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1996: Lake Thompson Wildlife Festival brought over 800 visitors

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10 YEARS AGO
April 5, 2011

Kingsbury County Commissioners declared an emergency for the county due to massive flooding. The Lake Thompson park manager said the water is going up ½” to 1” a day. Access roads to homes are under water, and culverts are washing out. All three lakes are affected by the rising waters which have caused travel into Lake Preston to be re-routed. Some students cannot get to school, and the farmers are a long way from being able to get into their fields. There is no short-term solution in sight.

Librarian Syrena Maranell is excited that our local library can participate in SD Titles to Go, a program that provides library patrons the options of downloading audio and electronic books from their home computers. Maranell cites convenience and economy for e-books' rising popularity.

Four candidates vie for positions on the city council: Allen Wilde, Rick Olson, Joe Schnell and Jim Wilde.

25 YEARS AGO
April 7, 1996

Enthusiasm for the Lake Thompson Wildlife Festival appears to be growing according to festival chairperson, Diane Virchow. In addition to the more than 800 visitors, there were new faces among the volunteers and new ideas from visitors and artists. Stormy weather prevented a few artists from attending, but there were 20 artists and 13 exhibitors in attendance. The high point on Sunday was the program by the Bramble Park Zoo of Watertown that drew many families to the festival. Both children and adults enjoyed seeing and touching the animals.

Recycling is now mandatory due to a federal mandate, so Steve LaBay is meeting with the council to finalize the details for curbside recycling.

The Lake Preston Jazz Band and Swing Choir traveled to Watertown to compete in the regional contest. Students who received superiors were Tami Anderson and Melissa Jensen for their vocal duet, Monica Anderson, Ben Hauck and Shannon Muser for their vocal trio.

5O YEARS AGO
April 8, 1971

Three two-student groups of young LPHS scientists returned from the regional science fair at SDSU. The US Army Award was won by Mike Koch and Lyle Palmlund; Merit of Excellence awards in the biological division were Cammie Iseminger and Debra Hesby and Renita Thomsen and Deonne Brandner.

Gordon Maxam was appointed to the South Dakota advisory council’s Regional Medical Program and Comprehensive Health Planning. Maxam has been active in support and direction of the local hospital since its establishment along with being chairman of the hospital board.

There are 44 enthusiastic, organized and agreeable students in the junior class this year. Class President is Mary Bode, Vice President Doug Kazmerzak, Secretary Ron Nesseim, Treasurer Dena Falla, Student Council VP Steve Jensen, Representative Chuck Wolkow and alternate Ilene Baumberger.

Northwestern Public Service Co announces that you will receive 5000 S&H green stamps free when you install a gas grill and gaslight.

75 YEARS AGO
April 4, 1946

April 1 was the deadline for purchasing your 1946 license plate and putting it on your automobile. State officials have ordered all county sheriffs and patrolmen to crack down on all violators, and a thorough check will be made throughout the state.

Anchors Aweigh is now showing at the Preston Theatre starring Frank Sinatra, Kathryn Grayson and Gene Kelly.

Five boys from the class of 1944 are in the Navy. Alvin Rusche is stationed at Corpus Christi, Texas, Bob Rodvold in the South Pacific, Bob Hauck in Jacksonville, Fla., Kenneth Hedberg in South Carolina and Teddy Rich, just discharged, who was in the South Pacific.

Bondes has ladies dress shoes for $3.98, children’s shoes $2.98 -$3.49 and men’s all leather shoes $4.98 - $6.95. Steel arch construction plow shoes are $4.98 - $6.95.

100 YEARS AGO
April 7. 1921

The Civic Club and city council commenced an extensive improvement program to make the city park more attractive and useful. First the readying of the area will be done so that walks can be built, flowers and shrubs can be planted and park seats can be installed.

The annual dancing party given by the Royal Neighbors in the opera house on Tuesday evening was a grand affair.

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