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Washington students strive to fill their buckets

Posted: Monday, Dec 5th, 2016
HURON -- Sometimes a senseless tragedy that strikes one family leads to true meaning that touches the lives of countless others.
It's what's playing out each day at the Washington 4-5 Center.
"What we're trying to do here is have the kids understand that opening the door for someone, saying hello, good morning, saying how are you today, let me
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Christmas Basket program wraps up

Modified: Monday, Dec 5th, 2016
More than $30,045 was raised over four nights during the 68th annual Salvation Army Christmas Basket Program. Among groups performing Thursday were the Wolsey-Wessington Band and Holy Trinity's Choir of Angels.
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Dueling Guitars featured at Huron Ag Appreciation Banquet

Posted: Monday, Dec 5th, 2016
Musicians Pat Balder, left, and Glen Everhart, right, called a volunteer from the audience to join them on stage Thursday night during Huron's Ag Appreciation Banquet at the Huron Event Center. Balder and Everhart also left the stage to find various dancing partners in the audience.
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Abuse advocate speaks at Democratic forum

Posted: Monday, Dec 5th, 2016
HURON -- Advocates for victims of domestic abuse and sexual assault are special people who truly care for the well-being of people who are hurting physically, emotionally and financially, all the while struggling to raise children, the president of the Jan Manolis Family Safe Center said.
"You have to have the passion, or it just doesn't work," president and center
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Shop Local Saturday and WIN-ter Fest

Posted: Monday, Dec 5th, 2016
HURON -- Shop Local Saturday is a promotion of the Huron Chamber & Visitors Bureau to encourage residents to do their shopping locally before looking online or going out of town. The promotion continues each first Saturday of the month.
The next Shop Local Saturday is Dec. 3.
"Shopping local strengthens the economic base of the community, keeps our community
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County Commission notes

Posted: Monday, Dec 5th, 2016
HURON -- Beadle County commissioners on Wednesday hired Zach Nelson to become emergency management director, effective Dec. 19.
He is succeeding the retiring Tom Moeding.
They also accepted the resignation due to retirement of Jean Pastian in the director of equalization office.
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State champions dominate 11AA All-State team: Kretschmar, Heinz, Evers earn honors for Tigers

Posted: Friday, Dec 2nd, 2016
It was a banner year for the Mitchell High School football team in 2016, and the achievements continue to roll in after the school's first playoff-era state title.
Nine Kernels have been named to the Class 11AA all-state football team, as selected by South Dakota Football Coaches Association.  
Mitchell led all Class 11AA teams with nine players, while
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Commission adopts new comprehensive plan

Posted: Friday, Dec 2nd, 2016
HURON, After months of work, a new comprehensive plan that will be in effect until 2036 has been adopted, and Beadle County commissioners are now on pace to approve new zoning ordinances early next year.
In a contract with the Northeast Council of Governments, the process of rewriting the plan began last spring.
Planning commissioners made changes based on public
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Salvation Army’s Christmas Basket wraps up tonight

Posted: Friday, Dec 2nd, 2016
HURON -- The 68th annual Salvation Army Christmas Basket will wrap up tonight, with a solid listing of local groups to entertain -- and perhaps coax a pledge or two -- from its listeners.
After three nights, this year's unofficial pledge total is $23,898.
The Wolsey-Wessington band starts the evening's festivities off at 6:30 p.m., followed by Holy Trinity's Choir of
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Pickin’ & Pluckin’ 2016

Posted: Thursday, Dec 1st, 2016
The 7th Annual Pickin' & Pluckin' Bluegrass concert fundraiser was held Tuesday night at The Plains.
Shown first, the "Pheasant Band," who come and play each year, from the left are Leigh Gibson, Jason Carter, Barry Bales Keith Williams and Jim Mills.
Next, Gibson, Bales and Williams combine instruments and voices on a three-part harmony number.
And next, Huron's own James
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Moore: State’s Marsy’s Law decision an ‘inappropriate distraction’

