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Brilliant display of color

Modified: Wednesday, Oct 1st, 2014
This tree on the corner of 10th Street and Idaho Avenue Southeast is a beautiful reminder that fall is just around the corner.
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Afternoon tea for Spirit of Dakota

Posted: Wednesday, Oct 1st, 2014
Getting ready to host the 12 Spirit of Dakota nominees and their guests for tea on Saturday afternoon at the historic home of Rosaline and Brian Crabb are members of the Spirit of Dakota Tea Committee. From left are, chairman Beckie Freeman, Sarah Rubish, Erica McNeil, Darcy Haber and Jenny Sorben. Not pictured is Jane Meekins.
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Dakota Central targeted for closure as soon as early 2015: USPS: Impacted employees to be notified

Posted: Wednesday, Oct 1st, 2014
HURON -- Dakota Central Processing and Distribution Facility in Huron and 81 other U.S. Postal Service sites nationwide are scheduled for consolidation beginning as early as January and continuing into the fall of 2015.
Since an emotional December 2011 public hearing in Huron, the writing has been on the wall for the Huron facility despite opposition from residents and local
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City adopts $35.1M budget for 2015

Posted: Wednesday, Oct 1st, 2014
HURON -- A $35.1 million budget for 2015 has been given second and final reading by the City Commission.
It is a 15 percent increase over this year, however, $7 million in the new budget is for an airport runway expansion project that is to be financed by $6.3 million in federal funds.
The $700,000 balance will be evenly split
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Growing “Expo”nentially

Posted: Monday, Sep 29th, 2014
The 2014 Women's Expo had plenty of things for women to expand their horizons whether it be new talents, new information or new tools.
In the first photo, women try their hands at painting a country landscape at the Wine and Canvas booth at the Expo Building on the South Dakota State Fairgrounds on Saturday.
Next, a Dakota Restaurant
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Plainsman reporter to do mission work in India

Posted: Monday, Sep 29th, 2014
HURON -- Shiloh Appel has known she would be called to do mission work since her dad felt the same way about a dozen years ago.
"I just want to be able to help people out, and introduce them to Jesus," the 20-year-old Redfield native said.
She will embark on her first mission experience in mid-October, when she flies to
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iHomecoming on parade

Posted: Monday, Sep 29th, 2014
Huron High School's homecoming parade marched through town Friday afternoon. On the Farmers & Merchants Bank float, participants hold banners announcing the year they graduate(d) from high school.
Next, members of Huron High School Marching Band perform.
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State Fair manager takes position in Alaska

Posted: Monday, Sep 29th, 2014
HURON (AP) -- The fair-grounds manager of the South Dakota State Fair is headed to Alaska to oversee its fair.
KOKK-AM reports the Alaska State Fair announced South Dakota's Jerome Hertel will become general manager in Palmer, Alaska, in December. Hertel has overseen the South Dakota fair for almost seven years and helped it reach over 200,000 attendees this past
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St. Lawrence receives funds for wastewater lagoon repairs

Posted: Monday, Sep 29th, 2014
ST. LAWRENCE -- A $373,000 financial package to St. Lawrence for repairs to its wastewater lagoon has been approved by the state Board of Water and Natural Resources.
It includes a $180,000 Consolidated Water Facilities Construction grant and a $193,000 Clean Water State Revolving Fund loan. Loan terms are 3.25 percent for 30 years.
The project involves reshaping the berm
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Last of stained glass reinstalled at S.D. Capitol

Posted: Monday, Sep 29th, 2014
PIERRE (AP) -- Officials have wrapped up a $3 million project to restore stained glass windows at the South Dakota Capitol.
KCCR radio reports that the last of the glass was put back in place above the House chamber this week, completing nearly two years of planning and work. The project was started after an assessment found problems caused by
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HHS royalty crowned

Posted: Saturday, Sep 27th, 2014
Lexi Eckmann and Jeremiah Johnson were crowned Thursday night as the Huron High School's Homecoming Queen and King for 2014. Lexi is the 18-year-old daughter of Scott Eckmann and Teresa Haatvedt, while Jeremiah is the 17-year-old son of Gary and the late Lisa Johnson. The school will have a parade Friday afternoon in downtown Huron starting at 2 p.m. followed
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Weiland still working the entire state for votes

Modified: Saturday, Sep 27th, 2014
HURON -- With five weeks left before Election Day, Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Rick Weiland feels good about his chances of victory, but predicts whichever way it goes it will be a close finish between him and former Gov. Mike Rounds.
After other East River stops Thursday morning, he brought his "Take it Back" campaign to Huron before moving on
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Timm to join HHS Athletic Hall of Fame

