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Vermillion’s National Treasure

Posted: Wednesday, March 31, 2010 at 12:00 am
By: Doug Lund
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I was about 12, I suppose, when our Boy Scout troop took a field trip to Brookings and the home of Arne B. Larson to see his collection of musical instruments from all over the world.
I don’ know if you’ve seen the TV show “Hoarders” but they have nothing on Arne B.
I remember walking through a pathway of all sorts of musical instruments stacked from floor to ceiling which he’d been collecting since childhood. Some looked old but familiar but most were strangely foreign having come from exotic places like Africa, India and the Far East. Arne B., head of the Brookings Public Schools music department, could reportedly play every one of them and, in fact, did give a few of us wide eyed boy scouts a demonstration or two on our tour.
In the mid-sixties, he became a music professor at USD and he brought his collection of 25 hundred rare and exotic musical instruments with him to Vermillion in several grain trucks. They became the core of the National Music Museum which has since grown to house many other collections and some of the rarest instruments in the world.
Arne B’s son, Andre, inherited his father’s passion and, as a Doctor of Musicology, serves as museum director.
Under Andre’s leadership and knowledge of all things musical, the museum, housed in the beautifully restored Carnegie Library building, today contains over 14 thousand musical instruments representing the earliest and most historically important pieces ever assembled anywhere on earth.
They include some of the earliest and rarest pianos and harpsichords from the 1700’s that have been restored to perfect playing condition. 
There are stringed instruments from all of the Italian master makers including Stradivari, Amati and Guarneri.
You’ll also find the world’s finest collection of brass horns from the C.G. Conn Company as well as the fascinating Alan Bates harmonica collection.
 It’s just one awe inspiring exhibit after another.
The museum contains hundreds of more contemporary musical instruments too; guitars from BB King, Barbara Mandrell, Les Paul, Chet Atkins, Johnny and June Carter Cash. You’ll even find President Bill Clinton’s saxophone here.
As part of the self guided tour, you not only see the instruments but actually get a chance to "hear” recordings of them being played; like the priceless “Harrison” Stradivarus violin made by Antonio Stradivari himself in 1693. Dr. Andre Larson realizes that to be totally appreciated, these violins need to be heard so occasionally he will  bring some of these precious irreplaceable instruments out of their glass cases and allow a few lucky musicians to actually play them for a special concert..recording every beautiful note.  
It’s amazing that we have such a world class storehouse of musical history right here in South Dakota thanks to the passion and dreams of a crotchety music collector living in a much too cluttered house.
If you’ve not been there before you must go. First spend some time browsing the National Music Museum website.(Click Here) But once you’ve seen it in person, you’ll be amazed and, perhaps…like so many others.. wonder how we can have such a precious jewel of a place way out here on the prairie.
Well, as old Arne B. Larson was so fond of saying, “It’s no farther from New York to Vermillion than from Vermillion to New York.”  

