Looking Back — January, 1976

Above, a "Snow Mole" hole dug by local children in 1976 after the big New Year's snowstorm.

Excerpts from the Redfield Press

Looking Back — January, 1976

Excerpts from the Redfield Press
Compiled by Shiloh Appel

1975 in Review
During the first week of 1975, the Hydra-headed monster called Watergate made one last gasp as former President Nixon's top aides were convicted of complicity in the cover-up. The aides included H.R. (Bob) Haldeman, John Erlichman, John Mitchell and Robert Mardian.
The domestic economy — which showed encouraging signs by the end of the year — was a large question mark last January.
…The United Nations continued a headlong plunge toward impotency, led by Communist-supported third world countries which welcomed a Palestinian terrorist organization to the U.N. as though it were a member state; invited Uganda's blood-thirsty dictator, Idi Amin, to address members; and voted to brand Zionism "a form of racism."
…Two women attempted to assassinate the President, underscoring the difficulties of governing an open society and the undercurrent of sick souls that are an unhappy part of the American landscape.
America entered the homestretch toward its 200th birthday. It ended the year with no American soldier in combat and a domestic economy that showed signs of its former strength. Every thoughtful citizen should have no difficulty proving to himself that, with all the challenges facing the United States, there is no better place on earth to live.

" '76 Headlines We'd Like to See"
…Here are headlines we'd like to see in 1976.

"Year Ends Without  Seeing a Major War Anywhere in the World"

"Nation's Leaders from All Sectors Pledge new Commitment to Constitutional Principles and Judeo-Christian Ethics as America Begins Third Century in Freedom"

"U.S. Inflation Plummets Following Dramatic Slash in Federal Spending"

"Unemployment Drops to Record Low as Washington Vows To Slice Through Red Tape Binding Nation's Industry"

"White House Launches Wide-ranging Assessment of Defense Needs to 'Keep America No.1' "

Snow Mole
Adults, as a rule, don't relish the thoughts of winter with its snow and cold temperatures; but kids make the most of the situation. They seem to have a good time — not despite the weather, but because of it.
When a New Year's Day storm dumped from six to seven inches of new snow on the Redfield area, many children couldn't get outdoors fast enough to take advantage of the opportunity. One of the greatest sports seems to be tunneling through deep drifts of snow.
Steve Sichterman, nine-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Don Sichterman, Redfield, is one of the youngsters who was making the most of the last days of school vacation to play in the snow.
Bundled up in a snowsuit and with a scarf wrapped across his face, Steve wasn't minding the cold a bit as he crawled through a tunnel he and his friend, Tal Farnham, had dug.

Snowmobilers to ride Sunday for MOD Benefit
Plans were nearing completion this week for a March of Dimes Benefit Snowmobile Marathon which will be held in Spink County Sunday, January 11. The event is being planned by the Jim Valley Snowmobile Club, but all iterated snowmobilers are invited to join the club members in the fund-raising project. The Spink County Chapter of the March of Dimes is sponsoring the project.

Redfield Man injured in New Year's Eve Fire
Darrell Kent, Redfield, was hospitalized with injuries received in a fire at the Kent home New Year's Eve. The fire was reported at 11: 09p.m. Wednesday Evening, Dec.31. The Kent home is located at 807 Third Street West.
Kent remains a patient at Community Memorial Hospital, Redfield, where he was taken for treatment of burns on the head and hand and for treatment of smoke and fumes inhalation.

St. Bernard's Church Observes Pro-Life Plan Activities
St. Bernard's Catholic Parish observed a special mass of reparation for the abortive murders of the innocent unborn Wednesday, January 21, at 7:30p.m.
The church's bells will ring for five minutes at noon today (Thursday) in memory of the millions of innocents who have died.

Work is Progressing on New School Building
Despite the cold weather, work is progressing on the Ken Greeno Physical Education Building which is being constructed by the Redfield Independent School District.
During the relatively-mild weather last week, workmen  got most of the steel brickwork for the building in place. Some o the brickwork around the lower portion of the building is also completed. The contractor plans to continue working through the winter months with hopes of having the building completed and ready for use soon after the opening of the 1976-77 school year next fall.

Two County Lakes Are Opened to Liberalized Fishing Rules
South Dakota game, Fish ad Parks Secretary John Popowski reported last week that a s of January 20, two lakes in Spink County have been added to the list of waters open to liberalized fishing.
Fishermen on cCottonwood Lake and Twin Lakes, located Southwest of Redfield, may take fish without limit by hook and line, spears, snagging, dip nets or legal minnow seines. They may not use other normally illegal methods or may they exceed the legal number of lines and hooks.

Did you know?
South Dakota's working women can expect more equal Social Security benefits for their families, thanks to a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision.
In early 1975, the Court awarded Social Security benefits to the child and widowed husband of a New Jersey schoolteacher, Paula Weisenfeld.
For 36 year, monthly Social Security benefits called "mothers' benefits" have been payable to widowed mothers with minor children in their care, but there were no equivalent "fathers' benefits". Payments were made only on behalf of the surviving children of the woman worker.
The Weisenfeld case changed all that.


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