Mandan News

Diane Boit: CTK school addition dedicated, 1962


25 Years Ago – 1987

Voters sanctioned Home Rule at the special election held on Tuesday, Dec. 15. Only a handful of voters cast their ballot. There were 974 ballots cast with 668 voting yes and 306 in opposition. According to Mandan Mayor Sharon Shafer, Home Rule will give the city the freedom to base decisions on local needs instead of depending on the state Legislature for statewide regulations.

The home of Charlotte Bunnell, 115 W. Coyote, Mandan, is the winner of the Bismarck-Mandan Board of Realty’s Christmas house decorating contest. Bunnell received a $25 gift certificate at Kirkwood Plaza. Four Bismarck homeowners received honorable mention awards.

Miss Rodeo North Dakota Melissa Berger, 19-year old daughter of Leonard and Alberta Berger of St. Anthony, has finished in the top 10 overall of the Miss Rodeo America contest held in Las Vegas. Among her prizes were two Stetson hats, a $50 gift certificate from Wrangler and a pageant buckle. Chosen as Miss Rodeo America was Kellie Dilku, Miss Rodeo Colorado.

The Donut Hole Store in Mandan will have new owners as of Jan. 1. Joe and Virginia Lupo, originally from Dickinson, will take over the business on East Main.

The Mandan Chamber of Commerce has announced the winners of its 1987 Christmas window dressing contest. A winner was chosen for each of the four weeks of December beginning with Kitch N’ Krafts, followed by Exclusively Gold, Wickham Jewelry and George’s Midwest Bakery.


50 Years Ago – 1962

A capacity crowd of more than 250 people was present when Msgr. A J. Galowitsch cut the red-and-white ribbon and officially opened the new addition to Christ the King School. The Most Rev. Hilary B. Hacker, bishop of Bismarck and special guest at the dedication ceremony, blessed the school and the large crucifix which hangs in the entrance hallway.

A Christmas season party was enjoyed by members of the Mandan Revelers Club at the Municipal Country Clubhouse. Traditional yule decorations including greenery, wreaths and garlands ornamented the walls; candle centerpieces were on each table. Following the 8 o’clock dinner, more than 100 members and their guests danced to the music of the Five Naturals. Mr. and Mrs. Oliver Harr were chairmen of the committee in charge of the arrangements.

Miss Marianne Hunke, Morton County Extension agent and daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ben Hunke, Taylor, became the bride of James Schaaf, son of Mr. and Mrs. Mike Schaaf of Glen Ullin, in a double ring ceremony held at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Mandan. Father Gustin was the celebrant for the Nuptial High Mass at 12 noon.

Boys Night was the theme of the Musical Evening held for piano students of Mrs. Leland Rask at 708 Sixth Ave. N.W. Performing their piano solos were: Greg Curfman, Paul Curfman, Douglas Eckroth, Jimmy Fors, Keith Larson, Mark Larson, Kenny Mund, Perry Rask, David Schaaf, Trent Rask and Craig Rask.

Saturday night’s “Be A Good Neighbor” television show brought the largest cash donations of any of their radio or television programs this year. The final television show featured songs by the Plainsmen, the Helene Frala trio and Peggy Rivinius. Although a total of $366 was contributed, plus clothing and canned goods, the Jaycees are still $300 short of the goal for the Christmas baskets and asking for more donations from area residents. Seventy-one Christmas baskets will be delivered on Dec. 23 to the less fortunate families of Mandan by the Jaycees.


75 Years Ago – 1937

Gaily-colored strings of lights strung along nearly six blocks of Mandan’s Main Street are a welcome sight to Christmas shoppers and visitors. The lights, lit daily from 4:30 until midnight, are arranged to form a border along Main Street and are augmented by smaller strings extending to stores, forming a canopy.

A practicing physician in Mandan since July 1933, Dr. H.A. Wheeler has opened offices in the Greengard Building. Miss Berniece Jaeger will be employed as office nurse.

Peter J. Dahl has been named president of the Sons of Norway lodge at the annual election of officers held in the Hudson Hall on Main Street, Mandan. Gunder Kjol is the new vice president.

Aunt Beth’s youngsters were excited this week when Mrs. E.M. Vetter entertained them at her annual Christmas party for the troupe that participates in the radio program, “Aunt Beth and Her Kiddies.” The broadcast, directed by Mrs. Vetter, is a popular afternoon show over station KGCU. Fifty-three youngsters were guests at the party, which was held at the radio station.


100 Years Ago – 1912

“Once more… the glad Christmas time is at hand, bringing good cheer to the Christian world, and making men and women better for the spirit of giving, and the pleasure they get out of making others happy. There is no season of the year that brings men closer together. Someday, perhaps, the Christmas spirit will reign through the twelve months of the year.

“In these closing days of the year, we of North Dakota have cause to be of good cheer, for we have been blessed with abundance. We are far removed from scenes of strife and warfare, and we are a happy and contented people.”


125 Years Ago – 1887

The village of Mandan was organized in the spring of 1881; by 1887 the population was already nearing the 2,500 mark.

December 21, 1887: “On Friday, at 3:30 p.m. the thermometer stood at 18 degrees above zero.

“The fast train today from the east got in 2 hours and 40 minutes late. The delay was caused by a hot box on the Dakota division.

“Owing to the prevalence of scarlet fever in town, the schools were closed this morning. The special services, too, arranged for the Methodist church, have been suspended, as scarlet fever prevails at the residence of the pastor.

“Three families direct from Germany arrived last week to settle in the Little Heart valley.

“Old Santa Claus must find it very different now days than in the time of fireplaces and wide-mouth chimneys. They say he overcame the modern chimney by fasting and wearing dude pants, but when it comes to the six-inch stovepipe of the ordinary Dakota shack, the operation must be very painful.

“And here’s a piece of advice for Christmas Day: Don’t get out of bed wrong foot foremost. Anybody who insists upon being surly on Christmas Day deserves to be sentenced to Bismarck!”


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