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State one-act play festival begins today

Posted: Friday, Feb 5th, 2016
SIOUX FALLS -- Beginn-ing bright and early Thursday morning, young thespians from across the state will be congregating in Sioux Falls, for the South Dakota High School Activities Association's State One-Act Play Festival.
In eight sessions over the following two-and-a-half days, 44 high schools will compete on stage in the Lorang Theater at Sioux Falls O'Gorman High School.
Included in
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Gardening? In February?

Posted: Friday, Feb 5th, 2016
HURON -- The last day to reserve a plot in the Huron Community Friendship Garden is Friday, Feb. 12. Those who had a plot last year must reserve one again.
Plots are $25 each and individuals may rent up to four plots per year.
Beginning Monday, Feb. 15, the remaining plots are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Forms to
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Redfield voters approve $16M bond for new school

Posted: Friday, Feb 5th, 2016
REDFIELD (AP) -- Voters in the Redfield School District have approved a $16 million bond issue to build a new school.
Overall, 62 percent of the 1,279 voters in Tuesday's election favored the project.
Superintendent Shad Storley says interest in the issue was high with a voter turnout of almost 50 percent. He says turnout for school board elections is
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Governor outlines education proposal: Legislation filed on Tuesday

Posted: Thursday, Feb 4th, 2016
Legislation filed on Tuesday
BY ROGER LARSEN
OF THE PLAINSMAN
HURON, Gov. Dennis Daugaard believes state officials will know by the end of next week if a Medicaid expansion agreement with the federal government will fly.
The plan he is proposing to state legislators would cover another 50,000 South Dakotans, providing better health care to them at no cost to
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The end of an era...

Posted: Thursday, Feb 4th, 2016
The old Hitchcock High School building came down on Monday. The building had not been in use for some time and had fallen into disrepair. When the site is cleaned up a commons area, office space, restrooms and front lobby will be constructed.
PHOTO CONTRIBUTED BY REX TOLLEFSON
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Work environment questioned at SDDC

Posted: Thursday, Feb 4th, 2016
REDFIELD (AP) -- Some former employees of the South Dakota Developmental Center allege that the facility in Redfield has a hostile administration and a dangerous work environment.
Former employee Paul Register collected 84 employee signatures on a petition that was submitted late last year to the state Department of Human Services. But nothing has been done to address the dangerous
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Huron man arrested for incident near Woonsocket

Posted: Thursday, Feb 4th, 2016
WOONSOCKET, Jacob Schulte of Huron has been arrested and charged with aggravated assault following an incident Saturday morning.
Sanborn County Sheriff Tom Fridley said Schulte, 26, allegedly discharged several bullets into an occupied home, also damaging a window.
The home belongs to Cory Larson of rural Woonsocket. There were no injuries.
Schulte is being held on a $10,000 cash bond.
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Thatís a lot of pigs ...

Posted: Wednesday, Feb 3rd, 2016
Huron Colony hosted an open house Jan. 29 to celebrate its newly built 2,500-head swine unit. Visitors enjoyed pork sandwiches and toured the large barn northeast of Huron.

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City votes to hire Huron Event Center staff; names new manager

Posted: Wednesday, Feb 3rd, 2016
HURON -- In the aftermath of the decision by the owners of the Crossroads Hotel to close the restaurant and bar, the City Commission has taken steps regarding staffing and special event alcohol licenses.
Pramukhraj Huron LLC announced late last week that it was closing the Verto's Restaurant and Bar. It has now relinquished liquor and malt beverage licenses to
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211 Helpline launching in Beadle County

Posted: Wednesday, Feb 3rd, 2016
HURON --†The 211 Helpline will soon be at your fingertips!
Through a partnership between United Way Heartland Region, City of Huron, Huron Community Foundation, and Avail Wealth Management, the Helpline Center is excited for the Feb. 11 launch of the 211 Helpline in Beadle County. Beginning Feb. 11, all residents in Beadle County will have access to 211 from
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Legislators: Settle transgender issues locally: First legislative coffee held Saturday in Huron

Posted: Monday, Feb 1st, 2016
HURON -- Decisions on bathroom accommodations for transgender students in South Dakota should be made on the local level rather than by legislators, Huron lawmakers agreed Saturday.
A student bathroom bill is heading to the Senate after it was approved by the House. It would limit transgender bathroom and locker room usage to those that correspond to their biological sex.
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Taxi service to begin Monday in Huron

Posted: Monday, Feb 1st, 2016
Taxi service to begin Monday in HuronHURON -- Taxi service returns to Huron on Monday.
Attempts to run cabs in the city have come and gone over the years, but Henry Hanten is confident his will succeed.
"I think a lot of people thought they were going to make a living off of it, and it's not something you're going
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Dakota Oyate Challenge Grand Entrance

Posted: Monday, Feb 1st, 2016
With all of the participating schools represented and accompanied by a drum circle, a Native American color guard posts the colors during the Grand Entrance at the Dakota Oyate Challenge on Friday evening at Huron Arena.
After the ceremony, the final two games of the day in the boys' portion of the tournament were played and the tournament will wrap
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United Way Executive Board...

