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2011: Falconer named Good Sam CNA of the year

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10 YEARS AGO
May 18, 2011

Sharon Falconer, a certified nursing assistant at the local Good Samaritan Center, has been named CNA of the year among all the Good Samaritan Centers nationwide. There are 240 Good Samaritan Centers in 24 states. Falconer will receive her award at the annual Good Samaritan Society meeting in St. Charles, Ill., on June 14.

Disaster aid is on the way for 28 counties where flood damage took place earlier in the year. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) officials said federal disaster aid has been made available to South Dakota to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by flooding as of March 11. Counties included in the disaster declarations are Aurora, Beadle, Brookings, Brown, Buffalo, Clark, Codington, Day, Edmunds, Faulk, Grant, Hamlin, Hand, Hughes, Hyde, Jackson, Jerauld, Kingsbury, Lake, Marshall, Miner, Moody, Perkins, Potter, Roberts, Sanborn, Spink and Sully. South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard requested a presidential disaster declaration.

25 YEARS AGO
May 15, 1996

Garth Williams, illustrator of the “Little House” books by Laura Ingalls Wilder, has died. He was 84. Williams died May 8 in Mexico, where he had spent much of the past 35 years. He was to be buried in Aspen, Colo., where he lived during the 1950s. Williams is best known for illustrating “Charlotte’s Web” and “Stuart Little,” both books by author E.B. White. His work on the Wilder books brought him to De Smet in 1947, 1986 and again in 1990. He also visited Mansfield, Mo., in 1947 and again in 1991. Williams was born April 16, 1912, in New York City to a pair of artists. His father was an illustrator, and his mother was a landscape painter. He served in London during World War II and began illustrating books after the war. In 1958, he caused a racial stir by writing and illustrating a book, “The Rabbit’s Wedding.“ The story depicted a black rabbit who married a white rabbit by moonlight before an audience of animals. He is survived by his fourth wife, Leticia, five daughters and a son.

50 YEARS AGO
May 20, 1971

A Luitjens and Lindbloom farewell, it could be called, as the chorus and band of Mrs. Cheri Luitjens and Jerald Lindbloom performed beautifully Friday evening. A casual Pops Concert atmosphere and a variety of popular music – arranged chronologically by decades through the 1900s created a receptive audience, some seated at tables. Lunch was available throughout the evening. Mrs. Luitjens used medleys effectively to provide a sampling of the vocal music trends through the century. The 45-member chorus sang continuously for over an hour without changing position, enhanced by spotlight soloists and background guitar and percussion. The two directors have spent four years on the local faculty. Announcement of Mr. Lindbloom’s move to Rock Valley, Iowa, had been made Thursday, effective June 1. Mr. and Mrs. Luitjens will teach next year at Ellendale, N.D.

75 YEARS AGO
May 16, 1946

Commencement for De Smet High School comes this weekend, the baccalaureate services Sunday evening and graduation exercises the following evening. Class Night, held last evening, was a high spot in the events of graduation. The seniors staged a hilarious schoolroom scene and gave an interesting class history and prophecy. Awards were given for the various departments and activities. School is out Friday of next week, when grades will be ready for the students, who take final examinations from Tuesday noon through Thursday forenoon. For the seniors, school is over this week, after a week of senior privileges that exempted them from attendance other than for classes. The class of 24 seniors will receive their diplomas in cap and gown for the first time in De Smet High School history, the class voting to add this to their graduation. The Mother-Senior Banquet is to be held at St. Thomas Catholic Church this evening, with the fathers serving the tables. Valedictorian of the Class of ’46 is Dorothy Wakeman and Audrey Barnes is salutatorian.

95 YEARS AGO
May 21, 1926

Work was begun on the erection of the new Mallery Drug Store the first of the week, with Carl Schultz the contractor.

Egbert Stone made the initial trip of the season in his airplane Sunday, testing it in flight after a complete overhaul, recovering and painting.

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