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Diane Boit: Dykshoorn elected Mandan Mayor, 1988

Diane Boit25 Years Ago – 1988

Robert Dykshoorn has won the mayor’s chair in Tuesday’s city election, defeating Matt Erhardt, 1,904 votes to 1,390. Dykshoorn is Mandan’s 35th mayor. He succeeds Sharon Schafer.

In the race for the two open city commission seats, Tony Engelhardt and Gen Hutmacher received the majority of votes. Top vote winner in the Park Board race was incumbent Kathy Helbling with 2,344 votes; followed by Roger Arenz and Ron Biberdorf.

Bob Dykshoorn, who was voted the mayor of Mandan in 1988.

Bob Dykshoorn, who was voted the mayor of Mandan in 1988.

(l-r) Gen Hutmacher and Tony Engelhardt, who were voted to the Mandan City Commission in 1988.

(l-r) Gen Hutmacher and Tony Engelhardt, who were voted to the Mandan City Commission in 1988.

(l-r) Roger Arenz, Ron Biberdorf and Kathy Helbling, who were voted to the Mandan Park Board in 1988.

(l-r) Roger Arenz, Ron Biberdorf and Kathy Helbling, who were voted to the Mandan Park Board in 1988.

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Winners of the Mandan-Morton County Spelling Bee have been announced. For the county division, the top speller is Ken Wanner, son of Mr. and Mrs. James Wanner, Hebron; he was also the best fifth grade speller. The Mandan “city” champion was Jennifer Churchill, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Churchill. Both received a $25 cash prize. The winning words of the county contest were “kerplunk” and “chastise;” in the city contest, they were “raucous” and “miscellaneous.”

The 60th Academy Awards were presented April 11 in Los Angeles, Calif., hosted by Chevy Chase. Receiving the Best Picture honors was “The Last Emperor,” which won all nine Oscars for which it was nominated. Best Actor was Michael Douglas in “Wall Street;” Best Actress: Cher in “Moonstruck;” Best Supporting Actor: Sean Connery in “The Untouchables;” Best Supporting Actress: Olympia Dukakis in “Moonstruck.”


50 Years Ago – 1963

Funeral services were held this past week at the Methodist Church for Lloyd G. Thompson, 69, prominent educator and administrator. The South Dakota native arrived in Mandan in 1925 to serve nine years as principal of Mandan High School, before accepting a similar position at Grand Forks. He returned to Mandan in 1941 as superintendent of the North Dakota Training School and became administrator of the Mandan Community Hospital in 1955, retiring in 1962. Survivors include his wife, Lela; two daughters and their families.

Mrs. Ferd A. Ohlsen has been elected president of the Mandan Art Association at the group’s annual meeting held at the Charles Grantier home. Mrs. Ohlsen succeeds Mrs. Clarence West. Other officers named are: Mrs. Earl Bucklin, vice president; Mrs. Douglas Walery, secretary; and Mrs. Sylvia Ehreth, treasurer. Refreshments were served after a tour of the antique-laden Grantier home.

Carson High School honor graduates for 1963 have been announced by R.L. Fleischer, principal. Valedictorian is Jerome Broadhead, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Leanoth Broadhead. Salutatorian is Carol Teker, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lester Teker. Jerome is the current state president of the Future Farmers of America and has received several Gold Awards. Carol is the Pep Club president and is active in class plays, chorus, the school paper and cheerleading.

A tragic hit-and-run accident has occurred on Eighth Avenue N.W. near the viaduct, resulting in the death of 11-year-old Mandan girl, Vickie Chyles, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Chyles, Jr. She had been crossing Main Street on her bicycle when hit by a speeding vehicle with six young people. The damaged 1955 Dodge was later discovered hidden in a Mandan garage where 20-year-old Victor Dworshak was arrested by Morton County Sheriff Ed Wingenbach.

The 35th Academy Awards, honoring the best in film for 1962, were held April 8 in Santa Monica, Calif., hosted by Frank Sinatra. Receiving the Best Actor and Best Actress awards were Gregory Peck, for his role in “To Kill a Mocking Bird.” and Anne Bancroft, who played the teacher of Helen Keller, in “The Miracle Worker.” Best Supporting Actor and Actress honors went to Ed Begley for his role in “Sweet Bird of Youth.” and to teenager, Patty Duke, who played Helen Keller in “The Miracle Worker.” Named the year’s Best Picture was “Lawrence of Arabia.”


Lloyd G. Thompson

Lloyd G. Thompson

75 Years Ago – 1938

Wedding vows were repeated in the parish house of St. Joseph Catholic Church as Miss Alice Simons, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. D. Simons, became the bride of Floyd Frankl, son of Joseph Frankl and his late wife, Agnes. Rev. Father Hildebrand Eickhoff read the nuptial service.

For her wedding, the bride wore a navy blue dress with blue accessories and carried a bouquet of varied colored roses. Mrs. Chester Simons, as matron of honor, wore a black crepe dress with matching accessories. Chester Simons attended the bridegroom.

Immediately following the ceremony, the bride’s parents entertained 20 guests at a wedding dinner in their home. Mr. and Mrs. Frankl will be at home at 808 First St. S.W. Both the Frankls are graduates of Mandan High School. He is employed at the Russell Miller Milling Company, Mandan.

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For the third consecutive year, Mandan has been honored for not having a fatal auto accident within its city limits. City officials received a certificate from the state highway department acknowledging this good news.

The Mandan Pioneer will begin carrying radio station KGCU’s daily radio program. The station is owned by Mandan businessmen and is the only one in the state, west of the Missouri River.


100 Years Ago – 1913

“Evidence of spring is apparent everywhere, but the town’s hotel men claim this year’s harbingers of the welcome season are the many home seekers who have been arriving in the city during the past two weeks. The registers of the InterOcean, Nigey, Klondike, Mandan and Dakota hotels all show visitors from points in Iowa, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Minnesota and elsewhere, who have come to look over the country. This is what good advertising will do for a state.

“Two new post offices to be created in Morton County have been announced by Postmaster General Burleson. They are at Heil, with William Heil as postmaster; and at Schmidt with Michael W. Schmidt as postmaster.

“The annual Easter Monday ball of the Mandan Volunteer Fire Department held Monday evening proved, as was expected, probably the most successful in the history of the organization. More than 120 couples attended and danced to the excellent music of the six-piece Comus Orchestra. At 11 o’clock, all of the dancers were served a fine oyster supper by members of the various companies.”


125 Years Ago – 1888

The village of Mandan was organized in the spring of 1881; by 1888 its population was at 2,600.

April 12 1888: “On Thursday at 3:30 p.m. the thermometer stood at 60 degrees above zero.

“This morning a merchant kept account of the number of times his customers told him it was a fine day, and before 10 o’clock, he had been informed that the weather was good just 57 times.

“Advice to Mothers: Mrs. Winslow’s Soothing Syrup should always be used when children are cutting teeth. It relieves the little sufferer at once; it produces natural, quiet sleep by relieving the child from pain, and the little cherub awakes as “bright as a button.” It is very pleasant to taste. It soothes the child, softens the gums, allays all pain, relieves wind, regulates the bowels, and is the best known remedy for diarrhea. Twenty-Five Cents a bottle.”


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