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Jumping for the chance ...

Posted: Thursday, May 26th, 2016
Three students - two at the Washington 4-5 Center and one from Madison 2-3 - got to give a ‘Pie-In-The-Face' to Huron Elementary School Physical Education teacher Al Steffen recently.
The two Washington students, pictured with a pre-pie Steffen, received their prize recently for raising the most money. They are Tatum Peterson and Makenzie Siemonsma.
Next, Madison's Morgan Eggleston is
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Memorial Day programs set in Heartland region

Posted: Thursday, May 26th, 2016
Several of the towns in the area will hold Memorial Day programs on Monday, May 30. The Plainsman was able to learn of plans for some of those programs, including the Huron program. Here is what will take place.
In Huron, Superintendent Terry Nebelsick will be guest speaker at the Memorial Day program on Monday, which begins at 10 a.m.
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South Dakota sales tax increases on June 1

Posted: Thursday, May 26th, 2016
PIERRE -- The South Dakota state sales and use tax rate will increase from 4 percent to 4.5 percent on June 1, due to legislation passed during the 2016 session. The increase is earmarked to increase teacher salaries in the state.
The new state sales and use tax rate applies to sales and rentals of tangible personal property, products transferred
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Car crash overturns vehicle

Posted: Wednesday, May 25th, 2016
Several people were taken to Huron Regional Medical Center following a two-vehicle accident Monday on the corner of Ninth Street and Kansas Avenue Southwest. In the second photo, a rope is used to pull one vehicle back on its wheels. No other information was available
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City approves campground on Old Highway 14

Posted: Wednesday, May 25th, 2016
HURON -- A variance to allow Red Wilk Construction to have a campground with a maximum of 34 spaces at its facility at 1562 Old Highway 14 has been approved by the City Commission.
It will not be a permanent campground, but only used for the next six or seven months for Dakota Access Pipeline workers and also for
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Board holds final meeting of school year

Posted: Wednesday, May 25th, 2016
HURON -- With scant days remaining in the 2015-16 school year, the Huron School Board held a brief meeting Monday night at the ISP in Huron Arena, welcoming a returning board member, hearing two staff presentations and approving a final contract for the sports facilities improvement.
To open the meeting, returning board member John Halbkat took the oath of office,
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Strike up the Band!

Posted: Wednesday, May 25th, 2016
HURON -- Help Wanted: Musicians to join historic instrumental music group.
While not actually placing an ad, longtime music instructor and school administrator Dr. Frank Palleria is looking to breathe some new life into an historic music group.
"I want to get the band back together - literally," Palleria said this past week as he began the task of
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A good day to get RAINBOW-ed

Posted: Tuesday, May 24th, 2016
Bright sunshine with a nice breeze greeted Saturday's participants in the Huron Public School Wellness Team's Rainbow Walk/Run at Ravine Lake. A nice walk around the lake and a throrough dose of pastel colors was on hand for all the humans taking part ...... whereas the gopher just seemed confused over the whole thing.
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Mosquito season is here: Residents can do a lot to help defend against the buzzing pests

Posted: Tuesday, May 24th, 2016
HURON, While the city has begun waging its annual battle against mosquitoes and the likelihood some might be West Nile virus carriers, the public is being reminded it must be an ally in the effort.
"We do whatever we can, but we can't do it alone," said Parks and Recreation Director LaRon Klock.
The city's three spraying teams drove alleys
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Off and Running

Posted: Tuesday, May 24th, 2016
HURON -- For the past year, 15 young ladies at the Washington 4-5 Center have participated in a national program that began 20 years ago, to promote self-esteem, share healthy living knowledge and "be themselves."
"I like making new friends and have fun while we get exercise," said Kyla Garcia, one of the Girls on the Run participants in Huron.
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2016 Turkey Races

Modified: Monday, May 23rd, 2016
Taking home the grand champion prize in Friday's Turkey Races in Huron were the team of Cooper Fryberger, pushing and his partner Cooper Bischoff. Their team is called Peeps Show. Other contestants got into the fun of the event, including a team from Dakotaland Federal Credit Union, second photo, who wore masks of presidential candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.
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Taking a turn in the driver’s seat ...

