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25 Years Ago–1993

After swimming most weekday mornings for the past several years, Al and Adeline Kraft and Margaret Paul have logged their 1,000th mile by lap swimming at the Mandan Community Center to become members of the “1,000 Mile Swimming Club.” They join long-distance leader Pat Schleicher, of Mandan, who has logged 1,650 miles.

Roger Roehl, engineer manager in the cartography section of the North Dakota Department of Transportation planning division, has received a community service award from the NDDOT central office for 1993. Roehl was selected for his 10 years of volunteer photography work with the Mandan High School yearbook, from setting up the school’s darkroom before fall classes to traveling out of town to games and other school events.

Funerals this week:

Leela (Toepke) Hasselbrock, 50, Dickinson; raised, educated in Judson area, graduating from New Salem High School in 1961. Worked for OK Service, New Salem, and Mandan Creamery. Married Ed Fitterer in 1968. Moved to Dickinson; married Harlan Hasselbrock in 1987. Worked for various insurance agencies in Dickinson. Survivors include one brother, three sisters and their families.

Betty (Beehler) Helbling, 59, Pierz, Minn.; married Tom Helbling in 1953. Farmed southwest of Mandan, then moved to Buckman, Minn., area. Began work as principal’s secretary at Healy High School in1976. Member of Christian Mothers. Active in St. Michael’s Catholic Church. Survivors include her husband, four sons, four daughters, her mother, Katherine Simon of Mandan, one brother, one sister.

Clarence A. “Monte” Bumann, 59, New Salem; raised, educated in New Salem area. Lived his entire life on family farm southwest of New Salem. Was most proud of his faithful dogs and the many horses he raised and broke. Member of American Quarter Horse Association. Survivors include two brothers, four sisters and their families.

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Temperatures recorded Tuesday., Nov. 23: a high of 25 degrees; 3 degrees for the low.

50 Years Ago-1968

Five Mandan boys — Willie Ressler, Pat Peake, Rich Carrier, Jerry Leingang and Pat Sullivan — were members of the Dickinson State College football squad that has closed out its 1968 fall campaign. Ressler, a senior, bolstered the defensive unit of the Savages as linebacker. Junior Peake worked both the offense and defense. Sophomore Sullivan served as a punter and an end, while freshman Carrier astounded football fans by breaking into the starting lineup near the end of the season and pulling in a touchdown pass in his second game. The other first-year player, freshman Jerry Leingang, participated in the majority of the games as a defensive tackle.

Richard F. Paris, son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert F. Paris of Mandan, is among the 1,200 freshmen cadets who have entered the U.S. Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs, Colo. Paris is a 1968 graduate of Mandan High School.

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Area football fans joined angry television viewers across the nation in the protest that erupted Sunday evening, Nov. 17, when NBC made a decision, with only one minute remaining, to cut off an exciting New York Jets-Oakland Raiders football game, in order to begin the network’s special two-hour presentation of “Heidi” being broadcast coast to coast. The game’s score at that time was 32-29 in the Jets’ favor. However, during that final minute that no one could see the Raiders rallied and scored two touchdowns for a 43-32 victory.

By the game’s end, thousands of viewers were angrily calling the network and television stations to complain about missing the outcome of the football game. As a result of the fiasco, all networks have since changed procedures to allow games to finish before other programming begins.

(In 1997 the “Heidi” game was voted among the 10 most memorable games in pro football history, and the most memorable regular season contest.)

75 Years Ago-1943

Miss Josephine Zachmeier is the fourth Mandan young woman to be sworn into the WAVES and is now awaiting her call for boot training. The only daughter of Mrs. Julia Zachmeier, she joins her two older brothers in the armed forces: Sgt. Paul Zachmeier, stationed at Weingartner, Mo., and Tech. Sgt. Richard Zachmeier at Camp Gruber, Okla. In the meantime, the Zachmeiers’ mother has answered the call to former schoolteachers to return to teaching positions in the rural schools and is currently teaching at a school near Harmon.

