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25 Years Ago-1993

The Standing Rock Tribal Council has signed papers with Seven Circle Resorts Inc., which will develop and manage the future Prairie Knights Casino to be built near Cannon Ball, 46 miles south of Mandan. Construction is set to begin at the end of June on the west side of N.D .Highway 1806, nine miles south of the reservation border. The project, to cost $14.4 million, is scheduled to open in December.

Kevin “Herbie” Allan, son of Delmar and Cory Allan, Mandan, has received the 1993 Outstanding Junior of the Year award in social behavioral sciences at the University of Mary. He was selected on the basis of academic excellence and leadership skills by U-Mary staff.

Funerals this week:

Jack J. Steckler, 78, Mandan; raised, educated at St. Anthony. Married Clementine Leingang in 1940. Worked at Boeing Aircraft, Wichita, Kan., for five years. Owned Jack’s Mechanic and Repair Service, St. Anthony, 1946-60, then moved to Mandan, where he was a car salesman for Chase Chevrolet, retiring 1977. Served on Morton County Welfare Board. Survivors include his wife, one son, three daughters and their families, two brothers, three sisters.

Anton F. Kopp, 65, rural Mandan; raised, educated in rural Mandan. Served in U.S. Army, 1951-53. Married Agnes Boehm in 1953. Farmed in the New Salem area, retiring in 1975. Survivors include his wife, two sons, two daughters and their families, two brothers, one sister.

Herbert Beth, 90 New Salem; raised, educated in rural Judson. Worked as a farm laborer. Began evangelical work in 1936, retiring 1987. Survivors include one brother, two sisters-in-law, many nephews and nieces.

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Temperatures recorded Tuesday, June 22: a high of 92 degrees; 68 degrees for the low.

50 Years Ago-1968

Miss Delila Rusch, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Warren Rusch, New Salem, beat out 23 other contestants and was crowned the new Morton County Dairy Princess by the reigning Dairy Princess, LaRae Holle, also of New Salem, at the Mandan Elks Club. The Carefree Homemakers Cub were her sponsors. She received $100 from the Foremost Dairies and Mandan Creamery and Produce Co., plus a free trip to Jamestown to compete in the state contest.

Mrs. Don Eckroth has been elected senior regent of the Mandan Women of the Moose, succeeding Mrs. Charles Miska. Other officers are Mmes. Steve Schaff, junior regent; Thomas Wetsch, recorder; Lyle Mayher, treasurer; Joe A. Vogel. Mrs. Jack Heinert was not present to receive the attendance prize.

People camping in North Dakota this week will get a chance to rub elbows with the state’s First Family. Gov. and Mrs. William L. Guy and two of their daughters, Nancy, 9, and Holly, 13, have left Bismarck for a weeklong camping trip across the Flickertail State, the first night to be spent at Turtle River Park, west of Grand Forks. The Guys’ station wagon is towing an 18-foot vacation trailer, dubbed the “The Sunshine Special.” Purpose of the trip is to publicize North Dakota’s camping attractions.

Art Yantzer of Mandan caught a 21-pound northern pike this past week while fishing south of Fort Yates. The lunker was 43 inches long and was taken on a sucker minnow. Yantzer received a “Malcom Club Award” from Jerry’s Educated Minnows and a “Whopper Club Award” from the state Game and Fish Department.

One out of every eight persons in North Dakota receives a Social Security retirement or survivor’s check each month. According to Harold Reeck, Social Security district manager in Bismarck, the checks average $76.

75 Years Ago-1943

The enemy now holds at least 17,083 American soldiers captive, according to a report given this week by Secretary of War Henry L. Stimson, and 11,307 of them are in the hands of the Japanese. In the press conference, he also mentioned that food packages are being sent regularly to the prisoners in Germany and Italy, but the Japanese have not yet agreed to such an arrangement.

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“Cpl. Clemens Ressler of Camp Barkley, Texas, is visiting here with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Ressler. The Resslers have three sons serving in the armed forces. The others are Cpl. Al Ressler, who is with the military police, and Pvt. Leo Ressler, who is currently stationed at Camp Howze, Texas.

“Pfc. John J. Boehm and Pfc. Tony Heck, both of Camp Ripley, Minn., are visiting here with their parents this week. Boehm is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Conrad Schimpf; Heck is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Anton Heck.

