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25 Years Ago-1993

The Mandan High School girls swim team has had its state champions winning streak broken. The four-time defending champs finished in fifth place this year. The 1993 state champs are the Century Patriots girls.

Although the MHS girls basketball team, coached by Greg Amundson, finished their regular season with a 21-1 record, they stumbled at the state tournament with a first-round loss to Grand Forks Central, 60-47. They went on to defeat St. Mary’s and Minot for a fifth-place finish. Seniors leaving the squad are starters Nadine Gartner, Buffy Cermak and Lisa Mathern, along with reserves Jenny Lund, Treana Ressler, Stacy Koch and Rachael Voge.

The New Salem High School girls basketball team finished a successful season, defeating Mott 43-32 in the Class B region tournament. In their first trip to the state tournament, the Holstein girls were edged by Minot Ryan, 40-39, for a second-place finish. The Holsteins had 27 straight wins, before their first defeat at state.

Funerals this week:

John Demianew, 73, Mandan; raised, educated at Belfield, graduating from Belfield High School in 1939. Attended Dickinson State College. Taught at country grade school in Richardton area. Served with U.S. Army in the Asiatic Pacific theater during World War II. Upon discharge, attended Capital Commercial College, Bismarck. Married LaVerne Hoesel in 1955. Worked for First National Bank, Mandan, as cashier for 36 years, retiring in 1982. Worked part-time for Job Service for 11 years. Member of Mandan Elks Lodge and Mandan American Legion, serving as financial officer for many years. Survivors include his wife, one son, two daughters and their families.

Rodney Auch, 17, Mandan; raised, educated at Mandan. Was a junior at Mandan High School. Involved in cross country, wrestling, track; was coach of girl volleyball team. Worked part-time at Hardee’s, Mandan. Survivors include his parents, Gary and Karen Auch, Mandan, one brother, four sisters, grandparents Bernie and Anna Auch, Kasper and Fran Ripplinger, all of Mandan, and Lula Hoff, Steele.

Emma (Frase) Christian, 83, New Salem; raised, educated in Chicago. Moved to New Salem in early 1930s. Married Arthur Christian in 1933. Farmed in Churchtown area, moving into New Salem in 1963. Survivors include two sons and their families, one sister.

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Temperatures recorded Tuesday, Nov. 30: a high of 26 degrees; 18 degrees for the low.

50 Years Ago-1968

Harlan Junker is the new president of the Mandan Kiwanis Club. Junker and outgoing president Clarence West presided over the club’s celebration of its 16th anniversary. Jack Danz was honored for perfect attendance over a 17-year period. He served one year in another club before joining the Mandan club. Charter members who were honored for 16 years of perfect attendance were William Engelter, Dr. Al Larson and H.G. Vander Vorst.

Art Sauter, of Mandan, has proved that big fish are still being taken at Fort Yates. Using a minnow as bait, he caught a 28-pound northern pike measuring 46 inches long. Sauter said it took a half-hour to land the lunker, and he still had to go into the water over his knees to make sure the prize catch wouldn’t be lost. Sauter will receive a North Dakota Game and Fish “Whopper” award and a Malcoms Award from Jerry’s Educated Minnows, Mandan.

The stock market this past week surged close to the legendary goal of Dow 1,000. As stocks staged their fourth straight weekly gains, the close watched the Dow average advance 18.02 points to 985.08, a new high for 1968.

75 Years Ago-1943

Armed forces news:

“Friends have received a letter from Staff Sgt. Kenneth F. Nickerson, son of Dr. and Mrs. B.S. Nickerson. Parts of it follow: ‘I am located in New Guinea at the present time. This is quite the spot — mud, knee deep; insects, by the millions; natives, of the friendly type — and plenty of coconuts. The finer things in life are very scarce, but we do manage to get by with a midnight snack of cheese, peanut butter, crackers (dog biscuits) and good coffee.’

“Excerpts from a letter written by Cpl. Adam Monolovitz, Selfridge, stationed in Africa, follow: ‘Since arriving in this place, I haven’t received any mail due to the fact I haven’t been with my outfit for the past 24 days. I’ve been in the hospital recovering from an appendix operation. Boy, it sure is tough not getting any mail for so long. If there only was a quick way of ending this war. I’d give 20 years of my life to be back in the good old USA!'

