5 Years Ago (2008)
Sitting as the County Zoning Board, the Hand County Commissioners approved a conditional use request from Mathew Moeller to expand his hog feeding operation by 4,400 head. Moeller already held a permit for 3,300 head.
The Wolsey-Wessington Warbirds hosted the Stickney Raiders at Wolsey February 12 and were defeated 62-96. Andrew Herdman led the Warbirds with 18 points including a trio of three pointers, while Shane Runge had 16 and Daniel Jensen added 11. Runge was the top rebounder with nine. Jensen had four assists.
The Wolsey-Wessington JV team won in a close game, 22-20 over the Sanborn Central Rebels, Feb. 14. The balanced scoring was led by Leah Runge and Becca Runge, each with five points. Leah Runge pulled down five rebounds and was credited with four steals.
10 Years Ago (2003)
Wessington Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) were guests of the Wessington American Legion and Auxiliary, and were served a prime rib meal. During the meeting, Rita Matthews of the Auxiliary presented the EMTs with a check for $100 as a means of showing appreciation for the unselfish giving of self and time to the community.
Thomas Lichty, Rodney Gortmaker and Donna Noyes were recognized for 10 years of EMT service to the Wessington Ambulance at the Wessington EMT annual meeting. Recognized for 20 years of EMT service were Byron and Penny Woodruff and John Hanks.
The Wessington Lady Warriors fought a competitive battle Tuesday night against the Cresbard Lady Comets. With this 58-47 win they improved their season record to 14-4. Theresa Jensen had 27 points, with 15 coming from the free-throw line.
More than 30 students, parents and teachers crowded into the school business office and overflowed into the hallway at the meeting of the Wessington School Board Monday, Feb. 10. Addressing the board, Holly Krause handed Kent Clarke, Chairman of the Board, a petition, which according to Krause, “verifies that there are a lot of people concerned about the decision to co-op track with Miller.”
20 Years Ago (1993)
Byron and Penny Woodruff, Wessington, and Gene and Justina Roth, Redfield, announce the engagement of their children, Terri Woodruff and Michael Roth. A June 5 wedding is planned in Redfield followed by a reception and dance in Wessington.
The Dakota State University football program announces the signing of Chris Heinz from Wessington, SD. Chris brings his talents to Madison, SD and plays for the Trojans in the South Dakota Intercollegiate Conference.
One of the longest rivalries in this area was renewed last Friday night. Like many times before, this contest was very close. When the dust settled, the Wessington Warriors defeated the Wolsey Cardinals 68-67 in Wolsey. Bill Kelsey and Rodney DeHaven led Wessington in points with 20 each. Curtis DeHaven followed nailing 17.
The Wessington 4th, 5th and 6th grade team traveled to Hitchcock last Wednesday, February 10, to take on the Hitchcock Bluejays. The Warriors led at all quarter stops and came home with a 29-24 win. Leaders in the scoring column were Dan Fernholz with 11, Dan Wedge with 10, Time Dais with four and Cody Sargent and Jaon Fritzsche each with two.
40 Years Ago (1973)
The libraries of South Dakota have been advised of the termination of virtually all services February 15, 1973 from the State Library at Pierre, S.D. because of lack of Federal funds. Current state appropriations are sufficient only to provide limited reference service after that date.
The Wessington Warriors were unable to stop Wolsey’s Cal Jarabek last Friday evening and consequently lost a hard-fought battle to the Cardinals by four points, 64-59. The Warriors had rather even scoring for the contest, with Fritzsche netting 12 points, Matthews 11, and Johnsen 10.
Our Little Club held their annual card party Sunday evening at the Luane Lichty home. Prizes were won by Marvin Matthews, Roy Clarke, Shirley Duxbury, Gladine McGirr, and Dorothy Brown.
Select beef liver was 59 cents a pound, nine ounces of Cool Whip was 59 cents, a two pound box of Velveeta was $1.35, and extra fancy delicious apples were 25 cents a pound in the Len’s Town & Country ad published February 16, 1973.
50 Years Ago (1963)
The building committee of the Wessington Building Association and their faithful crew of volunteer workers continue to work nearly every day on the new gym. Fair weather days find them installing the siding on the outside of the building, while the more disagreeable ones are spent inside working on the floor.
Considerable damage was done Tuesday evening to the right front corner of a car owned by Lloyd Grogan. The Grogan car was headed south on the main street, occupied by Mrs. Grogan and son, Craig, when John Trautman backed away from the curb. Mr. Trautman apparently failed to see the approaching vehicle, a 1957 Ford, and the two autos collided. No serious injures were suffered from the mishap.
A fire, which could have proved disastrous, apparently smothered itself out at the Fred Coil home early last Sunday morning. The fire started either from the wiring or motor of a deep freeze unit, doing serious damage to the freezer and spreading to the baseboard and floor of the room before the fire extinguished itself.
The children of Mr. and Mrs. Fred J. Lichty of Wessington held open house honoring their 40th wedding anniversary at the Legion Hall in Wessington on February 10. Approximately one hundred relatives and friend were present to congratulate the couple.
60 Years Ago (1953)
Mrs. Chase Stewart won three first places with three manuscripts in the state contest held for members of the South Dakota Press Women. The awards were made at the state convention held at Pierre, Feb. 13 and 14. Mrs. Stewart’s entries were for a poem published in a newspaper, poem published in a magazine, and a poem published in a book during 1952.
The Wessington Commercial Club was completely re-organized Tuesday evening when members of that club voted out the by-laws then in effect, and adopted a completely new set. The main purpose of the re-organization was to set up an organization, which could serve more thoroughly as an organization, which could further promote business and goodwill for the city.
New snow with winds reaching near blizzard velocity at times, were hitting Wessington and the state at press time Thursday. Snow started falling late Thursday morning and by noon had increased, along with the wind, enough so school officials were forced to close up schools for the remainder of the day.
Mrs. Wilmer Zvonek entertained a group Thursday in honor of her daughter, Sheryl’s seventh birthday.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Rennald Stiner, February 12, at a Huron hospital, a son, weighing eight pounds 9 1/2 ounces. He has been name Kerry Rennald.