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The Merci Train of Gratitude

Posted: Wednesday, Sep 2nd, 2015
HURON -- Huron is fortunate to have South Dakota's French Merci boxcar in town. And what better place than on the State Fairgrounds where thousands of visitors are able to visit it annually?
But this was not the original destination for the Merci Traincar and Huron had a little help from the weather in landing this beautiful symbol of friendship
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Commission passes ordinance to allow Sunday liquor sales

Posted: Wednesday, Sep 2nd, 2015
HURON, Sales of liquor on Sundays becomes legal in Huron near the end of September, after the City Commission supported a request made by local bar owners and retailers to align the ordinance with state law.
After they explained their reasons for their support or opposition, the commission voted 4-1 to approve the change.
It takes effect 20 days after
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Local author to appear at the State Fair

Posted: Wednesday, Sep 2nd, 2015
HURON -- Richard Skorupski of Frankfort has been chosen to participate in an exhibit of the "Arts at the State Fair" this year at the South Dakota State Fair.
Richard is the author of three novels portraying the positive virtues of rural South Dakota living. "Flyover Country" was his first in 2012, followed by "The Fred Weber Story, A Flyover
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Dotting Is; crossing Ts...

Posted: Wednesday, Sep 2nd, 2015
A paving crew from Asphalt Paving and Materials of Huron applies a layer of hot asphalt to what will be the bus drop-off lane at Washington School.
A parking lot was incorporated into the new construction at the school building this year and the addition of the drop-off lane for buses should make it much safer for the students.
School
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Redfield boy makes strides in recovery from severe burns

Posted: Wednesday, Sep 2nd, 2015
REDFIELD (AP) - A Redfield boy has made big strides in his recovery from devastating burn injuries.
Tyler Schultz, 9, keeps clearing hurdles in his recovery from being badly burned in May.
Tyler was burned when he and his brother, Evan, were at a friend's house. The boys were trying to use Diesel 911 to ignite sticks.
Diesel 911 is
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Craft beer fest held at HEC

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 1st, 2015
HURON -- By all accounts, the first ever Big Jim Beer Fest was a success.
The people in charge of putting the event together were happy, those doling out the samples and information had smiles on their faces and those doing the sampling were enjoying themselves as well.
With proceeds earmarked for Huron's Coats for Kids program, Shawn Martin, the
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Riding for the kids

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 1st, 2015
HURON -- It's hard to think about Christmas in late August.
But the holidays and what they mean to young children were on the minds of Windriders ABATE bikers Saturday as they roared south out of Huron for an afternoon ride.
For the 22nd time in as many years, they were riding for a cause.
"It's the kids that usually
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Producers attend film premiere event

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 1st, 2015
HURON -- When film producers Arthur L. Bernstein and Armando Gutierrez made the decision to combine resources on a feature film, they agreed that their first joint project should be a biography.
"We looked at several different icons for a bio-pic," Gutierrez said on Saturday afternoon, "before deciding to do a picture about Walt Disney."
Their research led them to a
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Tuff Hedeman selects bounty bull for Bull Bash: Son of Bodacious to be featured at Championship Bull Riding Event

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 1st, 2015
Son of Bodacious to be featured at Championship Bull Riding Event
HURON -- Four time World Champion bull rider Tuff Hedeman has decided to give the cowboys of Championship Bull Riding one more chance at riding one of Dakota Rodeo's fiercest bucking bulls - 02 Beaver Creek Beau.
Hedeman made the announcement that Beaver Creek Beau, owned by
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A dark-eyed angel, whose name is Aurora

Posted: Monday, Aug 31st, 2015
HURON -- Little Aurora looks and acts like any other six-month-old baby girl. She laughs when her mom tickles her belly and while she is nearly ready to crawl, she relies on rolling to get where she wants to go.
The difference is that Aurora is not six months old.
In fact Sunday her parents, Bobbie and Skip Schnathorst and her
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Korean War veterans set to receive Peace Medal

Posted: Monday, Aug 31st, 2015
HURON, Living veterans of the Korean War and families of the deceased who served in country are being recognized for their sacrifice.
South Korea has been bestowing the Ambassador Peace Medal on veterans as a way of expressing its government's gratitude and respect.
Since news of the medal was first publicized earlier this month, the incoming Beadle/Sanborn veterans service officer
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GF&P survey shows pheasant numbers are up

