December 5, 1912
Wessington – Mr. and Mrs. H.J. Gifford and son met with quite a serious runaway accident Saturday afternoon. As they were starting home from town, they ran into a bunch of cattle on the bridge across the creek just this side of the cemetery. In some way, in crowding in among the cattle, the tongue was broken out of the buggy, allowing the vehicle to run into the horses’ heels. This frightened them and they began to run, finally overturning the rig and throwing the occupants out. Mrs. Gifford was not very badly hurt. Mr. Gifford was not so fortunate, as he fell under the buggy and was quite badly bruised and jarred. The rig was quite badly broken up and will need considerable repair.
A number of young people of Orient and vicinity had a pleasant skating party on Bert Sebring’s lake Saturday evening. They report the skating as being excellent.
St. Lawrence News: Monday evening Emil Finder discovered that his safe had been robbed of between $35 and $50 in bills. In order to afford ventilation he was in the habit of leaving the front door of his meat market ajar and the screen door locked. He found the staple loosened in the morning when he unlocked the door.
November 29, 1962
Larry Hanks, Miller, senior at Northern State Teachers College, will be leaving this week to play with the undefeated Wolves against Senior Ryhne College at Hickory, N.C. in the first round of the NAIA playoffs. The standout athlete will also be playing basketball for NSTC this year.
Talent winner at the Snow Queen contest Friday night was DeeAnn Biddle, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gene Biddle, who gave a reading on a mother and daughter’s experiences on a bus. Janice Peterson was crowned Snow Queen.
Recount of votes cast for Bottum and McGovern in the U.S. Senate race has been in progress in Hand County. All precincts in the county are being recounted. Bottom gained seven votes in the county recount but on a statewide basis in all the voting precincts, McGovern is still holding the lead.
November 30, 1972
Arvy J. Ravenscroft, 79, owner and operator of the Vayland Store and postmaster there for more than half a century, died November 22. He came to the Wessington-Vayland area when he was a boy. He took over the operation of the Vayland Store in 1919, which also housed the post office for many years. At the time he took over the operation, Vayland was a town of 200 residents, but as the town dwindled in size, he still maintained the store, which became one of the most popular meeting places in the area. He was named South Dakota Postmaster of the Year in 1969.
Judy Peterka was crowned 1972 Snow Queen at the annual festivities. Barb Augspurger was first runner-up, and Peggy Zieger was second runner-up. Jodie Corr was the choice of all the candidates for Miss Congeniality.
Former Miller star Bob Templeton has been the recipient of several honors since the close of the football season. He was chosen as a member of South Dakota Tech’s All-opponents team and made the S.D.I.C. All-Conference team. Further honors came when he was given honorable mention on the N.A.I.A. All-District team.
December 2, 1982
Barbara Melber, daughter of George and Donna Melber, St. Lawrence, was crowned Miller’s 1983 Snow Queen at the annual festival held November 27. Jill Heinzerling was named Junior Snow Queen.
Janet Reimann received a superior rating in state competition on her serious prose presentation, “The Summer of Truth.”
Coach Gerry Hunter has six returning lettermen, all seniors, who will form the nucleus of the 1982-83 Rustlers basketball squad. They will open their season against the Winner Warriors December 3 at Winner. Returning lettermen are Scott Manning, Scott Kopplin, Chuck Augspurger, Darin Hunter, Steve Sisk and Steve Yearous.
November 30, 1992
Girls’ basketball fans are in for a treat this weekend…the State “A” tournament begins December 3, with top-ranked teams. And if you’ve never seen the Miller Rustlers’ girl’s basketball team in action, brace yourself…they place with a kind of intensity that stuns competitors and thrills their faithful fans.
Citizens of the area will have the chance to view updated blueprints of the proposed Hand County Memorial Hospital-clinic project at an informational meeting scheduled for November 30 at Miller City Hall. The hospital-clinic project has been under consideration for many years.
Ninety-six-year-old Sadie Ames and Jodi Hurd have developed a new friendship, thanks to a Senior Series Project called the “Adopt a Grandparent” program. The program gives elderly citizens the chance to share their life experiences and skills with the younger generation, and develop new friendships and social contacts.
December 4, 2002
Chelsea Heasley was crowned 2003 Miss Miller during the annual Miller Music Parents’ Snow Queen Festival. Kate Swenson was selected as junior snow queen.
Sunshine Bible Academy will be hosting a Live Nativity pageant Sunday, Dec. 15 at 5 and 7 p.m. All are invited to attend.
4-H member Annie Oakley has been involved in 4-H rodeo since she was eight years old, and last August she was crowned S.D. 4-H Rodeo Queen. Recently, on one of her obligatory queen visits, she was able to bring a smile to the faces of some very sick children through the Make-A-Wish Foundation.