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The Day in History - August 1, 4-8
August 1, 1972
- Democratic Senator Thomas Eagleton of Missouri withdrew as presidential candidate George McGovern’s running mate fearing his history as a psychiatric patient would hurt McGovern’s chances for election.
- Governor Richard Kneip has asked for the assistance of a federal mediator in the on-going strike at Homestake Gold Mine. Nearly 1600 people are out of work due to the mine’s work stoppage.
- Carol Cramer, Pat Fors, and Mary Spensley are the owners/operators of the Spinning Wheel Yarn Shop at 602 South Lawson in Aberdeen. The store will have its grand opening this weekend.
- Clarence Herges is the new president of the Alexander Mitchell Library board of directors.
- Attorney Ken Gosch of Glenham has joined the law practice of Douglas Bantz. Their offices are located in the Capitol Building on Aberdeen’s Main Street.
- Cardinal Tool is erecting a building in Aberdeen’s Industrial Park and plans to begin production with a staff of 16 by January 1, 1973.
- The Brown County Fair board is looking for someone to sponsor and organize a pet show for the 1972 fair.
- The elevated parking ramp at 3rd Ave and South Main in Aberdeen will open tomorrow after a brief closure for maintenance and re striping. The ramp can accommodate 64 vehicles.
- Ronald McDonald was in town for the grand opening of the new McDonald’s restaurant on SE 6th Ave in Aberdeen. Ronald found time to visit children hospitalized at St. Lukes and Dakota Midland hospitals before leaving town.
- This weekend’s races at the Brown County Speedway will feature a “Fireman’s Special” race. Ten firemen will test their driving abilities in an exhibition race prior to the regular race events.
- The Hosmer Theatre will show “Pretty Maids All in a Row” starring Rock Hudson once next Saturday evening and twice on Sunday night. The Ipswich Theater is showing “Summer of 42” during its crazy days celebration.
- Check out “Club 1776” 5 miles north of Groton on Highway 37. Dinner specials include Lobster for $4.99 or a 1-pound sirloin for $3.99.
- Lu’s Italian Villa at 24 North Main in Aberdeen is featuring its Italian buffet for only $1.50 per plate.
- Don’t miss Lisa Minnelli in “Cabaret” now showing at the Capitol Theater.
August 4, 1998
- Country singer George Strait received 5 Country Music Association award nominations today making a total of 47 nominations for him during his 17-year career and moving him past Merle Haggard’s record of 43 career nominations. Newcomer Tim McGraw received nominations for best male vocalist and Entertainer of the Year. His album “Everywhere” is up for best album and duet with wife Faith Hill (Just to Hear You Say You Love Me) is up for best vocal event.
- The Sturgis Bike Rally officially begins next week but bikers are already in the area. One of the main attractions this year will be a pay-per-view World Championship wrestling match between Jay Leno and Hulk Hogan.
- Groton won the State B Legion baseball title defeating Big Stone City 24 – 8. The championship game was moved to Pierre due to soggy field conditions at Groton.
- The Aberdeen City Commission approved a rate hike for customers of Midcontinent Cable. Beginning September 1st basic cable customers will pay $26.50 per month—an increase of $1.50 per month.
- Sophomores and other students new to Aberdeen Central attended orientation today in preparation for the 1st day of school on August 24. Assistant principal, Dean Kranhold, led the session.
- Aberdeen runner Dick Schooley will not participate in this year’s senior games due to a knee injury. Last year Schooley was the medallist in the 200, 400, and 1500- meter runs.
- Justin Kopetsky of Frederick, Meagan Hickey and Megan Sikkik of Aberdeen attended the South Dakota Youth Congress in Vermillion. Governor Bill Janklow was the keynote speaker for the week-long event.
- Roll-Out Skate and Bike Rental has moved to Wylie Park from its previous location near the south side softball complex.
- Tonight on TV: “JAG” and “Frasier”
- At the movies: All at the Midco 9 Theaters at Lakewood Mall “Armageddon”, “Saving Private Ryan”, “Lethal Weapon 4”, “Disturbing Behavior”, “Mask of Zorro”, “Jane Austen’s Mafia”, “There’s Something About Mary”, “The Negotiator”, “Ever After” and “Basketball”
August 5, 1982
- The US Senate narrowly approved a constitutional amendment barring federal government deficit spending. The US House will vote on this measure in the upcoming weeks. Congress has passed unbalanced budgets in 21 of the last 22 years!
