Clubs Clay County Junior Leaders

The Clay County Junior Leaders met July 19 at 7 p.m. at the 4-H Center.

Selling carnival tickets was discussed. Plans were made for the Clay County Fair, Aug. 5 – 7. Come visit the junior leaders booth during the fair.

Leslie Larson


Vermillion Rotary Club

John Strom, operations manager for the Polaris distribution facility in Vermillion, presented an overview of his company to the Rotary Club at its weekly meeting Tuesday noon at the Silver Dollar.

The videotape he showed contained a segment on each of the Polaris company's facilities. It featured a short interview with Strom and footage of the advanced conveyer system used at the local center to help supply parts, manuals and other items to over 2,000 Polaris dealers in the United States and abroad. The Polaris building in Vermillion, which opened in 1997, is six acres in size and replaced five separate warehouses the company once maintained in the Twin Cities area.

Polaris Industries, headquarters in Minneapolis, has recently added motorcycles to its product line of snowmobile, personal watercraft and all-terrain vehicles. The company's production facilities are in Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Rotary guests included Fabio Carvalho, Brazilian Rotary exchange student who will be returning to his home country shortly; Todd Nelson, representing Carvalho's host family in Vermillion; and Kelly Higgins, Dave Lias and Keith Joy.

Senior Citizens Center

Hot, muggy weather didn't stop 48 card players (18 pitch, eight pinochle, two skip-bo and 20 bridge) from enjoying Wednesday afternoon, July 21 at the Senior Citizens Center.

Bridge prizes were won by: Barb Kronaizl, high; Ernie Miller, second; Jim Prosser, third; Howard Melstad, blind bogey; and Lois Erickson, low.

Refreshments were furnished by Blanche Gregoire, Florence Wagner and Louise Eklund.

Union County Historical Society

The Union County Historical Society met Monday evening, July 19 at the museum with 19 people present.

Jessica Osborne, naturalist from Adams Nature area was with us. Adams Hometead Celebration Day will be held Aug. 14 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. She requested the help of the society for guides for the day. Members of the society will be helping. With the day being spent at Adams Nature area we will not have open museum hours that day.

Acquisitions for the month are: Glen and Marie Olson gave a 1918 The Elk and a 1936 Minneapolis paper; Rose Primm gave four books and old plat maps for the City of Elk Point; Rudy Eslick gave a South Dakota Magazine; Mary Ratliffe gave Overdahl and Eidem papers; Roland Rosenbaum gave a stanchion.

The UCHS had eight people riding in a 1952 Plymouth and a 1967 Impala convertible in the Days of '59 parade at Jefferson.

The photo contest is coming to a conclusion. Photos should be in by Aug. 1. Judging will be on the weekend of Aug. 7-8. Photos may be brought to the museum or sent to Box 552, Elk Point.

The program for the evening was presented by Bernice Gilkyson and Mary Wilcox. Bernice told about the horse drawn "Carryall" that took the kids to school in the McNeil School District west of Elk Point. Mary Wilcox gave a background of her teaching career and some of the necessities that went with her profession. A new word was learned, "orthography" which means spelling.

Frank Stickney is scheduled for the program for August to talk about his time spent in the secret service.

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