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Big turnout for higher education

Posted: Friday, Aug 22nd, 2014
Northern State University Provost and vice president for Academic Affairs, Dr. Thomas Hawley (center), was on hand Wednesday for orientation of new and returning students to the Huron Community Campus. With him are under-graduate students, Tera Schiley, left, and Alex Aderman, right.
Next, HCC Executive Director Doug Pietz speaks to students following the sessions.
Also giving a presention was Ronald
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Taking the ‘Ice Bucket Challenge’

Posted: Friday, Aug 22nd, 2014
Members of the Huron Fire Department and Auxiliary accept the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge during a video-taped ceremony Wednesday evening at the North Fire Station.
The Huron Fire Department, in turn, challenged the Huron Police Department, which has 24-hours to respond by creating its own video of an ice dousing or forfeit by way of a donation to
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Islands of the James River: Landscape architects share vision

Posted: Thursday, Aug 21st, 2014
HURON -- About 60 citizens of Huron gathered at the Campus Center Tuesday evening to see a vision for the James River recreation area.
Landscape architects Mike Patten and David Locke, with Stockwell Engineers, were in town to present an overall plan for the 200 acres around the James River from the Seventh Street boat ramp south to the old
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Coming together at Buchanan

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 20th, 2014
Huron Superintendent Terry Nebelsick, District Business Manager Kelly Christopherson, Transportation and Grounds Superintendent Rex Sawvell, student school board member Alison Fenske, school board member Garret Bischoff and School board member David Wheeler take a tour Monday afternoon of Buchanan School. The school will be the first to be completely finished of three elementary remodel and expansion of the district's
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Mayor calls on residents to get ready for hosting the State Fair

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 20th, 2014
HURON, With the opening of the South Dakota State Fair just a little over a week away, Mayor Paul Aylward is calling on Huron residents to spruce up their properties.
"Company is coming," he said at the start of Monday's City Commission meeting. "Let's try to put our best face forward for the fair."
Meanwhile, Commissioner Gary Harrington reminded the
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Huron ups pay for school bus drivers to address shortage

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 20th, 2014
HURON -- The Huron School Board met during an emergency meeting Monday to put together a plan to address the districts critical shortage of bus drivers.
The district currently has two of its route's unfilled and just one substitute driver on its payroll.
The board earlier this summer approved an increase from $15 to $18 in hopes that would
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New CEO of idled Aberdeen beef plant optimistic

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 20th, 2014
ABERDEEN (AP) -- The man in charge of resurrecting a scandal-marred beef plant that has sat idle since 2012 is optimistic about the Aberdeen facility's future.
Doug Cooper, CEO of the renamed New Angus plant, said he is working on a five-year plan for the facility with a goal of eventually employing nearly 600 people and handling up to 1,000
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Trying to ‘Run For Your Wife’

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 20th, 2014
Coming off their most recent production "Don't Touch Me I'm Pregnant" the Huron Area Community Theatre held auditions Monday evening for their next production "Run for Your Wife." Auditioning are (from front to back) Derek Barnes, Jenni Karlen, Jim Sznajder, Kristy Hubbard and Diane Clayton. Auditions will conclude Tuesday at the Huron Fine Art Center beginning at 7 p.m.
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Huron plays host to Senior Games

Posted: Monday, Aug 18th, 2014
The South Dakota Senior Games made its annual stop in Huron on Saturday with
competitors from all over the Heartland Region and the state taking part in a wide variety of events. It is the 20th anniversary of the games being played in South Dakota. Anyone of eligible age, over 50 years, can participate in any games including the
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Laura Ingalls Wilder memoir to give gritty view of prairie life

Posted: Monday, Aug 18th, 2014
PIERRE -- Laura Ingalls Wilder penned one of the most beloved children's series of the 20th century, but her forthcoming autobiography will show devoted "Little House on the Prairie" fans a more realistic, grittier view of frontier living.
"Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography" -- Wilder's unedited draft that was written for an adult audience and eventually served as the foundation
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Peterson to perform on Letterman

Posted: Monday, Aug 18th, 2014
HURON -- Late Night With David Letterman will have a Huron connection on Wednesday.
Jesse Peterson, son of Geri and Hans Peterson of Huron, will be playing violin with Minnesota artist Jeremy Messersmith on the show.
Messersmith and his band will be flying to New York on Tuesday to perform Wednesday on the show, which is taped during the day.
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‘Expecting’ some laughs

Posted: Monday, Aug 18th, 2014
The Huron Area Community Players began their final weekend of performances Friday night of the comedy "Don't Hug Me I'm Pregnant." The cast includes Leo Jensen, Brooklyn Hiles, Derek Barnes, Mikayla Sargent, and Gianmacro Castellanos. The play will have two more performances at 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Huron Fine Art Center.
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To the beat of their own drummer

Posted: Monday, Aug 18th, 2014
Sheltered Reality was the final performance at this year's Campbell Park Family Activities Program. The group was sponsored by the Huron Parks and Recreation Department and featured performers from throughout the Heartland Region. The performance was part of the annual Pie in the Park event sponsored by Fair City Sertoma, Wells Fargo, The Plainsman, YWCA, the Campbell Park Committee, and
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Proposed ideas for Ravine Lake, James River

Posted: Monday, Aug 18th, 2014
HURON, Landscape architects from a Sioux Falls company hired to develop a master plan for recreation spaces along the James River in Huron will unveil their proposals at an open house Tuesday evening.
David Locke and Mike Patten of Stockwell Engineers will begin their presentation at 6:45 p.m. in the Pyle Room of the Huron Parks and Recreation office in
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Pie-picking possibilities