“Pvt. Walter L. Malmgren, San Luis Obispo, Calif., brother of James Malmgren and Mrs. Joseph P. Schaff, Mandan, is now in overseas duty with the armed forces. His wife, the former Rose Mosbrucker, is making her home in Seattle, Wash., with her sister, Mrs. Robert S. Lindsey, for the duration.

“William Sullivan, son of Mr. and Mrs. W.J. Sullivan, left today for Minneapolis where he will join a group of men who have enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard. They will go to a camp near San Francisco for training.

“Pfc. Leo P. Makelky, son of Mr. and Mrs. A.L. Makelky of Mandan, has been transferred from Buckley Field, Colo., to Fort Myers, Fla., where he is attending a flexible gunnery school. Upon completion of a six weeks course, he will be assigned to a bomber crew at Salt Lake City, Utah.”

100 Years Ago-1918

“Judge B.W. Shaw will continue to administer the affairs of the county court, according to the final results of the November election. Upon approval of the county commissioners, Mr. Shaw had temporarily replaced the late County Judge Jacob C. Johnson, 39, who died from the influenza Oct. 25. The deceased, who was elected judge in 1908, leaves a wife and son, his parents, three brothers and four sisters. Graveside services were held at Sims.

“It appears that Selfridge has failed in its effort to wrest the county seat of Sioux county from Fort Yates during the early November elections. Other election results show Carson winning the county seat for Grant County over Elgin.

“Henry Schmidt, son of Joseph Schmidt, one of the best-known farmers of this section, died at the Mandan hospital this morning, aged 36 years. He was brought to the hospital last evening in a very precarious condition and, owing to the fact that his wife and four children were also down with the disease, it was impossible to care for him at home. Deceased lived about two miles south of the Schmidt station. The funeral will be held at St. Anthony.

“Miss Dillon, superintendent of the Mandan hospital, has lodged a complaint against parties who turn their horses loose and let them roam around the hospital grounds. At night, the horses group against the building for shelter from the wind, and with the hospital still full of very sick people, the windows being partly open, the patients are annoyed and greatly disturbed by the animals’ noises and odors.

News from Europe: “All but six of the famous St. Bernard dogs, kept by the monks of that ancient monastery in the Alps, were killed during the final years of the Great War. Shortage of meat caused by the war led to this massacre. The great monastery was built in the sixteenth century and was maintained for the relief of travelers who were caught by snowstorms while crossing the Alps. The St. Bernard dogs, with first aid carried in a little basket attached to their collars, were trained to rescue thousands of frozen travelers.”

125 Years Ago-1893

“On Thursday, Nov. 30, at 2:30 p.m., the thermometer recorded 4 degrees above zero.

“A total cessation of business marked the celebration of Thanksgiving in Mandan. It being a bank holiday, the banks were closed, while Sunday hours were observed at the post office.

“Mr. Ole Norum, who lives near this city, was kicked by a fractious colt on Tuesday and had two ribs badly fractured. Dr. Read was sent for, and he reports that his patient will be laid low for several days.

“County Superintendent Lorin has received from the State Superintendent’s office the semi-annual apportionment of the funds for Morton County. It amounts to $1,180 or 80 cents per capita, there being 1,475 children of school age in the county.

“A citizen walking along Dilworth Avenue yesterday was heard to say that if it was a requisite to prop up the north wall of the Inter Ocean hotel at all, something more than the toothpick-like arrangement that has been placed there, ought to be used.

“The celebrated tramp dog, ‘Owney,’ was an occupant of the mail car on the eastbound train on Sunday evening. This well-known canine traveler has traveled to California over the Union Pacific railroad and returned via the Northern Pacific. He is a Scotch terrier, iron gray in color and remarkably alert. On his collar is a silver plate on which is engraved his name and address, ‘Syracuse, New York,’ and besides, he has 35 register tags which give evidence of the places he has passed through. The dog seems to enjoy the notoriety he has created.”

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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