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Stop by Huron Arts Festival

Posted: Monday, Jul 27th, 2015
People walk around the lake and browse the many booths that have been set up for the Huron Arts Festival, which continues today from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Ravine Lake.
In the third photo, Eric Bliss, far left playing cello, and Sean Preston, playing classical piano, perform in the shade of a picnic shelter during Saturday's activities at
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Group plans veterans memorial in Alpena

Posted: Monday, Jul 27th, 2015
ALPENA -- A committee has begun raising funds to build a veterans memorial in Alpena.
A benefit fund has been set up at American Bank & Trust in the town. Donations can be directed to the bank at P.O. Box 69, Alpena, S.D., 57312. Committee member Steve Small said for a $125 donation, people can have a veteran's name and
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Thunder on the Prairie presents HAIRBALL

Posted: Monday, Jul 27th, 2015
HURON -- Dig out those '80s clothes and head out to the fairgrounds Thursday night for Thunder on the Prairie, the best prerally party in South Dakota!
Thunder on the Prairie will feature HAIRBALL, with Huron's own Black Water Band opening. Black Water Band will take the stage at 7 p.m., with HAIRBALL to follow at 8 p.m.
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Beadle County Drug Court set to begin

Posted: Monday, Jul 27th, 2015
HURON -- After opening its doors on July 1, the Beadle County Drug Court is now accepting applications for the program. Individuals who want to apply should first speak with their attorney.
"Drug court is meant to supervise the most high risk, high needs offenders," said Third Judicial Circuit Judge Carmen Means.
"Drug court is not meant for the college
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Highlights of Summer Spotlight

Posted: Monday, Jul 27th, 2015
Calli Berwall hoses down a pair of sheep during the South Dakota Summer Spotlight that is being held through Sunday at the South Dakota State Fairgrounds.
Next, Peyton Coyle, and Savannah Hansen lead their purebred heifers into the ring Friday afternoon.
PHOTOS BY SEAN M.X. KELLEY/PLAINSMAN
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Tornado causes damage near Huron

Posted: Monday, Jul 27th, 2015
A tornado touched down just north of Al's Corner, which is south of Huron, Thursday evening. Large hail fell during the thunderstorm. The stones shown above right fell at the Larry Mattke farm in rural Huron.
Next, flying debris broke windows in the Scott and Katie Scheibe home south of Huron. A shop that had just been built at their
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Classical duo to perform at Huron Arts Festival

Posted: Saturday, Jul 25th, 2015
HURON -- The Huron Parks and Recreation Department, along with Putters & Scoops, will present the second annual Huron Arts Festival at Ravine Lake.
The festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.
Sean Preston on concert piano, and Eric Bliss on cello, both of Huron, will provide music
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Strong weather moves through

Posted: Saturday, Jul 25th, 2015
This picture was taken from the roof the Plainsman early Thursday evening as a storm, that produced a tornado south of Huron, moved through bringing heavy rain and some hail.
PHOTO BY CHRIS MURPHREE/PLAINSMAN
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BNSF gives major gift to State Fair Foundation

Posted: Saturday, Jul 25th, 2015
PIERRE -- The Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) Railway Foundation recently presented the South Dakota State Fair Foundation with a $50,000 gift toward the fairgrounds' Nordby Exhibit Hall for 4-H, Youth, and Community. 
"The BNSF Railway Foundation is pleased to contribute toward the State Fair's new exhibit hall. It will be a place that so many South Dakotans will use
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Wobbegongs state bound

Posted: Friday, Jul 24th, 2015
Shown is a picture of the state qualifiers from the Huron Park and Recreation Wobbegongs swim team.  The Wobbegongs are hosting the meet which runs from Friday morning until Sunday afternoon.  There is no charge for admission.  There will be a total of 482 swimmers competing this weekend, the best swimmers South Dakota has. Pictured are front, from left, Jennee Niehus, Hayden White,
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Grace and power in motion

Posted: Thursday, Jul 23rd, 2015
Cara Rabenhorst of McCook County trots her horses during the senior team hitch class at the 2015 South Dakota State 4-H Horse Show on Tuesday at the Hippodrome on the South Dakota State Fairgrounds. The event continues today and Thursday.
Next, Samantha Ford of Davison County competes in the junior team hitch class on Tuesday during the 2015 South Dakota State
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James Valley Shriners host Kids Day

