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1946: Skills and concentration needed to be safe driver


September 21, 2011

Arnold Wienk was selected as a 2011 Eminent Farmer (Rancher) by the SD Board of Regents and SDSU Colleges of Ag, Biological Sciences and Family Consumer Sciences. Wienk joins other South Dakotans as they will be honored for their contributions in leadership and service to their community on the local, state and national level. Doing what he can to benefit the people and products of the beef industry has been his mantra throughout his 53-year career as a registered Charolais seedstock producer.

The 2011 homecoming candidates have been selected by the LPHS students. They are Brooke Virchow, Kimberly Cleveland, Kelli Garry, Rustin Janssen, Calder Eschenbaum and Trevor Tande. The coronation will be held on Sept. 27.

September 26, 1996

Justin Vincent and Jackie Stewart were selected homecoming king and queen by LPHS students. Justin is the son of John and Marlys Vincent, and Jackie is the daughter of Jeff and Linda Stewart. Attendants were juniors John Blachford and Robin Nelson, sophomores Matt Sowden and Kelly Leonhardt and freshmen Mark Jensen and Amber Boyd. The first graders were Sammy Vedvei and Stacy Olson. The homecoming parade marshals were Vernie and Milton Swenson.

A large billboard promoting beef as our “steak in the future” was the first of its kind in South Dakota and was dedicated on Monday by the Kingsbury County Cattleman’s Association. The local and state organizations shared the cost of erecting the sign which was manufactured by Lyle Signs, Inc. of De Smet. This sign sits on the west side of Highway 14, one mile south of De Smet.

Randy Odegaard is the winner of the Norwest Bank drawing for an Alaskan Iditarod Getaway. Odegaard and his wife Glenda will receive a 5-day trip to Anchorage for the start of the race in March.

September 23, 1971

A new bakery will begin operations in Lake Preston this Saturday as advertised by Dwaine Nelson and Gene Einerwold, proprietors. The new establishment to be known as Denree Bakery will occupy the building next door north of the Preston Cafe. The building has been remodeled and redecorated and equipped with oven and allied equipment needed for a full line of bakery products. A formal grand opening will be held at a later date.

The brand new 1972 models of Chevrolets and Fords are on display at local car dealers. Ford announced they are selling the new ‘72 models at frozen ‘71 prices. Hedberg Ford will have the “Seventy-two Auto Show” on Friday and Saturday Sept. 24-25 with registration for door prizes, coffee and donuts, plus gifts for men and women.

September 19, 1946

A family reunion and second wedding anniversary was held at the John Field home in honor of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Field of Seattle, WA. Several guests welcomed the visitors as it was Ralph’s first visit here in six years, three of which were spent in service.

George T. Mikelson, candidate for governor, was the featured speaker at the commercial club meeting and supper last Thursday evening. Mr. Mikelson gave a short but interesting talk which was very much enjoyed by all present.

Traffic deaths continue to rise with a 69% increase over the reports from August 1945. People need to take into consideration the skills and concentration needed to be a safe driver.

September 22, 1921

At 5 a.m., the fire alarm sounded - as soon as people reached the open, the fire could be seen on the west side of Lake Street with flames shooting high in the sky. The fire started in the Preston Cafe by an explosion of the coffee urn. Mrs. Reddicliffe went down and lit the burner, then went to the kitchen to start the fire in the range. Soon the front part of the cafe was in flames. The fire spread to the J.F. Goggins drug store and the apartment above the cafe and the cafe itself. It was so intense that it cracked the windows on the Fraternal Hall and Wm Harris garage across the street.


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