Posted: Thursday, Dec 1st, 2016
HURON, A decision by state government attorneys that now limits the type of information that the Department of Public Safety can release about state reportable crashes because of passage of Marsy's Law is a distraction that is totally inappropriate, says Beadle County State's Attorney Mike Moore.
South Dakota voters passed the constitutional amendment earlier this month that establishes a bill
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Tonight on the Salvation Army’s Christmas Basket program

Posted: Thursday, Dec 1st, 2016
HURON -- After strong support over the first two nights -- Monday's unofficial pledge total was $6,607 and Tuesday was close behind at $5,820 -- the 68th annual Salvation Army Christmas Basket fundraiser program welcomes some old friends back to the Huron High School stage.
On Wednesday night, the First Presbyterian Church Choir leads off at 6:30 p.m., followed by the
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Getting into the holiday spirit!

Posted: Wednesday, Nov 30th, 2016
The 68th annual Salvation Army Christmas Basket Program began Monday night with the Huron Middle School seventh- and eighth-grade chorus and band, followed by the Huron High School Concert Choir, HHS orchestra and HHS concert band.
Shown in the first two photos are members of the HHS concert band performing.
Next, program emcees Ken Lindblad, left, and Frank Palleria, hold
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Answering the call of nature at humane society

Posted: Wednesday, Nov 30th, 2016
HURON -- Walking into the Beadle County Humane Society can seem at first a bit overwhelming, something that executive director Kim Krueger and caretaker Kevin Bowersox can attest to. They currently have a surging feline population, perhaps twenty-five to thirty cats, of every age, size, color and temperament seeking foster care or longterm adoption into healthy, happy families.
As Kevin
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City considers consent agenda Monday night

Posted: Wednesday, Nov 30th, 2016
HURON -- It was the shortest City Commission meeting in years.
Maybe the shortest ever in Huron history.
Just three minutes long.
But then only consent agenda items had to be considered Monday. And, according to the rules, matters appearing on the consent agenda, there because they are expected to be non-controversial, are acted upon by the commission at one
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School Board plans conferences

Posted: Wednesday, Nov 30th, 2016
HURON -- The Huron Board of Education expediently handled the business of continuing the school year at their Monday night meeting. Member Garret Bischoff was unable to attend.
After the call to order, pledge, and agenda adoption, quick note was made of significant upcoming dates. High School Parent/Teacher conferences are December 6.
There was no community input on items not
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Two die in Saturday morning crash

Posted: Wednesday, Nov 30th, 2016
HIGHMORE -- Two people were killed in a one-vehicle crash Saturday morning south of Highmore.
The female driver, age 30, and the male passenger, age 39, were not wearing seatbelts and were ejected from the vehicle. Both were pronounced dead at the scene.
The Highway Patrol said the 1996 Ford Explorer was northbound on Highway 47 just before 10 a.m.
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Man injured in rollover near Huron

Posted: Wednesday, Nov 30th, 2016
HURON -- An 80-year-old male driver suffered life-threatening injuries in a one-vehicle rollover one mile south of Huron Friday morning, authorities said.
He was wearing a seatbelt, but charges are pending.
He was taken by ambulance to Huron Regional Medical Center and then airlifted to a Sioux Falls hospital.
The state is reviewing the impacts of passage of Marsy's Law
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Teddy Bear toss

Posted: Tuesday, Nov 29th, 2016
Fans attending the Huron All Stars vs. Aberdeen Cougars ice hockey game at Bergman Arena Saturday tossed dozens of stuffed animals onto the ice after Huron scored the first goal. The game was held as part of the Rooster Cup Tournament.
All of the Teddy bears will be donated to the Huron Salvation Army Angel Tree program.
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One-stop shopping for children returns to Huron for Christmas: Sweet Christmas Santa Shoppe set up in Stone Church for children to shop daily from Dec. 3-9