Posted: Thursday, Jul 23rd, 2015
Dale Fortin of the James Valley Shrine Club stands with Reese Rozell, who was one of two bike winners Tuesday during Kids Day at Splash Central, which was hosted by the Shriners.
Next, the Shriners hosted the free Kids Day events, which included swimming at Splash Central, free cotton candy and snow cones, and free pediatric orthopaedic screenings.
Shrine hospitals
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Flags to be at half-staff in honor of shooting victims

Posted: Thursday, Jul 23rd, 2015
PIERRE (AP) -- South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard has ordered that flags on state property be flown at half-staff to honor the five service members killed last week in Tennessee.
Daugaard's order comes at the request of President Barack Obama.
The flags will remain at half-staff until sunset Saturday.
Four Marines and a sailor were killed Thursday in attacks on
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Drowning victims named

Posted: Thursday, Jul 23rd, 2015
SIOUX FALLS (AP) -- Authorities have identified a woman who drowned in Rapid Creek in western South Dakota and a girl who drowned in Lake Thompson in the eastern part of the state.
Police say 30-year-old Edie Mackey, of Rapid City, drowned in Rapid Creek early Saturday. Authorities say witnesses told them Mackey and another person were swimming at the
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Heartland 4-H Rodeo fun

Posted: Wednesday, Jul 22nd, 2015
Tucker Easton of Wessington Springs competes in the senior boys' bull riding during the 2015 Heartland 4-H Rodeo on Sunday at the Heartland 4-H Rodeo Arena on the east edge of Huron. He recorded a 72-point ride to win the event.
Next, Tierney Breen catches her calf during the junior girls' breakaway roping Sunday in the Heartland 4-H Rodeo.
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Willow Lake School breaks ground for $3.5M project

Posted: Wednesday, Jul 22nd, 2015
At the groundbreaking Monday for the first phase of a $3.5 million building project at Willow Lake School, are, from left, Scott Sikkink, HKG Architects; Melissa Burke, Willow Lake Business Manager; Julayne Thoreson, School Board member; Dean Marske, HKG Architects; Mikenna Burke, student; Cory Bratland, School Board member; Oscar Garcia, student; Scott Klaudt, Willow Lake Superintendent; Teresa Verdon, student; Del
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City backs 48-unit apartment proposal for southeast Huron

Posted: Wednesday, Jul 22nd, 2015
HURON -- A property management comp-any's proposal to build a 48-unit apartment complex targeting senior households in southeast Huron has the approval of the City Commission.
The board authorized Mayor Paul Aylward on Monday to sign a letter of support directed to the South Dakota Housing Authority.
Haan Development of Harbor Springs, Mich., will ask the authority for loan funds
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Girl, 5, drowns in S.D. lake

Posted: Wednesday, Jul 22nd, 2015
DE SMET (AP) -- Authorit-ies say a 5-year-old girl has drowned in a lake in eastern South Dakota.
The Kingsbury County sheriff's office says the girl drowned Saturday night in Lake Thompson. KSFY-TV reports the sheriff's office says no one else was hurt, but did not release further details.
Elsewhere in the state, authorities reported two other people drowned Saturday
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Delivering the ball

Posted: Monday, Jul 20th, 2015
Amber Lonas, who is the shortstop for Huron Scoreboard/Sportsmen Bar flips the ball to second for a force out during their opening game in the 2015 Women's State Softball Tournament on Saturday at Mt. Dew Diamonds. Teams from three different divisioins began play Saturday and champions in all three divisions will be crowned today.
Next, Lexy Glanzer of Huron
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Fun and games at Heartland 4-H Rodeo

Posted: Monday, Jul 20th, 2015
Sierra Goergen of Huron tries to get her loop settled over the head of her calf during the senior girls' ribbon roping event on Saturday at the Heartland 4-H Rodeo, which was being held at the Heartland 4-H Rodeo Arena on the east edge of Huron. The second performance of the rodeo will be held at 10 a.m. today. A
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Bischoff: School construction work is nearing completion: District in solid financial shape

