5 Years Ago (2008)
Pannar district sales manager Dan Schilling, toured the company’s entire headquarters, to more fully connect with the global scope behind the Pannar Seed Name. Pannar is based in Greytown, South Africa. Making the trip with Schilling were two other district sales managers that were part of February 9-17 trip.
On April 5, Lori Heller, took over as exalted ruler of the 25-member Huron Elks Lodge. She was officially installed into office during the ceremony. For the first time in the 110-year history of the Huron Elks Lodge, the organization will be run by a female.
The Wessington Gym was decorated in a French theme, Parisian Rendezous, on April 5 for the Junior Senior Prom. The 22 couples walked under the Eifel Tower, sat on a garden bench and strolled by a sidewalk cafe’ during the Grand March.
10 Years Ago (2003)
Lacey Johnsen, of Wessington is one of two students who have been selected to receive a $500 scholarship from Dakota Energy Cooperative, Inc. She is the daughter of Jim and Jill Johnsen of Wessington.
Wessington held their annual Junior High Oral Interp Contest on March 27. Oral Interp participants Drew Prentice and Jase Clarke won third place in the Duet Division at the annual contest.
Wessington School was abuzz with sounds of learning last March 31, as the tables were turned and students had the opportunity to teach adults for the evening during the second annual Open House. According to Mr. Hunter, CEO of the school, well over 100 visited the school during the open house.
20 Years Ago (1993)
A delegation of Wessington Area Jaycees met with Trustees of the City of Wessington at their meeting Monday evening to make plans for park improvement. Jaycee Naomi Rienhardt explained their proposal to the Trustees, including repair of playground equipment, purchase of slides for younger children, new netting for the tennis court, replacement of aging trees, vehicle barricades, etc. The cost of the project was expected to be at least $2,000.
The annual meeting of the Wessington Economic Development Corporation was held March 31 at the Legion Hall with a good community representation in attendance. Chairman Clarke welcomed everyone and introduced the other board members and guest speaker, Bill Osborn. An update on goals was given by committee chairpersons, who also projected planned goals for the coming year.
Chris Jones and Clint Haigh were chosen as Boys’ and Girls’ State representatives from Wessington School.
40 Years Ago (1973)
Wessington High School’s music department captured three superior ratings at the regional music contest in Aberdeen. The mixed chorus and the girls’ triple trio, under the direction of Mrs. Niehus received superior ratings. Dennis Siegling won a superior rating on a baritone solo. The band received an excellent rating.
One hundred and fifty-five Wessington voters turned out for the municipal election on Tuesday to pick a Trustee from the three candidates. Gordon Davis received 83 of the votes that were cast, giving him a majority, and a win, over the other two candidates, Carol Casavan and Lee Munion.
The American Legion Auxiliary held their meeting at the Legion Hall and Gail Matthews, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Matthews, was elected as “Miss Poppy”. Lavetta Kleinsasser was chosen alternate.
50 Years Ago (1963)
The annual election of officers was held at the regular meeting of the Watson-Krauter Post of the American Legion Thursday night. Elected as Commander was Gerald Schilling; 1st Vice Commander, Lowell Prentice; 2nd Vice, William Stobbs; Adjutant, Gene Cox; Sgt. at Arms, Don Bohr; Chaplain, Gene Evans; Finance Officer, Charles Milller.
The Wessington Volunteer Fire Department was summoned to the R.W. Moller farm Friday afternoon. When a fire jumped a small creek and threatened the buildings. The blaze was under control when the department arrived, and no serious damage was done. A second call that afternoon was to a fire along the railroad right of way on the east edge of the city. The fire was extinguished in short order. The fire department was called back to the scene on Saturday when high winds whipped the fire back to life and carried it up into three cattle cars that were standing on a siding.
Mr. and Mrs. Earl Fritzche and Mr. and Mrs. Daryl McGirr and family were Sunday evening visitors at the James McGirr Home.
Ruth Anne Moller spent the weekend at the parental, R.W. Moller home.
60 Years Ago (1953)
The Good Neighbors Extension Club met at the home of Mrs. Don Fritzche March 18 with 10 members and three visitors present. Group singing was held and duet presented by Mrs. Fritzche and Mrs. Eugene Fliehe. Two dollars was voted to the Wessington Library and the rest of the meeting was spent filling out slips sent out by the county agent. Lunch was severed by the hostess and Mrs. Lloyd Thompson.
Rain continued to soak the Wessington area and most of the state as slow drizzles since Monday have added over an inch of moisture and bringing the total so far this year to above normal. The rain started Monday afternoon and has continued throughout the entire week. The weather forecast even called for some snow, which did not materialize.
Mr. and Mrs. John Sargent, Sr., of Wessington Springs spent Saturday visiting in Wessington. Mrs. Ruby Morehead accompanied them and spent the Saturday night with her daughter, Mrs. John Sargent, Jr.