Posted: Saturday, Aug 29th, 2015
PIERRE, The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) has completed the annual pheasant brood survey and the results show a 42 percent increase in the statewide pheasants-per-mile (PPM) index from 2014.
The 2015 statewide PPM index of 3.80 is up from 2.68 last year and 1.52 in 2013. The statewide PPM index is similar to 2011 when hunters harvested
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Dakota Provisions survives 2015 avian flu impact: Lessons learned will lead to more caution

Posted: Saturday, Aug 29th, 2015
HURON, Although the avian influenza cost Dakota Provisions 12 percent of its total production this year, it was able to keep its workforce and customers and will be back to full strength in turkeys by the end of October.
"Twelve percent of your production is pretty serious; it's impactful, no question," said president and chief executive officer Ken Rutledge.
Eleven
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S.D. State Fair salutes Veterans on Sept. 3

Posted: Saturday, Aug 29th, 2015
HURON, The South Dakota State Fair is saluting veterans and active military personnel.
At the request of the South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs, Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015, as Veterans Day at the South Dakota State Fair, calling on all South Dakotans to honor those men and women who fought bravely for our freedoms.
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Music for all ages

Posted: Friday, Aug 28th, 2015
The music group Kid-N-Nic performed Wednesday at the Huron Country Club for an outdoor extravaganza that included a supper of pork tenderloin sandwiches prepared by Jack's Links.
PHOTOS BY MIKE CARROLL/PLAINSMAN
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Leaders recognized for service to veterans

Posted: Friday, Aug 28th, 2015
PIERRE, County and tribal veterans' service officers (CTVSO) and staff from the South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs (SDDVA) were recognized for their dedication to serving veterans and veterans' families at an awards program Tuesday, Aug. 25, in Pierre.
The annual event, organized by the South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs, was held in conjunction with the veterans' benefits training
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4-H, auctioneers pair for 10th year on benefit event: 2015 auction set for Sept. 6

Posted: Friday, Aug 28th, 2015
HURON - The annual 4-H Benefit Auction, held in conjunction with the S.D. Auctioneer's Association's bid-calling contest, will take place beginning at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 6, on the DakotaLand Stage at the South Dakota State Fairgrounds.
The two organizations have combined for this fundraising and competition event since 2005.
The 4-H auction will feature more than 50 items,
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School board completes delayed meeting

Posted: Friday, Aug 28th, 2015
Forty-eight hours after it first began, the Huron School Board restarted its Aug. 24 meeting.
Audience member Brian Hines protested during the public input portion of the Aug. 24 meeting, noting that the district had not met state law by having its agenda posted on the school district's website at least 24 hours prior to the start of the meeting.
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Dow AgroSciences hosts open house: New facility is located east of Huron on Highway 14

Posted: Thursday, Aug 27th, 2015
HURON, To meet the needs of increasing field research, Dow AgroSciences has expanded with new facilities a few miles east of Huron.
With headquarters in Indianapolis, the company, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Dow Chemical Company, has annual sales of $7.3 billion.
"Bottom line is, this site in Huron really is helping us accelerate our company's business growth and
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Junior Tigers get professional instruction...

Posted: Thursday, Aug 27th, 2015
Members of the Huron Junior Football League received a little hands-on instruction from members of the Riggs Premier Football staff, led by former University of Sioux Falls All-American quarterback Kurtiss Riggs. Riggs, pictured on the right, and his staff worked with the youth Tuesday evening at Pepsi Fields and will hold a mini camp tonight at the same place. Shown
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Police investigate vandalism report

Posted: Thursday, Aug 27th, 2015
HURON, Police are investigating a lead on a possible suspect in the vandalism of two vehicles.
Public Information Officer Casey Spinsby said someone threw a caustic liquid, possibly acid, onto the vehicles.
It caused the paint to peel and, in one case, it began to melt the tail light lens.
The victims were neighbors and it is suspected that only
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Noem featured at HYP event

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 26th, 2015
HURON, A significant trade bill that has been signed into law gives the president specific directions on how to negotiate with other countries and provides a 60-day window for public access before up and down votes on proposed trade agreements in Congress.
Trade is a big deal in South Dakota.
"We sell 11 and a half times more goods to
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Sunday liquor sales ordinance passes first reading

