Mandan News

Those Were The Days: Awards given at 1963 4-H Achievement Days

Compiled by Diane Boit

1988 Miss Rodeo in Mandan

1988 Miss Rodeo in Mandan

25 Years Ago – 1988
Lisa Ressler, daughter of Gerald and Bev Ressler, rural Mandan, has earned the crown of Miss Rodeo Mandan as of Aug. 1, 1988. Lisa will represent Mandan in the Miss Rodeo North Dakota contest during the Badlands Circuit Rodeo held at the Bismarck Civic Center at the end of October. Although a pageant has not been held in Mandan for several years, a Miss Rodeo Mandan was appointed each year from submitted applications. The pageant will return to Mandan in 1989.

Four area students have begun studies at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine in Grand Forks. Rick Becker, son of Gary and Judy Becker; Lee Hodny, son of William and Doris Hodny; Dominic Herda, son of Peter Herda, all of Mandan; and Carol Pfleger, daughter of Raymond and Anne Pfleger, New Salem, are four of the 54 freshmen medical students who will spend their first two years at the UND campus in Grand Forks and their third and fourth year in Bismarck, Fargo, Grand Forks or Minot.

A powerful effort by the Mandan Braves girls’ cross-country team pushed the boys/girls total over the top, beating out Bismarck and Century, and resulting in Mandan taking home the trophy from the annual Rusty Bucket Cross Country Meet. MHS runner Tammy Mudder finished first with a time of 14:46.75, followed by her teammate Amy Stockert. Other Mandan girls finishing in the top 10 were Nora Beehler and Tracy Boehm. For the boys: Mandan’s Fred Stoskopf came in second; Mitch Unterseher crossed the line in seventh place, followed by Dave Zittleman, ninth. The MHS head coach is Leon House.

50 Years Ago – 1963
Nearly all of Morton County’s 500 4-Hers from 34 clubs participated in the two-day Morton County Achievement Days held in the Mandan Memorial building this past weekend. Hundreds of area residents entered the building to see wall-to-wall exhibits and booths displaying their projects.

Purple ribbons, according to class, were awarded to: Rodney Hogan, Mandan- Woodwork; Charles Suchy, Mandan- Rural Electrification; Bryan Giese, Judson- Leathercraft; David Bendickson, Huff- Welding; Nancy Gustafson, Almont- Photography; Sally Friese, New Salem- Sewing; Agnes Bahm, Mandan- Babysitting; Judy Heinrich, Huff- Home Grounds Beautification; Larry Friesze, Flasher- Automotive Safety; Joyce Stegmiller, Flasher- Garden; Arnold Schmidt, Mandan- Corn; Marvin Kary, Mandan- Wheat & Oats; Karen Kahl, Mandan- Potatoes; and the booth of the Jolly Mixers 4-H Club.


It was another lucky week for area motorists who have been enjoying their third gasoline war that has enveloped the Mandan and Bismarck communities this year. Gasoline prices have plummeted for the second week with prices dropping to as low as 25.9 cents per gallon for regular gas at Ray Oil Inc., 2103 E. Main Ave., Bismarck. Area station owners are updating their gasoline prices on an hourly basis to earn the reputation of the “lowest gas prices in town.”

Miss Lynda Lou Laub has been installed Worthy Advisor of the Order of Rainbow for Girls of Mandan Assembly No. 16 at ceremonies held in the Mandan Masonic temple. Installing officer was Dian Wainio who was assisted by: Irene Olson, chaplain; Betty Marcovitz, marshal; Penny Toman, recorder; Paulette McFerran, musician; Mrs. Kenneth Porsborg and Wanda Schwartz, soloists; Mrs. E. G. Laub, Mother Advisor, and E. G. Laub, Rainbow Dad. Miss Laub wore a corsage of red gladioli given to her by the Assembly and was given the traditional hand-made gavel by Theodore Serr.

1938 Mandan Theatre flyer

1938 Mandan Theatre flyer

75 Years Ago – 1938
Mandan’s Chamber of Commerce directors have been re-elected for another term. Re-elected are: J. J. Newton, president; H. L. Dahners, vice president; J. R. Madsen, treasurer; and J. I. Rovig, secretary.

The National Girl Scouts organization has awarded its highest honor, the Golden Eaglet Award, to the Misses Eileen Clarke and Beryl Scothorn, making Mandan the home of three Golden Eaglet recipients. Miss Dorothy Dow received her award earlier in the summer. Both Miss Scothorn and Miss Clarke are charter members of the Wahca Tinta troop of Girl Scouts, having registered with the troop in August 1933.

100 Years Ago – 1913
“According to a dispatch from Washington DC dated August 29, the name of John Foran was sent to the Senate for confirmation as the new postmaster of Mandan. Due to the fact that Mr. Foran is currently serving on the Mandan City Commission, his appointment will necessitate a city election as the federal statutes prevent a government employee from holding any political office.


“Daniel Patapenko, a Pole living near Shields, decided to marry, so he wrote to relatives in Poland asking them to pick him a wife and send her to the United States, Morton County, using the money he sent for that purpose.

“The relatives did, and the latter part of the week, Mary Lashvosky arrived by train in Mandan and was met here by Patapenko. Each took a good look at the other and, after greetings, the man took her to a local store, rigged his new love out with a new dress and the two hied themselves to the office of County Judge Johnson where at 3 o’clock Friday afternoon, they became man and wife.

“Mr. and Mrs. Patapenko left Saturday for their farm at Shields.

“Who says Romance is dead?”

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

Sept. 20, 1888: “On Thurs., Sept. 20, at 3:30 p.m. the thermometer stood at 72 degrees above zero.

“The Supper to be given by the Ladies Aid Society of the Presbyterian Church on Saturday evening will cost 25 Cents. This, for peaches and cream and cake, to say nothing of the sociability of the occasion, is remarkably low.

“News comes from Washington, DC, that the bills for admission to statehood of Dakota and Montana have been indefinitely shelved. Of course, that is just what was expected. No one could honestly believe that the Democrats would do anything to admit Dakota even though Montana Territory might be full of Democrats.


“The public is already familiar with the fact that the Pioneer has on several occasions been victimized by unknown parties- presumably friends, as enemies to this moral family paper are not known to be in existence. The story of our lost rain gauge, by this time, is old. It is also well known that our mailbag was recently tied into such a hard knot that the strings had to be cut; and, that our drinking cup was borrowed and used for the mixture of a whiskey sling.

“But, our patience has worn thin. We would modestly, but firmly, intimate that anyone who casts covetous eyes on our new thermometer, our barrel of rain water, our drinking cup or anything else from this office, that he will find it too hot for his comfort. We hereafter mean to stand up for our rights!”

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