Posted: Tuesday, Nov 29th, 2016
HURON -- The Santa Shoppe just for kids is gearing up to open next week.
The Sweet Christmas Santa Shoppe is set up in the old Stone Church on the corner of Kansas Avenue Southeast and Fourth Street.
The inside is decorated with Christmas trees, wreaths and vintage toys, all with a sweet theme.
The Dakotaland Museum sponsors the
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Salvation Army Christmas Food Basket program begins Monday: 20 groups to perform during four-night event at HHS Auditorium

Posted: Tuesday, Nov 29th, 2016
HURON -- The 68th annual Salvation Army Christmas Food Basket Program will be held Monday, Nov. 28, through Thursday, Dec. 1, at the Huron High School Auditorium.
The event gets underway each night at 6:30 p.m. and can be heard live on Huron radio station KOKK or viewed on the Huron Tiger Network (Midcontinent Cable Channel 6) or on
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Christmas Around the World

Posted: Monday, Nov 28th, 2016
Winners in Friday night's Parade of Lights in Huron were Dakota Provisions for most creative entry; Terex for best lit; Dakotaride Sled Dogs for best portrayal of business; Boy Scout Troops 151; and Windriders ABATE for best nonprofit.
The People's choice award went to Dakotaride Sled Dogs.
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Roll-over accident near Huron Friday

Modified: Monday, Nov 28th, 2016
Highway patrol and other officials work to extract a person from a vehicle that was involved in a roll-over accident just south of Huron on Friday.
The Huron Ambulance also responded.
No other information was available at press time.
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1947 caboose in new home

Posted: Monday, Nov 28th, 2016
A 1947 railroad caboose that had been in the backyard of Jeanne Bauder of Huron for nearly 40 years was dedicated in a ceremony Oct. 29 at the S.D. Railroad Museum in Hill City,
Jeanne Bauder of Huron waves from the platform of the caboose at the museum in Hill City.
In the next photo, an extensive collection of
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Giving thanks together

Posted: Monday, Nov 28th, 2016
More than 500 meals were served during the Community Thanksgiving Dinner Thursday at First United Methodist Church.
Next, Mary Hershman holds a plate to be filled for delivery.
And next, from left, Bill Fast, Mary Jane Fast and Pat Wilson, pile on the food!
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Turkey Trot

Posted: Monday, Nov 28th, 2016
A total of 37 people participated in the Thanksgiving Day Trot for the Troops event held Thursday at Ravine Lake.
In the second photo, Wayne Carr rides his bike at the start of the event.
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Crash reports no longer public after voters OK Marsy’s Law

Posted: Monday, Nov 28th, 2016
SIOUX FALLS (AP) -- South Dakota law enforcement authorities are no longer releasing vehicle crash information because doing so could violate a constitutional amendment approved by voters this month.
The state's Department of Public Safety suspended access to an online crash report database after the ballot measure known as Marsy's Law went into effect following the Nov. 8 election. The
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Group works to save Thanksgiving dinner for visiting hockey team

Posted: Friday, Nov 25th, 2016
HURON -- Members of the Neepawa Tigers hockey team from Manitoba, Canada, can expect a Thanksgiving feast with all the trimmings when they roll into Huron this evening for the annual Rooster Cup Tournament that begins Friday.
The bus carrying about 40 -- including hockey players, parents and coaches -- is expected to arrive at the Huron Area Senior Center for
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A tree fit for (and in) the Capitol...

Modified: Friday, Nov 25th, 2016
The 40-foot Colorado Blue Spruce, now trimmed to 28 feet in height, strung with thousands of white lights and laden with hundreds of ornaments, flags, and more by the Mount Rushmore Society, will oversee happenings in the state capitol building through the holiday.
The tree was donated by Bob and Cheryl Krutzfeldt of Huron, after their daughter brought it
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De Smet celebrates selection as Bush Foundation award winner

Posted: Friday, Nov 25th, 2016
DE SMET, De Smet is celebrating what is considered to be a huge prize for the town, a 2016 Bush Foundation Prize for Community Innovation that totals nearly $300,000.
"This award is such an honor for De Smet and it will be a wonderful showcase for our community across the entire Midwest region," said Rita Anderson, chairman of the board
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A late entry...

