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1997: Watch out for those skunks hanging around


May 9, 2012

The Lake Preston American Legion Auxiliary, Unit 63, hosted the District 6 Girls State Tea on April 29 at the UCC/UMC Church. Fifty-nine Girls State delegates, their mothers and guests came from several area towns to attend the orientation program and tea. Last year’s representatives Kimberly Cleveland, Brooke Virchow, Kelsey Kauffman and Beth Sampson shared their experiences. Special guest Phyllis Nelson entertained them with her memories as the first delegate from Lake Preston at the 1949 Girls State. Allison Strande is the 2012 Girls State representative from Unit 63.

Twenty-four seniors will graduate from Lake Preston High School on Sat., May 12.

May 8, 1997

Two area youths are receiving rabies vaccinations this week after potential exposure to the rabies virus through a cat. Area veterinarians and medical doctors say this could be another high-risk year for infection due to the large numbers of skunks. Skunks are primarily responsible for the spread of the disease as wet conditions are forcing them to move from shelter, increasing the potential for contact with other animals and humans.

Valerie Kazmerzak, the daughter of Doug and Joan Kazmerzak, was awarded the Star Greenhand award for the Lake Preston FFA chapter. The award is given to a freshman member who excels in leadership and ag projects.

Clay Jessen, the son of Jim and Barb Jessen, is the Blue & Gold Student of the Week. He will be remembered for his witty sayings, athletic ability and brains. His favorite teachers are Jeff Barber and Richard Ritter who would confess that his performance in their classes is nothing less than outstanding. Clay’s mother is the most important person because she feeds him.

May 11, 1972

Koch’s Clothing Shoppe opened for business on Monday under the ownership of Mr. and Mrs. Leroy Koch. The Main Avenue location was formerly occupied by Shanks Plumbing and Heating and has been completely redecorated for a most attractive display of merchandise. The new store will carry a complete line of clothing for men, women and children, along with western wear and riding equipment.

A lot of free advertising, some interesting mail and one buck - Clarence Hedberg is getting them all from an advertising campaign Ford is conducting in the metropolitan press pushing the Maverick automobile.

On May 26, 1954, there came a cheer, a yell and a baby girl to the Ralph Bode residence. The new arrival, whom they named Mary, was brought home to Barbara, Sandi, Steve, Susan and later joined by Bob. This 5’7” auburn-haired, green-eyed girl has attended all her years at LPHS and has been very active during those years. She plans to attend Northern State College after graduation.

May 8, 1947

The Order of Eastern Star donated $250 to the Kingsbury County Memorial Hospital benefit, the amount they cleared at their recent Breakfast in Hollywood party.

A 9-pound, 6-ounce boy was born to Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Anderson on May 1; they named him Jerry Wayne.

Merle Gastineau Y3/c, son of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Gastineau, arrived at his parents' home to enjoy a short leave from the Navy. He is stationed at San Diego, Calif.

Knocking on the laying house door before entering will give the hens a chance to know you are coming, and they won’t be scared when the door opens.

May 11, 1922

Seventeen seniors will graduate at the 18th annual LPHS commencement ceremony next week. An enjoyable and instructive program has been arranged.

At high noon on May 4 at the farm home of Mr. and Mrs. Nels Buer, the marriage of Mr. Thomas E. Stepp and Miss Birdie M. Buer occurred.


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