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March 05. 2013 3:14PM
Editorís Note: This is a Ďslice of lifeí look at Brandon and Valley Springs from years past. The news items are taken from back issues of the Brandon Valley Challenger.

5 Years Ago
March 5, 2008
Duane and Denise Decker are ready for some time off. After manning D&D, a bar on Brandonís Main Avenue for the past 13 years, the Deckers are looking forward to doing some things the business has kept them from Ė taking a vacation and spending time with their grandchildren.

On Feb. 27, the Deckers signed papers signifying the sale of the business to its new owner, Brandon native, Corey DeVille.

There wonít be a two-day rock concert in McHardy Park this July, City Council members decided. Councilors cast five votes against Kevin Leisingerís plan to bring nine bands to Brandon, noting the park is too small for the concert with the number of people it could attract.

10 Years Ago
March 5, 2003
Brandon Mayor Mike Schultz recently announced that he would not seek reelection, but after friends and community members voiced their support to Schultz, he reconsidered and obtained a petition last week. Schultz has served as mayor for the past six years and will be eligible for four years after changes to the city ordinances determining term limits.

15 Years Ago
March 3, 1999
Brandon will soon join thousands of other cities around the world that have pages on the World Wide Web. Brandonís site should be up and running by mid-March, according to one of the designers. The site will be hosted by Splitrock Telecom and will have links to other Brandon-based pages, according to Mark Bahnson of Splitrock Telecom. Brandonís site will include a calendar of events, statistical information, business directory, advertising and information about Brandonís organizations and recreational opportunities.

20 Years Ago
March 3, 1993
The Lynx wrestling team placed fifth at the state meet, as the team was led by state champions Ryan Tobin at 171 pounds and heavyweight Kevin Enga. Tobin finished the year with a perfect 37-0 record, while Enga ended his season with a 31-7 mark.

25 Years ago
March 3, 1988
Harold Geist may have just had the smallest entry at the World of Wheels car show held at the Sioux Falls Auditorium last weekend. The rural Valley Springs resident created a scaled down replica of a 1958 Chevrolet and entered it in the show and won the first place trophy in the mini cars division.

Robert Hanson, Jamie Brunz, Steve Winkleman and Richard Hanson all placed at the state wrestling tournament. Brunz (132 pounds) and Winkleman (105) scored fifth place trophies, while Richard and Robert Hanson, wrestling at 155 and 167, respectively, both finished in eighth place. As a team, the Lynx claimed fifth in the 32-team field.

Brandon Valleyís gymnasts placed sixth in the eight-team field at the Class A State Tournament. Michelle Hildebrandt had an excellent tournament, placing seventh all-around, including a third place showing on vault. She was named to the all-tournament team picked by the coaches. Also competing for the Lynx but not placing were Robyn Summers, Heather Hanson and Amy Phipps.

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