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25 Years Ago-1994

In Saturday’s title game at the Fargodome for the state Class A championship honors, the Bismarck Demons, under coach Steve Miller, combined a chokehold defense and double-digit output from three of their players to stymie the Mandan Braves, 48-30, in their first state title try since 1981. It was a shocking loss for Mandan fans as their team had one of the most successful seasons in many years, capped with a first-place finish in the West Region tournament’s 80-51 victory over Dickinson and then beating the defending Class A state champion Jamestown, 42-33, in the opening round of the state Class A tourney.

“Our season ended at 20-5, and No. 2 in the state. It’s still a record to be proud of,” said coach Jim McPherson.

Funerals this week:

Alice Montplaisir, 82, Glen Ullin; born in New York City. Arrived in North Dakota at the age 2 on an “orphan train.” Raised, educated at Glen Ullin. Married Arthur Montplaisir in 1968; he died in 1981. Lived most of her life in Mandan. Was a clerk for Paris Hardware and Red Owl grocery store. Also did domestic work. Survivors include her many friends in the Mandan area.

Rose (Huck) Mosbrucker, 90, New Salem; raised, educated at Youngstown. Survivors include two sons, two daughters and their families, two sisters.

Irene (Neverdahl) Adams, 92, Mandan; raised, educated at Menomonie, Wis. Survivors include one son and daughter-in-law, William and Florence, Mandan, and their family, two sisters.

John C. Graham, 81, Mandan; raised, educated in South Dakota. Survivors include his wife, Lily, and two sisters, Lila Letzring and Ann Fisher, all of Mandan.

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Temperatures Tuesday, March 15: High was 49 degrees, low was 27.

50 Years Ago-1969

The Mandan City Commission sparred again this past week with Korner Bar owner Erv Stark when they gave final approval to a new ordinance prohibiting a beer and liquor license holder from having an interest in more than one tavern operation. Stark formally protested the ordinance as he was in the process of obtaining an interest in Joe’s Bar, in addition to his interest in the Korner Bar. Stark has been at odds with the commissioners ever since they moved against “go-go girl” entertainment at his tavern several months ago. The commission has continued to ignore Stark’s proposal requiring the city to prove that “go-go” entertainment is obscene or lewd.

Mrs. John Toman Jr., of Flasher, has been named as one of the Merit Mothers for 1969, having been nominated as one of the candidates in the Mother of the Year contest for the state of North Dakota by the Big Bend Homemakers Club of Flasher. Adel Marie Slavick was born near New Salem, the fourth in a family of five children. She married John Toman in 1925, and they are parents of six children. Mrs. Tolman will be honored along with the other Merit Mothers at a luncheon on April 9 honoring the Mother of the Year.

The Odense Card Club met at the Matt Hatzenbuhler home with three tables of whist in play. High prize was won by Philip Schaff, with low going to Mrs. Matt Hatzenbuhler. The door prize was won by Mrs. Joseph J. Schmidt.

The officers of the Mandan Kiwanis Club have been installed for the coming year at the regular meeting held at the Mandan Country Club. Installed were Harlan Junker, president; George Sellinger, first vice president; Donald Johnson, second vice president; and Warren Morrison, secretary-treasurer. Clarence West, the immediate past president, is the program chairman.

75 Years Ago-1944

“Coach Lyle Hill’s New Salem Holsteins have extended their winning streak to 23 straight at the Mandan Memorial Building by defeating the Killdeer Cowboys, 24-20, in the Regional Class B playoff. The brilliant floor play of Warren Henke, the smooth defense flashed by Jim Tolzman, teamed with Don Mueller, New Salem’s high-point man for the night with nine points, led the Holsteins to victory. The New Salem five now heads to the state tournament at Minot.”

Armed forces news:

“Pvt. Isabella Bender, Women’s Army Corps, is a member of the WAC unit which recently left the First WAC Training center at Fort Des Moines, Iowa, for duty with the Army at Patterson Field, Ohio. Pvt. Bender is the daughter of Mrs. Mathilda Bender of St. Anthony and was employed in Mandan before enlisting.

“Pfc. Frank J. Ressler, son of Mr. and Mrs. Anton P. Ressler, has been promoted to the rank of corporal. He is stationed at Camp Roberts, Calif. The Resslers have another son in the service, Cpl. John J. Ressler, who is in Italy.

Ernest Lidstrom, U.S. Naval Corps, is visiting here with his parents, Deputy and Mrs. E.O. Lidstrom. He will report back to Minneapolis next week for additional training.

“Arthur Brazda, son of Mr. and Mrs. A.S. Brazda, Mandan, has been appointed a Naval aviation cadet and was transferred to the Naval air training center at Pensacola, Fla., for intermediate flight training. After receiving the Navy ‘wings,’ he will be an ensign in the Naval Reserve or a second lieutenant in the Marine Corps Reserve.”

100 Years Ago-1919

“The Mandan high school basketball team won the southwestern district tournament, 20 to 10, this last Saturday before a crowd of 500 people at the Bismarck High School gymnasium in the roughest game the locals have played so far this season. The Bismarck boys were poor losers, and they were out for blood and drew it. Both Travis and Kalberer of Mandan were injured but their grit kept them playing throughout the fracas.

“The winners in the state’s other three districts, Donnybrook, Petersburg and Valley City, will, along with Mandan, meet at Grand Forks on March 22 ad 23 for the state title. Valley City is the defending champion.”

“A fine display of photographs of soldiers in the showcase in front of the Lutz studio is attracting much attention. Included in the display is a fine enlargement of the last photo taken of Sgt. Major Gilbert Furness, who died of the Spanish flu last fall.

“Sometime ago, Mr. Lutz announced that he would take photos of our returning soldier boys without charge, such photos to be included in a large display at the Morton County Courthouse or some other public place. About 200 have, so far, called at the studio and it is desirable that the rest, who have overlooked this offer, call as soon as possible. This is certainly a most worthy undertaking as a record such as this in years to come will have almost a priceless value.”

125 Years Ago-1894

“On Thursday, March 15, at 2:30 p.m., the thermometer recorded 48 degrees above zero.

“Next Sunday is Palm Sunday.

“Could there be a prettier spring day than yesterday?

“A sign of spring may be seen in the blacksmith shops, in repairing of plows and farm machinery.

“The Pioneer has celebrated its 13th year of existence. It has been the official newspaper of the county every year except for 1887 when the county board made a change, unpopular with Mandan residents.

“The Roundabout club, along with a number of relatives, called en masse on Mr. and Mrs. LaCell last Friday night and reminded Mrs. LaCell that it was her birthday anniversary. Games of Pedro and the discussion of dainty refreshments occupied the attention of the callers for several hours.

“Candidates for alderman in next month’s election will find the Pioneer a first-class vote getter. An announcement card in the Pioneer is only 10 cents a line. Rates are reduced to candidates for mayor.

“An official notice has been received by Postmaster McGillic that the post office at Fort Lincoln will be discontinued at the end of the present quarter, March 31.

“Tramps are beginning to get altogether too numerous, and the citizens of this good town are hoping that the city officials will deal with the early arrivals in a such an impressive manner that others will be inclined to give Mandan a wide berth and stay away.”

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Diane Boit was raised and educated in the Red River Valley before coming to Mandan with her family in 1970. She has been involved with the Bismarck-Mandan newspapers for more than 30 years. She can be reached at