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This Day in History - November 3-7
November 3, 1968
- The presidential campaign is in its final days and candidates Richard Nixon, Hubert Humphrey and George Wallace are all predicting victory when the polls close. Nixon has challenged the other candidates to support the man who wins the popular vote if none of the three gets a majority of electoral votes. So far, no one has agreed to this challenge.
- Election officials in Pierre expect a record voter turnout next week with nearly 300,000 South Dakotans registered to vote. Of the states’ voters, 50.6% are Republicans, 35.2% are Democrats, and 14.2% are Independents.
- Local high school students of all faiths have a new student-run coffeehouse. “The Edge” is located in a warehouse on the corner of South Main and 12th Avenue (site of Spitzer-Miller Funeral Home). The project is sponsored by the Luther League of Bethlehem Lutheran Church and is under the direction of Reverend James Hanson.
- The Big Name Entertainment committee at Northern State College is sponsoring a concert by “The First Edition” next week. Tickets are available at the Campus Variety Store and in the student union. $2.00 in advance $3.00 at the door.
- Stop at Northwestern Bell in Aberdeen to holiday shop for your teenage daughter. Get her a new “Princess” style telephone for her bedroom. The phone features a soft night-light that brightens when dialing. Comes in rotary or touchtone dialing styles.
- Osco in Aberdeen has the following specials this week: 10 oz bag of pecan halves $.89, a 500 watt slide projector with remote control $73.95, a portable, professional hair dryer $21.95, and a G.E. monaural portable phonograph with 4 speeds and a sapphire stylus $14.95.
- Artz Camera now offers the nation’s first 8-track cartridge player/recorder-- a must for holiday giving this year. Record the music of your choice and play it later in your car.
- Top Records this week: “Hey Jude” The Beatles, “Over You” The Union Gap, “Girl Watcher” The O’Kaysions, “I’ve Gotta Get a Message to You” the Bee Gees and “White Room” by Cream.
- Brown County voters will vote for “at-large” candidates for Brown County Commission for the first time this year. Previously each candidate represented one of 5 county districts.
November 4, 1974
- National Headlines:
Nationally the number one issue for voters this year is the current state of the country’s economy, which is in a period of disturbing inflation.
- The US Post Office announced it would begin sales of its first “self-adhesive” postage stamps next week in selected US markets. The stamp will feature an image of the Dove of peace.
- There are 2 Herseth’s on this year’s ballot: Lorna Herseth is running on the Democratic ticket for Secretary of State while her son, Lars, is running on the Democratic ticket for State Representative from District 2. (Both were victorious)
- Jeanne Dixon, nationally syndicated columnist and psychic, will be the speaker at this year’s annual banquet of the Chamber of Commerce.
- Top records this week: “Jazzman” by Carole King, “Whatever Gets You Through the Night” by John Lennon, “The Bitch is Back” by Elton John, “Stop and Smell the Roses” by Mac Davis, and “I Honesty Love You” by Olivia Newton-John.
- Peter Mehlhaff and Thurn Hoffman, both seniors at Eureka High School, will vote for the first time this year. Each is faced with the decision of whether to vote for his father since Dean Mehlhaff and LeRoy Hoffman are running for the seats in the state legislature.
- See Johnny Cash along with June Carter, Anita Carter and Cash daughters Roseanne and Rosie in concert tonight at the Civic Arena. This will be his only South Dakota appearance this year. Tickets are $5.00 in advance $6.00 at the door.
- Voters in Aberdeen will return to the polls on December 10 for a school bond issue. In question is whether to approve a $1.4 million bond to replace Adams Elementary and Lincoln Elementary school buildings with a new building on the site of Lincoln Elementary.
- Tune in to KELO TV for complete election night coverage. Walter Cronkite will cover the national scene and Leo Hartig and the entire 13-man KELO staff will cover the state and local races.
- Stop at Ann’s Pit Stop 605 S Main to fill up for only $.47 per gallon—plus they pump it for you!
- At the Movies: “Benji” at the Orpheum and “Uptown Saturday Night” at the Capitol.
November 5, 1981
- Relief pitcher Rollie Fingers of the Milwaukee Brewers won the 1981 American League Cy Young Award.
- The nation’s big 3 automakers announced October sales were 26% lower than the same month one year ago. The high cost of borrowing money seems to be the main factor.
- The South Dakota Retailers are hoping to implement a $20 service charge on bad checks. The legislature will discuss this issue when it convenes in January.
- Professional wrestlers, Andre the Giant, Jesse Ventura, Greg Gagne, and “The Sheik” are among 12 professional wrestlers who will be part of an All Star Wrestling extravaganza coming to Aberdeen’s Civic Arena. Tickets are $7.00
- Roncalli and Northern graduate Jim Walker is in rehearsal at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis for an upcoming production of “The Christmas Carol.”