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 26th, 2015
HURON, On a 4-1 vote, the City Commission approved the first reading of an ordinance revision that will allow for Sunday sales of on-and-off-sale liquor.
Second and final reading is scheduled for Aug. 31.
Mayor Paul Aylward said the changes would mean Huron's ordinance would be in line with state law, which allows cities to be more restrictive.
He said
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School board opts for caution, postpones meeting

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 26th, 2015
HURON - The only action - not counting the Pledge of Allegiance and the approval of the agenda, that the Huron School Board took on Monday night was to postpone its regular meeting until Wednesday evening, after an audience member questioned the legality of the meeting.
Board president David Wheeler called the meeting to order and after reading through the
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Ag Art contest set for State Fair

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 26th, 2015
PIERRE, South Dakota Value Added Agriculture and South Dakota Ag in the Classroom are holding an art contest in conjunction with the 2015 South Dakota State Fair.
The "Astonishing Ag Articles" art contest is open to third and fourth graders from across the state.
Posters should show non-food items made from crops or livestock grown in the state. Artists
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A Star-Spangled presentation...

Modified: Wednesday, Aug 26th, 2015
Emily George, right, president of the Heartland Garden Club, recently presented two American flags to LaRon Klock, Huron Parks and Recreation's superintendent, donated by the Club for use at Ravine Lake.
PHOTO CONTRIBUTED
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Early morning fire destroys north Huron building

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 26th, 2015
HURON, A private shop and living quarters in north Huron were destroyed in an overnight fire that also claimed one semi-tractor-trailer being stored in the building.
Fire Chief Howard Alter said the occupants and their dogs were able to get out unhurt after the blaze broke out at 3:48 a.m.
Rex Mandel leases the building at 1215 Dakota Ave.
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Vehicles vandalized in Huron

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 26th, 2015
HURON, Some parked vehicles in Huron have been damaged when some kind of a corrosive acid was thrown on them.
Any people who may have seen something suspicious are encouraged to contact the police department.
No other information was immediately available.
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Practicing, to be better prepared

Posted: Monday, Aug 24th, 2015
HURON -- A bus ferrying school children rolled off the Highway 14 bridge spanning the James River on Saturday and landed upright in the water.
But there were no injuries, as the scenario was a practice drill designed to be as realistic as possible.
"It's just some things that we've learned over the years that we need to practice
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New movie will have Midwest premiere in Huron: Writers/producers to attend Aug. 29 event

Posted: Monday, Aug 24th, 2015
HURON -- A new movie based on the earlier, young-adult life of entertainment icon Walt Disney will see its Midwestern premiere at three Logan Luxury Theatre locations, including Huron Luxury Cinemas, on Friday, Aug. 28, according to theater owner Jeff Logan.
Special guests at the Huron theater on Saturday for both shows will be the movie's writers and producers,
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Hutterite colony celebrating new hog operation

Posted: Monday, Aug 24th, 2015
ALEXANDRIA (AP) -- The Oak Lane Hutterite Colony is celebrating the completion of a new 10,000-head hog operation south of Alexandria.
Colony leaders held an open house Friday evening that drew hundreds of visitors from the region, including people from other Hutterite colonies wanting to catch a glimpse of the new operation, the Mitchell Daily Republic reported.
John Wipf, the
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Happy to come back home: Ben Mahowald to perform Thursday, Sept. 3, in Midway Roadhouse

Posted: Monday, Aug 24th, 2015
HURON -- Ben Mahowald spent his early years listening to the classic songs of the 1960s and 1970s by the Beatles, Jimi Hendrix and the Rolling Stones.
He cut his teeth as well on the folk music of Bert Jansch, Paul Simon and Bob Dylan.
And he enjoyed the music of country stars like Towns Van Zandt, Roger Miller, Dolly
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Expect smokey skies in Northern Plains: Smoke is from forest fires in Pacific Northwest

Posted: Monday, Aug 24th, 2015
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) -- The Northern Plains region is once again in for some smoky skies.
Forest fires in the Pacific Northwest are producing a tremendous amount of smoke, and it's blowing east, National Weather Service meteorologist Bill Abeling told KQDJ radio.
"It causes the skies to look a little hazy, it causes the red sunsets," he said. "When the
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Redistricting amendment discussion highlights meeting

Posted: Monday, Aug 24th, 2015
HURON -- Shifting the legislative redistricting responsibility from the hands of lawmakers into those of a nine-member independent commission through a constitutional amendment would be the first step in restoring faith and trust in politics, especially among young voters, a proponent said.
"I think it ultimately comes down to the fact that they're disenchanted with the political system that we
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Firefighters work fast to put out Thursday fire at North Huron business

