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Achieving excellence: 153rd Engineers honored for second year with national trophy

Posted: Saturday, Apr 25th, 2015
HURON, Applauded for their efforts by Maj. Gen. Tim Reisch, adjutant general of the South Dakota Army National Guard, members of the 153rd Engineer Battalion based in Huron have been recognized for the second year in a row as the most outstanding Army National Guard battalion in the nation.
The Major General Milton A. Reckord Trophy honors the battalion for
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Play at the plate

Posted: Saturday, Apr 25th, 2015
Huron catcher Lake Gogolin awaits the throw as Redfield's Grayson Binger dives at the plate during the opening game of a high school baseball doubleheader on Thursday at Memorial Park Stadium. Umpire Dan Moon looks on during the play. Huron emerged with a 10-9 win in the opening game, Results of the second game were not available. More photos from
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Keeping Huron clean: Recycling program taking root in Huron

Modified: Friday, Apr 24th, 2015
HURON -- Earth Day is honored around the world on April 22 and many communities organize environmental activities in celebration of the birth of the environmental movement which began in 1970.
Huron not only recognized Earth Day, the entire month of April has been dedicated to enhancement of the community.
Recycling is an important component of
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Mickelson: Kudos to Huron for reinventing itself: Son of late governor serves in legislative leadership post

Modified: Friday, Apr 24th, 2015
HURON, A son of one of South Dakota's most popular governors runs his own small business and enjoys working with entrepreneurs not afraid to take risks.
Mark Mickelson, speaker pro tempore in the state House, credits parents, Linda and the late George Mickelson, with setting him on the right path in life as he grew up in Brookings.
"I was
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City to hold meeting for vandalism victims

Posted: Friday, Apr 24th, 2015
HURON -- Victims of the widespread vandalism to vehicles in Huron in April are encouraged to attend a special meeting Monday at the Beadle County Courthouse.
It begins at 5:30 p.m. in the large courtroom on the third floor.
State's Attorney Mike Moore is asking victims to bring photos and damage estimates to the meeting. He will explain how the
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National Commander’s visit: Mike Helm makes stop at Huron Post

Modified: Thursday, Apr 23rd, 2015
HURON -- Mike Helm's biography centers on the idea of family -- his personal family, his professional family (33 years in the postal service) and his military family first as veteran of the Vietnam War then as an American Legion member for more than 40 years.
Helm was in town Monday to visit the Post and share his vision of
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Walking for Crime Victims Rights Week

Posted: Thursday, Apr 23rd, 2015
A group of walking enthusiasts braved the cool weather Sunday afternoon to take part in a walk to raise awareness of National Crime Victims Rights Week.
The walk was organized by the Beadle County State's Attorney's office.
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New twist on Turkey Races: Due to Avian Influenza, this year’s races will feature plush, stuffed birds on wheels

Posted: Thursday, Apr 23rd, 2015
HURON -- Turkey Races have been a tradition in the Huron community for the past six years.
The unique event is a successful fundraiser hosted by the Huron Chamber & Visitors Bureau and Dakota Turkey Growers, DBA Dakota Provisions. Funds have benefited several community organizations such as the Huron High School, Huron Baseball Association, Huron Hockey Association, and most
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Commander visits Veterans Memorial

Posted: Wednesday, Apr 22nd, 2015
National American Legion Commander Mike Helm was in town Monday to address the Huron Post of the American Legion. After the address he took some video of the Huron Veterans Memorial located on the corner of 3rd Street and Wisconsin Avenue Southwest.
Next, Keith Schrader gives him and other post members a tour of the site.
Schader spoke to the
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City focuses on cleanup

Modified: Wednesday, Apr 22nd, 2015
HURON -- A variance to allow Wade and Brenda Wicks to build a garage a little larger than code allows at 862 Illinois Ave. S.W. has been approved by the City Commission.
An existing detached garage will be removed. The 24-by-36-foot detached garage to be built will be 184 square feet over code.
Meanwhile, Mayor Paul Aylward, in proclaiming this
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Diving to stop the shot

Posted: Wednesday, Apr 22nd, 2015
Dah Shwe dives to save a shot on goal Sunday during Prairie Soccer League tournament held Sunday at Huron's Pepsi Fields soccer complex. More photos can be found in the Sports section.
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A classic retold

Posted: Monday, Apr 20th, 2015
The Huron High School Drama Department put on the second performance of the classic "Pride and Pejudice" Saturday evening in the Huron High School Auditorium. The cast included Ben Halbkat, Htee Khu, Cameron Schroder, Rachel Smith, Meredith Ollerich, Ehya Htoo, Allison Valero, Trey Litwiller, Sam Gilbert, Mason Stahly, Elijah Nelson, Gabe Ryland, Grant Duvall, Nicole Metter, Ryland Balcom, Courtney Hoogland
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Ready to run at Dakota State Fair Speedway

Posted: Monday, Apr 20th, 2015
The South Dakota State Fairgrounds was host Saturday to the car show that the Dakota State Fair Speedway hosts annually featuring cars that race during the season. Over 70 drivers and their cars were on hand for the event.
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Tornberg speaks at democratic forum

