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1996: Ralph’s TV & Appliances celebrates 50 years


April 27, 2011

The Lake Thompson Recreation Park will remain closed until further notice because flooding has created safety issues. Manager John Christensen said campers who already have reservations should hang onto them until they’re sure about where to go. The water level on the lake again rose ½” this week, which has caused some roads to be washed out.

The road around the south edge of Lake Whitewood is completely under water this week.

The Easter Bunny visited residents and children at Silver Plains last week.

Three varsity teams from LPHS have won an Academic Achievement Award from the SDHSAA - the one act play cast and crew, the girls basketball team and the vocal solo-ensemble group. To qualify for the honor each team had to earn a combined grade point average of 3.0 or higher.

April 25, 1996

Ralph and Ruth Anderson will celebrate 50 years in business fixing everything from vehicles to appliances to TV sets. They will hold an open house on May 4 at Ralph’s TV & Appliances in Lake Preston. Ralph opened his first service station in 1946 after he returned from the service. He then bought a DeSoto/Plymouth Agency in Oldham and moved it to Hetland. After continuing with auto repairs, he added appliance repairs and then TVs after they moved back to Lake Preston.

Ralph and Ruth were community supporters their entire careers and also fostered over 60 children. At 77, he has decided to cut back a little. “I’m just not a quitter. No matter what I get into, I try to hang in there.”

At the FFA awards banquet Kelly Leonhardt, daughter of Arlyn and Jacky Leonhardt, received the Star Greenhand Award, Trudy Wastweet, daughter of Duane and Joan Wastweet, placed second for the Star Greenhand Award while Tony Jensen, son of Jim and Paula Jensen, received the Outstanding Service Award. Several FFA members also received awards at the dinner.

April 29, 1971

A community-wide clean-up, fix-up campaign will get underway this weekend, with hopes it will develop into the most thorough, efficient face-lifting the city has ever experienced. A big concern by the fire department is removal of fire hazards while city officials wish to see vacant lots cleaned up with special attention given to the problem of disposing of old abandoned cars ... i.e “junkers.”

Wienk Charolais 2nd annual sale attracted buyers from five states and one Canadian province. The Canadian buyer came all the way from Kamsach in east central Saskatchewan, 200 miles north of the Canadian border. Prices were slightly below last year's reflecting the weaker cattle market.

Don Brandner, son of Mr. and Mrs. Vaughn Brandner and Jeff Nelson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Neil Nelson were featured in this week’s Blue & Gold.

April 25, 1946

The city of Lake Preston can now boast of an airplane landing field having leased a strip 50’ wide by 2600’ long from John G. Nelson east of the town. Harley Rauch, who was an instructor in aviation in the army, will have an airplane on the field shortly and will give flying lessons.

Work started on the new hospital this week as the digging on the basement has commenced. Otto Thorsnes is supervising the volunteer work crew consisting of Nels Kopperud, Ernest Lee, Leroy Wienk, Ralph Lacy, Larry Fossum, Trigue Hamlot, Albert Olson and Ed Steenson.

April 28, 1921

The newly platted resort at Lake Henry is making progress toward becoming a favorable place for an outing. Some six or eight cottages have been completed. While there will not be an overabundance of trees for a few years, many varieties have now been planted. It will be an ideal place for hunting in the fall, and it will gradually become a favorable place to spend a quiet outing.


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