Posted: Saturday, Aug 16th, 2014
From left, Ben Meyer, Rhonda Sprecher and Gary Harrington were this year's Pie In The Park judges.
Next, both Meyer and Sprecher visually inspect this year's entries at the Huron YWCA.
And next, the pies are spread out over two tables.
Later in the evening winners were announced at the Huron Campus Center. It was also the final evening for
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South Dakota hog farm, neighbors battle over smell

Posted: Saturday, Aug 16th, 2014
MOUNT VERNON (AP) -- Neighbors of a large hog farm in Davison County are complaining about the smell, but the company managing the facility says it has done everything it can to diminish the odor.
The county approved a permit for the $13 million Jackrabbit Farms in 2012, and the 5,000-sow operation started production south of Mount Vernon last year.
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Thanks for your patience

Posted: Saturday, Aug 16th, 2014
HURON -- The entire Plainsman staff would like to thank the community for its patience Thursday.
As the paper was going to press Wednesday night, the Plainsman's pressmen experienced some electrical problems that, in the end, made it unable to print Thursday's paper at that time.
The staff, along with Muth Electric and Malloy Industrial Services out of Sioux Falls,
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Lending a hand landscaping

Posted: Friday, Aug 15th, 2014
Volunteers taking part in the United Way Heartland Region's Day of Caring work at landscaping the area around the Huron Regional Medical Center's new Physician's Clinic. The grounds now have the matching rock that is prevalent around the hospital itself. The process involved removing mulch and replacing with rocks.
More Photos from Tuesday's event will appear throughout the week.
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Standoff ends peacefully

Posted: Friday, Aug 15th, 2014
HURON -- On Wednesday the Huron Police Department was called to the 800 Block of Lincoln Ave SW for a male party who was brandishing a firearm and put two people in the residence in fear for their lives.
The two people had fled the residence after the male party brandished the firearm fearing for their safety.
Officers surrounded
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Caring can go a long (United) Way

Posted: Thursday, Aug 14th, 2014
Members of the community joined forces with the United Way Heartland Region to make a difference throughout the community. Whether it was making repairs for the Jan Manolis Family Safe Center (above), or repainting the walk at Winter Park's
learning trail (right), or cleaning up and laying some rock at this park located at 2nd street and Dakota Avenue
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Nordby challenges 4-H by offering match

Posted: Thursday, Aug 14th, 2014
HURON -- Philanthropist Earl Nordby of Huron has challenged South Dakota 4-H members and their families by pledging to match what they can raise -- up to $500,000 -- in the statewide capital campaign to build a new 4-H exhibit hall on the state fairgrounds.
Earlier this year, he gave $1 million to kick off the campaign for the building,
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Slip sliding away … to Groton

Posted: Thursday, Aug 14th, 2014
A crew from the city of Groton dismantled the water slide at Huron's closed municipal swimming pool on Tuesday. Groton is paying the city of Huron $3,000 for the slide.
FIRST PHOTO BY SEAN M.X. KELLEY/PLAINSMAN; SECOND PHOTO BY ROGER LARSEN/PLAINSMAN














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Steinle defends singles title at Pick-A-Pie Tournament: Huron tandem of Claeys and Meyer win top doubles title

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 13th, 2014
HURON -- Tyler Steinle of Mitchell repeated as the singles champion during the Second Annual Pick-A-Pie Tennis Tournament, which concluded Sunday at Winter Park and Huron High School Courts.
Steinle, who is the only four-time state champion in South Dakota high school tennis history, went 4-0 to claim his second consecutive title. He used an 8-0 victory against Huron
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James River master plan has unifying ‘islands’ theme: Public encouraged to view plan at open house Aug. 19

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 13th, 2014
HURON -- A 13-phase master plan to make improvements to the James River recreation area has an "islands" theme as it creates an identity for the area, engages the river, brings out natural river ecosystems and connects people and spaces, two landscape architects said Monday.
For the past eight months, David Locke and Mike Patten of Stockwell Engineers of Sioux
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School Board tackles Capital Outlay issues

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 13th, 2014
HURON -- The Huron School Board addressed a handful of pending issues concerning the Capital Outlay Fund, approval of the iPad Handbook, a six figure credit on the Madison School upgrade/expansion, a transportation agreement for students that attend outside the school and tackling a funding problem thanks to the U.S. Congress.
However, there are also issues that were discussed that
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Fire causes minor home damage

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 13th, 2014
HURON -- Firefighters were called to 1130 Iowa Ave. S.E. Sunday night for a fire ignited by an electrical wiring problem.
There was minor damage. The call came in at 9:15 p.m.
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‘Tri’umphant at Ravine Lake

Posted: Monday, Aug 11th, 2014
The Ravine Lake Triathlon was held Saturday morning in Huron. Over 200 competitors swam, biked and ran different courses based on their ability but all the courses included a swim in Ravine Lake, a bike along Highway 14 followed a return to the lake for a run through memorial park. Pictured is the start of the men's race.
The next
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Sharing their achievements

Posted: Monday, Aug 11th, 2014
Chelsey Langbehn (right), along with another Round Robin Showmanship contestant, parade cattle in the 4-H Complex Friday at 4-H Achievement Days, which concluded at the S.D. State Fairgrounds. Langbehn won the Round Robin Showmanship contest.
Next, Logan Zemlicka shows off his Grand Champion Breeding Heifer during the Premium Sale.
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Two-vehicle crash

Posted: Monday, Aug 11th, 2014
A Huron police officer sweeps debris on the street following a two-vehicle accident Friday afternoon at the intersection of Third Street and Dakota Avenue South. One vehicle came to rest on the sidewalk after crashing against a light pole, damaging a pedestrian cross-walk signal device.
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