- The inaugural Jorgenson’s Turkey Trot Races will be held in two weeks. There will be divisions for both men and women. The race that will start at Jorgenson’s Menswear parking lot and go east on 3rd Avenue to Roosevelt Road, go south to Melgaard Road and return up Main Street to Lacey’s Dairy Bar. Winners in all categories will be awarded a turkey. Entry fee is $7—contact Dennis McDermott for further details.
- Residents of Bath are invited to share items to be included in the Bath time capsule, which will be buried at the Bath Cemetery next week and dug up in 25 years.
- Marie O. Simmons women’s store together with Eiler’s Furs is hosting a fashion show at the Moccasin Creek Country Club today. Afternoon showing will feature dessert and coffee with a $2.50 ticket. Evening showing tickets are $8.50 and include a filet mignon dinner and wine.
- The unseasonably warm weather is holding geese at Sand Lake. There are still 205,000 snow geese at the Refuge along with 4,000 Canadian geese and 225,000 ducks.
- Harvest specials at Ken’s Fairway Foods in Aberdeen include bananas $.25/pound, #303 can of vegetables, assorted varieties $.38 each, boneless round steak $1.99/pound, Juel extra fancy eggs $.79/dozen and Texas grapefruit 6/$.99
- At the movies: “Mommie Dearest” at the Capitol, “Saturday the 14” and “Silence of the North” at the Cinema Twins, and “An American Werewolf in London” at the Orpheum.
November 6, 1993
- It will cost fans 7.7% more to attend NBA games this season. This rate increase is more than the nation’s inflation rate and the increases seen in ticket prices for baseball and football this year. The New York Knicks have the most expensive average ticket price at $39.66 and the 3- time championship Chicago Bulls are second with an average price of $36.55. Indiana has the lowest average ticket price at just $20.71
- South Dakota’s Peter Norbeck Scenic Byway has been named one of America’s top 10 scenic drives. The 66-mile Black Hills route includes Needles Highway, Custer State Park, the State Game Lodge and other beautiful areas of the Hills.
- Presentation College will inaugurate its new president, Alexander Popovic, tomorrow as well as dedicate its new student center.
- 1000 student musicians from around the state are at Northern for the 40th annual All State Orchestra and Chorus. Every high school, public and private, is represented at the event.
- St. John’s Catholic Church in Rosholt is hosting its 15th annual Sausage Fest. Tickets are $4.50.
- Zion Lutheran Church in Eureka will have a German service sponsored by the Germans from Russia Heritage Society. There will be a social following the service.
- Aberdeen Community Theater season tickets are now on sale for the 1994 season, which includes these four productions “Coming Home”, “Love Letters”, “Into the Woods” and “Lend Me a Tenor.” Cost of an individual season ticket is $30.
- Kirkpatrick’s Jewelry Store in downtown Aberdeen is quitting business after serving the region for 87 years.
- At the Movies: “The Good Son”, “The Beverly Hillbillies”, “The Nightmare Before Christmas”, “Rudy”, and “Cool Runnings” all at Midco 5 theaters.
- On TV tonight: “Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman”, “Walker, Texas Ranger”, “Paula Poundstone”, “Commish” and “Harts of the West”
November 7, 1988
- According to Adweek Magazine these products are the hottest in America for 1988. Oats in all edible forms, disposable extended wear contact lenses, Rogaine hair growth treatment, and blue jeans that are “distressed” by the manufacturers to look old before they are even on the rack and sell for up to $50 a pair.
- Thousands of South Dakotans turned out at five dances held throughout the state to kick off South Dakota’s centennial. The event was billed as “The Night of the Century” and offered dancers options from black-tie elegance to a blue jean hoedown.
- Stephanie Herseth, a senior at Groton High School, received the school’s Good Citizen Award from the Daughters of the American Revolution. She will now advance to the state competition.
- Local candidates in the upcoming election include:
State Senator District 2: Lars Herseth (D) and Peg Lamont (R)
State Senator District 3: Dale Chell (D) and William Taylor (R)
State Representatives District 2: Jean Jones & Al Waltman (D) and Steve Cutler & Charles Boynton (R)
State Representatives District 3: Craig Schaunaman & Frank Bohall (D) and “Bud” Wood & Perry Heier (R)
- The Aberdeen Hockey Association is sponsoring its first annual “Skate-A-Thon on Ice” at the Holum Expo Building next week. The fundraiser is open to all hockey and figure skaters.
- Thomas Kirschenmann and Kelly Stugelmayer were crowned King and Queen of the Eureka High School homecoming events.
- Sarah Pastian has opened a personal shopping business. She will shop for all your special occasions if you don’t have time to.
- Aberdeen Dairy Queen will remain open through December 18.
- After you vote have coffee for just 5 cents at Marshall’s Starlite Café. Just show your voter registration card.
- The Ipswich Medical Clinic will open next week. Dr. Basil Photos will be serving patients in that region.
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