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1997: Weekend storm stops train in snowdrift


January 11, 2012

H&R Roofing Inc. of Sioux Falls is installing a new slate roof on the De Smet Depot Museum. The old roof was heavily damaged June 26, 2010, in a hailstorm. The cost of the new roof is $74,327. “Our insurance will pay $67,000. We couldn’t ask for a better deal than that,” City Finance Officer Eileen Wolkow said. The existing roof is original to the building, which is on the National Register of Historic Places. The new slate roof will keep the original architecture accurate. “It’s a unique job. It’s hard to find a company that does that kind of work,” Wolkow said. “We check every piece of slate and lay lines to keep everything just right,” Jay Walz, one of the roofers, said. Chicago Northwestern Railroad built the depot in 1906 after a fire in 1905 destroyed the original building. In 1980, S. Neal Meyer, a local banker at the time, bought the depot and gave it to the city to be used as a museum. Mrs. Doris Thorson gave the city money to refurbish the building. A grand opening for the De Smet Depot Museum was held June 10, 1984. The museum is open June 1 – Aug. 31.

January 8, 1997

A Dakota, Minnesota and Eastern train ended its route in a snowdrift east of Lake Preston late Saturday. 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. Railroad employees and heavy equipment operators worked throughout Monday before getting the train running late that night. Vice President of the Brookings office, Lynn Anderson, said the westbound train became stuck in heavy snow about 10 p.m. Saturday. One engine derailed, and the remaining engines and cars were stranded in drifts several feet high. Anderson said the weekend incident is one of several hardships created by this winter’s fierce weather.

January 13, 1972

It took seven days for the first birth to occur in Kingsbury County this year. Sharon Shantel Lundquist was born at De Smet Memorial Hospital, Jan. 7, at 11:10 p.m., weighing 8 pounds, 2 ounces. She is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Eldon Lundquist of De Smet. The local hospital had several births a few days before the first of the year. A party for the First Baby of 1972 will be held at The News office Thursday of next week, from 3 to 4, when visitors may greet the baby and parents. Refreshments will be served and pictures taken. Sponsors of the First Baby contest will have 35 presents awaiting the baby Thursday.

January 9, 1947

Miss Helen Purintun left Friday morning for Spring Valley, Minn., where she teaches school, after spending the holidays with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.O. Purintun and family. Alan Purintun left Sunday for Lincoln, Nebr., where he will continue his studies at the university after spending his vacation at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.O. Purintun.

Mr. and Mrs. Howard B. Munger spent several days here last week with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Howard W. Munger. Howard B. is attending school at Vermillion.

The Let’s Go Club met Wednesday evening, Jan. 8, at the home of Mrs. Pete Hendricks, with Mrs. Kenneth Glover as co-hostess. There were 13 members, with Mrs. Ronald Graham rejoining, and one visitor, Mrs. Andrew Close, present. After a short business meeting, Mrs. Gerald Erickson gave a topic on “Nobody Owns a Cat.” Mrs. Chester Skyberg won the penny chance prize. Several games were played for recreation, after which lunch was served by the hostesses. The next meeting will be Feb. 12, with Mrs. Howard Schultz and Mrs. Owen Goodwin as hostesses.

January 12, 1912

Fred Clarke has quit the mail route and become the manager of the Farmers Cash Store.

It is claimed that Pollock, in Campbell County, was the coldest place in South Dakota in the recent frigid weather. The government thermometer registered 50 degrees below.

The Cloud Chasers dancing party at the opera house Tuesday night was a very pleasant affair. The old- fashioned dress feature was productive of much fun. The men took the suggestion seriously, and nearly all appeared in style ranging from the cutaway to the clawhammer. The ladies appeared in dress of years gone by – some dating back fifty or more years.

Sleighing is fine, at least about town, and going people are taking advantage of it.

A change of temperature of 66 degrees within thirty-six hours is sure a record breaker. Thursday night the government thermometer registered 44 below, and Saturday 22 above.


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