- Former USD President Charles Lien has been named the CEO of the Black Hills Jewelry Manufacturing Company in Rapid City. The company makes and sells the famed Black Hills jewelry under the name of Landstrom’s Original Black Hills Gold Creations. It employs 175 people and reported $15 million in sales last year.
- Aberdeen is hosting “Chautauqua ‘82” this week at Wylie Park. Each evening a different Chautauqua performer will portray historic characters including William Jennings Bryan and Buffalo Bill Cody.
- Robert Sanders opened his dental practice in the Clark Building at 104 S Main and is now accepting appointments.
- The Aberdeen Park Board hopes to get permission and funding from the Aberdeen City Commission to create a new downtown park immediately north of the Sherman Apartment Complex on Main Street. Cost for development of the park is estimated to be $6400.
- Dance to “Precious Cargo” this weekend at the Harvest Days Dance in Columbia or “Kelly’s Band” at the Wylie Park Pavilion.
- The Northland Strollers will host their annual “Show & Shine” meet tomorrow in the Kmart parking lot.
- The 1982 Aberdeen Teener baseball team under coach Curt Frederickson will attempt to win its 5th consecutive state title this weekend. Scott Solberg is a member of this team.
- Casey Gates of Aberdeen won the grand champion buckle in the junior pony barrel competition at the 1982 South Dakota 4-H Horse Show.
- Back to School Special at Stewart’s School of Hairstyling—Kid’s haircuts just $1.90!
- Gaylen Lang, Patty Kirkpatrick, and Dave and Jean Lausten made up the winning team in the Brown County Bike-A-Thon for Cancer. The team raised $530.
- Two fire trucks from the 1920s were returned to their home in Aberdeen after being loaned to a company in Sioux Falls. The trucks will be renovated and put on display somewhere in Aberdeen.
- At the Movies: “Annie”, and “ET” at the Cinema Twins, “Grease” at the Capitol and “The Last American Virgin” at the Orpheum.
August 6, 1987
- “Cheers” will start its new season with a new character played by Kirstie Ally who joins the cast to fill the hole left when Shelly Long left the show last season.
- Hollywood legend Marilyn Monroe died 25 years ago yesterday. Despite the continued interest in her life and career, only half of her movies are available for home viewing on videocassettes.
- Thousands of bikers are in the hills to enjoy the 47th annual Black Hills Motor Classic—better known as “the Rally”. Millionaire publisher Malcolm Forbes will ride his motorcycle to Sturgis from his Colorado ranch and plans to launch a hot air balloon shaped like a Harley-Davidson motorcycle later this week, weather permitting.
- The Aberdeen Park Board unveiled its long-range plan for further development of Wylie Park that carries a price tag between $1.2 and $1.7 million. Included in the plan is the addition of more restrooms and picnic shelters, a 40-pad campground and a walking/biking trail through the park. The group hopes to complete all aspects of the plan in 10 years.
- Trainfest ’87 begins in Milbank this weekend. This 3rd annual event chaired by Neil Bagaus features vendors of train memorabilia, train rides and all things trains.
- Lorraine Reidt and Rae Wiedrich both of Roscoe will be demonstrating the art of stained glass at the Ipswich 4-H Building tonight. Ellen Hieb of Hosmer will be demonstrating oil painting techniques.
- Aberdeen based Super 8 Motels Inc is the nation’s 3rd largest economy priced motel chain. The company announced the sale of 45 corporate-owned motels to a California company for $73.5 million.
- Buy one pizza and get a second one free at Lu’s Pizza at 222 S 2nd Street in Aberdeen.
- Get one dozen ears of locally grown sweet corn for just $.60 at Food Bonanza (now Econo Foods)
- Plan to attend Richmond Lake’s 50th anniversary celebration this weekend. Scheduled activities include a parade of boats, rededication of the dam, a water skiing contest, a carp fishing contest and a homemade raft race.