Posted: Monday, May 23rd, 2016
Eighty excited after school program kids at Buchanan K-1 Center took turns sitting in the cab of this mini loader as well as those of a mini skid steer and excavator thanks to Olson Construction of Huron. They love playing with construction toys, and on Friday afternoon they got to experience real equipment.
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JRWDR awards funding for projects

Posted: Monday, May 23rd, 2016
MITCHELL, A project to improve safety at the Third Street dam in Huron was among those awarded a total of $215,138 by the James River Water Development District board of directors at their Thursday meeting in Mitchell.
The board awarded cost-sharing assistance for projects in Beadle, Edmunds, Brown, Yankton Aurora and Hutchinson counties.
The city of Huron was awarded $61,550
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Are you registered? Monday is the last day to do so

Posted: Monday, May 23rd, 2016
PIERRE -- If you wish to vote in the June 7 primary election, but have not yet registered to vote, the deadline to do so is rapidly approaching. Voter registration forms must be received by the county auditor no later than 5 p.m. on Monday, May 23, to be eligible to vote on June 7.
S.D. Secretary of State Shantel
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Track and field regular season wraps with Wendelgass Relays

Posted: Monday, May 23rd, 2016
Micah Brandsrud runs with the baton Thursday during the 3,200-meter relay at the Wendelgass Relay.
Next, Shannon Katz is in flight during the pole vault action.
Next, Michelle Johnson takes the baton from Tenley Buddenhagen and continues running during the 1,600-meter relay.
And next, Alexis Urena stretches to cover the most distance during the long jump competition.
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Labor leader discusses IM-23

Posted: Monday, May 23rd, 2016
HURON, A November ballot issue that would give unions the right to charge a fee to people for services from which they benefit, even if they are not members, would help them negotiate better contracts, a labor official said.
South Dakota Federation of Labor President Mark Anderson outlined the thinking behind Initiated Measure 23 at the District 22 Democratic Forum
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CodeRED notification system expanded; sign up now for alerts

Posted: Monday, May 23rd, 2016
HURON, Now that the CodeRED emergency notification system has been expanded to include all of Beadle County, cell phone owners who live outside city limits can sign up to receive alerts.
To do so, go to the Beadle County website at beadle.sdcounties.org and open the main page.
Then either click on the CodeRED signup button at the top right or
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Onida ethanol plant construction delayed

Posted: Monday, May 23rd, 2016
ONIDA (AP) -- A $140 million ethanol plant planned just outside of Onida is having trouble getting off the ground due to legal, financial and regulatory hurdles.
Ringneck Energy had hoped to start construction this spring and have the plant operating in a year, but the company is about $20 million short of the $75 million in startup money it
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Brooks could use your vote

Posted: Friday, May 20th, 2016
HURON -- Brooks Schooley, a former resident of Huron could use a few minutes of your time each day for the rest of the month, with the hope of a better life as a result.
Schooley is the daughter of Mark and Melanie Wipf of Huron, and was diagnosed with Muscular Dystrophy when she was five years old. She is
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Database launched to gather and study Midwestern DNA

Posted: Friday, May 20th, 2016
SIOUX FALLS (AP) -- Researchers who study how genes and the environment influence people's health are hoping that twins who live in the Midwest will contribute DNA to a new database that might provide insight about traits and diseases that are specific to the region.
The database, known as a twin register, was launched Wednesday by Sioux Falls-based Avera Health.
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Gose leaves school board; Halbkat appointed to replace