Posted: Monday, Aug 24th, 2015
HURON -- Quick action with extinguishers averted a potentially dangerous incident at a chemical building near the airport Thursday afternoon.
Fire Chief Howard Alter said workers at North Central Farmers Elevators, located across 15th Street Northwest from Banner Engineering, were refueling a portable pump when it caught fire.
Extinguishers were grabbed and much of the fire was out by the
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Sunday fire in north Huron

Posted: Monday, Aug 24th, 2015
An early morning fire destroyed a building in north Huron. For more information on the fire and the efforts to contain it, be sure to read the Aug. 25 edition of the Huron Daily Plainsman
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A fishing tale for the record books: South Dakota salmon record broken

Posted: Friday, Aug 21st, 2015
PIERRE -- A Highmore angler had barely started his day on Lake Oahe when a fish hit his lure and created a memory to last a lifetime.
Gordon Sampson boated the 24 lb., 8 oz. Chinook salmon after only five minutes of fishing on Aug. 14. The massive fish broke the previous state record of 23 lbs., 14 oz. The
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Stepping forward in their service: Eight soldiers, mincluding one from Huron, commissioned as second lieutenants

Posted: Friday, Aug 21st, 2015
RAPID CITY -- Eight South Dakota Army National Guard Soldiers took the Oath of Office and commissioned as second lieutenants during a ceremony at Mount Rushmore National Park, Aug. 15.
The second lieutenants recently completed Officer Candidate School through the SDARNG's 1st Battalion, 196th Regiment (Regional Training Institute).
In order to commission as officers, these Soldiers endured a culmination of
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Horizon Health Care, Inc. and Prairie Community Health, Inc. to merge

Posted: Friday, Aug 21st, 2015
HOWARD, Horizon Health Care, Inc. (Horizon) and Prairie Community Health, Inc. (Prairie) board members and leadership are pleased to announce the intended merger of their respective community health centers, to form a network of 24 medical and dentals clinics throughout the entire state of South Dakota.
For over 35 years, Horizon Health Care, Inc. has been providing medical, dental
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Prepping for the new school year

Posted: Friday, Aug 21st, 2015
Ronald Brownie, the Director of Online and Continuing Education for Northern State University, begins an orientation session for new students Wednesday evening, in the Huron Community Center. The students will be working toward a college degree from NSU at the Huron Community Campus.
Next, Joel Pribyl of Wolsey arrived ahead of orientation to pick up the books he will need
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Iroquois native tells the story of a Martian schoolgirl: I thought I came from Mars

Posted: Thursday, Aug 20th, 2015
HURON -- For much of her childhood, Judith Roberts was convinced she was not of this world.
"Because I was so weird," award-winning author and Iroquois native J.R. (Roberts) Nakken explained. "I was so different."
She's left-handed. Not an unusual thing, of course, but left-handers will agree it does set them apart, especially among other children.
She was precocious, and
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A simple gift turns into friendship: Iroquois High School to host bone-marrow donor drive Saturday

Posted: Thursday, Aug 20th, 2015
HURON -- There may be a 30-year difference in age, a 4,000 miles between them, but there are two very special friends, who share a special bond, which will connect them for the rest of their lives.
Eight years ago, at the tender age of 10 months, Sam Radke was diagnosed with a rare, life-threatening, auto-immune disease called Omenn Syndrome.
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DuPont Pioneer donates to S.D. State Fair Foundation

Posted: Thursday, Aug 20th, 2015
HURON -- The South Dakota State Fair Foundation is pleased to announce that DuPont Pioneer donated $5,000 toward the capital campaign to build the new Nordby Exhibit Hall on the fairgrounds.
The new building will primarily be used to host a variety of local and state 4-H related activities throughout the year. Pioneer sales representative Curt Bauman with the Bauman
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S.D. nurse embeds in colony life to transform health care

Posted: Thursday, Aug 20th, 2015
OLIVET (AP) -- A spaghetti dinner with people in prairie dress and a church service in German is all in a day's work for Kerri Lutjens.
The 33-year-old nurse, who doesn't speak German, has spent the past few years gaining the trust of several communities of Hutterites, a deeply religious people with ancestral ties to the Amish who live in
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