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Watertown rallies to edge Huron

Posted: Saturday, Dec 20th, 2014
HURON -- Watertown needed a pin in the final match of the net to escape with a 37-36 victory against Huron Tigers in an Eastern South Dakota Conference wrestling dual on Thursday at Huron Arena.
Both teams claimed victories in seven weight classes, with the Arrows being able to amass one more point.
"In a close dual it comes
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‘Sweet Dreams’ from Slumberland: 15 beds and bedding are given away

Posted: Saturday, Dec 20th, 2014
"Worse than not realizing the dreams of your youth, would be to have been young and never dreamed at all." -- Jean Genet (1910-1986)
HURON -- It's hard to dream without a bed.
Once again Slumberland Furniture has made it possible for 15 more Beadle County people to end their days in their own bed.
Store owner, Rich Bragg and
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Woolridge Besch named new S.D. State Fair manager

Posted: Saturday, Dec 20th, 2014
HURON -- Peggy Woolridge Besch of Huron has been named South Dakota State Fair manager.
She succeeds Jerome Hertel, who recently became manager of the Alaska State Fair.
"The State Fair has a proud tradition and now I have the chance to add to the magic," Woolridge Besch said in a news release.
"I look forward to forging new relationships
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Making the most of marketing

Posted: Saturday, Dec 20th, 2014
The Huron Chamber & Visitors Bureau hosted Scott Meyer of 9 Clouds on Dec. 18 to present a two hour seminar on "Marketing & Social Media". Scott helped the marketing and technology business professionals of Huron and the surrounding area to better understand how businesses can use marketing and technology to connect with customers and look at trends and tips
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HRMC Board contributes $4,000 for Salvation Army food drive

Posted: Friday, Dec 19th, 2014
The Huron Regional Medical Center (HRMC) board of directors recently voted to contribute $4,000 for the Salvation Army's annual food drive, according to Dr. Karl Blessinger, HRMC board chairman.
"We, as a board, have always felt strongly about the worthwhile purpose the Salvation Army serves in assisting those in need in the Huron area" said Blessinger. "It is an
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Rail upgrades planned: $56 million to upgrade four rail projects

Posted: Thursday, Dec 18th, 2014
PIERRE -- Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced that a total of $56 million in public and private funds will be invested in four rail projects across the state. Because of these investments, a new $40 million grain handling facility in Britton and a $40 million grain shuttle loading facility in Kennebec will be opened. 
"The state has long recognized the importance
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S.D. Farm Bureau donates to exhibit hall

Posted: Thursday, Dec 18th, 2014
HURON -- The South Dakota Farm Bureau Federation has provided $25,000 toward the South Dakota State Fair Foundation for its new exhibit hall, and is also assisting in campaign fundraising in a number of other ways.
Earlier this year at DakotaFest, the State Fair Foundation was selected as one of three organizations to compete in Farm Bureau Financial's "Cast Your
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A merry Winter Festival Feaste

Modified: Wednesday, Dec 17th, 2014
The Huron musical department held their Winter Festival Feaste Sunday evening at the Huron Event Center. Attendees were treated to food and fine music preformed by various High School groups, including the Madrigals, prima chorale, the concert choir and the concert band.
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Dakota weather

Posted: Wednesday, Dec 17th, 2014
Huron police and a tow-truck respond to car that went off the road late Monday afternoon on Highway 37 Near the Runnings intersection.
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City commission approves ordinance allowing elections signs to go up earlier

Posted: Wednesday, Dec 17th, 2014
HURON -- Candidates and political parties will now be allowed to legally display campaign signs, banners and posters 75 days prior to each election after the City Commission adopted the ordinance change on Monday.
Previously, the signs were not allowed to be displayed until 60 days before the election.
They still must be removed within seven days after the election.
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Donika’s Shrine Hospital Project: 2015 will be big year for fundraising

Posted: Monday, Dec 15th, 2014
This time of year is all about giving. Donika Bjorke has been a generous soul all of her life. At the age of 5, she decided to help fellow Shrine Hospital patients by taking her extra crayons, color books and toys to the hospital on her visits to share with the other children. Now at age 15, Donika continues her
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The Bird Dogs get call from S.D. Rock ’n Roll Hall of Fame: Three Huron teens started band in 1962

Posted: Monday, Dec 15th, 2014
HURON -- Fifty years after three fresh-faced Huron teens emulated their rock ‘n roll heroes and sang and played for dance halls and clubs, the band they called The Bird Dogs is being inducted into the South Dakota Rock and Roll Music Association's Hall of Fame.
Front man and lead singer Terry Koch said he and Dennis Kuper and Lee
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Huron girls win season opener against Harrisburg

Posted: Monday, Dec 15th, 2014
HURON -- After leading by as many as 16 points in the opening half, the Huron girls' basketball team needed a pair of baskets in the final minute to earn a 44-41 victory against Harrisburg in the season opener for both teams on Friday at Huron Arena.
"It was a huge win for us," said Wade Stobbs, who is
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Johnson: ‘We have lost our way’

