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2011: Wildfire started by overheated combine bearing


10 years ago
October 12, 2011

The Oldham and Lake Preston fire departments responded to a wildfire during the afternoon on Oct. 6, just south of Oldham in a field owned by Ron McGarvie. The fire began when a bearing in a combine overheated, setting the extremely dry soybean debris ablaze. A howling southerly wind quickly sent the flames north as firefighters hustled to squelch the fire. Fire Chief Todd Brown said that an already dangerous situation became increasingly hairy as the wind switched, pinning the crew between the blaze and a slough. As the crew was looking to scramble to safety, the wind switched again, giving them space to continue the fight. Thanks to the efforts of both fire departments and area farmers, McGarvie lost between 20 to 30 acres of crop but did not lose any equipment, and no one was hurt.

The Lake Preston volunteer fire department members visited the school on Oct. 7 to instruct elementary students on fire safety in advance of Fire Prevention Week.

October 17, 1996

Developing good character gets a boost this week as Character Counts officially kicks off its program in Kingsbury County. County residents have reason to be proud as Kingsbury is the only county in the state to have a working coalition in place to promote Character Counts. County extension agent Mary Martin and the 4-H program have been instrumental in promoting it. CC is a nationwide program founded by Josephson Institute of Ethics. It promotes positive characteristics and emphasizes six pillars of good character — trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship.

Jackie Stewart, Matt Warne, Trudy Wastweet and Bryan Sanderson were recently chosen to be LPHS All-State Chorus members. April Zeeck, Nathan Sanderson, Jason Odegaard and Jeani Anderson were chosen as alternates.

October 14, 1971

The Lake Preston United Church of Christ will observe the 90th anniversary of the church in this community, with several special features at the regular worship on Sun., Oct. 17. There will be special music and a short review of the nine decades of the churches service to the community.

Pheasant Season opens Saturday!!! Reports indicate a higher number of birds being rather well disseminated throughout the state with the expectation of a large influx of out of state hunters.

75 years ago
October 10, 1946

LPHS will hold its second annual Homecoming Day for the Divers on Fri., Oct. 11. The students have planned a full day of entertainment with the homecoming queen being crowned at 11 a.m. Candidates are Ruby Sjolie, Helen Kopperud, Marcella Christensen and Madelyn Nesseim. The parade follows at 1 p.m., before the football game to be played against the Volga Cossacks.

3½ inches of rain fell this past week, which was followed by Indian Summer. The rain will help prepare for a better crop for farmers next year.

Bondes offers hunting coats — heavy waterproof duck, tan color, big game pocket, fly front, waterproof pockets, shell pockets that hold 14 shells and two hand warming pockets — all for $8.75. The Park-A-Hood that fits the coat for $1.85.

October 13, 1921

B.F. Mears, H.E. Leslie and D.M. Steele, the three men who are riding horseback from Yellowstone National Park to New York City on a wager to reach there by Jan. 1, 1922, spent Sunday night in Lake Preston. The start was made at Jackson, Wyo., with the trip being made over the Black and Yellow trail as it is the shortest route to Chicago. The horses are well fed and rested on their journey. The men planned to ride to Volga on Monday and then spend Tuesday in Brookings, giving their horses a rest. They were entertained while in Lake Preston by J.W. Lawler and other boosters of the Black and Yellow trail.


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