Today is Nov. 8, the 312th day of the year. So, there are 53 days left in 2018. Below are news items from the Creston News Advertiser for this week (Nov. 5-11) in history:
10 years ago
Barack Hussein Obama was elected the 44th president of the United States. Obama, 47, became the first African-American in U.S. history to win the presidency and the first from the generation that came of age after the turbulence of the 1960s.
SIRWA Director Dan McIntosh reported the spring flooding caused damage to waterlines. With more than 4,000 miles of waterlines in the system, about 60 exposed lines had been identified, but he guessed there was a possibility of 12,000 problem areas where they crossed creeks or rivers. SIRWA was asking for help finding the areas before they started freezing and causing problems.
Flossie Roberts, 81, was named Creston Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year. She volunteered at Creston Nursing and Rehab Center, Creston schools events and her church, Salem Lutheran, to name just a few of the things she did. Chris Mansour was named Volunteer of the Year because of her involvement in READS and mentoring programs. Kilee Kralik was named Youth of the Year for volunteering countless hours in the community.
The Lenox football team made it fourth trip to the UNI-Dome. Even after a rebuilding year and replacing 12-of-16 starting positions, the Tigers were “overachieving” after two-a-days and 12 games.
20 years ago
Glen Weaver, 83, was named Citizen of the Year by Creston Chamber of Commerce and CNA. Other nominees were Ralph Edwards, Ken Hudson, Darlene Loudon, Leslie Lovell, Chris Mansour, Butch Miller, Mary Osborn and Vaughn Seckington. Weaver was a trustee of First United Methodist Church, president of Creston Lions Club, on the committee for Creston Nursing and Rehab, board of Union County Historical Society and hospital auxiliary member, just to name a few.
Creston City Council approved payment of $6,478 to the YMCA to cover repairs to the heating and cooling system. It was a compromise after refusing to pay $6,979 for water pipe repairs in the pool.
Creston made the list of top 20 sporting towns in the nation in Outdoor Life Magazine. Creston was said to have a combination of good fishing and hunting. In addition, they suggested a visit to Knotty Pine Restaurant, the historical train depot and a stay at one of the cabins built by Union County Conservation Board.
Jesse Ventura, former pro wrestler, was elected governor of Minnesota, representing the Reform Party and winning over Democrat Hubert Humphrey III and Republican Norm Coleman. Ventura felt “it was time to go back to school,” to prepare for his new role.
CHS vocal music department presented “Annie Get Your Gun,” under the direction of Dennis Kuyper, his 28th production. Leads included Cory Gerleman, Sara Duree and Andrew Boysen.
50 years ago
Following a remarkable political comeback, Republican Richard Nixon was elected 37th President of the U.S., and won an immediate pledge of support from Democrat Hubert Humphrey, the man he narrowly defeated. With more than 67 million votes cast, Nixon’s edge in the popular vote was only 180,017 votes. In electoral votes, Nixon had 287, Humphrey, 172, and Independent George Wallace, 45.
Julie Weisshaar, 7, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Weisshaar of Creston, performed on the Bill Riley Iowa Varieties TV show on KRNT-TV.