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1947: Typing 56 words/minute wins 2nd place and $1.00

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10 YEARS AGO
May 16, 2012

Hugs were given, tears were shed and memories were shared as the LPHS graduating class of 2012 took center stage at the ceremony held on May 12. With their futures in sight, Lake Preston graduates led by Valedictorian Kelli Garry and Salutatorian Calder Eschenbaum took time to reflect. In their addresses, they shared stories about each and every classmate. Six students were named Regents Scholars- Trevor Tande, Brooke Virchow, Daniel Summers, Megan Schmidt, Garry and Eschenbaum. Superintendent Tim Casper noted that this year's graduates have earned $176,175 in scholarships as they head off to college or technical school.

LPHS track athletes performed well at the Dakota Valley Conference meet on May 10 in Estelline. The Divers came away with three first-place finishes and five top-three placings. Calder Eschenbaum led earning firsts in hurdles, long jump and triple jump. The girls 4 X 100-meter relay and 1600-meter sprint medley teams of Kristin Longville, Kiana Hoff, Karley DeKnikker and Molly Brown each took third place. Junior Peter Schukking finished third in the 300-meter hurdles, and sophomore Cole Casper placed third in the long jump while Brock Bumann won third in the 3200-meter run.

25 YEARS AGO
May 15, 1997

Severe flooding in northern South Dakota and North Dakota has taken the focus from flood problems in this area, but the plight of those living near Lake Thompson is like a lingering illness and is no less painful. After eleven years of dealing with flooded roads and lost property, some are sinking into hopelessness. Property owners near the lake say water levels are as high as they have ever been, and those suffering the effects aren’t getting many answers or much assistance. The heavy flow of Lake Thompson accompanied by strong NW winds broke through one of the last passable east-west roads between Highways 14 and 34 south of here.

Sheila Jones, daughter of Wes and Helen Jones, and Kevin Carlson, son of John Carlson and the late Mary Carlson, were married April 5 at the Lake Preston Lutheran Church with the Rev. Jerry Stolp and Rev. Rick Senner officiating.

5O YEARS AGO
May 18, 1972

Commencement exercises will be held at the LPHS auditorium. The Valedictorian is Ilene Baumberger and the Salutatorian is Mary Bode. The commencement speaker will be Attorney General Gordon Mydland.

One of the more notable features of the extensive remodeling and redecoration at Swenson’s Drug went up this past week is the large name on the expansive front of the enlarged store.

This week's senior on parade is none other than Gary Malone, better known as Moe. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Jerome Sjolie and has an older brother Doug and two younger siblings, Mark and Jan. This 5-foot-8-inch blue-eyed blonde has been active in FFA, mixed chorus, all school play, football, basketball and track. Someone who is extra special and able to take some guff with a good sense of humor could be Gary’s future wife. She should also be a good cook and a neat housekeeper.

75 YEARS AGO
May 15, 1947

All gambling devices including slot machines or pinball machines offering rewards or free plays, punchboards, bingo games, lotteries, sports pools and any other games of chance are illegal in South Dakota according to Attorney General Sigurd Anderson. The operation of gambling devices by private clubs, patriotic or benevolent organizations are as much outside the law as games operated by individuals for private profit.

Delores Green turned in one of her best 10-minute speed tests of the year by typing 56 words per minute with eight errors in the inter-school contest at Arlington. This mark won her second place and $1.00 in cash.

The Lake Preston Lutheran Church will observe its 60th Anniversary on June 15-20.

100 YEARS AGO
May 18, 1922

The 18th annual commencement of LPHS — the class of 1922 will be graduated from the complete 4-year course. Baccalaureate services were held in the opera house on Friday evening; the graduation program was to be held in the opera house with Prof. Lawrence of Huron College as the speaker.

Present growing conditions are all that could be desired. The soil was in excellent condition for the seed, and we have been visited with plenty of moisture to start the crops.

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