will be honored as this year’s Outstanding Faculty Member during the commencement exercises this weekend. 

  • Today is the first day of training camp for the Aberdeen Pheasants baseball team.  The team’s daily 10am workouts at Fossum Field will be open to the public.

  • Construction will begin this summer to make improvements on Roosevelt Street between Sixth Avenue South and Eighth Avenue North.  The road will be transformed from country road to a modern concrete highway with sidewalks, curbs, gutters and a center turning lane.

  • Northern State men’s and women’s basketball programs have successfully recruited this year’s Mr. & Miss Basketball, Todd Schlekeway from Mobridge and Jamie Coyle of Belle Fourche, who will join the college ranks next fall.

  • Take Mom to The Octagon Restaurant in Ellendale for Mother’s Day dinner.

  • Two Aberdeen teachers have been selected to receive the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science education.  Jackie Omland from Central and Karen Taylor of May Overby Elementary will travel to Washington DC to receive their awards--a certificate signed by the president and $7500 for use in the science areas of their schools.


May 13, 1977

National Headlines:

  • President Carter has raised the temperature in the White House--literally.  He has ordered that all air-conditioners in the building be set at 80 degrees in an effort to control energy use.  Staffers are free to open windows and many have been seen using hammers and chisels in an attempt to pry open windows painted shut over the years.

State Headlines:

  • County agents in many eastern South Dakota counties are concerned about the lack of moisture going into this year’s growing season.  The situation will be critical if rain doesn’t fall in the area in the next week to 10 days.

  • Personalized license plates will be available for SD drivers beginning July 1.  The legislature approved this option during its last session and wrote guidelines for those interested in securing the plates.

Local/Area Headlines:

  • “All American Sub” is hosting its Grand Opening this weekend at 2211 SE 6th Avenue in Aberdeen in the former Auto Dine building at Super City Mall. 

  • Tom Fischbach of Warner is the newly elected president of the United Family Farmers.

  • Eureka native, Al Neuharth who eventually founded USA Today, delivered the commencement speech at Northern today. 

  • The Aberdeen school board set the base salary for school principals at $12,200 for the upcoming school year.  Some of the other administrative salaries were set as follows:  district business manager $22,800; supervisor of buildings and grounds $20,000; custodial foreman $13,500, and secretary to the superintendent $8,800.

  • This weekend’s bass fishing tournament has been moved from Mina Lake to Richmond Lake after fishermen complained of not catching any bass at Mina during practice rounds during the past week.

  • At the Brown County Raceway today Al Nordstom won the Late Model feature with Rich Wendt close behind.  Columbia’s Von Frerichs took the Semi-Late Model event while Aberdeen’s Roger Johnson won the Street Stock event.  There will be no more racing until May 31 since the track will be used for pari-mutual horse racing until then.

  • Northern’s men’s golf team won the NAIA tournament here today and will advance to the national tournament at Saginaw, MI in June.  Team members Randy Patnoe, Jack Agar and Charlie Mehlhaff were named to the All-District team.

  • Event planners announced that the Leola Rhubarb Festival would take place June 10 - 11.

  • Tonight on TV:  “Quincy”

  • Tonight’s special at the Star Lite Drive In--every 13th carload admitted free in honor of Friday the 13th.


May 14, 1968

National Headlines:

  • First Lady Lady Bird Johnson showed off the new White House china today at a White House luncheon for 150 specially invited guests.  The new dinnerware will be used for the first time at a state dinner later this month.  There are 216 place settings or 2,256 pieces.  An anonymous donor covered the $80,000 price tag.

State Headlines:

  • The state division of public health statistics announced that during 1967 there were a record number of marriages in SD--9,049.  But of those, it was estimated that 42 percent of them were couples that were not residents of the state.  The number of divorces also hit a record level of 1,076 last year.

Local/Area Headlines:

  • Democratic Senator Eugene McCarthy will speak at the Civic Theater tomorrow as part of a campaign trip through South Dakota.  McCarthy is campaigning to become the Democratic presidential candidate.  Another Democratic presidential hopeful, Robert Kennedy, was in Aberdeen last week for a rally.

  • At the Region 2-B track meet, Joe Senger, a speedster from McLaughlin, won the 100-yard dash and came in second in the 220-yard dash.

  • Some of the winners at the Region 2-A track meet were:  Low Hurdles--Willie Holzworth of Eureka, Mile--Dan Holdhusen of Aberdeen Central; 2 Mile Run--Conrad Melius of Faulkton; 880 yard relay--Groton’s team of Bill McKeever, Kerry Belden, Gary Spencer and Gregg Saunders; Mile Relay--Aberdeen Central team of Alva Pingel, Dan Holdhusen, Stacy Porter and Dick Deacon.

  • Come out to the Super City Shopping Center tomorrow for the  “Buick-Opel Kadetts Paint In” to watch students from the Northern art department decorate new Buick Opels with washable paints.  Each car’s paint job will be judged and prizes will be awarded.  Buick will award over $5000 in scholarships nationally in this fun promotion.

  • Petitions to create a downtown parking district have been turned in to the Aberdeen City Commission.  The proposal calls for acquisition of property in the downtown area to be turned into parking lots.  Business owners within the parking district would assume the cost involved.