Posted: Saturday, Dec 13th, 2014
PIERRE (AP) -- Sen. Tim Johnson, the longest-serving Democratic federal officeholder in a Republican state, is leaving Congress with something most public servants don't receive in these partisan times: sincere praise from members of the other party.
South Dakota's senior senator said goodbye to his U.S. Senate colleagues Thursday in a speech in which he reiterated a call for bipartisanship
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Making the holidays brighter

Posted: Saturday, Dec 13th, 2014
Huron High School Boys' basketball team members spent early Friday evening shopping for toys at Lewis Drug for "Operation Toys," a project by Schoenhard Automotive Group and Big Jim 93.3 FM Radio to help Huron area children have a brighter Christmas. The toys are being collected today from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Schoenhard Ford at Second Street and Wisconsin
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Woodbury presented 2014 Glenn Shepard Pay It Forward award

Posted: Saturday, Dec 13th, 2014
HURON -- Erica Woodbury of Huron has been presented with the "2014 Glenn Shepard Pay It Forward" award in recognition of exemplary character and service to others.
"Generosity and kindness are common traits that Erica demonstrates on a daily basis; it just seems to come natural to her and is part of who she is," said Peggy Woolridge Besch, chief
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Vehicle hits parked car

Posted: Saturday, Dec 13th, 2014
A vehicle struck a parked car near the intersection of Ninth Street and Illinois Avenue Southwest late Thursday afternoon, pushing both vehicles onto the boulevard. A police car on the scene with its lights flashing is at left.
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Stone Church opens Santa Store

Posted: Friday, Dec 12th, 2014
The Santa Store at the Centennial Stone Church is now open for business.
The Santa Store offers a fun, safe place for children to shop for gifts for parents, siblings and other family members, as well as teachers, troop leaders, babysitters or neighbors, without mom or dad watching.
Kids are able to shop for Christmas presents with the help
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Thune: GOP majority still needs Dems to get things done

Posted: Friday, Dec 12th, 2014
HURON -- As he prepares to become South Dakota's senior senator, chair a committee and be in the Republican majority, Sen. John Thune is realistic about the job ahead.
It will still take 60 votes to get anything of consequence done, and there's always the threat of a presidential veto.
"The election didn't change the need to have Democrats in
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Tennis, anyone? Tennis Everyone committee shows off conceptual drawing

Modified: Thursday, Dec 11th, 2014
HURON -- The Tennis Everyone committee spent time Monday evening at both the Huron City Commission meeting as well as the Huron School Board where they unveiled a conceptual design that was given to Tennis Everyone by the United State's Tennis Association.
The plan is for 12 courts with three courts a piece surrounding a pavilion in the center. In
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Getting the crowd ready

Posted: Thursday, Dec 11th, 2014
The pep band at James Valley Christian School plays between games Tuesday night as the Vikings played Kimball-White Lake in the team's season opener.
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Do reindeer really know how to fly?

Posted: Wednesday, Dec 10th, 2014
Children gather around a pen in the Lewis Drug parking lot Sunday for a close look at Foxy and Snowflake, reindeer from Tip Top Camels & Reindeer Ranch owned by David and Carla Knecht of Bowdle.
Next, Davis McKinley of Huron and his sisters, Grace, center, and Anna, left, gather around Santa Claus, who was visiting children in the store
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District renews Arena contracts for year

Posted: Wednesday, Dec 10th, 2014
HURON -- The Huron School Board has renewed 10 of its 14 Arena sponsorships for the upcoming school year.
The district at a meeting earlier this fall decided to handle the contracting of the sponsorships on their own after exploring the idea of someone outside the district handling the contract.
According to the district's business manager, Kelly Christopherson, the district
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Commission hears preliminary proposal on new tennis courts

Posted: Wednesday, Dec 10th, 2014
HURON -- A group interested in pursuing construction of 12 tennis courts through a cooperative effort involving the school district and city is in the initial stages of sharing its ideas publicly.
While Huron has excellent tennis and other recreational facilities throughout the community, there is simply a need for more courts to keep pace with what's happening around the
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They found Christmas

Posted: Monday, Dec 8th, 2014
The We Found Sound Show Choir Company held their first two of four performances Saturday at the Huron Fine Arts Center. The program titled "A Thrill of Hope, a Weary World Rejoices," featured 18 musical selections.
The group is under the direction of Kristi Kattner and Katie Scheibe. The group will have the final two performances today at
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48 jobs projected lost if Dakota Central postal facility closes

Posted: Monday, Dec 8th, 2014
HURON, Closing and consolidating the Dakota Central Processing and Distribution Facility with the Sioux Falls operation next year will have a devastating economic impact on the Huron area with the loss of 48 middle-class postal jobs, findings in a report by the Fiscal Policy Institute show.
"The positive impact on the Sioux Falls area is not sufficient to prevent a
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North to Alaska: Hertel heads to new State Fair challenge in the last frontier

Posted: Monday, Dec 8th, 2014
HURON -- Jerome Hertel is fulfilling his dream and heading north to Alaska.
After nearly seven years as manager of the South Dakota State Fair, he will soon begin his new role as manager of the fair in Alaska.
"One thing I'm deeply grateful for is everything I've learned at the South Dakota State Fair," Hertel said in an interview.
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