Let’s Rock Some More

Posted: Friday, March 26, 2010 at 12:00 am
By: Doug Lund
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What comes to your mind when you see those three letters together or hear them spoken?
I picture a motor oil additive that, for years, was the primary sponsor on the racing cars of Richard Petty and Mario Andretti.
My grown-up kids, on the other hand, are more likely to associate STP with a hard rock group from the 90’s called Stone Temple Pilots.
Josh Munce, my young friend and long time Keloland colleague, wrote on Facebook the other day that he was all excited about heading down to Sioux City last Wednesday to see STP. (The band)
I gotta confess that, until this week, I’ve never heard of STP. (The band)
So, some of you are probably shaking your head and saying, well, how can you sit on the South Dakota Rock and Roll Hall of Fame board of directors and not even have a clue about this Grammy award winning rock group that’s piled up 15 top ten singles over 20 years? (I looked it up)
It’s simple. I happened to be there at the beginning of rock and roll before it needed any additional adjectives ( like punk..or grunge..or acid..or altertative) to describe what it was besides fun. When rock groups started aiming their guitars at the speakers to get ear piercing feedback or painfully screaming incoherently and unendingly into he stopped being fun for me and I couldn’t change the radio station fast enough.  
So, while some of us are still around, we’re going to first acknowledge and induct those individuals and bands who really were the pace setters in the fun business of rock and roll music from the fifties and sixties in South Dakota before passing the torch to the next generation who loved their rock and roll as much as we. But for now, let us have our fun. Here are a few more of this year’s inductees.                                      
Dale Gregory and the Shouters were certainly one of those fun bands that came on the Sioux Falls scene in 1964.  Members included Dale Gregory Yost(lead guitar), Gary Tabbert(bass), Ted Christy(drums), Pat O’Brien(keyboards,vocals..yeah, THAT Pat O’Brien of national TV fame), and Greg Blomberg(guitar,vocals). They were all students at Washington High School and instant local hits.
The Coliseum Annex was a hot spot for teen dances and on many occasions the Shouters would play to crowds of well over a thousand.In February of 1966 the guys went to Dove Studios in Minneapolis and recorded a 45 written and sung by Greg. "Did Ya Need To Know" was released on the "B Sharp" label. It became an instant local hit in the Sioux Falls area and opened a lot of doors. They played area ballrooms, armories, battle of the bands, and even on TV. In 1966 several of the originals left the group and new personnel came aboard. The band continued to entertain large crowds through 1967 when they finally called it quits.
As a sophomore at Spearfish high School, Larry Bell got his first taste of musical success when he and a couple of buddies won a Talent contest in 1959. It marked the beginning of  Larry Bell and the Star Guitars..which featured Don Ainsworth and Doug Erickson. In 1961 Don left for the service and was replaced by Jim Anschutz and Jack Robinson. They played throughout Eastern Wyoming, Northwest Nebraska, and Western South Dakota.As Larry Bell and the Continentals, they got a gig in Denver that lasted 54 straight weeks, becoming one of the top bands in that city. They recorded two records at the well known "Norman Petty Studios" in Clovis, NM.
Larry also recorded for Gary Paxton (of Alley-Oop fame) in Nashville. He produced some terrific music and, like Myron Lee, just missed being a national star
Phil Heuer was never a household name in this area but mention Lord Douglas or Harley Worthit to anyone over 40 years old and you are bound to bring a smile to their face.It all started when KELO  hired Phil as a disc jockey and he launched "Nite Rock", in December of 1964. It was a huge hit and soon Lord Douglas had a cult like following never seen before in Sioux Falls..including an "official" fan club. A Saturday afternoon TV show on KELO, L.D. Rock, soon followed and eventually led to a job with KDWB radio in the Twin Cities.In 1975 Phil returned to Sioux Falls and KELO radio hosting a morning show. He was South Dakota’s first "shock-jock" DJ and again had an enormous well as several suspensions. 
To learn more about this year’s inductees, check out the South Dakota Rock and Roll Hall of Fame website. CLICK HERE.
And don’t forget to get your tickets for this year’s induction ceremony and concert April 24th  at the Ramkota Exhibit Hall in Sioux Falls. 8 bands, including The Talismen, The Flippers, The Red Dogs will be performing!
Tickets are 20 dollars and available on the website or at Lewis Drug Southgate in Sioux Falls or any of your area Sunshine Food Stores.p.s. Thanks to 2009 R&R HOF inductee, Ken Mills for many of the fabulous photos!

You Scream, I Scream, We All Scream For Health Care

Posted: Monday, March 22, 2010 at 12:00 am
By: Doug Lund
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I’ve never had to be admitted to the hospital. (Excuse me a sec while I search for a hunk of wood to knock on.) 
I realize how remarkable that is considering my advanced age and history of treating my body more like a Shriner’s temple than the Lord’s temple..but, aside from a physical every two or three years and a few prescriptions to control blood pressure, I’m in reasonably good shape. (Hey, round is a shape.)
The point is, other than watching the cost of health care soar through the stratosphere over the years, I hadn’t quite grasped the concept that the need for radical health care reform in this country was at such a crisis stage because it didn’t appear to apply to me.
Linda and I have always had health insurance coverage through our jobs and expect to be covered by Medicare when the time comes because we’ve already paid for it.
But, while we were out for a nice drive on a beautiful sunny spring Sunday, our representatives in congress were putting in a long stormy weekend at the U.S Capitol yelling at each other, pointing fingers and twisting arms over passage of the so-called Obamacare plan that..depending on who you choose to believe.. will finally make health care available and affordable for all Americans…or be the end of life as we know it on this planet.
I’ll leave it up to the political observers to referee blog debates on this sensitive subject because I, frankly, don’t have the foggiest idea of what effect this sweeping health care reform program is going to have on the welfare of this country and its people.
I do know it’s already facing a pant-load of legal challenges.(Oh, goodie, let the lawyers get their grubby little mitts involved and snag it up in the court system for a few decades.)
It’s also possible that the bill could be repealed by Republicans who suddenly find themselves in Washington sitting in the congressional seats of Democrats whose vote on health care got them ousted by the folks back home in the mid-term elections.
I voted for Barrack Obama because, after the disappointment of George W.,  I was ready for the kind of changes he was talking about: an end to the economic recession, a way out of the war in Iraq and Osama bin Laden’s head on a platter. Well, most experts do agree that the economy is doing is my measly stock portfolio.
We do have an exit strategy from Iraq but are dug even deeper in Afghanistan still trying to flush out terrorists and send them home to Allah while the head terrorist continues to magically elude capture or a G.I.,s  M-16 bullet between his eyes.
I hadn’t figured that health care reform, while important, would be such a high priority in the Obama administration and a line in the sand defining his presidency. I would have much preferred that line be a plan for achieving a robust economy again and bringing an end to the financial hemorrhaging caused by funding a two front war against enemies who don’t play by the same rules. Solve those problems and financing health care reform would be a piece of cake.
Instead, though, health care has caused a Grand Canyon size chasm between Republicans and vast that I doubt we’ll see much agreement on any meaningful legislation for a long time..just more fist pounding and name calling.
That may be great subject matter for smarmy political pundits like Glenn Beck or Bill Maher..but it leaves the rest of us feeling out in the cold..shortchanged and just tired of all the yelling.

