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211 Helpline launches today!

Posted: Friday, Feb 12th, 2016
Today is Feb. 11, or 2-11, making it the perfect day to launch the new 211 Helpline Program in Beadle County. Pictured is Tori White, the United Way Heartland Region fundraising drive co-chairm as she prepares to deliver candy bouquets - and important information - as part of today's official launch. White and 211 volunteer Karen Janes and UWHR director,
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Delegation gives thumbs-up to stronger sanction enforcement

Posted: Friday, Feb 12th, 2016
HURON, A bipartisan bill to strengthen the enforcement of sanctions on North Korea as punishment for advancing its nuclear weapons program will hopefully lead to meaningful change in the regime, Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., said Wednesday.
North Korea's leaders have been unwilling to abide by international norms by using provocative measures like its Sunday satellite launch, he said.
That test
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Ducks Unlimited preps property for conservation

Posted: Friday, Feb 12th, 2016
HURON -- Nearly a half-section of property purchased at auction last summer by the non-profit conservation group Ducks Unlimited is expected to be among the first plots using cover crops in conjunction with cropland.
"The former landowner, Brian Baum, sold properties at auction last year and Ducks Unlimited purchased a 310-acre parcel that is three miles south and about a
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Taking the proper steps along the path: See end article for a 15-question citizenship quiz

Posted: Thursday, Feb 11th, 2016
HURON -- On most weekdays, you'll see a steady stream of individuals streaming into and out off Cornerstones Career Learning Center. They are coming and going from a variety of classes at the Center - more than a dozen different offerings are on the winter course schedule, including some basic Microsoft word processing instruction, some introductory software instruction on bookkeeping
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Manager highlights Splash Central changes

Posted: Thursday, Feb 11th, 2016
HURON, Warm weather may seem like a long way off when it's early February, but Huron's Splash Central water park will soon be alive with activity.
Manager Kileey Griebel, in the position nearly a year, says park patrons will see some changes when they visit in a few months.
In a presentation at the Beadle County Republican Women luncheon on
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Local resident presented ‘Friend of Rural Water’ for second time

Posted: Thursday, Feb 11th, 2016
Pictured from left are U.S.D.A Field Representative Patrick Hemen and South Dakota Association of Rural Water Systems (SDARWS) Board President Ron Gillen. Gillen presented the 2016 SDARWS "Friend of Rural Water" award at the recent technical conference in Pierre.
PHOTO COURTESY OF SDARWS
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Commission, department heads review policies

Posted: Thursday, Feb 11th, 2016
HURON, Department heads in Beadle County government met with the County Commission Tuesday to review changes in the general policies they will work with for the rest of the year.
As commissioners reorganize each January, they spend time revisiting the policies to consider revisions.
The policies impact elected officials, department heads and employees in the union.
Policies lay out the
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Director of criticized SDDC abruptly retires

Posted: Thursday, Feb 11th, 2016
REDFIELD (AP) -- The director of the South Dakota Developmental Center in Redfield has retired following criticism by some former employees.
Jan Banghart announced her decision to retire immediately in an email to workers on Monday. She did not elaborate on her reasons.
"Remember to be proud of what you do and who you are, as you are truly compassionate,
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House approves 1210; would assist Huron in HEC situation

Posted: Thursday, Feb 11th, 2016
PIERRE, A bill making its way through the state Legislature to help the City of Huron deal with the emergency situation with the closing of Verto's Restaurant and Bar has passed the full House.
The measure eliminates the restriction that prohibits municipalities from issuing an on-sale license for city auditoriums and convention halls unless they have a population of at
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Local groups do well at State One-Act Festival

Posted: Wednesday, Feb 10th, 2016
SIOUX FALLS -- Four Heartland area schools took one-act plays to this past weekend's S.D. High School Activities One-Act Play Festival at O'Gorman High School, and they brought home three Superior Play awards for their work.
Huron's four-person cast -- Jesse Iverson, Sam Gilbert, Cameron Schroder and Rachel Smith -- presented "Blue Horses," under the direction of Molly Perry and
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Conservation group to hold banquet Thursday

Posted: Wednesday, Feb 10th, 2016
HURON -- The local chapter of a leading conservation organization will host its fifth banquet Thursday evening, its main fundraising event that helps support hunting programs for Huron area kids.
Delta Waterfowl, which traces its origin to 1911 and has headquarters in Bismarck and Winnipeg, is older than many similar organizations, but is becoming more well known because of a
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Commission votes to increase special event licenses

Posted: Wednesday, Feb 10th, 2016
HURON, The City Commission has taken final action on an ordinance to increase the number of special event alcoholic beverage licenses within one year from 15 to 52 to provide more flexibility after the Crossroads Hotel owners relinquished their licenses to the state and closed the restaurant and bar.
Those wanting to host special events at the Event Center will
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School approves resolutions to finance and refinance

