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96 Years Young and Still Going Strong

by Katy Heinecke
Courier Staff Writer

His secret to success is three simple words…Don’t Get Excited. Cecil Stagman has made those three words help him get through many challenging situations in his first 96 years of life. He was born in Sisseton in 1919 and attended school until the eighth grade. Then in 1934, he helped his parents on the family farm during the Dirty 30s. He recalls the challenge of trying to farm 70 acres of wheat and there was no precipitation that specific year and they were able to cut the wheat with a grass mower and a team of horses and they harvested a total of 30 bushel from that 70 acres. The dirt blew so bad it would be dark all day long sometimes. The Dirty 30s started in 1932 with the worst years in 1934 and 1935, but by 1937, things were starting to get a little better. His folks had bought a quarter of land and he remembers having to cut down the trees with a hand saw for firewood. Some of them they pushed over with a tractor as they were dead from the drought. The family had to sell off all but nine or ten of their pigs, and they decided to butcher them. Some were kept for immediate eating and the rest were canned and buried into a pile of wheat where it could stay cold throughout the winter. He said that during that time, pork on the hoof sold for 2½ cents per pound. .For the rest of this story please buy a copy of this weeks Sisseton Courier on news stands now.

Cecil Stagman

A Life of Service - Cecil Stagman holds his service award from Bossko Township. ~ Courtesy Photo

Plans finalized for annual Post Prom Party March 28

Plans are being finalized for Sisseton’s 22nd Annual Post Prom Party on Saturday, Mar. 28, at the Sisseton High School Multi-Purpose Room. For the rest of this story please buy a copy of this weeks Sisseton Courier on news stands now.

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Demo of old Sisseton Courier building - Demolition began on the old Sisseton Courier building on Wednesday, Mar. 18. Above, Mike Rolstad of Sisseton operates a trackhoe on the east side of the building to start the job that continued through the weekend. ~ Courier Photo

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