“Pvt. Howard Hendrickson has left for Camp Kohler, Calif., where he will receive his basic training at the U.S. Army Signal Corps camp. He recently completed reserve training in the signal corps’ radio school at the University of North Dakota. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. A.J. Hendrickson, Mandan.

“Pvt. Jimmy Messmer has returned to Aberdeen, Md., where he is stationed with the ordnance corps. He was in Mandan on furlough and visited with Mrs. Messmer, the former Tillie Kopp. Pvt. Messmer has one brother, Leo, stationed with the armed forces somewhere in Africa.

“Clifford P. Norby, 44, father of Pfc. Robert Norby, 20, who was killed in a crash in Alaska last summer, has enlisted in the U.S. Navy’s Seabees and has left for Minneapolis to take his final paperwork for enlistment. Seabee Norby has two sons: Ronald, better known as Jack, who is waiting for his call to active duty, and Richard, a recent MHS graduate who reaches his 18th birthday in July. Both boys are anxious to get into the fight.

“Mrs. Norby and four younger children, Patrick, 16, Thomas, 14, Jean, 13, and Constance, 11, will remain at home in Mandan. The Norby family came to Mandan from Minot in 1935. Norby was a plant superintendent for the Purity Dairy in Mandan prior to enlistment.”

100 Years Ago-1918

“For Sale: A good team of work horses. Price $125, if taken at once. See J.H. Slater, Mandan.

“Gilbert Furness and Harlan Center are leaving tonight for Minneapolis to take entrance exams for the Marines.

“The new railroad fares, going into effect Monday, will result in a tremendous reduction in travel for shopping pleasure, which is the government’s goal in eliminating unnecessary travel during wartime. The trip to Minneapolis, which had been about $25 for the round trip, including the sleeper, will now cost nearly $40.

“Rev. H.H. Owens, the new pastor of the Presbyterian church, assumed duty Sunday morning and evening. Mr. Owens is preparing to move into the manse at once but, for a short time, will be at the Lewis & Clark Hotel. The new pastor is a gentleman of pleasing appearance and genial disposition and is thoroughly conversant on important matters of the day. He will prove a very well-liked addition to the city.

“Paul Fread, small son of M.K. Fread, found a 45-70 shell in a yard last Saturday and, as a result, is minus two fingers on his right hand. After finding the shell, he and his playmates began investigating, and one of the lads struck the shell with a file while young Fread was holding it in his hand. It exploded and blew off the index and middle fingers, and the bullet passed through the palm of his left hand. He was taken to the hospital immediately. It is expected that he will be all right in a few days, providing infection does not set in.”

125 Years Ago-1893

“On Thurs., June 22, at 2:30 p.m., the thermometer recorded 87 degrees above zero.

“Throughout the state on Tuesday, the election for school officers was held, and one director in each school district was to be voted for, unless there were more vacancies. In Mandan, Mr. H.R. Lyon won the majority with 90 votes against 82 for Mr. J.F. Pilcher. Majority for Mr. Lyons, 8.

“Voters were also called upon to vote for or against issuing $15,000 in bonds for the purpose of erecting a new school building. As the result shows, the people are of the opinion that the time is not yet ripe. The measure failed: For bonds, 44; against bonds, 101. Majority against bonds, 57.

“Employees of the Missouri division, Northern Pacific railroad, will hold their annual picnic at Hannah’s grove, tomorrow. The list of sports offered: Pigeon shooting; Tub race. LUNCH. Foot race, 100 yards; Sack race; Wheelbarrow race; Fifty-yard dash; Hop, skip and jump; Girls’ race; Standing jump; Fat man’s race; Tug of war; Egg race; Three-legged race; Scrub trot and Pony race. (The scrub trot and pony race will be open to the world.)

“Mr. W.A. Lanterman has had designed for him a handsome residence which he is going to erect on Dilworth Avenue between First and Second Streets. Mr. Slater began work on the excavations in May.

“Mr. Slater is also at work moving Mr. R.M. Tuttle’s house from the Syndicate to a lot on Dilworth Avenue.

“On the corner of Third Street and Dennison Avenue, excavations are being made for a new house for Mr. Theo. Cummins. The plans have been prepared by his father. It is to be heated by a furnace.

“Messrs. Dodge and Kidd have begun work on a six-room cottage on Stark Avenue and corner of Third Street, to be occupied by Mr. C. Wilson. It is to be finished complete with out-buildings, well and fence.”

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