Posted: Friday, May 20th, 2016
HURON -- At a special meeting Thursday afternoon, the Huron School Board appointed former member and board president John Halbkat to fill the seat that Sherman Gose was forced to vacate.
"I feel that John is a good choice to fill the opening," said board member Tim Van Berkum in making the nomination. "I served with John before and know
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Search warrant leads to meth house discovery

Posted: Friday, May 20th, 2016
HURON -- A search warrant executed for illegal narcotics at a residence in southwest Huron led to the discovery of a methamphetamine lab on Tuesday, authorities said.
Detective Sgt. Casey Spinsby said due to the volatile nature of the chemicals involved with manufacturing methamphetamine, the investigators were evacuated from the residence for their safety.
Police officers stood guard while the
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TORCHED: Special Olympics Torch Run passes through Fair City

Posted: Thursday, May 19th, 2016
HURON -- Broad smiles and energetic waves were the norm Tuesday morning, as the torch was passed from one athlete to another along a crowd-lined 18th Street.
For those participating, this torch was far more important that the one that will make its way to Rio De Janiero for this year's Summer Olympic Games
More than 150 Special Olympic athletes,
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Courts no more...

Modified: Thursday, May 19th, 2016
The old tennis courts, located north of Huron High School, have been reduced to a pile of concrete rubble, which was being broken into smaller pieces and hauled away Tuesday morning. The school will be constructing a new tennis facility on the west side of Arizona Ave., across the street from Tiger Stadium, in time for the fall scholastic tennis
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JVCS holds graduation Sunday

Posted: Wednesday, May 18th, 2016
Seniors at James Valley Christian School received their diplomas Sunday during graduation exercises.
Rep. Kristi Noem, right, delivered the commencement address.
In the next photo, Jayden Waldner walks into the auditorium with classmates for the ceremony.
Next, the senior class performs for the event.
And next, Tierra Decker laughs during the commencement.
The JVCS Concert Band also performed.
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Commission reappoints members to local committees: Volunteer service ‘greatly appreciated’

Posted: Wednesday, May 18th, 2016
HURON -- Nineteen volunteer members of city boards and committees have been reappointed by the City Commission.
The commission approved Mayor Paul Aylward's recommendation to reappoint the members on Monday.
Commissioner Bryan Smith said the city is grateful to have residents who agree to serve.
The mayor noted that the list of people reappointed Monday represents only some of those
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Opportunity to set excess property on curb for others set June 11-12

Posted: Wednesday, May 18th, 2016
HURON -- Some see it as junk, while others see it differently.
On the weekend of June 11-12, Huron residents will have the opportunity to possibly get rid of their junk without taking it to the rubble site.
Instead, the City Commission has decided to allow them to set the stuff out on the boulevard or at the curb for
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Tiger Stadium to close for summer on Saturday

Posted: Wednesday, May 18th, 2016
HURON -- Due to the construction at Tiger Stadium, the Tiger Stadium complex will be closed beginning Saturday, May 21 and will remain closed throughout the summer months. "Due to liability issues, the entire complex inside the fence is considered a construction area and will be closed to the public through the summer," said Huron school district activities director Terry
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School year is winding down

Posted: Wednesday, May 18th, 2016
HURON -- The school year for students in the Huron Public School system is winding down and the school district administration reminds parents of important upcoming dates through the end of the month and beyond.
Elementary School
Report cards for K-5 students will be handed out on the last day of school, Friday, May 27. Classes will dismiss at 1:15
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Red Cross Home Fire Campaign contacts 500 homes in Huron: Installs smoke alarms, shares fire safety

Posted: Monday, May 16th, 2016
HURON -- The American Red Cross was in Huron on Saturday, preparing residents and protecting them from home fires. The goal of the campaign is to reduce deaths and injuries from home fires by 25 percent.
Community volunteers and Huron Fire Fighters visited more than 500 homes in Huron, going door-to-door installing smoke alarms in homes that needed
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High school principal departs for a new adventure: ‘The pieces just fell into place’

