Mandan News

Diane Boit: Fr. Treinen named Bishop of Boise, Idaho, 1962

25 Years Ago – 1987

Another school year of sports has ended with the competition at the North Dakota State Track Meet, held in Grand Forks, where MHS Coach Gary Olmstead’s boys finished third behind champion Fargo South and runner-up Dickinson, while the Mandan High girls team finished fourth. The girls’ state Class A champion was, as expected, Grand Forks Central.

At the conclusion of the state meet, special honors were given to Mandan’s Michelle Belohlavek who, along with Twila Wolf of Bismarck, was named Co-Outstanding Senior Athlete of the Year. During the last four years, Belohlavek had won 10 state track titles. Also receiving top recognition was Mandan’s girls coach Mike Kuhn who was named Co-Coach of the Year, along with Fargo’s Nancy Tidd.

Two Mandan seniors also set state records. Michelle Belohlavek broke her own state track record, set in 1984, in the 300 hurdles, while Mike Eckroth set a new state track record in the 100 meters.

Also taking first for Mandan was Clint Leingang in the 110 hurdles and Michelle Belohlavek in the 100 hurdles. Others placing from Mandan were: Dean Johnson, Andre Holm, Billy Weiand, Amy Stockert, Heather Holm, Joanne Jensen and Nikki Serhienko.


50 Years Ago – 1962

Father Sylvester W. Treinen, 44, pastor of St. Joseph Church in Mandan since 1959, has been named Bishop of Boise, Idaho, by Pope John XXIII. He is the first priest from the Bismarck Diocese to be elevated to Bishop. Father Treinen was born near Donnelly, Minn., and was ordained a priest at Bismarck in 1946. He will leave Mandan for his new office at the end of July.

Father Treinen

William Cummins, owner of the former Cummins Store at 200 West Main St., has leased his building to a new Mandan corporation, the J.E. Collins Company. According to James Collins, head of the corporation, the building is being completely remodeled and is scheduled to open in August. Prior to his arrival in Mandan, Collins was the manager of the J.C. Penney Store in St. James, Minn.

The Mandan Transfer bowling team has captured the Twilite Men’s League championship by defeating Hank’s Standard Service. Receiving the championship trophy were: George Fleck, captain; Jeff Koch, Ken Siegel, Ernie Rask and Bill Carrick.

Mrs. Duane Miller was elected president of the Syndicate School Mothers’ Club during their final meeting of the season. She succeeds Mrs. Adam Heck. End-of-year gifts were also presented to the school’s four teachers: Misses Judy Gregory, Carol Von Ruden, Abilena Bentz and Mrs. Irene Kamrath.

Marie Morman, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Morman, Sr., of Mandan, as the top ranking student of the 1962 graduation class at Annunciation Priory High School, received the Holy Spirit Award for scholastic achievement at commencement exercises on May 31. She and her nine classmates were the first class to graduate from the high school, which began operation in the fall of 1959. Marie plans to enter the novitiate of Annunciation Priory in June.

Commencement exercises were held June 7 in the Mandan World War Memorial Building for 80 Morton County Eighth Grade graduates of 1962. Mrs. Lorene York, state secretary of the Young Citizens League, gave the address, followed by a few remarks by Richard Duncan of Judson, Morton County President of the Young Citizens League. Diplomas were distributed by Mrs. Thelma Klingensmith, county superintendent of schools, assisted by Miss Eleanor Rippel.


75 Years Ago – 1937

Ethel Schmidt, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Mike Schmidt, of Mandan, has won first place in the annual spelling contest for one-room rural schools of Morton County in the final competition held at the courthouse. Eva is a pupil in school No. 3 of the Bonanza district No. 12, whose instructor is Lewis J. Keller. Second place went to Frances Emineth, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Emineth of New Salem. She is a pupil in school No. 1 of Garfield district No. 10 which is taught by Walter Tellman.

Winner of the final elimination for two-room rural schools was Elizabeth Gustin, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Gustin, Flasher. She is a pupil in Fallon school of Oak Coulee district No. 35, with Sister Vincent Kiffmeyer as instructor.

These final spelling events were under the direction of Mrs. Gena A. Jensen, Morton County superintendent of schools.


A Mandan Pioneer ad for the L & K Grocery 1937 ad, which was located at 110 West Main Street. Phone No. 12 to order.

100 Years Ago – 1912

“The body of Edwin C. Johnson, the prominent young farmer of Sunnyside who was drowned in the Heart River more than six weeks ago, was found yesterday by Fred Domeyer who was fishing near the McGillic slaughter house, a mile down the river from the site of the accident. The partially submerged body was hanging from a tree branch in the water; identification was made by receipts found in the victim’s pockets.

“As promised by Mrs. Johnson, the $500 reward for the recovery of her husband’s body will be paid to Domeyer. Despite the poor condition of the remains, the widow who now resides in Minnesota, still insists that the body be embalmed and shipped to Minnesota for burial.”


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.

June 15, 1887: “On Friday, at 3:30 p.m. the thermometer stood at 72 degrees above zero.

“Sylvane Ferris, foreman, and 22 men, who are on the roundup, were in town on Monday on their way west. They made their headquarters at Curley Sublette’s saloon- the popular resort for cowmen and old-timers, and it is needless to say, that they were very well taken care of, and they all behaved very nicely while in town.

“District court convened here on Tuesday of this week with Judge S. L. Nuchols presiding. The entire day of Tuesday was given over to the making of citizens. Fifty-six applicants received their papers.

“There were a number of Italians on Tuesday’s train for the west, who certainly, with their stunted forms, did not look as though they would be of much advantage in building up a country.

“Quite a number of small boys have decided since Monday that they will be cowboys when they grow up to be big enough to do as they like. The sight of the cow gentlemen in town could not but inspire the small boy with the desire to be rigged out in similar gear and be allowed to ride along the street with similar control of their steed.”


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