Still Rockin' & Rollin'

Posted: Wednesday, March 17, 2010 at 12:00 am
By: Doug Lund
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Can you stand one more story about my old Lincoln..fondly dubbed, “White Lightning”?
When the air shock absorber system failed last Fall, it was the last straw; 900 bucks to fix. With the rust growing like melanoma on a mission, a finicky heater, faulty driver-side window, leaky power steering unit and 188 thousand miles, she was so far gone that even the places that advertise for junk cars in the Shopping News weren’t interested in hauling her away.
So, she sat in my driveway all winter buried in snow looking like a big deflated marshmallow.
A few days ago, I needed to get the Camaro out of the garage which meant having to move white lightnin’ after scooping three feet of snow from the hood, roof and trunk lid. I hooked up the battery charger and, as expected, she fired right up. Okay, it’s running but how was I going to get her backed into the street with no rear suspension?
As I was thinking about how hard it was going to scrape the pavement, I heard a pumping noise and to my astonishment I could see the back end slowly rising up like the Lord on Ascension Day.   
Not only that, the heater started pumping out warm air and, when I hit the button, the power window somehow grabbed on to the mechanism and rolled up tight.
I have no explanation as to how this car keeps managing to heal itself but it does.
On Tuesday, I drove her over 100 miles delivering tickets to area Sunshine Food Stores for the upcoming Rock and Roll Hall of Fame celebration April 24th.
I was somewhere around Lennox when I suddenly realized..oops, I dropped White Lightning’s insurance coverage last December. So, I “carefully” headed for home and now face the same old dilemma; do I re-up the insurance and squeeze out a few more miles..or take her to Nordstrom’s under her own power..with some dignity instead of on the end of a hook?
I’ll let you know.
As I was saying, preparations are well underway for the second annual South Dakota Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony and concert April 24th. Last year’s event was such a huge success that it’s being moved to the much larger Ramkota Exhibit Hall. Tickets are still 20 bucks and, in addition to being available at Lewis Southgate and the Hall of Fame website, all area Sunshine Food Stores have now agreed to sell them as well.
It’s an amazing line-up that will include two out of state inductees who rocked the Midwest during the 60’s and who will be performing (In my best Ed Sullivan voice) LIVE on our stage: The Fabulous Flippers and The Roarin’ Red Dogs.
In the coming weeks, I’ll have more on this year’s inductees.
Let’s start with Marlys Roe and The Talismen.
Based out of Brookings, The Talismen got their start in 1960 when guitarists John Murphy and Jeff Ferrell started compiling a song list. Soon, Pat O’Connell  joined the group on drums and Tom Hoy on bass guitar. Initially the guys played school functions, fairs, and street dances. Next they added Bob Tries on sax who was replaced later by Dennis Gerald..who eventually took over the Talismen and has kept it going into the 21st century.
The first few years they were booked by the legendary Jimmy Thomas. By 1966 they were known as Marlys Roe and the Talismen consisting of Murphy, Gerald, O’Connell, Wynn Kanten on bass, Mike Cannon on keyboards, and Marlys Roe doing vocals.Marlys Roe and The Talismen recorded at IGL Studios in Iowa and also in Minneapolis. Songs recorded included the popular "Remember September" and "Walking Proud" as well as "Whole Lotta Happiness" and "Missing Parts of my Heart and Soul". In 1968 several members of the group left but Marlys Roe and The Talismen continued to perform with numerous lineup changes into the 80’s. 2010 marks the 50th anniversary of this phenomenal group and they’re anxious to take the stage again at the Ramkota April 24th.
Also being inducted in 2010 are The Cavaliers.
Their  first gig was August 20, 1966 on a flatbed trailer during Watermelon Days in Lake Preston.  There were six members between the ages of 15 to 17 all from the Lake Preston-Arlington area;Greg Shelden, Lynn Larson, Dave Cecil, Ron Nelson, Dave Scheller and Mike Peterson.
Throughout the mid to late 60’s, The Cavaliers were extremely popular and performed to big crowds all throughout eastern South Dakota.
In 2005 the band reunited and recorded a CD at the old Ford Garage in downtown Lake Preston.  Fans were delighted when they opened the show as the house band for last year’s Rock and Roll hall of fame ceremony.
They, along with seven other bands will reunite and be taking the stage again for this year’s event. (Click Here for more info)
Just goes to prove that there’s still plenty of spark in an old rocker’s heart.
Sort of like a 20 year old high mileage Lincoln I know that refuses to stop rollin’.