Posted: Monday, Feb 1st, 2016
The new members of the United Way Heartland Region Board of Directors paused for a photo prior to the organization's annual meeting on Jan. 28. From the left are past president Chris Nohr, 2016 president Chet Coolbaugh, campaign co-chairs Tori White and Stephanie Taylor, vice president Erica Woodbury, treasurer Marlene Fullerton and executive director Rhonda Kludt.
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Dakota Oyate

Posted: Monday, Feb 1st, 2016
Flandreau Indian School cheerleaders perform a dance during halftime of the 2016 Dakota Oyate Challenge Thursday at Huron Arena. More pictures and information on the games can be found in today's Sports section, pages 9 and 14.
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Detention Center undergoes changes

Posted: Monday, Feb 1st, 2016
HURON, A philosophical change in the state's juvenile justice system has led to a drastic reduction in the number of kids being locked up and a decision to consolidate employee shifts at Beadle County's adult jail and juvenile detention center.
Built about 15 years ago as a separate unit of the Regional Correction Center, all 11 beds in the juvenile
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Vertoís and Crossroads hotel bar to close on Sunday

Posted: Monday, Feb 1st, 2016
HURON -- The owners of the Crossroads will close Verto's Restaurant and the hotel bar on Sunday, the city learned Thursday morning.
The hotel rooms, restaurant and bar are owned by Pramukhraj Huron LLC of Texas. The move does not affect the hotel rooms.
Mayor Paul Aylward called an executive session of the City Commission to discuss the situation late
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Ministerial Association holds fundraiser Sunday

Posted: Monday, Feb 1st, 2016
HURON -- If you are in the mood for a tasty, home-cooked meal on Sunday night, you may want to check out the Huron Ministerial Association's Soup Supper, from 5 to 7 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 31.
For a free-will donation, attendees will enjoy all of the homemade soup, home-baked bread and tasty desserts you want, with proceeds going to
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New shoe store opening in March

Posted: Friday, Jan 29th, 2016
HURON, Like their growing presence in other small towns, the folks at Shoe Sensation think Huron is going to be a good fit.
The regional shoe chain based in Jeffersonville, Ind., will open its Huron store in the Dakota Marketplace strip mall on March 10.
It will join other South Dakota locations in Brookings, Yankton and Mitchell.
Shoe Sensation is
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Huron man indicted on bigamy, grand theft charges

Posted: Friday, Jan 29th, 2016
HURON, A Beadle County grand jury has indicted a Huron man for bigamy and grand theft.
An arrest warrant for Wayne Songer, 75, was issued after the indictment was handed down on Monday.
State's Attorney Mike Moore said Songer was first married in 1969. He was not divorced from her when he remarried in 1993.
The bigamy case arose from
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Students embrace Great Kindness Challenge

Posted: Thursday, Jan 28th, 2016
HURON -- All this week, the second and third-grade students at the Madison Learning Center are doing things to make themselves - and others - feel better.
It's called the Great Kindness Challenge, and it's a movement that started in California in 2012, according to Shelly Fuller the social worker and counselor at the Madison building.
January 25-29 is Great
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Rapid City students win regional National Science Bowl: Will now compete at National Finals in Washington

Posted: Wednesday, Jan 27th, 2016
HURON -- It took three tie breakers, but when the dust settled, the Rapid City Stevens No. 1 team were crowned as the champions of the South Dakota regional competition of the National Science Bowl on Saturday, at the Huron Event Center.
Stevens 1 was tied with the No. 2 team from the same school after the end of regulation
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Riders up, additional funding partners helps Peopleís Transit

Posted: Wednesday, Jan 27th, 2016
HURON, Increasing numbers of riders and more players in a funding partnership have improved the financial stability of People's Transit in Huron, but it's always a challenge from year to year.
In a report to the City Commission on Monday, Ron Baumgart, executive director of River Cities Public Transit, which has a contract to manage People's Transit, said more than
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School board receives turf recommendations

Posted: Wednesday, Jan 27th, 2016
HURON -- As the time to get bids ready for recommended facilities upgrades nears, the Huron School Board heard a recommendation from Activities Director Terry Rotert that both AstroTurf 3D Root Zone and FieldTurfHD Classic should be considered as options for the turf replacement at Tiger Field.
Rotert told the board that he talked with football coaches and
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Local students earn Alger scholarships

Posted: Wednesday, Jan 27th, 2016
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- A total of 24 South Dakota students, including five from the Heartland region, are the recipients of $7,000 scholarships from the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans, Inc., a nonprofit educational organization honoring the achievements of outstanding individuals and encouraging youth to pursue their dreams through higher education.
On Monday, the association announced that 556 students
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Enjoying the Winter Weather...

Posted: Tuesday, Jan 26th, 2016
Nearly 30 Boy Scouts from Huron, Mitchell, Chamberlain, Highmore and Woonsocket participated in the Pheasant District Winter Klondike on Saturday at the Izaak Walton in Huron.
In the first photo, groups attempted to lift a metal bucket after fastening together different lengths of wood with rope.
In the next photo, the entire group gathered for a photo at the conclusion
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VSO reflects on transition to civilian life

Posted: Monday, Jan 25th, 2016
HURON, While he misses military service and feels guilty he's no longer with his Army buddies, four years after re-entering civilian life Michael Lueck also still struggles at times with post-traumatic stress disorder.
Like other veterans who find it difficult if not impossible to explain the condition's impact on them, there have been times when he stubbornly refuses to seek
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Hugh Glass letter on display

Posted: Monday, Jan 25th, 2016
PIERRE (AP) -- A letter from the man whose story is told in the movie "The Revenant" is on display at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre.
The one-page letter from frontiersman Hugh Glass was sent to the parents of John Gardner, who had been killed by American Indians in 1823 near present-day Mobridge, the Capital Journal reported. A Gardner
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