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2012: Local band performs at Madison Dairy Queen


August 1, 2012

For 26 years postmaster Rick McGuire has had his finger on the pulse of Lake Preston, if not a major part of the collective heartbeat itself. That was evident Tuesday morning as customers, friends and family packed the post office to congratulate him on the final day of his illustrious career. McGuire retired after 32 years at the USPS. After serving as a city carrier and service representative in Sioux Falls, he took over as the postmaster in Lake Preston in August 1986. He will miss the daily interaction with his customers but is looking forward to new opportunities.

“It's been a wonderful 32 years with the postal service,” he said. “The community here, everyone has been exceptionally good to work with. It's a little bittersweet.”

The local band Street Legal, made up of Ron Nelson, Joel Warne and three others, performed at the Madison Dairy Queen for their annual Miracle Treat Day in which all proceeds go to the Children’s Miracle Network.

July 31, 1997

The Lake Thompson Association is running into brick walls from the Vermillion Advisory Board after last week’s meeting brought no promises, no action and no hope for those who’ve battled flooding for more than a decade. Ron Reed, who attended the meeting, said the board didn’t even discuss proposals they previously considered. Landowners are reluctant to pursue legal action but are keeping it in mind if no remedies are accomplished. Representatives Roger Lee and Doug Kazmerzak have pledged their support to the group.

The Lake Preston Drag Racing team brought home two trophies July 12 during an evening makeup race. Stacy Buer placed 2nd in bracket one with her ‘69 Chevrolet Biscayne, while Justin Vincent took the top trophy in the shootout with his ‘68 Chevrolet pickup. Other racers bringing in points, putting Lake Preston in second place, were Rick Nelson, Matt Snowden, Tim Steffensen, Jeremy and Jeff Woodcock.

August 3, 1972

Colorful! Beautiful! This describes the display of flowers and arrangements at the Kingsbury County Garden Show held on Monday at the UCC. 4-H members exhibited a total of 126 entries, and open class participants entered 66 exhibits. Judges for the show were from the Lake Preston Garden Club and the Friendly Garden Club of De Smet. They were Mrs. Gordon Maxam, Mrs. Selmer Stenson, Mrs. Cecil Abel, Mrs. Fred Ritterbush and Mrs. Henry Carroll.

Paul Casper, son of Mr. and Mrs. Warren Casper, won the junior division Grand Championship in Western Showmanship with “Kelso Cody,” his 10-year-old gelding, at the state 4-H show in Huron. The other purple ribbon winners were Rick Osvog, Doug Paterson, Carolyn Kerr and Carla Keiser. This year's show was “bigger and better” with 731 contestants.

July 31, 1947

Robert Coster, one of the creamery employees, met with a bad accident Tuesday morning when a bottle broke on the bottle washer, cutting two arteries and a tendon on his left arm. Tourniquets were placed on his arm to slow the bleeding, and he was taken to Dr. J. S. Bates who said he was lucky to be near a doctor when it happened.

Miss Azalea Hay arrived at her mother Geneva Hay’s home Sunday evening, having come from the Hawaiian Islands for an indefinite visit.

August 3, 1922

The good road work is commencing to be recognized. With the roads graded and rounded up, it takes only a short time after a storm to make travel inviting again. Each of the four rural carriers out of Lake Preston fully appreciates that on his route. All of the bad places have been wonderfully improved, and some of them say that miles of good roads have been constructed on section lines not heretofore given any attention.


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