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1972: Ambulance crew was busy with 118 calls last year


January 11, 2012

LPHS students are kicking off 2012 with a big broadband boost that will offer them better and faster internet tools. Thanks to a fiberoptic line placed by SDN Communications of Sioux Falls, the school’s internet connectivity is more than three times faster than it used to be through old copper phone lines.

Garrett Osvog, Bridget Malone and Michelle Bunker have been named to the SDSU dean’s list for academic excellence during the fall 2011 semester. Chase Casper, Tyler Cass and Christopher Peterson were named to the President’s Academic Honors list for the fall semester at Dakota State University in Madison.

Kelli Garry, daughter of Steve and Patty Garry, was the featured senior of the week in the Blue and Gold. Although she is unsure of where she is going to attend school next year, she is extremely ready to be living on her own and getting out into the real world. Her advice to underclassmen is “Be involved and go out for everything that interests you because you might surprise yourself by what you discover you’re good at.”

January 12, 1922

Sloppy slush on Friday turned to stinging snow accompanied by high winds Saturday in the latest round of winter storms. Blowing and drifting snow continued throughout the weekend blocking many roads until Monday. School was called off on Monday when buses were unable to get through on rural routes The area has received about 43” of snow since Nov. 9. Weather officials said conditions could become dangerous as an arctic front moves in, causing additional drifting, extremely cold temperatures and wind chills of -50 below zero.

January 13, 1972

A highly successful first year of operation of the Lake Preston Community Ambulance Service is revealed in both service calls and financial figures announced this week. The service began Dec. 5, 1970, with a crew of 15 members - all of them graduates of an intensive first aid course. The crew members were E.V. Johnson, Harley Austad, Lenard Fonder, Quentine Anderson, Gordon Teeters, Bob Larson, Leonard Svihel, Milton Swenson, Don Marin, Don Laabs, Leroy Iseminger, Verle Pike, Mike Salter, Elmo Anderson and Ralph Bode. During the year the ambulance made 118 calls and generated enough income to pay expenses and still have funds in reserve.

A large crowd of 105 attended the annual Bit & Spur Saddle Club supper last Saturday at the Legion Hall. Following the dinner, the children were treated by the club to a show at the Preston Theatre. Officers for the coming year are Dave Hesby- president, Marlene Williams- secretary and Joyce Hesby- treasurer. Warren Casper was elected to a 3-year term on the board of directors joining Lloyd Johnson and Leroy Koch.

January 9, 1947

The National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis made its annual appeal for funds from Jan. 15 through Jan. 30. After the worst epidemic on record, which occurred last summer, county funds are exhausted, and the national registry is seriously depleted. The March of Dimes is the slogan for the fund drive. The foundation is calling on the American people to provide funds to carry on research in the cause, cure and prevention and to educate therapists in the care of those stricken. (Ed Note-Many of us remember the polio epidemic in the late 1940s into the 1950s- no swimming pools, no large gatherings, no elective surgeries- tonsils out and so on. We remember vivid pictures of children in iron lungs fighting to survive. It was a great breakthrough when Salk and Sabin created the polio vaccine! History does indeed repeat itself.)

The new scoreboard is up and in use at the high school. It got its first tryout at the Lake Norden and Lake Preston game last Friday night. Everyone remarked about the efficiency of this scoreboard and seemed to like it very much. Twist Madsen is going to be the official operator of the board, so we all know it will be taken care of. It is a great asset to LPHS Sportsdome.

January 12, 1922

Becker, the great magician, the second number in the Lyceum Course, will appear at the opera house in Lake Preston on Saturday of this week. His feats of magic will surely entertain. Remember the course comes under the auspices of the city schools. Plan to attend.

Mayor J. H. Lloyd has been in rather poor health for several weeks. Colds or grippe have followed one after another.


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