  • Top Records this week:  “Honey” by Bobby Goldsboro; “Cry Like a Baby” by the Box Tops; “Beautiful Morning” by the Young Rascals; “Mrs. Robinson” by Simon and Garfunkel and “The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly” by Hugo Montenegro.

  • The Aberdeen Smittys baseball team will have its first practice this weekend according to coach Reedy Fossum.  All those interested in trying out for the team should report to the Municipal Baseball Park--boys out for track may not participate until track season is over.

  • Tonight on TV:  “Daktari” and “The Red Skelton Show”


May 15, 1982

National Headlines:

  •  The US Postal Service reported profits of $436 million in the first half of the fiscal year, which began on October 1 of 1981.  Part of this is due to a three-cent increase in first class postage to $.18, which was followed quickly by another two-cent increase to the current rate of $.20 for a first class stamp. 

State Headlines:

  • The entertainment lineup for the 1982 State Fair has been announced and includes four grandstand shows:  Barbara Mandrel, Charley Pride, Rick Springsteen, and Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers.  Tickets are $10 and $12.

  • The daily camping fee at Custer State Park will increase from $5 to $6 effective June 1.

Local/Area Headlines:

  • The Aberdeen School Board hired Walter Bromenschenkel to fill the position of school superintendent beginning July 1.  His salary will be $47,000 for the 1982-1983 school year.

  • The Burlington Northern Railroad has taken over the operation of the former Milwaukee Railroad main line.  The Chamber of Commerce is planning a welcome celebration for the end of May, which will include a parade, the dedication of the depot, and many kid’s events.  All kids will receive a free railroad hat.

  • The Kitchen Connection on the corner of 5th Ave and South Main Street in Aberdeen is celebrating its 3rd anniversary with storewide savings.  While downtown, have breakfast at Mother’s Restaurant.

  • Aberdeen TV & Appliance has a new shipment of videodisc players starting at only $299.95.  They also have over 200 video albums priced from $14.98.

  • Take your music almost anywhere with a mini stereo cassette player with headphones.  Small enough to fit in your pocket.  Available now at Stereo Town at 20 3rd Ave SE

  • Curt Hilzendeger of Aberdeen Roncalli won the shot put event at the Region 4AA track meet with his toss of 47’ 10”.  Central’s Jason Uttermark took the 440-meter dash with a time of 52.48 seconds. 

  • Radio Shack has the new TRS-80 personal computers that offer a keyboard, monitor and 16,000-character memory, all in one desktop unit for $999.  It’s easily expandable to a 2-disk business system. 

  • Lincoln Street and First Street are now officially one-way streets going south.  The change was made to offer drivers a smoother traffic flow through downtown Aberdeen.

  • There will be an open house and plant tour at the new K.O. Lee addition next week.  The plant will be fully operational during the event to allow visitors the opportunity to see the manufacturing process.

  • At the Movies:  “Porkies”, “On Golden Pond”, “I Ought to be in Pictures” and “Stripes”


May 16, 1994

National Headlines:

  • Shannon Faulkner is trying to become the first woman to be admitted as a cadet at the all-male military college, The Citadel.  Her case opened in federal court in Charleston, South Carolina today.

  • Sting delivered the commencement address to the Burklee School of Music in Boston telling students “Music is a religious decision.  There is no cure, no antidote--it is an addiction.”

State Headlines:

  • Sioux Falls attorney Mark Meierhenry is representing 27 of the state’s school districts that are challenging the state’s methods of school financing.  The case is now in court and if the school districts win, there may be big changes in local property taxes and the way state government finances education.

Local/Area Headlines:

  • Aberdeen Cougar hockey players have taken on “hockey buddies” from the ranks of the city’s younger hockey players.  Cougar Tom Reid’s buddy for this year was Taylor Mehlhaff.

  • Kevin Kelly, age 6, was the winner of a new bicycle in a recent contest at McDonald’s.

  • Aberdeen’s annual war on mosquitoes began today as crews from the city’s forestry department began treating standing water in an attempt to kill the larvae before they hatch.

  • The Dakota Heartland Cruizers will hold its annual car show this weekend on Aberdeen’s Main Street.  The club is expecting about 125 entries.

  • The Aberdeen Exchange Club BMX track opens today at 4pm for the season.  Racing will continue throughout the summer on Sunday and Monday evenings.

  • Hungry for an ice cream treat?  Visit “Michael’s” at 105 3rd Ave SW for 15 flavors of hard ice cream and 6 flavors of soft serve ice cream.

  • Great graduation gift--a new computer.  See R.E. Huffman for a computer with 4MB RAM, 1.44 MB floppy drive, 210 meg hard drive, DOS & Windows, and much for only $1489

  • Other graduation gift ideas--decorated cookies from Snickerdoodles or jellybeans from Pic ‘N Chews in the Lakewood Mall.

  • Students at C.C. Lee Elementary School celebrated the school’s 20th birthday earlier this week at an assembly.  Everyone enjoyed refreshments afterward--a cake in the form of the school.

  • Tonight on TV:  “Doogie Hauser”, “Murphy Brown” and “Northern Exposure”