Posted: Monday, Jul 20th, 2015
HURON -- From new light-emitting diode (LED) lighting to newly remodeled and expanded elementary schools, the Huron Public School District has a bright future, the vice president of the school board said.
In an address to the Beadle County Democratic Forum on Thursday, Garret Bischoff -- a Huron High School graduate who now has children in the district -- also
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Shoultzes named as 2015 Friends of Rodeo winners: Heartland 4-H Rodeo to be held today and Sunday

Posted: Monday, Jul 20th, 2015
HURON -- Youths from across the state will be on hand for the Heartland 4-H Rodeo, which will be held today and Sunday at Heartland 4-H Rodeo Arena on the east edge of Huron.
Countless hours of volunteer service goes into the event, which has been held annually for the past 26 years.
In 2003 the Huron Sertoma
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Fun-’Phil’led evening in the park

Posted: Monday, Jul 20th, 2015
Phil Baker, a family favorite of the Family Night in the Park program more many years, performed Thursday evening in the band shell at Campbell Park. His shows often are filled with crowd participation as can be seen in the second photo.
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Delivering to the plate

Posted: Friday, Jul 17th, 2015
Deion Waddle pitches for Huron Post 7 in the opening game of an American Legion baseball doubleheader against Brookings on Wednesday at Memorial Park Stadium. More photos can be found in the Sports Section.
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Students, teachers benefiting from ESL experience: 774 enrolled in past year

Posted: Friday, Jul 17th, 2015
HURON -- Dedicated teachers, para-educators, liaisons and interpreters are finding it personally rewarding as they help hundreds of children and their families from places like Burma and Guatemala adjust to their new lives and culture in Huron, the head of the English as a Second Language program in the school district said.
Their mentors, like director Kari Hinker herself, are
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Cruising with the classics

Posted: Thursday, Jul 16th, 2015
More than 100 cars and bikes took part in the sixth annual Classic Car & Bike Cruise Night held Tuesday at First United Methodist Church.
All proceeds will be given to support the local Backpack Program, a United Way program which works with local schools to provide children with nutritious, easy to prepare foods to take home for the
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Beadle County proposes wheel tax hike to access state bridge funds

Posted: Thursday, Jul 16th, 2015
HURON -- Beadle County's wheel tax would increase from $2 per wheel to $5 per wheel in proposed ordinance revisions so the county would have a better chance of being awarded state funds to repair and replace aging bridges.
The maximum number of wheels to be taxed on vehicles would increase from four to 12.
Commissioners have set first reading
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Alpena LSI plant finalist for Plant of the Year: Public votes for ‘Processing Plant of the Year’ can be made through July 31

Posted: Thursday, Jul 16th, 2015
ALPENA -- The Jack Link's Alpena plant, which is owned by Link Snacks, Inc., is a finalist for the prestigious "Processing Plant of the Year," as selected by National Provisioner Magazine.
The National Provisioner is a national meat industry publication, which selects about 8 to 10 plants as finalists each year that have demonstrated outstanding performance during the past year
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School District buys new bus barn: District purchases former Aerostar

Posted: Wednesday, Jul 15th, 2015
HURON -- The Huron School board has long been searching for a permanent home for their transportation department and Monday evening they purchased a home for its fleet of buses and vehicles.
The location is 700 Lincoln Ave. NW in the industrial park and was the former home to Aerostar International Inc.
The building which is measured at 34,000 square
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HEC report reflects an increase in events held at center

Posted: Wednesday, Jul 15th, 2015
HURON -- With an ongoing effort to increase the number of contacts around South Dakota by the Huron Event Center staff, the number of conventions and other activities at the facility has climbed in the first six months of the year compared with the same period in 2014.
In her semi-annual report to the City Commission, Brenda Jager, catering and
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Tornado-destroyed church in Delmont to be rebuilt

Posted: Wednesday, Jul 15th, 2015
DELMONT (AP) -- Members of the tornado-destroyed Zion Lutheran Church in Delmont are beginning the rebuilding process. The century-old church was among 84 structures in and around Delmont damaged or destroyed by the May 10 tornado that also injured nine people.
A seven-person church building committee plans to meet with architects this week on designs for a new structure, KELO-TV
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