Posted: Friday, Nov 25th, 2016
This baseball, autographed by Chicago Cubs pitcher Trevor Cahill, is a late entry into the list of items available at this year's James Valley Christian School Auction. The auction begins Saturday afternoon and evening. A second day of the fundraising auction will take place on Monday, at the school gymnasium.
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Calling for volunteers for the Parade of Lights

Posted: Friday, Nov 25th, 2016
HURON -- The Huron Chamber and Visitors Bureau is seeking volunteers to assist with tomorrow night's Parade of Lights. If you are able to lend a hand, call the Chamber on Friday at 352-0000.
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LETA grad...

Posted: Thursday, Nov 24th, 2016
Taj Lark of the Huron Police Department was among the 44 most recent graduates of the S.D. Law Enforcement Training Academy in Pierre. Lark is pictured with S.D. Attorney General Marty Jackley at the gradudation, following 13-weeks of training at the LETA facility in Pierre.
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Get your workout in BEFORE you eat this year

Posted: Thursday, Nov 24th, 2016
HURON, The Turkey Trot Family Walk and Little Gobbler Run begins with registration and check-in from 8:15 to 8:45 a.m. at Ravine Lake on Thursday, Thankgiving Day.
Race start time is 9 a.m.
There will be prizes of all kinds, including for best dressed.
The cost is $25 per person to be paid at the chamber office or on race
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Fire Marshal encourages fire safety during Thanksgiving

Posted: Thursday, Nov 24th, 2016
PIERRE -- Amidst all of the Thanksgiving Day food and celebration, South Dakotans are being reminded once again to be careful with fires.
State Fire Marshal Paul Merriman says many people don't realize how important fire safety is on Thanksgiving, especially with so many people cooking at home.
"Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires," he says. "National
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5th annual Veterans Holiday Relief Drive

Posted: Thursday, Nov 24th, 2016
HURON -- Please join the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 69 of Wolsey in assisting the Department of South Dakota American Legion Auxiliary and partners in the 5th annual Veterans' Holiday Relief Drive, providing a comfortable holiday season to our veterans, military members, and their families that may be homeless or in need through Jan. 30.
Contribute "Buddy Baskets" or "Buddy
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Fraternal Order of Police food drive ...

Posted: Wednesday, Nov 23rd, 2016
Huron Police Officers Sarah Bowen and Sam Freng (at left) picked up food that was collected by local schools for the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 3A food drive. Between all of the schools that participated, the police were able to drop off three pickup truck loads of nonperishable food at the Salvation Army. Participating schools this year were
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Beef Bucks for Law Enforcement ...

Posted: Wednesday, Nov 23rd, 2016
South Dakota Highway Patrol, again this holiday season, has Beef Bucks available to give to law enforcement families in need. The donation comes from Beef Bucks, Inc., which is a non-profit organization based in De Smet, that promotes the beef industry and educates consumers. Pictured are Major Rick Miller and the Color Guard of the SDHP along with the Beef
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City allows Advanced Sunflower to use former Kmart for storage: City approves three variance requests Monday

Posted: Wednesday, Nov 23rd, 2016
HURON -- A variance to allow Advanced Sunflower to store bagged seed products primarily in the former Kmart end of the Huron Mall has been approved by the City Commission.
The mall, which was the variance applicant, is leasing the space to the company. Mall manager Dawn Eining said residential and retail sectors are moving to the south end of
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S.D. poultry production bounces back from bird flu: Dakota Provisions is back up to speed

Posted: Wednesday, Nov 23rd, 2016
MITCHELL (AP) -- Some South Dakota egg producers are finally feeling some relief a year after the bird flu resulted in the deaths of millions of birds across the Midwest.
The outbreak's effects led to soaring egg prices and hardship for egg producers and turkey farmers in the spring and summer of 2015, the Daily Republic reported.
Last month, Flandreau-based
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