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Firefighters work the scene of a house fire Monday afternoon south of Freeman. (Photo courtesy of the Freeman Courier)
Woman arrested for allegedly setting Freeman home ablaze
November 20, 2017 - 4:30pm
Minnesota Vikings offensive tackle Riley Reiff (71) waits to take the field against he Pittsburgh Steelers during the first quarter at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh on Sept. 17, 2017. Charles LeClaire / USA TODAY Sports
Vikings' Riley Reiff ready for return to Detroit
November 20, 2017 - 6:21pm
Daily Republic file photo of Gary Munsen.
'Gary Munsen Court' decision tabled
November 20, 2017 - 9:23pm
Amanda Halsey, owner of Servant Sips, stands for a portrait on Saturday in Mitchell. Servant Sips is an online business that sells fair trade certified coffee, with a portion of all sales donated to organizations geared toward helping homeless people. (Caitlynn Peetz/Republic)
DWU student, business owner donates portion of sales to combat homelessness
November 21, 2017 - 8:00am
Gregory's Jayd VanDerWerff (3) is tripped up by Irene-Wakonda's Dallas Lee (36) during the Class 9AA state championship game at the DakotaDome Nov. 9 in Vermillion. (Matt Gade / Republic)
Gorillas' football standout VanDerWerff picks Jackrabbits
November 20, 2017 - 8:08pm
Tuesday need-to-know: 5 stories
November 21, 2017 - 8:14am
Vae Jean Doris Buehler
November 21, 2017 - 8:38am
Wessington Springs School Board President Todd Grohs speaks during a public meeting Monday night at the Wessington Springs High School. (Caitlynn Peetz/Republic)
Wessington Springs residents discuss proposed school project
November 20, 2017 - 9:10pm
Manetta E. Bigge
November 21, 2017 - 8:53am
Community Closet to open in downtown Wagner on Dec. 1
November 16, 2017 - 10:13am
Augustana University women's basketball player and Letcher native Shelby Selland shoots a shot against Truman State last week. (Josh Jurgens / Jurgens Photography)
Catching up with former area athletes: Selland named NSIC South player of the week
November 21, 2017 - 9:00am
Wyoming tops SDSU men in Cayman Islands opener
November 20, 2017 - 11:02pm
Weekend crash in Hughes County kills 22-year-old man
November 20, 2017 - 1:59pm
Shayla Polanchek plays guitar and sings during a benefit in her honor Saturday night at the Wessington Springs American Legion. Polanchek recently had a heart transplant and money raised Saturday will be donated to the family to help offset medical expenses. (Caitlynn Peetz/Republic)
Wessington Springs gathers to host benefit for recent heart transplant patient
November 20, 2017 - 8:00am
Dakota Wesleyan's Kynedi Cheeseman (30) drives past the defense of Dordt's Payton Harmsen (15) during a Great Plains Athletic Conference game last week at the Corn Palace. (Matt Gade / Republic)
Cheeseman emerging as steady scoring threat
November 21, 2017 - 8:45am

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A roar of applause and cheers filled the Highland Conference Center on Friday as the Mitchell United Way unrolled a lengthy banner.

The banner revealed that, for the 37th year ...

The Sisters of St. Francis of Our Lady of Guadalupe community in Mitchell from left, Sister Nancy Dwyer, Sister Loretta VonRueden and Sister Marita Pfau gather for a photo in front of the Our Lady of Guadalupe wall plaque that hangs in the entry way of their home in Mitchell. (Matt Gade / Republic)

With a serious face, Sister Nancy Dwyer turned to her fellow sisters to ask a question.

"What do they call a nun who took the bar exam?" she said, staring ...

Jody Van Zee, of Harrison, speaks about her children, four of whom were adopted after being foster children in the Van Zee home, Thursday afternoon. The children pictured are Van Zee's biological son 14-year-old Brandon, 19-month-old Marlee, 2-year-old Isaiah, 4-year-old Terrence and 5-year-old Jacklyn. (Caitlynn Peetz/Republic)

CORSICA — For Jody Van Zee, family isn't necessarily related by blood.

The mother of eight and Dakota Christian Elementary teacher talks about each of her children with the same ...

Pictured in the front row, from left to right, is Gerhard Storm, Howard Bechen and Milton Handel. In the back row, from left to right, stands Dean Minder, Lyle Pence and Charles (Wally)
 Jones. (Matt Gade / Republic)

Although they never served together, the six war veterans at Avera Brady in Mitchell share a special camaraderie with one another.

All from six different South Dakota communities, the men ...

Angela Mogck, left, and her mother, Lori Mogck Doering, pose for a photo in Mitchell on Thursday afternoon. It has been 10 years since Mogck's two siblings were killed in a vehicle crash near Bridgewater. (Caitlynn Peetz/Republic)

ETHAN — When the pulsing rhythm of red and blue police lights flashed behind the car Angela Mogck was a passenger in 10 years ago, she let out a sigh ...