Seven men who left Nov. 15 for induction into the armed forces at Fort Snelling, Minn., have been accepted for duty. They are, Army, Leo Bullinger, St. Anthony, Elmer Joersz, New Salem, and Alfred Schwartz and Harold Jensen, both of Mandan; and Navy, Richard Meyer, New Salem, and William Ferderer and Harold Hoff, both of Mandan.

“A survey just completed by the Office of War Information brings firsthand information from the soldiers on our fighting fronts overseas regarding their Christmas list for this year. In a unanimous opinion on the two things the men most desired: first, a long letter from home; second, recent photographs of their sweetheart, wife or family in small, folding frames. Other items on the men’s list are leather gloves, wristwatches, fountain pens and writing paper, cameras and film, soap, shaving kits, windproof cigarette lighters with extra flints and wicks and a pocket Bible. For ladies in the WACS and WAVES: soap chips, starch and clothespins, skirt hangers, sheer hosiery, pajamas, stationery and stamps, a folding iron, bobby pins, manicure kits and cosmetics.”

100 Years Ago-1918

“Several Mandan boys were on the transport which was turned back in New York harbor last Monday upon receiving word of the signing of the Armistice. The boys on board were Custer Lang, Jack Parker, William Tobin and Clarence Peterson, a brother of A.H. and E.W. Peterson of this city.

“The number of new cases of flu reported in the city continues to be small. According to Dr. Bunting, City Health officer, 18 new cases of influenza were reported for the week ending the 21st. It is believed to have run its course.

“The public schools opened on Monday with a shortage of pupils, after being closed for six weeks due to the influenza epidemic. Classes at Central school and at the high school had about 60 percent of their scholars on hand.

“Mandan’s churches reopened on Sunday with the first services held in six weeks. Attendance was somewhat diminished as dozens of people are convalescing and their families aren’t taking any chances of spreading the disease by attending public gatherings.

“The Mandan-Bismarck ferry went into winter quarters at Rockhaven, north of Mandan, at 12 o’clock yesterday. Slush ice is commencing to run on the Missouri River, and navigation there is no longer safe.

“The restriction on the use of cablegrams has been removed, but the old rate of 8 cents a word for soldiers has not yet been restored. So, if you want to cable the boys overseas, it will cost 34 cents for each word.

“The Palace Theatre was filled to capacity last night to see the film ‘The Beast of Berlin,’ the first night of its opening after the removal of the flu ban, six weeks ago. Cast members include Elmo Lincoln, Nigel De Brulier and Lon Chaney. The film will be repeated at the Palace this evening.”

125 Years Ago-1893

“On Thursday, Nov. 23, at 2:30 p.m., the thermometer recorded 4 degrees above zero.

“A piercing wind from the southwest is blowing this afternoon, and there are stormy indications.

“Large numbers of young people are to be seen nightly enjoying themselves skating on the Heart River, near the pump house where the ice is said to be in excellent shape.

“On last Saturday was organized the Mandan Women’s Reading Club, on what it is hoped will prove a permanent basis. A constitution and by-laws have been adopted and signed by twenty-one ladies.

“Another democratic plum has fallen on Mandan this week and into the hands of Mr. George Peoples, in the shape of a license to do business at Fort Yates as an Indian trader.

“Large shipments of lignite coal are being made from the Sims mines to the Red River Valley this year, and the demand is rapidly increasing.

“The second monthly report ending Nov. 10 from the principal of the public schools show: average monthly enrollment, 265; average daily attendance, 229. The presence of scarlet fever in some parts of the city is the reason for the decreased attendance.

“As a preventative to the spread of disease, the public school buildings are thoroughly fumigated each Saturday.

“A force of men has been at work at the artesian well, making preparations for building a stone crib around the pipe in order to confine the flow of water for the winter months. If the water is allowed to run, the city will need to hire men to chop and clear away the resulting ice in nearby culverts which could cause obstructions in the streets.”

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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