Reviewing the Past

Sunday, July 18, 2021

Following are articles as they appeared in the Ranger-Review, the Dawson County Review, and Glendive Independent, 25, 50 & 100 years ago this month.

25 Years Ago

Dance students from LaDonna’s Dance Studio are making plans and doing fund-raisers to ultimately dance in Disneyland Spring of 1997. Disney chooses it’s performers from audition tapes. While in the Los Angeles area, the local students will view “dance” outside of Glendive.

Studio auditions were held for interested dancers age 9 and up in ballet, tap and jazz dance, and 15 dancers were chosen. They include Tasia Appel, Nikki Barthel, Autumn Fladmo, Angie Hagenston, Angela Makelky, Jennifer Makelky, Jaylin Morasko, Brittany Rau, Kara Simonson, Mallika Thomas, Sonja Thomas, Tommy Thomas, Chandra Tweet, Annie Wallace, Nikki Zimmerman and alternates Darcell Overby and Stephanie Ohs. This cast of dancers will perform a half-hour production of all-Disney music choreographed and taught by instructors LaDonna Jimison, DeVonna Jimison, and Gretchen Lamb. They are learning the choreography throughout the summer and will polish the dances at local performances.

Neil Oakland, of Glendive, agent for the Farmer’s Insurance Group of Companies, has been honored for his outstanding sales achievement during 1995. Oakland has been invited to attend the 1996 annual meeting of Farmer’s top sales producers, according to Paul N. Hopkins, vice presidentagencies of Farmers Group, Inc., an insurance management and holding company.

The four-day Topper Club convention at Banff, Alberta, Canada, will give top Farmers agents and district managers an opportunity to exchanged customer service ideas and discuss local and national trends affecting the insurance business.

Oakland joins Topper Club’s elite roster of members who have attained the upper ranks in providing insurance services to the public.

Oakland represents Farmers’ member companies in automobile, homeowners, life and business insurance. He represents Farmers locally through Oakland Ins. Agency located at 123 N. Merrill, Glendive.

Farmers Insurance Group of Companies is among the nation’s leaders in providing home, auto, business and life insurance.

50 Years Ago

Vandals late Sunday afternoon shot 2-22 calibre bullets into a telephone line that goes to a shortwave antenna located south of Glendive. The damage disrupted all two way radio communications in and around Glendive.

According to a telephone company official, the line carries communications for all two way radios including police, fire, sheriffs, telephone company and others. The police and other city crews used walkie talkies to communicate until the break was repaired Monday night.

This damage is a federal offense, stated one city official, and therefore the FBI was contacted. If anyone is convicted it carries a severe penalty. Since the line is located in Makoshika Park, where firearms are not allowed, it is also a state offense.

The harvest of winter wheat in this area is now underway, according to Dale Bergland, county extension agent. The southern part of this county has already cut quite a bit and the rest of the county will be going full swing on harvesting for the next week or so.

So far, only winter wheat and some barley has been cut the most with the harvest of the spring grains set to begin in a week or so. Reports show that cutting in the Belle Prairie, Fallon and Pleasant View areas is almost done with the Lindsay and Bloomfield areas just getting started.

Reports of yields so far have been running from 20 to 40 bushels an acre with 30 bushels an acre being a good crop in this area.

Bergland stated that the storm a few weeks ago caused extensive damage in the areas it hit but that the rest of the area is in good shape.

He stated that the land is dry right now, but that the farmers are hoping that it does not rain until after harvest. More rain will be needed though before the fall seeding begins.