Mandan News

Thousands attend Twilight Hills grand opening, 1964

Diane Boit

25 Years Ago – 1989
Thirteen candidates, sponsored by Mandan businesses, are competing for this year’s Winter Daze Queen to be crowned Feb. 4. They are: Lila Zander, sponsored by Bill’s Super Valu; Debra Huddleson, sponsored by First Southwest Bank; Mary Helmers, sponsored by Siouxland Ceramics; Anita Bertsch, sponsored by Leingang Steel Siding and Windows; Rhonda Schettler, sponsored by the New Wave Salon; Susan Engelhard, sponsored by Cloverdale Foods; Shar Anderst, sponsored by Hair Professionals, Inc.; Tammy Leingang, sponsored by the Heartview Foundation; Kathy Lohstreter, sponsored by LeRoy’s Standard; Julie Jose, sponsored by Seek-n-Save; Nicolette Hoff, sponsored by Norwest Bank of Mandan; Corri Bliese, sponsored by The New Look salon; and Arvada Hipsak, sponsored by the Mandan Community Center.

Kyle Fleck

Kyle Fleck

Tami Schmeling

Tami Schmeling

The Mandan Athletic and Recreation Club has named Tami Schmeling in volleyball and Kyle Fleck in wrestling as Athletes of the Month for December. Tami, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wallace Schmeling, is the team captain and her great overall play has led the Braves volleyball for the entire season. Kyle, son of Mr. and Mrs. Alphonse Fleck, has remained undefeated with a record of 11-0, and was champion in the Lions Wrestling Tournament at Williston. He is top- ranked at 135 lbs. in Class A.

50 Years Ago – 1964
An estimated crowd of 9,000 persons visited the Twilight Hills Ski Resort, 14 miles south of Mandan, during their weekend grand opening. Cars were lined up bumper-to-bumper for over a half mile waiting to view the bowl and its chalet as temperatures soared to over 40 degrees. State dignitaries headed by Gov. William Guy, Secretary of State Ben Meier and U. S. Senator Quentin Burdick, along with Mandan Mayor John Handtman and Bismarck Mayor Evan Lips, participated in Sunday’s dedication ceremony which was televised on KXMB-TV, Bismarck.

The weekend’s lone run in use was the beginners’ hill, and after the dedication ceremony, Senator Burdick, 55, was challenged to a race by Secretary of State Meier, 45. Burdick, clad in a sober black suit and derby, made it successfully to the bottom; Meier did not.

According to Vernon Peterson, president of Dakota Winter Sports, Inc., developers of the new ski area, the first North Dakota ski area features six ski trails, two rope tows and one of the longest high-speed poma lifts in the Midwest.

Mrs. Howard Haas has been installed Worthy Matron of Queen Esther Chapter, Order of Eastern Star, at ceremonies conducted in the Masonic Temple. She succeeds Mrs. Isabelle Hudson.

C. R. Hammond, president of the Mandan Methodist Men’s Club, has named Vern Wann chairman of the 11th annual Buffalo Dinner to be held in February. Elmer Worthington and Earl Vogelpohl are in charge of making the kill and returning eight fine young buffalo quarters to Mandan for the dinner.

75 Years Ago – 1939
Walton S. Russell has taken over the law offices of local city attorney, C. F. Kelsch, who has been appointed Assistant Attorney General.

More than 80 Mandan and Bismarck guests attended the January party given by the Mandan Dinner Club at the Dome. The dining room was decorated with a snowball theme, including miniature snowmen and imitation snowballs arranged as centerpieces on tables lit with white candles. Party organizers were the Colin Carys, the Bernard M. Porters, and Dr. and Mrs. Harry A. Wheeler.

Work was begun this week, under the sponsorship of the local American Legion, on a new skating rink for Mandan children. A crew of ex-servicemen were leveling off the lots to the rear of the home for the Sisters of St. Benedictine, 309 Collins Ave, and preparing to flood the rink which should be ready within a few days. Cooperating with the Legion in an effort to bring a first class rink to the city is Rev. Father Hildebrand Eickhoff of St. Joseph Catholic church who gave permission to use the lots and insisted on strict rules for its usage.

    National News:

The United States government has blacklisted Japan from further purchase of airplanes or bombs in this country because of Japanese bombings of civilian populations in China.

1914 ad for ice

1914 ad for ice

100 Years Ago – 1914
“According to North Dakota’s State License Bureau, there were 291 automobiles and 15 motorcycles in Morton County by the end of 1913.

“The Mandan Town and Country Club was formally organized at a stockholders meeting held at the Commercial Club rooms where a majority of the 80 stockholders voted in favor of securing a site on the river bank, located on the experimental farm property. Following the meeting, the newly- elected directors appointed temporary officers until the charter is received from the state. Officers are: J. F. Sullivan, president; A. H. Peterson, vice president; T. E. Heyward, secretary; T. J. Kasper, treasurer.

“A complaint was filed last week by James C. Clark that Undertaker T. G. C. Kennelly had violated the state laws in shaving the beards of dead men without having first secured a state barber’s license. Tuesday morning the case was brought before Justice of the Peace I. N. Steen. Attorney W. H. Stutsman defended Kennelly; State Attorney H. R. Bitzing appeared for the prosecution.

“After hearing arguments from both sides, Justice Steen dismissed the action, agreeing with Webster’s definition of a person as a ‘living’ human being. Interest was statewide as the North Dakota Undertakers’ Association had declared their willingness to carry the case up to the Supreme Court.”

125 Years Ago – 1889
The village of Mandan was organized in the spring of 1881; just eight years later, statehood was the talk of the Dakota Territory.

“On Thursday, Jan. 24, at 3:30 p.m. the thermometer stood at 38 degrees above zero.

“While digging a well on his farm, Mr. F. L. Ayer struck a vein of coal six inches thick at a depth of 30 feet. As all the large veins in that region are covered by smaller ones, Mr. Ayer is hoping to strike something good in the way of a mine.

“The Pioneer regrets to learn of the death of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Johnson’s little child, aged two years and four months. It is thought that death was caused by heart disease.

“The question of North Dakota’s name has been settled, at least for the present. There was an idea in some quarters a few days ago, to discard the name “North Dakota” for “Lincoln”, “Harrison”, or some other name. The argument was used that the prefix “north” conveyed an erroneous idea of arctic blasts which would impede the growth of the new state. But the Jamestown convention, which was composed of men from all parts of Dakota lying north of the 46th parallel, declared, without a dissenting vote, in favor of “North Dakota.” If we stick to that, the best the southern folks can do is to take the name of South Dakota unless they are willing to forego all claims to the name, and let us have it in its entirety, without any prefix.”

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