5 Years Ago (2008)
Shane Runge, senior at Wolsey-Wessington School, was recognized at the annual Associated School Boards Academic Excellence Luncheon April 28 in Pierre. Shane is the son of David and Diana Runge, rural Wessington.
Gordon Davis gave an outstanding presentation for a sign creation that he had drawn out to use for advertising the museum at the May 2 meeting of the Wessington Heritage Society.
Wessington resident, Vicki Prentice, recently was privileged to represent the State of South Dakota as a delegate to the Constitution Party 2008 National Presidential Nominating Convention in Kansas City, Mo. Prentice was one of eight delegates from South Dakota.
10 Years Ago (2003)
Teresa Jensen placed 9th in the open division of shot put at the Howard Wood Dakota Relays in Sioux Falls. She shattered the old Wessington school record with her throw of 36’.
Third grade students Bridgett Clarke, Brooke Clarke, Drew Gortmaker, Callan Parmely and Jaden Kellogg were presented with green ash trees by the Soil Conservation Service in observance of Arbor Day.
Students in grades three through six enjoyed a presentation on weather by KELOland meteorologist Scot Mundt April 22. Mundt gave students a walk-through of Dorothy, KELO’s Dopler weather van.
20 Years Ago (1993)
Wessington High School’s FBLA Chapter received several honors and awards at their state conference held in Rapid City. Participants included Heidi Buesing, Louise LeGrand, Billie Jo Parmely, Heather Lichty, Dawnita Parmely and Kim Langbehn.
The color guard of the Wessington Legion Post was part of a group of Wessington citizens that gathered along Highway 14 on April 22, to honor the motorcade of the late Gov. George Mickelson as it passed through Wessington on its way to Brookings.
Joanne Lockner and Bob Duxbury attended the memorial services for Governor Mickelson and the seven other victims at the capitol Thursday afternoon.
40 Years Ago (1973)
The Wessington City government was reorganized Monday evening, bringing to an end a long span of years under the “Council and Mayor” system. The new Board of Trustees voted Henry Kunz as their President, with Doug Voss and Gordon Davis being the other two members of the new governing body.
Mr. and Mrs. Marvin (Janet Duxbury) Pleinis, McLaugnlin, are the parents of a son born April 5. He weighed 7 pounds and has been named Jason Jay.
Jerome Casavan, son of Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Casavan, has recently been promoted to the grade of Sergeant in the U.S. Air Force.
After two public meetings, numerous committee meetings, much research and investigation, inspection of other new swimming pools, and counseling from engineers and State Health officials, the big decision has been made to “go ahead” and complete plans for a new pool. Estimated cost of the facility will be approximately $78,000.
50 Years Ago (1963)
Miss Mary Ellen Gainor was honored at a pre-nuptial shower at the Presbyterian Church May 5. A mock wedding was presented by Mary Sievers, Linda Hedge, Jeanie Grogan, Norma Rogers, and Nancy Mitchell.
Mrs. Lyle Rowen took third graders Forrest DeHaven, James Lakner, Debra Matthews, Marla Rowen and Jackie Zvonek to the County Chorus in Huron April 27.
Mary Jo Ruddy, Glenda Prentice, Verna Runge, Sharon Sargent and Janice Campbell were guests of JoAnn Benson at a slumber party Tuesday night.
60 Years Ago (1953)
The Wessington City Council held its reorganization meeting Tuesday evening with two new members, Irwin D. Hayes and Lee Munion. Two other members were appointed by the board members: Claude Sutton and Ray Shoemaker.
After about 10 days of rainy weather, clouds cleared up and gave this area the warm growing season waited for. During the 10-day rains about 5 1/2 inches of moisture fell in slow rains and drizzles.
Ice cream is advertised at 1/2 gallon for 83 cents; Hershey’s Chocolate Syrup at 1 lb. for 18 cents; and Peter Pan Peanut Butter at 12 oz. for 29 cents in The Golden Rule ad.