Posted: Friday, Sep 26th, 2014
Pat Timm of Aberdeen says to achieve success in wrestling an individual must be attentive and passionate with the sport.
Timm, head wrestling coach at Northern State University in Aberdeen, will be inducted into the Huron High School Hall of Fame Saturday.
Timm enjoyed success in four sports at Huron. He also was a star wrestler at South
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Man charged in soda pop robbery pleads not guilty

Posted: Friday, Sep 26th, 2014
HURON (AP) -- A Lane man accused of using a hand gun to steal soda pop from a Huron convenience store has pleaded not guilty to two charges by reason of insanity.
KOKK-AM reports that 61-year-old Martin Moeller has entered his plea to charges of first-degree robbery and commission of a felony with a firearm.
The charges stem from an
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Huron police receive $10K grant for drug investigation

Posted: Friday, Sep 26th, 2014
HURON -- A $10,584 grant to be used for cellular forensic equipment in drug investigations has been awarded to the Huron Police Department, Attorney General Marty Jackley said.
The grant is from the Drug Control Fund, which assists local law enforcement in drug control and apprehension.
"The Drug Control Fund allows law enforcement to combat controlled substance abuse by funding
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Making it possible to feed many: Christens donate $1 million to Feeding South Dakota

Posted: Thursday, Sep 25th, 2014
HURON -- South Dakota philanthropists Donna and Paul Christen have made a gift of $1 million to Feeding South Dakota -- marking the second seven-figure gift the nonprofit hunger relief organization has received in the past year.
"Quite simply, we believe in South Dakota, and we believe in Feeding South Dakota's mission," said Paul Christen. "Donna and I have
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Wollman sentenced in connection with Tailgate fire

Posted: Thursday, Sep 25th, 2014
HURON -- A judge has sentenced one of two Huron women involved with the March fire at the Tailgate restaurant to a jail term and significant restitution.
Kathleen J. Wollman, 55, of Huron, was sentenced Tuesday after pleading guilty to misprision of a felony in a plea agreement.
She must pay a fine of $500 plus court costs and was
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Huron to host prescription drug take back Saturday

Posted: Thursday, Sep 25th, 2014
HURON -- Unwanted prescription drugs can be dropped off for disposal at City Hall on Saturday in another Take-Back program offered by the Huron Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration.
It prevents pill abuse and theft by ridding homes of potentially dangerous, expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs.
Hours of the drop-off at 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at
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National Family Night activities

Posted: Wednesday, Sep 24th, 2014
National Family Night was held Monday evening at the former Beadle County Extension building on the S.D. State Fairgrounds. Sponsored by tbe Beadle County Risk and Resource Team and coordinated by Kristin Wheeler, the event featured a supper for families to eat together, the Shadow Riders were present for kids to get pictures on motorcycles and the United Way Heartland
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HHS plans homecoming celebration this week

Posted: Wednesday, Sep 24th, 2014
HURON -- The Huron High School Student Council has finalized plans for Homecoming 2014. The theme is "iHomecoming #HHSthrutheages."
The events include:
Today
"Best of Times" dress up day
• 3 p.m. -- Varsity Girls Soccer
• 5 p.m. -- Varsity Boys Soccer
• 5:30 p.m. -- Cheer & Dance Competition
Wednesday
"Way Back Wednesday" dress-up day.
• 3:30
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School Board opts to not use opt-out funds

Posted: Wednesday, Sep 24th, 2014
HURON --The Huron School Board, after hearing a recommendation from the district's Business Manager Kelly Christopherson, decided to not use a penny of the $775,000 that school district asked for by setting an opt-out earlier in the year.
With a final decision needed by Oct. 1 so that Beadle County could assess the taxpayers the proper amount for their 2015
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Variance for mobile homes denied Monday

Posted: Wednesday, Sep 24th, 2014
HURON -- A variance request to allow Oscar Garza of Huron to place three mobile homes on two single-family residential lots at the corner of Fourth Street and Ordway Avenue Southwest has been denied by the City Commission.
Garza had planned to purchase the property from Darwyn Sawvell if the variance had been approved.
Sawvell, speaking on behalf of the
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Ready to run, run, run

Posted: Monday, Sep 22nd, 2014
Boys' varsity runners race from the starting line Saturday at the Huron Invitational Cross Country Meet held at Broadland Creek Golf Course. The site will also host the Eastern South Dakota Conference Meet Oct. 11 and the State Meet Oct. 25.
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KSFY’s Courtney Collen to Emcee S.D. Women’s Expo

