Days Gone By

1971: Burglars stole $80 at Sexauer Company


February 2, 2011

Young people from across the state returned home from Pierre this week with a better understanding of their government. The group visited the Capitol City as participants in the South Dakota Farmers Union’s Senior Youth Legislative Award Trip.

“These are young people who have completed two years of senior youth studies,” explained SDFU Education Director Bonnie Geyer. “The purpose of the award trip is to give young people a more intensive look at state government and especially the State Legislature than they would likely receive in a one-day high school trip to the Capitol.”

January 31, 1996

Scott Larson, son of Kris and Denise Larson and a graduating senior at De Smet High School, has been named one of approximately 2,600 candidates in the 1996 Presidential Scholars Program. The candidates were selected from more than 2.5 million students expected to graduate from U.S. high schools in 1996. The 2,600 candidates were selected for their exceptional performance on either the SAT of the College Board or the ACT Assessment of the American College Testing Program. Further consideration is based on students’ essays, self-assessments, descriptions of activities, school recommendations and school transcripts. A distinguished panel of educators will review these submissions and select 500 semifinalists in March. Final selection of the scholars will be made by the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars, a group of some 30 eminent citizens appointed by the President. They will select one young man and one young woman from each state. The White House will announce scholars in mid-April. Scholars will be invited to Washington, D.C. for several days in late June to receive the Presidential Scholars medallion at a recognition ceremony.

February 4, 1971

Burglars broke into the Sexauer Company office here sometime Tuesday night or early Wednesday morning and got away with $80 in cash, tools and merchandise. Dialo Schmidt, manager of the elevator, discovered the break-in Wednesday morning. Entry to the elevator office was by a break-in at the west door. Another door leading to the feed room was also broken open. The burglars used a heavy bar and a screwdriver to spring the steel fire door of the vault. Gaining entry to the safe, the burglars picked up $80 in cash, $175 worth of tools, candy, pop and other merchandise. Investigating officers on Wednesday morning were Sheriff Robert LaBore, Deputy Sheriff Merle Melstad and Chief of Police Oscar Nilson.

January 31, 1946

FROM THE VETERANS QUESTION BOX: Question: I am the father of a Navy man who served 20 months overseas and who is home on furlough from the Philippines, but not discharged. While he was in the Islands, he sent home a $300 money order which we have not received. My son says it was lost at sea by ship or plane about three months ago. He still has his three stubs or receipts. He went to the Denver postal authorities and filed a claim which he had to fill out on a blank which they issued to him. How long before he receives any action and will he be reimbursed for the amount lost?

Answer: Am sure you will be reimbursed, but it may be several months before you receive a check from the treasury department. The post office department informs us they are swamped with thousands of such cases. If claim is made for lost money orders within a year from date of issue, then the post office department can issue duplicates, but if more than a year elapses, under the law, the claim is turned over to the comptroller general who in turn issues treasury checks for the claim. Ordinarily this requires from three to five weeks. Thousands upon thousands of money orders have been lost or have not been cashed, and the department says they are about six months behind now.


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