Doesn't Make Any Census

Posted: Friday, March 12, 2010 at 12:00 am
By: Doug Lund
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Tell me..what was your first thought when you received a letter from the U.S. Census Bureau urging you to be sure and fill out and return your 2010 census form which will be arriving in a week or so?
I believe Linda’s words were “I wonder how they can justify sending out all those letters (120 million of them) seems like a waste of money doesn’t it?
Yeah, that’s what I thought. You were wondering the same thing.
The head of the census bureau, Robert Groves, has been getting an earful too from the public over the letters but apparently isn’t phased by all the criticism.
Basically, Groves says we’ve always done it this way and that reaching out with an advance letter will actually SAVE money because if they prod just one percent of the households into completing their forms it will save 85 million dollars in operational costs associated with census takers going door to door following up on households that didn’t.
Well, it better because Minnesota Public Radio’s Bob Collins has been doing the math on the cost of those early mailings.
There were 105,480,101 households in 2000. At 500 sheets of paper per ream, that’s 210,960 reams of paper for the letter. It’s cheap paper though. At forty dollars a case from Office Max total cost is $843,000 for the paper.
Envelopes are another 6.3 million bucks. Finally the cost of mailing. It’s presorted first class meaning the total is $35,335,833.83.
For a grand total cost of sending you a letter to tell you you’re going to get another letter next week is 42.5 million dollars. Oh, sending a postcard would have been $15.8 million cheaper.
Obviously, this is no laughing matter but I did chuckle a bit when I heard one person say that maybe this is part of a White House stimulus package aimed at helping the U.S. Postal Service save Saturday mail delivery.
It just seems to me that the Census Bureau has absolutely no idea of how people would react to the perceived wastefulness of the letter and is another example of bureaucracy being “out of touch.”

