5 Years Ago (2008)
Miller High School Rodeo team members, Lane Fulton, Jase Clarke, and Cole Fulton proved their outstanding skills during the prestigious 20X Extreme High School Rodeo at the Black Hills Stock Show in Rapid City, January 27. Clarke had the fastest time in the tie down calf roping event, earning him a first place.
The Wolsey-Wessington Lady Warbirds took on the Wessington Springs Spartans February 4, and defeated them by a score of 46-27.
The Watson Krauter Post #100 of the American Legion met February 7. Commander Marvin Palmer presented
Russel Testerman with his 60 years continuous membership certificate and also presented Edwin Rowen with his 50-year certificate.
10 Years Ago (2003)
Wessington is the new work home of Vanessa Gose, who is completing her first year as a science teacher for grades 7-12 at the Wessington School. She teaches biology, physical science, and heads up Project Wild.
The Wessington Task Force met Feb. 5 in the school library. Members present were Myrna Lakner, Rhonda Mehling, Diana Runge, Joy Prangley, Tracy Rowen, Melony Kleinsasser, and Madeleine Rogers.
The Wessington Warriors dominated the Woonsocket Redmen Feb. 7. At the end of the first quarter they tied, 6 to 6. They went on to win 46-25. Theresa Jensen led Wessington in points with 21. Katie Jensen had 8 points, and led in steals with 7 and led in rebounds.
Former Wessington resident Muriel Darlene Bingham, 88, died Wednesday, January 15, 2003, in Greenville, S.C. Her funeral was held January 16.
20 Years Ago (1993)
Billie Jo Parmely and Heidi Buesing received superior actress awards at the Region IV One-Act Play Contest January 27 at Huron High School.
Three Wessington native sons are serving their country on the far shores of Samolia. The number alone is amazing considering the population of Wessington. Even more unique is that the three are also related. Cousins Jason Fliehe and Chris Bonin grew up as playmates and graduated from Wessington High School. Paul Fritzsche, cousin of Jason, also graduated from Wessington High School and joined the Marine Corps seven years ago.
Scott Domke of Wessington recently returned from two weeks in Panama, a trip that left the native South Dakotan with a new appreciation for his country and the American way of life. Domke was deployed to Panama as part of the HHC 153rd Division, a National Guard Unit form Huron, whose job it was to set up a base camp and assist road-building crews in the area near Del Diablo, Chiriqui Province.
40 Years Ago (1973)
A petition was presented to the City Council at their regular meeting, calling for an election by the voters, to decide whether they prefer the present “Mayor and six Council Members” type of municipal government, or if they would prefer to change to the simpler 3-man “Board of Trustees” system that is recommended by the South Dakota Code of Law for towns of less than 500 population.
The Stan Gunn Show presented last Saturday evening in the Wessington Auditorium was well attended, and enjoyed by all in attendance. The event was sponsored by the Wessington Community Club, with Stan Gunn donating his services. Net proceeds totaled slightly over $600.00, are to be used for new and improved recreational facilities and programs in the Wessington community.
The Wessington Warriors took a 14-2 first quarter lead and used superior height to rout the James Valley Christian High School Vikings 65-48 in 281 Conference basketball action Friday night. The Warriors were led by Lynn Johnsen’s 22 points and 27 of Wessington’s 60 rebounds. Bill Matthews added 13 points and 13 rebounds.
Roy and Jerry Mehling left Huron by plane Wednesday morning to visit the John Deere plants in Ottawa, Iowa and Minneapolis, Minn. They were to return to Huron that evening, but due to the dense fog, they were forced to land in Sioux Falls and return to Huron by bus.
50 Years Ago (1963)
Tom DeHaven, 66, long time resident of Wessington, passed away early Tuesday morning at Norfolk, Nebr. on his return trip from a winter vacation at Phoenix, Arizona. Active pallbearers include: Joe Ruddy, Rube Westre, Delton Larson, Dale Wickherst, Lyle Rowen and Leonard Fritzsche.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Willis Stuart Jr., a son January 20. He weighed 8 pounds and 13 ounces and has been named Glenn Gerald.
The Blunt Monarchs took a close 70-68 win over the Wessington Warriors Tuesday night in a game that was decided at the free stripe. The host Warrior team placed three in the double figures, and shot 44.4%. High was Steve Larson with 21, followed by Jerry Phillips with 19 and Delton Prentice with 14.
Legislative Report From Your State Capitol: Is school reorganization a failure in South Dakota? A statement in the affirmative was made by a state senator in one of the committee meetings at the legislative session, which this week started on the home stretch toward adjournment. With expenses rising, country or common districts apparently unwilling to abandon the tuition system in favor of reorganization, or combination with the town area, there was a distressing dilemma.
60 Years Ago (1953)
Mr. and Mrs. Alford Stiner returned Wednesday from a month traveling in southeastern U.S. Some of the farm highlights they tell of include: Kentucky where they saw the large tobacco fields and warehouse, and attended a tobacco auction. In Tennessee they saw the “world’s steepest railroad”. In Georgia they saw many peach orchards. In Florida they spent some time at Key West and visited with Mrs. Stiner’s aunt and uncle, and picked oranges and grapefruit.
For only the second time this winter, the area around Wessington took on old man winter’s look when about eight inches of snow fell. High winds were forecast but did not materialize, and the snowfall put an even blanket throughout this section of the state.
While winning their eighth straight home game of the year, the Wessington Warriors turned back the Blunt Monarchs, 56 to 50 at Wessington Tuesday night.
Golden Rule Department Store advertised Nash Coffee for 85 cents a pound; 2 packages Jello, 15 cents; Giant Post Toasties for 24 cents.