- Dennis Batteen formerly of Faulkton is now a partner in the Thurow and Cutler law firm.
- At the movies: “Snow White”, Walt Disney’s first feature length cartoon, has been re-released in celebration of its 50th anniversary. The movie is now showing at the Capitol. Plan to attend the free Snow White birthday party at the theater tomorrow and enjoy cake, gifts, and party hats.
August 7, 1974
- Several Republican senators have contacted President Richard Nixon and urged him to resign rather than face an impeachment trial for his dealings in the Watergate cover-up. (He did resign on August 8)
- Name brand blue jeans will cost 43% more than last year according to national department store buyers. The increase is due to a hike in the prices of raw materials, labor, packaging, and freight.
- Western South Dakota is experiencing draught conditions similar to those of the 1930s. About one third of the area’s cattle ranchers are now hauling water to their herds to keep them alive since dug-outs have been dry for weeks. The area has received less than 1 inch of rain since early June.
- The Gettysburg School district is building a new gym that will seat 1500. The facility will be ready for basketball season. The old gym will be remodeled and become home to the music department.
- Fall bowling leagues are now forming. Contact Rick Biegler or Gaylon Morgan for details.
- Larry Pressler, Republican candidate for representative from South Dakota’s first congressional district, will officially open a campaign office in Aberdeen next week.
- Pat Sweetman has been elected as the president of the Central Catholic School Board. He replaces outgoing president, Dr. Donald Carrels. Ray Schutz is the newly elected vice president.
- The Hosmer Theater is now showing America’s #1 show of the year, “American Graffiti” week days at 8pm and 7pm & 9pm on Sundays.
- Get 3 cans of “Aqua Net” hairspray at Newberry’s for only $1.00
- See Biegler’s Inc. in Aberdeen for a new Gremlin. The low price includes $222 for factory-installed air conditioning.
- Dennis Disbrow has joined the staff at Anderson Agency Insurance. See Dennis for all your insurance needs. The office is located in the Citizen’s Building on Main Street.
- Roann Herther of Hecla will be playing the French horn in the 371st Army Band based in Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas.
- At the Movies: “The Exorcist” at the Capitol.
August 8, 1966
- President Lyndon Johnson’s daughter Luci and her husband are honeymooning in the Bahamas at a $250,000 home of a family friend of the Johnsons.
- The cost of the military’s new F111 warplane and its air-to-air missile system has skyrocketed from to an estimated $2.9 million per unit to $5 million for the Air Force version and $8 million for the Navy model. The Pentagon says government change orders to make the plane more efficient and effective account for the increase in cost.
- All South Dakota rural mail carriers will be honored on October 1. The state has offered mail delivery in rural areas for 63 years.
- Huron was the coldest spot in the nation last night registering a temperature of 41.
- Cy Richards won the Lake Region Open golf tournament in Britton defeating Jon Kohlhaas by one stroke.
- Get a basement “helper phone” to eliminate rushed trips up the steps to answer the phone. Call Northwestern Bell now for installation details.
- Tonight is “Shrine Night” at the ballpark. Shriners wear your fezes! Watch the Aberdeen Pheasants take on St. Cloud. Admission $.75, Ladies $.50.
- Specials at One Hour Martinizing Dry Cleaners for today—any 4 garments $2.76. Shirts laundered for only $.29 each. Deliver them by 11am and you can pick them up by 4pm.
- The large dairy barn on the campus of the state school in Redfield was partly destroyed by fire last evening. It is suspected that the fire started with spontaneous combustion in the hay loft. The school’s Holstein herd is nationally acclaimed for its milk production.
- Aberdeen’s newest and most modern men’s shop is now open. Stop by Jorgensen’s at 417 South Main to meet the friendly staff.
- The Aberdeen Ringneck Riders Cycle Club met to discuss their upcoming trip to the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally next week.
- Sherwin Williams has house paint for only $5.98 per gallon. Open a charge account and have up to 5 months to pay for your purchase.
- Dr. Lester Clarke is the new dean at Northern following the retirement of Walter Jerde.
- Roncalli High School will open this year as a 4 year high school. It opened 2 years ago offering 9th and 10th grades and added 11th last year. This year will be the first year for the 12th grade.
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