Old Timers Day

Posted: Tuesday, March 9, 2010 at 12:00 am
By: Doug Lund
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Up until a couple weeks ago, Mary Josephine Ray had been planning her own birthday party but after hanging around this earth for 114 years 294 days, Mary finally gave up the ghost at a Westmoreland, New Hampshire nursing home on Sunday.Mary Josephine RayHer granddaughter says she was a vigorous woman who enjoyed life and active pretty much right up to the end.
That leaves the title of oldest living American to Neva Morris of Ames, Iowa. At 114 years 216 days, she has outlived all four of her children except a son who resides in Sioux City and a 90 year old son-in-law who lives in the same care center  she does.
During my long stretch as a reporter with Keloland, I was always getting calls and letters from relatives of someone who was either turning 100 or celebrating a birthday in excess of the century mark. “Yeah, mom is a little hard of hearing,” they’d say,“ but she’s pretty alert.”
So a photographer and I would head off to some nursing home where we’d find that family members had fixed up granny’s hair bought her a new dress and propped her up in a wheel chair.
When we turned the lights on for an interview, she’d shield her eyes from the brightness which meant you couldn’t see her face and then I’d have to yell out questions to which I’d usually just get a confused yes or no answer.
Now, please don’t think that I’m making fun of the mega-elderly, I’m not. But the truth is most of the dear old things that I’ve tried to squeeze a few words out the obligatory “What’s your secret to a long life?” just wanted us to turn those blasted lights off and go away.
So, that was my attitude in 1998 when I got a call inviting me over to Larchwood to do a story on George Schreurs who was about to turn 100. I’m not sure if it was his son being so convincing on the phone that peaked my interest or if I was just desperate for a story, but off we went.
It turns out that George Schreurs had seemingly discovered the fountain of youth because he managed to stop aging at 70 or so. He greeted us with a big smile on his face at the door of his own house where he lived alone. He had a Cadillac in the driveway which he drove everyday..either to visit his wife, Mildred, at a nursing home in Garretson, or to his son’s farm where he still helped out occasionally.
During the interview he wasn’t bothered at all by the bright lights and must have wondered why I felt it necessary to talk so loud. He told me about the ritual of fixing breakfast for his family every Sunday morning; his usual breakfast consisting of bacon and eggs with plenty of real butter for the toast. He also admitted to enjoying a little nip now and then. “Keeps me young,” he winked.
“What else keeps you going?” I asked.
“Well, I like to play cards,” he said. And with that he invited me to jump in his Caddie to go for a ride. He drove around town a bit, talked about his beloved wife and then parked in front of the pool hall. Inside, the place had been decorated up for his birthday and a big crowd of people had gathered waiting to yell “surprise” when George walked in.   
He joyfully posed for lots of pictures, ate a big slab of birthday cake and, I believe, was enjoying a brewed beverage at the card table with his pals when we had to leave.
I want to live a long time but, as George would say, it’s not the years in your life but the life in your years.
A few months after our visit, George’s wife of 69 years, passed away.
George finally moved out of his house and into a facility at Inwood but stayed active..enjoying all those taboo foods, a game of cards and a little nip now and then all the way to age 103 when he died.
Long after our interview that day, I ran into somebody from Larchwood and asked if he knew George and whether or not he was still among the living.
“Well,” the guy said, “ If you’re ever at the Casino in Flandreau, you can ask him yourself.”

What's For Breakfast?

Posted: Thursday, March 4, 2010 at 12:00 am
By: Doug Lund
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Breakfast, according to all the health and nutrition experts, is the most important meal of the day. But not just any breakfast; you need fresh fruits, whole grains, skim milk or yogurt and honey in order to charge out of the starting gate each morning ready to face the new day with a smile and a determination to do your very doggone best. . 
Unfortunately, that’s not me. (Or anybody I know for that matter.)
My breakfast usually consists of copious amounts of coffee and, depending on what diet I happen to be on that week, a couple slices of toast.
I love bacon, eggs, hash browns, pancakes and all those breakfast staples that will eventually require a Roto Rooter guy to unclog my arteries, but, I only eat those things when we’re traveling. I’m too lazy to fire up the stove and fix them at home.
Occasionally, I’ll have a bowl of cereal but not very often and certainly not like we used to at our house when I was a kid.
My dad loved breakfast cereal and had several favorites that mom made sure were in the cupboard at all times.
There are several that I remember he especially enjoyed; many of Kelloggs Krumbles..are no longer made having given way to all of the kid-driven pre-sweetened cereals that began competing for grocery store shelf space in the sixties.
Much like the disappearance of some favorite candy bars from my youth, which a wrote about a couple weeks ago, I got to thinking about cereal bands that have drifted off to obscurity.
See if you remember some of these pictured below and feel free to comment on others that you remember so well you can almost taste ‘em. Pep cereal, as I recall, wasn’t big on taste but my dad must have bought into the claims that it lived up to it’s name. You needed a lot of pep to trudge off to a job building  houses in the wintertime.Puffed Wheat was another flavorless cereal that, for some reason, the old man liked. I think much of it had to do with the fact that it was cheap. But what you saved on the cereal itself you spent on sugar in order to make it palatable. My brothers and I were allowed one pre-sweetened cereal in the house . The joy of Sugar Pops was enhanced by the endorsements of Jingles from the Wild Bill Hickok TV (Having some trouble loading pictures so will stop here. Comments?)

Elmo Go Bye Bye?