Posted: Monday, Apr 20th, 2015
HURON -- News of President Obama's decision to visit Watertown in May has caused a ticket craze, but it's unlikely many queries can be granted.
South Dakota Democratic Party Chair Ann Tornberg said her office and Lake Area Technical Institute where Obama will deliver the commencement address May 8 have been bombarded with ticket requests.
His South Dakota stop will
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Alleged vehicle vandals arrested early Saturday after more damage, burglary

Posted: Monday, Apr 20th, 2015
HURON, Four juvenile males allegedly involved in the series of vehicle vandalism incidents have been captured and are in custody, police said Saturday.
Windows in well over 100 vehicles were shattered when hit by BB guns.
Early Saturday morning, a Huron police officer conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle that was being driven suspiciously. The vehicle was stopped on
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Beadle County Dive Team helped recover boy’s body

Posted: Monday, Apr 20th, 2015
HURON -- Recovery of a young boy who drowned in the Missouri River at Yankton earlier this month included the efforts of the Beadle County Dive Team.
Called at the request of Yankton County emergency management, team members Dan Schlader, Brian Dunn, Tom Moeding, Joe Small and Wilma Robert joined a handful of other dive organizations.
The team from Huron
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Ready to roll: Highway Patrol using motorcycles to crack down on DUIs

Posted: Monday, Apr 20th, 2015
SIOUX FALLS (AP) -- For the first time in 30 years, state troopers are going to police the highways on motorcycle in an attempt to crack down on drunken driving in the state.
The South Dakota Highway Patrol unveiled three new Harley Davidson motorcycles at the state capitol on Friday.
The funding for the new bikes comes from a federal
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Top Monster Trucks to appear at S.D. State Fair

Posted: Saturday, Apr 18th, 2015
HURON -- Four of the nation's top monster trucks will roar into the South Dakota State Fair in Huron on Labor Day afternoon, Sept. 7, according to Dakota State Fair Speedway track promoter Orville Chenoweth.
Chenoweth is in his 20th year as promoter of the Dakota State Fair Speedway and wants to make 2015 special and memorable.
"The first
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Beadle drug court launches in July: Sentencing option proven to boost safety, help addicts

Posted: Saturday, Apr 18th, 2015
HURON -- A Beadle County team of professionals will roll out the seventh South Dakota drug court -- this latest one in Huron -- when funding appropriated by state legislators becomes available in July.
Drug courts have proven they can keep communities safer by reducing crime, saving money and helping addicts to be accountable.
"I really believe in it because
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Investigating two-vehicle accident

Posted: Saturday, Apr 18th, 2015
Huron Police investigate a two-vehicle accident Thursday on Third Street Southwest. An ambulance was called to the site, but it is unknown if medical attention was required.
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3 organizations donate $40K to new Nordby Exhibit Hall for 4-H, Youth and Community

Posted: Friday, Apr 17th, 2015
Three statewide 4-H organizations have invested in the future of 4-H in South Dakota by providing a total of $40,000 in gifts toward the Nordby Exhibit Hall for 4-H, Youth and Community on the state fairgrounds in Huron.
South Dakota State University's College of Agriculture and Biological Sciences has donated $10,000, the South Dakota 4-H Foundation has provided $25,000 and
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Honoring dispatchers: It’s National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week

Posted: Friday, Apr 17th, 2015
PIERRE -- The voices at the other end of the line are being honored in South Dakota this week.
It is National Public Safety Telecommunica-tors Week, where emergency police, fire and medical dispatchers are recognized.
"These are people who work behind the scenes in helping keep our communities safe," said Col. Craig Price, superintendent of the South Dakota Highway Patrol.
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Making your vote count

Posted: Thursday, Apr 16th, 2015
Betty Albright (left) watches as Judy Thompson casts her ballot during the school board election held Tuesday in Huron Arena.
Next, Jason Hill (left) hands his ballot to a poll worker Tuesday.
ELECTION RESULTS
The results of the election are as follows:
• David Wheeler received 732 votes
• Tim Van Berkum received 647 votes
• Brian Hines received 117 votes
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Aylward speaks to GOP women

Posted: Thursday, Apr 16th, 2015
HURON, The city is moving forward in a number of areas, Mayor Paul Aylward said in an upbeat message at the Beadle County Republican Women luncheon this week.
City sales tax revenues are an indication of how well Huron is doing, and they are up 8 percent over the previous year.
Aylward said it's due to many influences, including the
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Hang in there!

