150 Years: Prairie Estates is born with sale of Regal Manors

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Posted: Wednesday, November 27, 2019 2:59 pm

The earliest archives of the Union County Courier at the Elk Point-Jefferson Community Library begin in November of 1877, although the paper began in 1870. The Elk Point Leader debuted in 1890. The Leader bought out the Courier in 1913 and became the Leader-Courier. In 1947, the Leader-Courier purchased the Union County Herald.

Regal Manors Care Center was sold to ELCO Care, Inc., according to the Jan. 22, 1981 paper. The new owners, Mr. and Mrs. Will Lantis of Kearney, NE, held a contest to rename the facility. The winner was “Prairie Estates.”

According to proceedings published in the March 28, 1981 Public Notices, the Elk Point School Board approved changes in the district’s Pregnant Student Policy. Any girl who became pregnant was required to meet with the principal, counselor and her parents to set up an attendance plan. Her attendance was contingent on a monthly statement from her doctor attesting to the girl’s “physical and emotional stability.”

At the same meeting, the board vetoed both a move to make girls golf a conference sport and Madison’s request to join the Big 8 Conference.

A photo on the front page of the April 30, 1981 paper showed crews dismantling the electric generators at the Elk Point light plant. Three of the generators had supplied power to the city since the 1930s, but were no longer needed, as the city began purchasing its electricity from East River Electric Power Cooperative.

The city passed its first cable TV ordinance, according to the May 7, 1981 edition. Crews would be installing the lines, expected to take around four weeks. When completed, customers would receive over 30 channels.

The Jefferson City Council was taking the first steps towards building a city park, as reported in the Aug. 13, 1981 Public Notices. The council passed a resolution to file an application with the Heritage Conservation and Recreation Service for a grant to help with construction costs. In other action, the council was looking at cable TV service for the city.

Two photos on the front page of the Aug. 20, 1981 edition showed the celebration for the 110th anniversary of the Spink Store. Ronald and Dora Kjose had just taken ownership and hosted the two-day event.

The Senior Class float won first prize at the 1981 Jefferson homecoming parade, even though it burned down before completing the route. According to the Oct. 22, 1981 paper, a smoke bomb was supposed to simulate smoke coming out of a train’s pipe, but instead ignited the tissue paper making up the train. No one was injured in the blaze.

The Lincoln-Union Educational Cooperative sponsored a computer workshop in Beresford, as reported in the Dec. 24, 1981 edition. The all-day session, “presented awareness on computers, programming, potential capabilities of the computer in the classroom and potential impact that computers could have on our society.”

See full story in this week’s Leader-Courier.