Posted: Tuesday, March 2, 2010 at 12:00 am
By: Doug Lund
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I can understand why the post office may be cutting off Saturday mail delivery: it’s losing nine billion dollars a year. No real secret why; if people want to communicate these days they do it electronically rather than spend 50 cents to send a letter by snail mail.
Same with bills: I’m probably one of the few who still sends out checks once a month instead of paying on-line. More and more folks take care of it with a few clicks on the computer.
The post office is also losing business to the big name package delivery companies who do it faster and cheaper.
I think the public is fed up with annual increases in the price of stamps to make up for the if the only financial option is to go to a five day work week, well, I can go along with thatWhat I CANNOT abide, though, is the prospect of losing my public television.
With the legislative session winding down, South Dakota Public Broadcasting says that it is on the short list of state agencies threatened with a major cut in state funding..or being dropped completely.
SDPB gets its money for programs and program-related services from the federal government and donations from viewers..including endowments.
Money for the nuts and bolts of SDPB’s operation; towers, equipment and employee salaries, comes from the state.
If that is severely curtailed or dropped altogether, the network says, its ability to reach a statewide audience will be critically hampered.(Read that..shut down)
No more Big Bird or Elmo. No more state high school more nightly coverage of the state legislature itself for cryin’ out loud!
SDPB says it has been a good steward of the state’s money and while every agency needs to tighten its belt these days, imagine what losing public broadcasting would mean to the people who rely on it each day.
That would most certainly include me. In fact, I heard about this while watching my DVR recording of Antiques Roadshow.  I never miss that program or Nova, American Experience, America’s Test Kitchen, the British comedies (even though I’ve seen them many times) Dakota Life, South Dakota Focus, This Old House Hour..History Detectives..Frontline..Red Green and on and on.
I tried to look up the size of South Dakota’s subsidy..but didn’t find it right away. It doesn’t matter anyway. SDPB is worth every penny!
So if, in fact, you lawmakers seriously believe that nobody will care one way or another if you choose to save money by bringing the hatchet down on Public Broadcasting, be prepared for a voter backlash in your e-mail,  post office box (except Saturday) or perhaps most importantly at the BALLOT box.   

A Treasure Chest Of Photos

Posted: Monday, March 1, 2010 at 10:58 am
By: Doug Lund
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I’ve always been fascinated by history..especially the history of the company where I worked for 32 years.

If anybody had a question..or needed information about the station’s background or its early celebrities, I was the go-to guy.

I first started rummaging through the Keloland archives in 1978 when I was asked to put together the two hour special celebrating Kelo’s 25th anniversary.

I spent months going through old films and boxes of photographs. I did it again for our 35th, 40th and 50th anniversary specials.

The point is, I thought I’d seen every film, video or photograph that was ever imagine my glee when I got an email from Michael Hartig wondering if I’d be interested in some pictures he had received from Ken Mills,another former Kelo Radio guy, who has produced a fine documentary on Midcontinent Broadcasting.

Michael is the son of Leo and Gena Hartig who were on-air personalities at Keloland for nearly 20 years. They were great people and I learned a lot from them both. Leo passed away several years ago but Eugenia is still going strong and looking great. She lives in Omaha now..close to all three of her boys.

When I received the disc and downloaded the images, I just sort of giggled at seeing so many for the first time.

I thought I might share a few of them here with you every once in a while.

The photo below is of Roger Russell going through some of the mail sent in from viewers of the Morrell Treasure Chest. He was one of several guys that hosted the nightly drawing. Roger also filled in on weather and he did lots of commercials and had a regular shift on KELO radio.

The Treasure Chest couldn’t have been simpler. Just pick the correct key to open the lock and receive a treasure trove of Morrell meat products.

I’m not sure if more products were added after each unsuccessful draw. Maybe somebody remembers.


The next photo I find especially interesting.(Try enlarging it on your computer to see the numbers better) It was taken in our new Kelo TV studios on election night 1960. I don’t know any of the ladies on the phones..but the guys doing the broadcast are..from left to director, Doug Hill, Bart Kull, Will Carlson and Murray Stewart.
1960 was the year when John Kennedy edged Richard Nixon for the presidency. (Not in Republican South Dakota, of course.)
It was the year when George McGovern tried unsuccessfully to unseat longtime GOP Senator, Karl Mundt. McGovern was later named by President Kennedy to head up his Food For Peace program.
It was also the year that Democrat governor, Ralph Herseth (Stephanie’s grandpa) was unseated after just one term by Republican, Archie Gubbrud.

Both incumbent Republican Congressmen (yes, we used to have two) Ben Reifel and E.Y. Berry cruised to re-election that year.


Kennedy ended up carrying the state of Minnesota, but DFL’ers  weren’t able to get their man, Orville Freeman, re-elected governor. He lost to Republican, Elmer Anderson.

But Freeman wasn’t without a job long. Kennedy named him U.S. Secretary of Agriculture..a post he held until 1969.
Let me know if enjoy these pictures and behind the scene narratives..there are lots to share.

You can also find several old Kelo photos by clicking Keloland history down the left side of our home page.