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From the Past: Twister caused damage to farms


August 8, 2022

75 Years Ago

August 14, 1947

Recent births included: Aug. 7 - boy to Mr and Mrs. James Patrie, Heaton; Aug. 10 - boy to Mr and Mrs. Joe Stahl, Sykeston, girl to Mr. and Mrs. Paul Bjerke, Sykeston; Aug. 12 - girl to Mr and Mrs. Fred Auwinger, Carrington.

Capt. A.A. Paulson and Lieut. Walter Engstrom of the Carrington Co. F. National Guard company spent Saturday and Sunday in Devils Lake at an officers’ school. All of the national guard officers of the state were there to lecture and drill the company officers in administrative duties.

Shortage of box cars presents a serious threat to the marketing of the 1947 crops, according to speakers who discussed the harvest at the Kiwanis meeting Wednesday noon. J.L. Sparrow was chairman of the meeting and he introduced three speakers, County Agent Geo. F. Stewart, A. H. Felchle, local grain dealer, and Melvin Peterson, who represented a grain commission firm.

Technical Sergeant Raymond R. Koenig, whose home is Juanita, was selected as the outstanding motor sergeant at Fort Bliss for the month of July.

First steps in the actual construction of new buildings on the Foster County Junior fairgrounds were taken this week when digging was started for the footings for each of the buildings. The work is being done under the direction of Leo Krenz, local contractor.

Having been granted permission by the state public service commission, Harold T. Upgren, owner of Honker bus lines, Carrington, is now operating two bus routes, the newest a run between Devils Lake and Rolla. His Carrington to Devils Lake route has been running for several years, until a year ago by Clarence Smith, who sold out to Upgren.

A shower was held at the Sykeston Community Hall last Tuesday afternoon for the N.E. Hammes family who lost most of their belongings when their home burned the previous week. A large crowd attended and a very nice assortment of essential household equipment was brought.

50 Years Ago

August 10, 1972

The big two day dispersal auction of July 19-20 emptied Olaf Ekren’s buildings on main street of Kensal. It was the event of the summer as bidders thronged into the small Stutsman County community. Four auctioneers cried the sale.

Stores open on Thursday nights in Carrington will start this week. Aug. 10, a change from Friday night opening in several years.

J.H. Lyman has announced that he will not be seeking election to the Foster County Conservation District board on which he served for 28 years.

Klocke Construction of Carrington has been affirmed as the successful bidder on the Sykeston low income housing project.

Two students from Carrington received degrees from UND held commencement exercises Aug. 12. Katherine Kelly received a degree of Bachelor of Science in Education and Bachelor Diploma in Teaching. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Kelly. Gerald Kallberg received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree. He is son of Mr. and Mrs. Wesley Kallberg.

Georgia Gail Linderman daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dale Linderman, Carrington, and Roger Elroy Blestrud, son of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Blestrud, Tioga, were united in marriage July 22 at the Federated Church of Carrington. Chris F. Miller officiated at the double ring candlelight ceremony.

Twenty-five of the 44 graduation members of the class of 1932 of Carrington High attended a reunion here the weekend of July 22. Spouses and classmates increased the attendance to 52.

Two Main Street Carrington businesses felt the unwelcome presence of late night thieves in the past week. Sheriff John Schaffer and Police Chief Ervin Nicholson are investigating break-ins at the Ace Café and Zink Music and Western Wear.

25 Years Ago

August 11, 1997

Twister ripped through Sykeston farms and touched down last week south of Sykeston causing damage to two farms, but fortunately no one was injured. The twister hit the farms of Terry Suckut and Paul Roller about 6:45 p.m. Tuesday evening (Aug. 5). Suckut took cover behind a garage and luckily the twister missed the garage and the house. He lost a grain dryer and auger, a spray coupe and a 1,600 gallon fiberglass water tank that was dropped in a neighbor’s tree row a half-mile away.

A man suspected of robbing $1,474 from the Security State Bank in McHenry at gunpoint was apprehended in Montana after eluding authorities for five days. The robber, Michael DuWayne Albrecht, 43, was arrested at his girlfriends home in Helena, Montana.

John Topp of Grace City and his team of horses captured first place in the heavyweight division horse pull at the ninth annual Old Iron and Antique Show in Hampden on July 26 & 27.

Mattson Photography has moved into a new, expanded studio at its location one mile east of Carrington on Highway 200.

The Cenex Convenience Store in Carrington is currently getting a face-lift. Updating the fuel dispensers will allow credit cards to be used at the pump, and will include numerous environmental and safety improvements.

Gymnasts from around the state attended a three day event in the first annual Carrington gymnastics camp. About 30 athletes and six coaches attended the camp which was held at Carrington High School.

Evie Skytland captured the Ladies Invitational Gold tournament held in Carrington on August 6th with a score of 82. A total of 28 women in four flights participated in the tournament.

Playing at the Carrington Youth Center this weekend - the best Disney comedy in years - “George of the Jungle”.


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