Participants of the first Dylan Mentele Memorial Pheasant Hunt release balloons in his memory prior to the hunt Saturday morning in Alexandria. (Caitlynn Peetz/Republic)

ALEXANDRIA — An Alexandria mother has turned her grief into action.

Melissa Mentele and her family hosted a pheasant hunt Saturday in Hanson County, drawing in more than 30 people ...

The Bender family works on corn harvest this week. From left to right: Patrick Bender, Jenica Bender, Jacob Bender, Jalyn and Jacee Bender, Tristan Bender, Lloyd Bender and Miranda Donahue. (Submitted photo)

FULTON — In the wake of tragedy, Fulton residents showed the true spirit of their community.

Between the Bender family's soybean and corn harvests, the family patriarch was killed in ...

Burr Street construction continues Wednesday afternoon in Mitchell. (Matt Gade / Republic)

So far, so good.

Barring a major storm, the first phase of the $15.7 million Burr Street reconstruction is on track for completion by Nov. 17, putting the second phase ...

Dakota Wesleyan University quarterback Dillon Turner will finish his collegiate career on Saturday as the Tigers take on Dordt College at 1 p.m. at Joe Quintal Field in Mitchell. The Salem, Arkansas, native holds the record for both DWU and the Great Plains Athletic Conference in passing yards for a career. (Matt Gade / Republic)

Dillon Turner set out to leave a legacy.

When Turner joined the Dakota Wesleyan University football team in 2014, the preseason talk centered around who would replace Jon Bane and ...

Jim Corrigan talks with a customer while making a sandwich on Thursday afternoon at Bread and Batter's new location on Fifth Avenue and Main Street in downtown Mitchell. (Matt Gade / Republic)

As the lunch rush slowed Thursday, Jim and Kalie Corrigan smiled with relief.

But even as it passed 2 p.m., more customers stopped into their downtown sandwich shop, called ...

Brenda Olesen owns Einstein's Costume and Prop Rental in downtown Mitchell. (Matt Gade / Republic)

There are never two days alike for Brenda Olesen and her costume shop.

Especially now, as customers flock to her shop in anticipation for Halloween next week. But it's nothing ...

For one year, Mitchell’s biggest attraction will serve as a monument to the military.

With two months to spare in 2017 and crews still working on hanging this year’s murals, ...

The giant inflatable pheasant and shot gun shell are on display outside of Cabela's on Friday in Mitchell. (Matt Gade / Republic)

With trucks filled to the top with hunting gear and supplies, a group of men from Wisconsin made their annual stop in Mitchell on Thursday.

The group of more than ...

Brad Greenway is ready for life to slow down a bit.

For the past year, the former National Pork Board’s America’s Pig Farmer of the Year has been traveling ...

South Dakota Transportation Commissioner and former state Sen. Mike Vehle, of Mitchell, serves as master of ceremonies for the ribbon-cutting of the Foster Street bridge on Tuesday. The bridge rehabilitation was the first to be completed under the Bridge Improvement Grant system created through 2015's Senate Bill 1, a bill Vehle sponsored.  (Evan Hendershot / Republic)

Tuesday was a big day for Transportation Commissioner and former state Sen. Mike Vehle.

More than two years after his highway and bridge funding bill — known as Senate Bill ...

Photographs from Phyllis Salmen's past lay on the table as Dakota Wesleyan University senior Dylan Dethlefsen  interviews Salmen on Tuesday morning in her apartment at Wesley Acres. (Matt Gade / Republic)

A new learning style at Dakota Wesleyan University will allow the stories of Mitchell's senior residents to be shared worldwide.

Recently, Dakota Wesleyan has incorporated community-based learning into curriculum. And ...

Brooke Veurink, Amy Muth, Shawna Huls and Jenna Stroup — all from Mitchell — attended the Route 91 Harvest Festival on Sunday night in Las Vegas where gunfire erupted. (Submitted photo)

Screams of joy soon became screams of terror.

Smiling and singing along with Jason Aldean as he performed "When She Says Baby" at the Route 91 Harvest Festival, Brooke Veurink, ...

Jerry Rubendall, center, was surprised by Poet Biorefining employees at the plant near Mitchell in honor of his 11 years on the company's board of directors. Rubendall is stepping down from the board, and played an integral role in bringing the plant to the Mitchell area. (Evan Hendershot / Republic)

If not for Jerry Rubendall, Poet's presence in Mitchell may have remained a pipedream.

What started as a group of investors each throwing $200 into a hat to hire a ...

Bennett Namanny, center in green, gets a group hug from his fellow Kimball students on Monday. Bennett will undergo a heart valve replacement surgery on Wednesday in Omaha, Nebraska. (Matt Gade / Republic)

KIMBALL — Kimball students have heart.

On Monday, a sea of red overtook Kimball High School with more than 150 students wearing the bright crimson to show support for one ...

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