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Throwback Thursday: What was happening in our area 20 years ago?

Published: Thursday, March 27, 2014 1:28 p.m. CDT • Updated: Thursday, March 27, 2014 1:36 p.m. CDT
SWCC pitcher Erin (Hudek) Jondle fires a pitch during the opening game of a double header against Iowa Lakes Community College on March 25, 2004. Hudek recorded three strikeouts in four innings of work. The Spartans — hampered by unearned runs — lost both games to Iowa Lakes that afternoon.

Today is March 27, the 86th day of the year. There are 279 days left in 2014. Below are news items from the Creston News Advertiser for this week (March 24-March 30) in history.


The Creston High School EAST program was named one of 70 schools to receive a superior rating at the 11th annual EAST Conference in Hot Springs, Ark. This was the second year of the program at Creston High School.

Kyle Wilson joined the Creston News Advertiser as sports editor. Jake Waddingham joined the staff as an intern in sports and news, and Larry Peterson was promoted to assistant managing editor.

Because of an increase in enrollment to 178 students, St. Malachy School broke ground on a new addition. The $763,640 project added sixth through eighth grade classrooms and a bigger library/media center.

Green Valley State Park began renovations to the campground and to improve the quality of the lake.


The George W. Bush administration voiced concern about reaching the highest ever gas prices. American Automobile Association, now called AAA, reported cost was $1.738 per gallon for self-service regular unleaded gasoline. Premium unleaded cost more than $2 per gallon in some parts of the country.

Soybean prices reached a 16-year high at a price above $10.

Gwen Buck was named chief nursing officer at Greater Community Hospital.

Taylor Park, a memorial to Alice and her late husband Benny Taylor, was under construction.


After 25 years of preparation, a groundbreaking ceremony was held at the Three Mile Lake site. Construction of the 1,800 foot dam was set for April 1. The 880-acre lake was created for recreation and as a water source for seven counties.

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