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1946: Harley Rauch to give private flying lessons

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10 YEARS AGO
July 20, 2011

Over 130 area youth baseball and softball athletes attended a pair of clinics hosted by the Minnesota Twins on Fri., July 15. Created in 1961 by longtime Twins scout Angelo Guiliani, the clinic program serves as a way for the ball club to promote the game to boys and girls throughout the region. Some 100,000 youths have taken part in clinics in the upper Midwest and Southern Florida. This is the first time the clinic has been held in Lake Preston.

25 YEARS AGO
July 18, 1996

Construction began this week on an eight-unit apartment complex on Main Avenue. Leroy Koch of the Lake Preston Housing Corporation said the units, which all have two bedrooms, will help meet the growing need for apartments. A survey completed prior to the financing process showed twenty-three individuals interested in them.

The Fjelde (Field) family reunion was held on July 13 - 14 in Lake Preston. Fifty family members attended the potluck supper on Saturday. On Sunday seventy-five attended a catered dinner at Thorsnes Park.

The Lake Preston boys’ baseball team ended the season with an 8-2 record. Team members are Larry Cornforth, Corey Nelson, Jordan Jacobsen, Jake Smith, Phil Warne, Blake Hojer, Danny McLaughlin, Ryan Kazmerzak, Tom Penn, Adam Odden, Levi Fawcett, Brad Larson, Dustin Jones, Ryan Klinkel and Monte Casper. The boys’ coach is Kurt Buckwalter.

Valerie Kazmerzak had the Reserve Champion Jersey Heifer at the Dakota Youth Prospect Livestock Show in Watertown. Over 150 4-H youths participated. She is the daughter of Doug Kazmerzak and Joan Wollschlager.

5O YEARS AGO
July 22, 1971

The top winners at the county 4-H horse show were Doug and Bruce Patterson and Raymond Kerr. Doug was all-around high point winner in the senior division; Bruce was top showman in junior division, and Raymond was all-around winner in the junior division. The judge was Duke Carlson of Huron, ringmaster Lloyd Johnson with Gene Carr of Oldham announcing the show.

A general work session was held to plan the design for the hospital to be built next to Kingsbury Memorial Manor. Attending were Otto Haeder of North Central, Gordon Salter, Gordon Maxam, Mr. and Mrs. Larry Breen, Milton Swenson, Veronica Murphy and John Sittner.

Mary Bode, editor of the Blue & Gold newspaper at LPHS received a certificate of commendation for outstanding performance at the Institute for High school Journalists conducted at SDSU in Brookings. Mary is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Bode.

75 YEARS AGO
July 18, 1946

Lake Preston’s new 55-acre airfield is now going strong with Harley M. Rauch, a local man with an Aeronca Champion plane, doing the piloting. The Aeronca is one of the easiest planes to fly; you can take lessons, or arrangements can be made with him for private flying instructions right at your own farm home. He also specializes in passenger hops and charter trips anywhere.

Lake Preston’s two-day “Victory Summer Festival” was a marked success with large crowds attending, especially the evening events. The Art B. Thomas Co. gave two free shows daily, which were high class performances in every aspect.

A sharp increase in highway deaths for the first six months of 1946 over the same period for 1945 was announced by the State Division of Motor Patrol which said 60 people have been killed in auto accidents this year compared to 24 last year at this time.

100 YEARS AGO
July 21, 1921

A meeting of the billiard room keepers of Kingsbury County was held in Lake Preston last Friday. The following were present: F. Hyde and O. J. Peters of Oldham, A. E. Baum of Iroquois, H. Baum and Geo Klinkel of De Smet, L. Shifflet of Arlington and J. W. Lawler of Lake Preston. Otto Faul, the state secretary of the organization gave a talk on the work of the state association, such as removing gambling devices and other evil influences from billiard rooms and making the game clean and wholesome. Mr. Lawler is the president of the state organization.

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