Posted: Thursday, Apr 16th, 2015
A utility pole near Seventh Street and Montana Avenue Southwest snapped at ground level Tuesday afternoon, and it leaned precariously until a NorthWestern Energy crew returned it upright and stabilized it until it can be replaced.
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HHS Speech & Debate team attends State Student Congress Tournament

Posted: Wednesday, Apr 15th, 2015
The Huron Speech & Debate Team participated in the State Student Congress Tournament for the Northern South Dakota District of the National Forensic League held April 10 at the State Capitol Building in Pierre.
Huron took two students to debate in the Senate -- Gabriel Ryland and Trey Litwiller.
To debate in the House, Huron brought Abigayle Reese, Becca
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Vandals damage more than 100 vehicles in Huron

Posted: Wednesday, Apr 15th, 2015
HURON -- A rash of "senseless" vandalism that has damaged more than 100 vehicles in Huron in the last four or five days is continuing, with the latest incidents even occurring in daylight hours.
Police Chief Denny Meyer and Mayor Paul Aylward are asking the public's assistance in reporting any suspicious activity.
In a report to the City Commission on
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School Board hears report on insurance rates

Posted: Wednesday, Apr 15th, 2015
HURON -- The Huron School Board is heading into contract negotiations with varying units of the district's employees, and thus, the depth of the agenda at these meetings is often kept to a minimum so that negotiations can take place after the meeting.
Because of this, the most important information released Monday evening at the meeting may have been about
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Metal roofing, garage ordinance changes proposed

Posted: Wednesday, Apr 15th, 2015
HURON -- Ordinance revisions that would allow corrugated metal roofing in residential neighborhoods and garages to be constructed on small lots without a house have been given initial approval by the City Commission.
First reading of the changes was approved on separate 4-1 votes.
New garages would be allowed to be built on smaller, vacant residential lots but with a
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Not just song and dance

Posted: Monday, Apr 13th, 2015
Members of the We Found Sound Show Choir Company performed their program titled "Sing Sing Sing" twice Saturday. The group will have two more performances today beginning at 2 and 5 p.m. in the Huron Fine Arts Center. The company has a pair of performing groups, each with around 30 members. This event features 19 different selections.
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Wolsey runs into its future

Posted: Monday, Apr 13th, 2015
"Running Into Your Future," the brainchild of Ashley Robinson, held its second running Saturday in Wolsey. The event featured both a 5K run and a 5K walk with proceeds going to a scholarship fund. Above is the start of the 5K race.
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Thune, agriculture leaders hope bill can keep rail service on track

Posted: Monday, Apr 13th, 2015
SIOUX FALLS (AP) -- U.S. Sen. John Thune and some of the state's agriculture leaders hope new legislation will help to keep rail service in the state on track after a backlog last fall forced farmers to wait before taking their product to market.
Thune and leaders from the state's soybean, wheat and corn growers associations met Friday in Sioux
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Rep. Mickelson to speak at Lincoln Day dinner

Posted: Monday, Apr 13th, 2015
HURON, Rep. G. Mark Mickelson, R-Sioux Falls, will be the featured speaker at the Beadle County Lincoln Day dinner April 21 at the New Plains.
Social hour is at 6 p.m. followed by the 7 p.m. dinner.
Mickelson is speaker pro tempore of the state House of Representatives. He is in his second term in the House.
He has an
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It’s all about you! Huron Chamber & Visitors Bureau Celebrates National Volunteer Week by thanking those that volunteer

Posted: Monday, Apr 13th, 2015
HURON -- National Volunteer Week, April 12-18, 2015, is about inspiring, recognizing and encouraging people to seek out imaginative ways to engage in their communities, according to the supporting organization Point of Light in Atlanta, GA.
Richard Nixon first established national Volunteer Week in the United States via Presidential Proclamation in 1974.
The Huron Chamber & Visitors Bureau (Huron
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Huron to select school board members on Tuesday

Posted: Monday, Apr 13th, 2015
HURON -- Voters will go to the polls Tuesday to elect two candidates for the Huron School Board from among three who are in the race.
Incumbent Tim Van Berkum is seeking his third term while incumbent David Wheeler is running for his second term. The challenger is Brian Hines.
There is no election for the City Commission this year.
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Huron Baptist remodels Youth Room

Posted: Monday, Apr 13th, 2015
The Huron Baptist Church recently celebrated the remodeling of a new youth room with a ribbon cutting. According to Pastor Chet Coolbaugh their youth group was getting so big that they needed to have a space just for them to be able to meet and enjoy fellowship.
"There wasn't really much of a youth program at
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Holy Trinity prepares for Business Fair: Business Fair planned May 11

Posted: Monday, Apr 13th, 2015
Holy Trinity Catholic School's fifth and sixth graders will be holding a Business Fair on Monday, May 11.
Students, with their parent's help, came up with a product to create and sell. After calculating what each piece costs to produce, they had to decide how many to make based on the "target group" they are marketing. Then students created
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Vandals break out windows in vehicles

Posted: Monday, Apr 13th, 2015
HURON -- As they investi-gate numerous incidents of vandalism to parked vehicles in the past few days, the Huron Police Department is asking for the public's help if they heard or saw anything suspicious.
Sgt. Casey Spinsby, public information officer for the department, said that on Wednesday police received seven reports of vandalism to vehicles.
The side and/or rear windows
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Body of boy found in river

Posted: Monday, Apr 13th, 2015
YANKTON (AP) -- Authorities in Yankton recovered the body of a 6-year-old southeastern South Dakota boy in the Missouri River on Friday after days of searching in inclement weather.
Yankton Police Chief Brian Paulsen said police found the body of Lincoln Hilt about 28 feet off shore. Authorities said earlier in the week they believed Hilt had drowned and that
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