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Fire damages apartment building

Posted: Friday, Jan 20th, 2017
HURON, A late night fire in a west side Huron apartment complex heavily damaged one unit and sent some smoke into adjacent ones.
There were no injuries.
Volunteer Fire Chief Howard Alter said firefighters were called to 477 Lincoln Avenue Southwest shortly after 10 p.m. Tuesday.
"When we arrived, we had flames coming out the rear door of the building,"

Warbirds in Training...

Posted: Friday, Jan 20th, 2017
Members of the Wolsey-Wessington Warbird Youth Cheerleader group entertained the crowd during halftime of the 281 Conference Basketball Tournament Tuesday at Huron Arena. Both the boys' and girls' tournaments wrap up today, with the seventh-place girls' game beginning at 9 a.m. Games continue throughout the day, up to the girls' title game between Sanborn Central-Woonsocket and Highmore-Harrold tonight at

Community generosity allows UW to meet fundraising goal

Posted: Thursday, Jan 19th, 2017
HURON -- For the 17th consecutive year, the United Way Heartland Region has met its fundraising goal.
"Each year, I'm amazed and touched at the generosity of our community and their trust in our United Way Board to ensure every dollar we raise makes the biggest impact that it possibly can," said Stephanie Taylor, the fundraising chair for this

Commissioners recognize emergency services personnel

Posted: Thursday, Jan 19th, 2017
HURON, A Huron native who began his law enforcement career as a local 911 telecommunicator for the police department has been hired as a Beadle County deputy sheriff.
Phillip Van Diepen was hired Tuesday by county commissioners at the recommendation of Sheriff Doug Solem.
After his time as dispatcher in Huron, Van Diepen joined the Milbank Police Department in 2012.

State Science Bowl set for Saturday

Posted: Thursday, Jan 19th, 2017
HURON -- Students from across the state of South Dakota will converge in Huron on Jan. 21, for the South Dakota portion of the U.S. Department of Energy's National Science Bowl, set for the Huron Event Center.
Teams that win at the state level will move on to the National Finals, held in Washington, D.C., from April 27 to May

Champions in training

Posted: Wednesday, Jan 18th, 2017
Skylar Thielbar of Huron wrestles Dawson Schmidt of Aberdeen.
Next, Noah Felderman of Doland wrestles Alex Shottenkirk of Redfield during the Huron Youth Wrestling Tournament on Sunday at Huron Arena.
And next, Carson Miller of Pony Hills tries to fight off a pin by Noah Hofer of Huron.

The effortless investment: Recycling program grows, but needs more participants

Posted: Wednesday, Jan 18th, 2017
HURON -- You always know when it's the evening prior to garbage-collection day in your neighborhood. As you head home after a day of work, the brown plastic garbage collection containers line the streets, ready to hand over their contents early the next morning.
Every few households also have a companion container, a blue one. The container, with its bright

Legislative coffees begin Saturday

Posted: Wednesday, Jan 18th, 2017
HURON, The first of three "Coffee with the Legislators" forums for the 2017 session begins at 9 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 21, at City Hall.
Sen. Jim White, R-Huron; and Reps. Bob Glanzer, R-Huron, and Roger Chase, R-Huron, have been invited to talk about happenings in the Legislature and answer questions.
The forums are hosted by the Governmental Affairs Committee of

Property assessment freeze deadline approaching

Posted: Wednesday, Jan 18th, 2017
HURON -- Beadle County Treasurer Jacque McKaskell reminds county residents that it's time again for the Assessment Freeze for the Elderly and Disabled in Beadle County.
Those who wish to participate must meet the following guidelines:
Applicants need to be 65 on or before Jan 1, 2017 or disabled during 2016 and proof of disability is required.
They also need

A different route to keeping the community safe

Posted: Monday, Jan 16th, 2017
HURON, When was the last time spectators in a courtroom applauded when the judge's first question to a defendant was answered?
It happens once a week in Huron.
Obviously, these are not typical court appearances.
Since August 2015, men and women convicted of felony drug offenses, most of which are a direct result of their addiction to methamphetamine or opioids,

Big & Rich first concert announced for 2017 State Fair

Posted: Monday, Jan 16th, 2017
HURON -- The South Dakota State Fair, a division of the South Dakota Department of Agriculture, announces Big & Rich Cow-boy Troy will perform at the state fair grandstand on Friday, Sept. 1. 
Big & Rich, along with Cowboy Troy, are known for their high energy shows, thrilling crowds across the country with hits like "8th of November,"

125 years and counting - American Bank and Trust marks anniversary

Posted: Monday, Jan 16th, 2017
HURON, During the wake of the first Dakota land boom, in the young and thriving, dirt-road town of Alpena, on Jan. 8, 1892 the Bank of Alpena was chartered by the state of South Dakota.
Over the last 125 years, this community bank, now known as American Bank & Trust, has grown into nine locations and more than 130 employees.

Huron man earns PGA award

Posted: Friday, Jan 13th, 2017
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Huron golf pro Dale Balvin will be nine other golf professionals to receive awards at the Southwest PGA Special Awards ceremony Friday evening at the Paradise Valley County Club.
Balvin will receive the Southwest PGA Youth Player Development Award, which recognizes the professional who is a leader in junior golf and who reflects the ideals of those

Daugaard: Amazon to begin collecting taxes in state

Posted: Thursday, Jan 12th, 2017
PIERRE -- The effort to quell lagging state sales tax receipts received a boost on Tuesday with Gov. Dennis Daugaard's announcement that Amazon would voluntarily start collecting sales tax on its online sales in South Dakota.
Daugaard made the announcement to a joint session of the Legislature during his annual State of the State message.
Sales tax collections are estimated

S.D. State Fair Foundation inches closer to Nordby Hall goal

Posted: Thursday, Jan 12th, 2017
HURON, With about $200,000 yet to go to finish paying for the $4.7 million Nordby Exhibit Hall for 4-H, Youth and Community, the South Dakota State Fair Foundation board is looking at hosting special fundraising events in the coming months.
Legislators approved up to $4.7 million in spending authority for the building, the new home of 4-H in the state.

James River Royal Family KIDS Camp changes lives: Assistant director speaks at Beadle County Republican Women luncheon

Posted: Wednesday, Jan 11th, 2017
HURON -- In just the first few days of a weeklong camp last summer, 19 foster kids came to realize that they can make changes in their lives.
It was obvious in their smiles, their attitudes and even in their prayers.
"It was amazing," said Kathy Van Heukelom, assistant director of the James River Royal Family KIDS Camp.
"It really

City covers light agenda Monday

Posted: Wednesday, Jan 11th, 2017
HURON -- City commissioners had a light agenda to consider on Monday.
They announced that they won't be meeting next Monday in observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.
The Monday garbage and recycling containers will be collected on Wednesday, Jan. 18. Containers should be out the night before as the trucks will not be rerouted.
In formal action,

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