Posted: Monday, May 16th, 2016
HURON -- About a month after Huron High School's graduation on May 29, the school district will say good bye to another of its own - one who has been there almost as long as this year's seniors.
June 30 will be the last day on the job for Huron High School Principal Demi Moon, a position she's held for
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2016 Leadership Huron class reaches its goal - and then some

Posted: Monday, May 16th, 2016
HURON, Not only has the Leadership Huron Class of 2016 met its goal of raising enough funds to purchase Sway Fun playground equipment for disabled individuals and their families and friends to enjoy in a city park, it has also donated to the HOPE Therapeutic Riding Center and the Huron School District.
Members raised $25,000 for the playground equipment which
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Jack Link’s makes donation to school district...

Posted: Monday, May 16th, 2016
Doug Walz, right, and Tiffany Higgins, center, representing Jack Link's Protein Snacks, presents a donation of $40,000 to Huron High School Principal Demi Moon Thursday night, immediately prior to the beginning of the first night of the 2016 Pops Concert. A similar donation by Jack Link's last year was used to purchase new audio and video equipment for the high
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Sharing the love of the game

Modified: Monday, May 16th, 2016
Ozzie Canseco, identical twin brother of Jose, the former Major League Baseball All-Star, pitches a ball during a youth baseball clinic Friday at Klock Field, prior to the exhibition baseball game between the Sioux Falls Canaries and Sioux City Explorers. Ozzie is the hitting coach for the Canaries. The 12th annual Pro Baseball was sponsored by the Huron Community Foundation.
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Huron High School Pops Concert 2016

Posted: Saturday, May 14th, 2016
Students shared their musical talents in the first of two nights of individual and group performances at the high school auditorium. Tonight's show begins at 7 p.m.
Shown first, the Madrigals perform "Everybody Talks," by Neon Trees.
Next, Marissa Cruse sings "Unwritten," from "The Hills."
Next, Melissa Kasa sings "Blame It On Your Heart."
Next, Courtney Hoogland and Rachel Smith
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Noem talks Trump, Ryan and more in Thursday media call

Modified: Saturday, May 14th, 2016
HURON, Burdensome federal regulations that congressional Republicans say are hurting the economy were among the specific issues House Speaker Paul Ryan and presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump talked about Thursday, Rep. Kristi Noem, R-S.D., said.
It's important to have discussions on such issues and know that the presidential candidates are aware of them, she said in a conference call
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Proposed oil pipeline secures permissions from landowners

Posted: Saturday, May 14th, 2016
SIOUX FALLS (AP) -- The company proposing the $3.8 billion Dakota Access Pipeline from North Dakota to Illinois says it has secured all of the permissions from landowners it needs in the Dakotas.
The 1,130-mile oil pipeline planned by Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners would pass through the Dakotas and Iowa on its way to Illinois. Regulators in all states have
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Getting it done, between the rain showers...

Modified: Friday, May 13th, 2016
Dan Jackson, right, and his son David, were among the dozens of people out giving a trim to their respective lawns on Wednesday afternoon. Intermittent showers, combined with days of bright sunshine have combined to make the grass grow quickly this spring. Dan said he was happy to have David "helping" him with the yard work, outside in the fresh
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Letter carriers, postal service partner for food drive

Modified: Friday, May 13th, 2016
WASHINGTON -- The National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC), the U. S. Postal Service and other partners will join together on Saturday, May 14 to help more than 48 million Americans, including one in five children, who face hunger every day.
In addition to delivering mail, letter carriers in more than 10,000 cities and towns across America are conducting the
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Construction closure of Tiger Stadium

Posted: Friday, May 13th, 2016
HURON -- Due to the construction at Tiger Stadium, the Tiger Stadium complex will be closed beginning Saturday, May 21, and will remain closed throughout the summer months. "Due to liability issues, the entire complex inside the fence is considered a construction area and will be closed to the public through the summer," said Huron school district activities director Terry Rotert.
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