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1971: There is an acute shortage of teachers in South Dakota


December 28, 2011

Flooding along the Missouri River was voted the top story in South Dakota in 2011 by the Associated Press, but a brutal winter which dropped more than 60 inches of snow in Kingsbury County left so much snow that road workers in Lake Preston and De Smet ran out of room to pile it. Several major storms that rolled through the area from late November 2010 through March set the stage for disastrous flooding in our area. When the snow began to melt, residents braced for flooding as roads were closed, making it nearly impossible for some rural residents to travel. At least 100 county and township roads caved in or were under water. Parts of highways 14 and 81 were submerged, too.

People were invited to join the Augustana women’s basketball team and Lake Preston friends and family for a great day of basketball and to celebrate the career of Augie junior Lydia Nelson, daughter of Ron and Cathy Nelson at the Elmen Center in Sioux Falls. There was also a special performance by the Lake Preston 4-6 grade basketball teams at halftime.

December 26, 1996

The Century Club has two new members from this area - Alice Marquardt from De Smet and Leta Walker from Lake Preston. Both women are 100 years old; this is a requirement of the century club, a creation of the South Dakota Health Care Association and Blue Cross/Blue Shield of SD. There are no dues, and every inductee receives a specially-designed certificate signed by the governor and the sponsor.

An average of a quarter million families has their homes ruined and lives disrupted each winter because of frozen water pipes. Each year, insurance companies pay an average of $450 million in claims due to damage caused by frozen pipes. What makes these problems even more distressing is that in most cases, they could have been avoided. There are several suggestions offered on how to avoid becoming a victim including insulating pipes, sealing leaks, disconnecting garden hoses and shutting off the water in your home if you are going away for an extended length of time.

December 30, 1971

Mr. and Mrs. Blaine Tolzin were the grand prize winners of a color TV set, climaxing the holiday retail promotion conducted by local business places. The set is the first color TV the Tolzins have owned, and they reported the color is “just beautiful!”

A complete set of video equipment was presented to the school Tuesday night by the Lake Preston Jaycees on behalf of many community organizations and individuals whose contributions purchased the equipment.

December 26, 1946

A large crowd of young folk attended the free movie at the Preston Theatre last Saturday. The best window display was also named that day. Fossum’s Red and White Store received $10 for 1st prize; the Red Owl Store received $5 for 2nd place.

Leonard Thompson, who lives north of Lake Preston, is now the owner of a new Cessna plane and has received his private flying license which entitles him to take passengers. Thompson was a student of Harley Rauch who taught many young men to pilot planes.

There is an acute shortage of teachers in South Dakota and neighboring states, as reported by the State College Education Department.

December 29, 1921

Last Friday, S. C. Odegaard had the misfortune to lose his fine Buick car by fire. He used his car in going to and from his traps. After looking at the traps in a slough south of town that day, he started his engine to get it warmed up. He then went into his shack for a few minutes before he looked out to see his car in flames. It was too far gone to be saved. He had it insured but seems to get no encouragement as to the company being any good.


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