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1921: Men who don’t dance enjoy card games and a smoke

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10 YEARS AGO
December 14, 2011

Talks are continuing with area schools about a sports co-operative, specifically football. Superintendent Casper said a varsity football co-op next season would not be advisable based on the current timeline; however, Casper believes a two-school co-op for the 2013 season when the districts realign, is highly possible.

Funeral services for LaMae Mikelson were held last week in Onalaska, Wis. Mrs. Mikelson taught school in Lake Preston for several years, and in 1991 was awarded a “Teachers Who Make a Difference” certificate.

While it wasn’t always pretty, the Lake Preston boys' basketball team emerged victorious in their home opener on Fri., Dec. 9 against Estelline 54-50. Battling back and forth throughout the game, Lake Preston received a huge boost from several players with little varsity experience, as last year's sixth man Cole Casper tied Rustin Janssen for the team lead with 16 points, and sophomore Michael Bradfield snagged 12 big rebounds.

25 YEARS AGO
December 19 1996

Jan Mobley and Ruth Olson were the big holiday drawing winners this year. Several other names were drawn for monthly prizes including $5.00 drawings for area youth. The prizes were awarded Dec. 14 following the pancake feed, Santa visit and fire truck rides. Chamber president Mary Rockino said having the drawings the same day as the pancake feed seemed to work well. More than 150 people were served that day.

Mrs. Joyce Carlson’s 6th grade class completed gingerbread houses, just in time for Christmas. Students participating were Phil Warne, Larry Cornforth, Jake Smith, Jordan Jacobsen, Cody Nystrom, Matt Paul, Jennifer Crum, Megan Sneesby, Amy Mogler, Kristen Peterson, Jessie Janssen and Jessika Casper.

5O YEARS AGO
December 16, 1971

The awarding of turkeys and ham attendance prizes yesterday afternoon opened a busy pre-Christmas ten-day period of awards and entertainment in Lake Preston. The biggest event for the youngsters will be on Saturday afternoon when they will be entertained at the fourth and final free show at the Preston Theatre followed by the appearance of Santa Claus and his helpers. More turkey and ham attendance awards will be given along with several individual prize awards at the local businesses on Saturday afternoon. The grand finale will come on Wed., Dec. 22 with the grand prize - a color TV and a sizeable amount of cash to be awarded.

The LPHS Diver matmen concluded the 1971 season with three wrestlers remaining undefeated- Mike Koch at 105#, Steve Steffensen at 126# and Ed Smith 145#.

The featured senior in the Blue & Gold this week is Linda Johnson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. E.V. Johnson. She has attended all 12 years of school in Lake Preston, and after graduation, she plans to attend college and look for a husband who is more powerful than a locomotive, faster than a speeding bullet and able to leap tall buildings in a single bound. (Good luck, baby!!) Her superior advice to freshmen is “Don’t always look for something bad to happen, life is too short to spend it being a pessimist.”

75 YEARS AGO
December 12, 1946

A holiday dance will be held Fri., Dec. 27 at the City Hall with proceeds going to the Kingsbury County Memorial Hospital Fund. The Civic Club ladies will help sell the tickets which are $2.00 a couple.

The LPHS vocal department will present the operetta “The Gypsy Troubadour” on Wednesday evening Dec. 18 at the high school auditorium. Several students will be performing under the direction of Mrs. Marian E. Trumm with Mrs. Verle E. McDonald, a former teacher, accompanying the students.

100 YEARS AGO
December 15, 1921

The 17th annual party given by the Lake Preston Volunteer Fire Department last Thursday evening was a complete success, very similar to all the former events. The opera house was filled with people who enjoy dancing, with good music and the merriment continued into the small hours of the morning. A large company of men, who do not care to dance, spent the evening enjoying a smoke and card games in the council rooms.

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