Posted: Wednesday, Feb 10th, 2016
HURON -- The Huron School Board unanimously decided to pass two resolutions: one to finance new construction and re-finance some older work; and one to pre-refinance other construction.
A total bond amount of $6,035,000 will cover the financing of the facilities construction project, which includes upgrades on the football field, eight new tennis courts, and paving of the parking
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Huron man sentenced in Illinois for sexual blackmail

Posted: Wednesday, Feb 10th, 2016
CHAMPAIGN, Ill -- A South Dakota man has been sentenced to more than two decades in prison for blackmailing a 13-year-old Champaign girl to send him nude photos of herself.
U.S. District Judge Colin S. Bruce sentenced Austin A. Burns, 21, of Huron to 22 1/2 years in federal prison, five years of supervised release and registration as a sex
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WW II veteran receives medal 70 years later

Posted: Monday, Feb 8th, 2016
RAPID CITY (AP) -- An 89-year-old Navy veteran who served during World War II finally has received his medal, 70 years after his service to the country.
U.S. Sen. John Thune pinned the Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal on Morris Hallock during a luncheon Friday at the Holiday Hills Estates independent senior living facility.
Hallock served as a Navy signalman
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Health and Wellness Expo set for Feb. 24

Posted: Monday, Feb 8th, 2016
HURON -- A Health and Wellness Expo designed to integrate students and medical businesses is set for 1 to 3 p.m. Feb. 24 at Huron High School.
The event is part of the plan of work by the Huron Workforce Development effort.
Dentists, hygienists, veterinarians, physical therapists, massage therapists, nurses, doctors, X-ray technicians, radiologists, counselors and any other specialists are
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Fascination becomes a lifetime taxidermy career for Huron man

Posted: Monday, Feb 8th, 2016
HURON -- It started simply, as things like it tend to do -- with a fascination and a desire to give it a try.
Today, Huron taxidermist Del McHugh is so busy turning out masterful full body and shoulder mounts for customers from around the world he has no time to finish his own.
"I was always fascinated with taxidermy,"
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Bill to allow guns in Capitol, courthouses moves forward: Enhanced permits on the rise in the state

Posted: Monday, Feb 8th, 2016
PIERRE (AP) -- A state House committee has approved a bill that would allow people to carry concealed weapons in the South Dakota Capitol or county courthouses if they have an enhanced permit.
The House State Affairs committee voted 7-6 to approve the bill. It now goes to the full chamber for consideration.
The enhanced permit to carry was created
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Event center licensing sails through committee: Legislation sponsored by Huron representatives would assist in Huron Event Center liquor licensing

Posted: Monday, Feb 8th, 2016
HURON, Emergency legislation to help the city of Huron in the aftermath of the closing of Verto's Restaurant and Bar has sailed through a House committee on a unanimous vote.
The bill eliminates the restriction that prohibits municipalities from issuing an on-sale license for city auditoriums and convention halls unless they have a population of at least 35,000 people.
HB
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Finding lifelong friends in the Peace Corps

Posted: Saturday, Feb 6th, 2016
HURON -- On rugged, remote mountainsides in Chile, Connie Vicuna found lifelong friends.
As a Peace Corps volunteer for nearly four years in the 1970s, she was part of a team that sought the habitats of endangered wild chinchillas they trapped, tagged and then released.
Vicuna had earned her master's degree in wildlife biology and, since she had been a
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‘Hair of the Dog’ bar crawl benefits BCHS

Posted: Saturday, Feb 6th, 2016
‘Hair of the Dog' bar crawl benefits BCHSHURON -- Local watering holes kicked off the new year with a combination of motivation, social interaction and games, all while raising money for a worthy cause.
On Saturday, Jan. 16, a seven-hour bar crawl called "Hair of the Dog Bar Crawl," was hosted across Huron as a fundraiser for the Beadle County
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Unionizing discussions planned at state Developmental Center

Posted: Saturday, Feb 6th, 2016
REDFIELD (AP) -- A union representing government workers has scheduled meetings with employees at the South Dakota Developmental Center that is plagued by worker complaints and staff shortages.
Some former employees claimed the center has a hostile administration and a dangerous work environment. The facility is also chronically short of staff, resulting in required overtime for some employees.
The American
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Deadline change for a garden plot

Posted: Saturday, Feb 6th, 2016
HURON -- The deadline to reserve a plot at the Huron Community Friendship Garden for those who had a plot last year is today, not Feb. 12.
Beginning Monday, the remaining plots will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Due to incorrect information given to the Plainsman, the dates were wrong in the Thursday newspaper.
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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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That’s 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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Verto’s 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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