Reviewing the Past

Compiled by Beth Brown

10 Years Ago
September 2, 2009

    Grant-Deuel homecoming royalty included Clint Homan, king, son of Neal and Deb Homan, and McKenzie Krakow, queen, daughter of Kevin and Cindy Krakow.
    Four Grant County residents were chosen to compete in the first state fair beef cook-off. Adult contestants in the beef salads category included Mary K.  Bishop of Milbank, and competing in the fast family favorites adult category was Helen Gherghelescu of Milbank. Michaela DeWald of Milbank and Kaden Leddy of Stockholm were among 15 youth contestants participating in the cook-off.
    Mill Theatres in Milbank advertised the showing of films including I Love You Beth Cooper, Aliens in the Attic, Public Enemies and (500) Days of Summer.
    Darwin Wojahn of Milbank won the Milbank Area Community Tennis Organization tennis tournament.
    The Milbank Bulldogs took full advantage of interceptions and fumble recoveries to earn a 37-23 Northeast Conference football victory over Sisseton. It was the first game of the season for both teams.
    Milbank race car drivers Marlin Snell and Aaron Meister won the season points championship in the cruiser division of the track championship at Casino speedway in Watertown.
    Pastor Carl Funderburk was the first pastor to serve at the newly formed Milbank Baptist Church.
    Dustin Faeth of Summit was driving north on 465th Avenue when his vehicle collided with a black cow. The cow had wandered onto the road. The animal, belonging to Dewey Zemlicka, Watertown, was killed. Damage to Faeth’s vehicle was $2,500. Justin Brandt of Revillo was driving his pickup south on 476th Avenue when his vehicle hit a black calf. The calf had wandered out of the east ditch and onto the roadway. The calf, belonging to Scott Popham, Hayti, was killed. Damage to Brandt’s pickup was $1,000.
    Emma Christensen and Kiera Leddy were named winners in the District Three Make It With Wool contest at the Brown County fair. They advanced to the state competition.
    The Lady Bulldog volleyball team made quick work of its opponent and had a short outing when they downed Vermillion 3-0 in their season opener.

25 Years Ago
August 31, 1994

    A picnic shelter was completed for use by picnickers to enjoy a view of the spillway at Lake Farley.
    Justin Wellnitz of Milbank swerved to miss a deer while driving on a township road and wound up in the ditch, but was not injured. His Chevy pickup received major damage.
    Construction on a $245 million corn processing plant was predicted to start in 1995. There were five potential sites, including one between Milbank and Big Stone City. In addition to the Grant County site, other locations in contention were Wahpeton, Hankinson and Argusville, all in North Dakota, and Moorhead, MN.
    The Big Stone Community Theatre announced auditions were open for the performance of The Second Lady.     
    The cleanup of tires at the National Tire Services lot began. The estimated 200,000 to 300,000 tires were shredded into one-inch square chips to make tire-derived fuel.
    The grand opening of the Subway restaurant in Milbank was staged with a special of buy one foot-long sub, get one free.
    A Milbank teen escaped injury when the vehicle he was driving hit a washout in a township road. Aaron Gilliland, 14, of Milbank was driving west on a township road in Grant County northeast of Milbank. He drove around a barrier and ran into the washout. His 1987 Cutlass sustained major front end damage but there were no injuries.
    The Milbank High School varsity girls basketball cheerleaders attended a national cheerleading camp at Sioux Falls College. Attending were Kristi McCulloch, Tiffany Kolkman, Nikki Giessinger and Candace Fish. The Milbank squad earned two excellent ratings and received a Spirit Stick, which was the camp’s highest honor.

50 Years Ago
September 3, 1969

    A ground breaking ceremony was staged for First Baptist Church of Milbank at the site of the planned new church.
    A hunting accident on opening day of dove season, resulted in serious injury to Roy Whiting, 16-year-old son of Mrs. Hildegaard Kargleder. He was riding on the front fender of a car when he was either jolted from it or jumped from it, fell and was run over. The front wheel of the vehicle went over his leg just above the knee. He was rushed to St. Bernard Hospital. Lowell Wojahn, 18, was driving the 1959 Plymouth which belonged to Whiting. Five other passengers were in the car at the time.
    Hank Williams Jr., caused quite a stir in Milbank when his bus, Cheatin Heart Special, pulled into town. He and his musicians were enroute to Fargo, ND, where they had an engagement. They stopped at Westside Service for gas, and manager Myron Lindberg summoned a Review photographer. Hank Jr., invested in some western duds at the LaRoche Western Shop before leaving Milbank.
    In sweltering heat, 1,440 grade school and high school students began a new school year at the Milbank public schools. Enrollment at Koch School, kindergarten through sixth grade, totaled 736. Junior high showed 215 and high school 489.
    Corona school tallied a total of 141 pupils for the start of the school year.
    St. Bernard Hospital in Milbank announced the birth of a boy to Mr. and Mrs. Dale Schulte of Twin Brooks, and a girl to Mr. and Mrs. Arvid Boerger of Twin Brooks.
    Red Owl in Milbank advertised specials including chuck roast 58 cents a pound, 100 count bottle of Excedrin for 99 cents, 20 pounds of red potatoes for 68 cents, four 46 ounce cans of Hi-C for $1 and two pound package of spaghetti for 39 cents.
    Temperatures were recorded on August 26 at 91 degrees, August 27, 89 degrees, August 28, 95 degrees, August 29, 94 degrees, August 30, 91 degrees and August 31, 88 degrees.

75 Years Ago
September 7, 1944

     Willie Hillegass, clerk in the Bleser Drug Store for 14 years, took over the contract for hauling mail between the post office and depot and also the express hauling, relinquished by Les Bloomhall.
    Sgt. Albert Marquardt was presented with the Distinguished Unit badge for the splendid job that the tank battalion to which he was attached performed on D Day. Sgt. Marquardt was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Marquardt of Twin Brooks.
    Seven persons were injured, some seriously, in two accidents in and near Twin brooks, involving three automobiles, . The first accident occurred at the railroad crossing in Twin Brooks when a Buick occupied by Lee Schoepp and Henry Erickson, both 17 and both of South Shore, went into the air when it hit the tracks and turned over two or three times. Both boys were brought to the Milbank hospital, one with a fractured arm and one with a fractured leg. The second accident occurred five miles west of Milbank on Highway 12, when a car driven by Irvin Heuer of LaBolt ran into the rear of the Paul Unzicker car, which was headed west on the north side of the road. Reports differed as to whether the Unzicker car was parked or moving. In the Heuer car were Ruby Drewin of Milbank, who received cuts about the face, Viola Dietzman and her brother, Telo, both of LaBolt, Randolph Hanson of Altamont and Irvin Heuer. All were brought to the Milbank hospital. Hanson suffered a fractured skull.
    The Chateau Theatre in Milbank advertised the showing of films including Death Valley Manhunt, Hail the Conquering Hero and The Centerville Ghost.
    St. Bernard Hospital in Milbank announced the birth of a girl to Mrs. LuVern Erdahl of Milbank.
    For sale was a 120 acre farm, all under cultivation, four miles from Twin Brooks. Good soil and good neighborhood. Price was $6,000.
    S. Sgt. Wallace Koepke, 26, of Milbank, an airplane mechanic, received a gold-bordered blue ribbon for outstanding performance of duty.


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