Looking Back

1996: Draining a swimming pool through a straw


March 30, 2011

A congressional delegation from the offices of Senator Tim Johnson and Senator John Thune took a first-hand look at the flooding situation and indicated a willingness to speak to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in order to expedite a report.

Nicholas Curd is the state archery champion, having placed first in his division, children 11 and under, to win the state NFAA championship in Mitchell. Curd competed in the two-day competition in shooting with a compound bow.

Local chef Glenda Odegaard, owner of Countryview Catering, was the runner up in the Taste of Elegance Competition in Sioux Falls. The competition was started to show chefs how to expand the use of pork in their menus.

March 28, 1996

“Moving water out of Lake Thompson is a lot like draining a swimming pool through a straw. It is slow, and that wouldn’t be so bad except South Dakota’s largest natural lake is getting bigger.” Governor Janklow met with residents on March 23 to discuss how to deal with the problem, but it will be a long process.

The Lake Thompson Wildlife Festival is coming on Saturday and Sunday to the LPHS auditorium. The event will again feature the work of numerous artists as well as information booths, programs and tours of the watershed. There will be more emphasis on fishing this year. There also will be a program for children on Sunday presented by the Bramble Park Zoo in Watertown.

Clay Jessen, Joey Carlson and Troy Nystrom are this year's Boys State delegates; Matt Warne will be at Journalism City. Ronnie Albert, Tami Anderson and Amber Slaight are the Girls State representatives.

April 1, 1971

The LPHS vocational departments hosted 650 area students this past week. Despite the influx of 150 boys from 13 schools on Thursday and 500 girls from 17 schools on Monday, the groups were able to conduct their special programs with a minimum of distraction. They utilized the large auditorium facilities at the Erwin Attendance Center and the auditorium in the Ag building in the high school. Events held were the District 2 convention of FHA while Vo-Ag students attended the annual meat school instructed by Leroy Koch.

The local Kiwanis Club donated $150 to the hospital fund, bringing the building account up to $2001.50 – all of it from gifts.

The Lake Preston Cooperative Association annual meeting was held last Friday. Approximately 150 attended including several businessmen and their wives. Milburn Sass and Dick Pastian were elected for 3-year terms. The association gave a financial report of a highly successful year of operation.

75 years ago
March 28, 1946

A special meeting of the American Legion was held to discuss erecting a new memorial hall. After the pros and cons were debated, they decided to put off further action until the regular members could be present. Art Peterson, the membership director, said the local post has a membership of 144, the largest post in the country.

Bonde’s Grocery is offering Armours Star Pork and Beans – 24 #2 cans for $3.59. “They will be scarce this summer; buy a case now!”

LPHS musicians are gearing up for the reopening of the Annual State Music Contest. There was a “slump” of contests during the war, so being fortunate to have good leadership and plentiful talent - they can look forward to very promising results. The Kingsbury County Elimination Contest will be held in Lake Preston on April 1.

March 31, 1921

The members of the Lake Preston post of the American Legion have secured the basement of the 1st National Bank and will soon be nicely located in a club room of their own.

The road grade across Preston and Whitewood Lakes was washed more or less by whitecaps blown against it on Saturday afternoon, but the repair work was being done; vehicles are crossing the same as usual.


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