Posted: Monday, Sep 22nd, 2014
HURON -- KSFY Television's Weekend News Anchor Courtney Collen will again emcee the SD Women's Expo on Sat., Sept. 27, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the South Dakota State Fairgrounds.
Collen, who joined KSFY in January 2011, was born in Scottsdale, Ariz. And is a proud, second-generation graduate of the University of Arizona. As emcee, she will be on-hand
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Rounds to kick off GOP women’s convention

Posted: Monday, Sep 22nd, 2014
HURON -- Republican U.S. Senate candidate and former Gov. Mike Rounds will kick off the 2014 South Dakota Federation of Republican Women's convention next weekend in Huron.
Rounds will speak at the Friday Fun Night at Andy's Antique Barn near Lake Byron.
Other speakers will include Public Utilities Commission member Gary Hanson and Treasurer Rich Sattgast.
The federation will convene
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SDSU students working on improvements to Kansas Mall

Posted: Monday, Sep 22nd, 2014
HURON, An initial project in a multi-year partnership between the city of Huron and two dozen South Dakota State University students and faculty is zeroing in on how to make improvements to what is known as the Kansas Mall.
It has a third partner in this particular case, the National Precast Concrete Institute, which is donating a piece of custom
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Bulldogs cruise to win

Posted: Monday, Sep 22nd, 2014
De Smet-Iroquois' Matt Larson avoids a tackle by Oldham-Ramona/Rutland's Cole Brown during their homecoming game on Friday in Iroquois.
Next, De Smet-Iroquois quarterback Broderick Poppinga grabs the ball out of the air on a mishandled snap during Friday's game against Oldham-Ramona/Rutland in Iroquois.
De Smet-Iroquois rolled to a 48-6 victory to improve to 2-1.
PHOTOS BY MIKE CARROLL/PLAINSMAN
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Schultz: Voters paying attention to Secretary of State race: Demo hopeful addresses local campaign forum

Posted: Saturday, Sep 20th, 2014
HURON -- Although she's running her campaign on a shoestring budget and depending on personal appearances and social media to get her message out, Democratic secretary of state candidate Angelia Schultz says it's a great time to be in the race.
Voters are paying attention to the controversy and mismanagement in Pierre, specifically with that office, she said Thursday.
"We
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DCI arrest Huron teacher on two charges

Posted: Saturday, Sep 20th, 2014
HURON -- Seventh-grade teacher Thomas Mark Wendelgass of Huron has been arrested and charged with two misdemeanors stemming from alleged inappropriate conversations between him and a child under the age of 18, Attorney General Marty Jackley said Thursday.
Wendelgass, 30, is charged with one count of disseminating material harmful to minors and one count of possession of marijuana. Both are
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Beadle County 4-H raises $103,000 for new exhibit hall

Posted: Friday, Sep 19th, 2014
HURON -- Beadle County 4-H members have exceeded their $75,000 fundraising goal for the South Dakota State Fair Foundation's construction of a new exhibit hall. To date, they have raised $103,000 and are still actively carrying out fundraising activities. This is in addition to the $500,000 fundraising goal set by the rest of the 4-H'ers in South Dakota.
Beadle County
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Huron Young Professionals raise $2K-plus for new 4-H Exhibit Hall on fairgrounds

Posted: Friday, Sep 19th, 2014
HURON -- The Huron Young Professionals held a Glow Golf Tournament in August to benefit the S.D. State Fair Foundation for the new 4-H exhibit hall.
Justin Picek, owner of Picek Construction was a major sponsor of the event along with the Huron Country Club and S.D. Wheat Growers, who generously matched $1,000 of the proceeds.
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A lot full of classics

Posted: Thursday, Sep 18th, 2014
The Knights of Columbus hosted a Classic Car Show Tuesday evening in the parking lot of Holy Trinity Catholic Church. The event was rescheduled due to poor weather at a prior schedule. The cars were on display from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
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Fire call at 3rd and Wyoming SW

Posted: Thursday, Sep 18th, 2014
According to police records the Huron Fire Department responded to a fire call Thursday morning at the intersection of Third Street and Wyoming SE. Members of the Huron fire department were present at the scene checking equipment.
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Volunteers sought for Farm Rescue program

Posted: Thursday, Sep 18th, 2014
HURON -- Farm Rescue is currently looking for a few volunteers to assist harvest cases we currently have underway.  
Due to a few changes to the schedule and weather changing volunteers schedules, Farm Rescue is looking for a few available volunteers over the next few months.
Currently CDL Drivers and Combine Operators are needed.
Anyone that has available time to
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