Mandan News

Diane Boit: MHS girls cross country team wins state, 1987


25 Years Ago – 1987

The Mandan Braves girls’ cross country team has won the State Class A title in Grand Forks with a score of 81. Runner-up was Minot with 87. Amy Stockert took eighth and was Mandan’s number one runner, followed by Kristi Fleck, Nora Beehler, Jody Fox and Tammy Mudder. Also contributing to Mandan’s victory were Teresa Dirk, Tracy Boehm, Toni Haider, Sue Stockert and Chris Heck. And to top off Mandan’s championship honors, Coach Leon House was named Class A Girls Cross-Country Coach of the Year for 1987.

In the boys’ cross country, Mandan came in second with 42 points behind Bismarck, who tallied 89 for the championship. Mandan’s team had four runners in the top 15 – Fred Stoskopf, Urby Friesz, Ken Belohlavek and Mitch Unterseher; fifth in scoring was Mike Bennett. Other Mandan runners were Ken Clouston, Robbie Schafer, David Zittleman, Sheldon Welch and Daryl Weber.


50 Years Ago – 1962

An infant son welcomed recently into the home of Mr. and Mrs. William Hodny has been feted at a shower given at the home of Mrs. R.P. Gallagher; assisting hostesses were Mrs. R.J. Kasper and Mrs. Don Gannon. Jay William is the name chosen for the baby boy adopted by the Hodnys. Mr. and Mrs. Hodny have been Mandan residents for the past two years. Mr. Hodny is a partner in the law firm of Gallagher and Hodny.

Robert Lawrence, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harold L. Lawrence, of Mandan, and a freshman at the University of North Dakota, is among 70 outstanding students from the United States and Canada who has been chosen for membership in the International Music Camp European Tour Band. During a four-week period, the band performed throughout the United States and Canada, then completing their tour in Europe before returning to their college classrooms. Bob began playing in a band while in the fourth grade, starting with the trumpet and later switching to the French horn.

After 23 years with the firm, Jake Jaskoviak, 701 Third St. S.W., has retired as manager of the Mandan Farmers Co-op Elevator, located in Syndicate. He is being succeeded by Ray Braun, second man at the elevator for the past four years. Also retiring is his wife, who has served as bookkeeper at the elevator for the past 20 years.


75 Years Ago – 1937

Led by Doug Campos who plunged over the line for three touchdowns, the Mandan High School Braves managed to easily overpower St. Mary’s of Bismarck for a 26 to 0 victory on the local gridiron. A spectacular 51-yard run by Gordon House from St. Mary’s 40-yard line to Mandan’s 9 set up the attempt for the fourth touchdown that was made by John Byerly; the two extra points were also made by Campos. This was one of the cleanest games of the year with only one penalty called during the entire game.

Many of the high school students attributed the Braves victory to the unique pep rally staged at the high school on the day before the game with St. Mary’s. The highlight of the gathering was a mock wedding that depicted Mandan as the bridegroom being wedded to Victory. William Mushik, in a Braves uniform, had the role of the bridegroom, while Vivienne Gaab was the bride with Robert Swanson acting as the minister. Dressed as pretty flower girls were Richard Baron and Thomas Buck, who sprayed the assembly with water concealed in sponges. Selections by the high school band, cheers and a pep talk by Coach Frances Grunenfelder completed the pep rally.

Little Evelyn Kiebert, the 4-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Kiebert, Mandan, escaped serious injury last Sunday after being flung 100 feet into a mass of weeds from a car speeding at 60 miles per hour. The child is recovering with severe bruises and lacerations over her entire body; six stitches were required to close a scalp wound. The accident happened as Mrs. Kiebert and her two children were driving on the Mandan to Center highway when the child opened the door and was flung headlong from the speeding vehicle, landing in a mass of weeds.

A 1937 Mandan Pioneer ad from Mandan Rexall Drug, which was located on West Main Street. With hand lotion for the ladies and gold fish for the kids, "You can't beat a deal like that!" according to O.V. Lindelow, manager. Phone 560 to reserve an order.

100 Years Ago – 1912

“There are in Morton County forty-three elevators and, with this year’s bumper crop, the smaller towns are having in some places hard work finding storage room for all of the grain offered. The forty-three elevators have an average capacity of 25,000 bushels each. Reports from a good many of these indicate that the bins are full and as rapidly as grain is shipped, it is replaced by the farmers marketing more.

“You married men- just remember on election day that the fellow who told you two could live as cheaply as one- lied! And that the men who are shouting about running four counties as cheaply as one- well, they may mean well, but they are just as badly mistaken as the man who gave you a bum steer on the matrimonial question. Vote against the division of Morton County!

“Frances, the 3-year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Carl Bender, who reside a short distance from St. Anthony, met with a terrible accident on Monday when, while playing about the barnyard, she was kicked in the face by a horse. The child was terribly lacerated but luckily there were no fractured bones. She was brought to the city by her father and taken to the Mandan hospital where her injuries were dressed. It is believed that she will not be permanently disfigured.”


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.

November 9, 1887: “On Friday, at 3:30 p.m. the thermometer stood at 42 degrees above zero.

“There is some competition in town among parties who want fat hogs. One butcher thought he had bought one yesterday at 6 cents a pound, but he found out later that the farmer sold it to another dealer for 7 cents a pound.

“Joe Richardson was one of the honest farmers on the street today. He, with admirable wisdom, planked down a dollar for the Weekly Pioneer for one year as soon as he saw the editor.”


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