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Were we lucky or were we lucky, not getting the whopper of a storm that everyone else got this past week? Our time will come, I reckon. Let's hope the next few days are nice -- Halloween time for the kids and all.

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Whatever happened to the costume parties and the adult tricksters? I still like the story Marilyn Anderson conveyed about the costumed person that walked into and around their house, all the while not saying a word, only to walk out again. Marilyn and others who had the same visitor, never ever found out who that individual was. Anyone want to own up to that neat trick?

In our past...

Someone in the 1947 sixth grade class wrote the following article for the school newspaper, The Booster.

"When the members of the YY-6 Club returned from recess on Halloween, they found the setting for their first party. On each desk were a place card, a colorful napkin and a treat. The shades were pulled and electricity gave way to lighted Jack-o-Lanterns. Were they gruesome!!! Phillip Burke received a prize on his huge Jack-o-Lantern and Ray Bergquist also received a prize for his costume. He was dressed in a complete red outfit and 'looked out of this world!'

"During the games, someone asked who was going to crown the queen at the carnival. The bright answer was 'Punk Kin'! Grammatically, it was incorrect, but it turned out to be in keeping with the day. (For those who don't know, 'Punk' was Punk Giles).

"New club officers were elected this week. This six weeks the 'Roost' will be ruled by Audrey Horton, President; LeRoy Bergstrom, secretary; Ray Bergquist, Treasurer; and Mickey Austreng, Chairman."

The second graders have been busy making Thanksgiving posters and autumn picture books. They took a walk last week to see what happens to the trees and ground during the autumn season.

The fifth grade lost two pupils since school started, so they now only have 42 in their room. 42! They all enjoyed the carnival and some of the boys even visited the beauty parlor. Yuk! Four new library books were received early in November.

This information comes from a P.T.A. meeting held in 1947. This year's topic for American Education Week was "Education for the Atomic Age."

The program was presented as a quiz to the audience. Four individuals were selected as the contestants; Mrs. Louie Beck, Miss Florence Hirth, Dr. S.L. Conley and Ernie Baker. Dr. Conley was the winner with thirty-three points out of a possible thirty-five. Judges were Miss Betty Dickinson (aka Betty Parker) O.J. Nerstad and Mrs. John Rynders.

At the same program, Alden Jensen sang two solos and the Girls Sextet sang Water Lilies.

Later on the same program was presented for the student body. Their program consisted of questions and answers and eight contestants were drawn from the audience. The prize was given to Germaine Pasko, who got 28 points out of a possible 30. Barbara Bull gave a talk on Education for Atomic Age.

Today...

The Academy Award winning movie star's portraits that were displayed throughout October at the Blackduck History and Art Center were enjoyed and reminisced over by many visitors. They don't make 'em like that anymore! Special and vintage cookbooks will be featured in November. Stop in. You may find an interesting recipe or two to try.

Have a happy and safe Halloween!

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Pioneer staff reports
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