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News from around the region, as reported by weekly newspapers:


WOONY FOODS GRAND OPENING HELD: Woony Foods, along with Dakotaland Federal Credit Union, held a ribbon cutting and official grand opening at the recently remodeled grocery store.

City officials and community members were in attendance for the event. In June, the grocery store closed, creating a hardship for many in the area due to the distance in commuting to get groceries.

Dakotaland Federal Credit Union purchased the building, and Bruce and Kandy Schmiedt, of Woonsocket, acquired the grocery business. Dakotaland was housed in the facility since it opened in 2004.

Sanborn Weekly Journal


HOSPITAL DONATES $33K: Hospital Administrator for Community Memorial Hospital Jim Frank presented members of the Burke Hospital Auxiliary a check for $33,000 to help with the purchase of a heart monitoring station recently.

The donation was presented at the Hospital Auxiliary’s annual Christmas meeting at the Civic Center.

The Burke Gazette


DRUG DOG ARRIVES, VEHICLE ON ITS WAY: Chamberlain Police Chief Joe Hutmacher announced Dec. 17 at the city meeting that a drug dog arrived at the police department Dec. 12.

The German shepherd, a male named Aeries, then went to Pierre with Deputy Garrett Harmon, who is in training with the dog to be its sole handler, Hutmacher said. Training is a six- to eight-week program.

Hutmacher was also approved at the meeting for the purchase of a designated K9 vehicle — a Ford Explorer — with budgeted funds, $6,500 pledged by the city of Oacoma and $2,000 from an anonymous donor. The total cost of the vehicle is expected to be about $34,000.

The Chamberlain/Oacoma Sun


GROUND BROKEN FOR WIND FARM: Ground was broken recently for the B&H Wind Farm. The first two towers will be built about 10 miles north of Avon.

B&H Wind LLC formed in March 2009 and more than 34,000 acres of land are under lease for the farm.

Construction of the first phase should be in operation by the end of 2014. The first phase will consist of 22, 1.85-megawatt turbines.

The Avon Clarion


WOUNDED WARRIORS BAG ROOSTERS: Eleven veterans who are part of the Wounded Warrior project hunted at the Lazy J Grand Lodge, hosted by Bryan and Brenda Jorgensen.

The trip was Dec. 11 to Dec. 15 in Ideal, and the attendees hunted three days.

The Wounded Warrior project is recognizing its 10th anniversary with a mission of honoring and empowering service members who’ve been wounded.

The 11 veterans who attended did not know each other before hunting.

The Winner Advocate


TIESZEN STEPPING DOWN AS CEO: Freeman Academy Principal and Superintendent Pam Tieszen is stepping down.

The Freeman Academy graduate has accepted a job as vice president for advancement at Bethel College in North Newton, Kan. She is beginning her new position no later than July 1 and has agreed to stay at Freeman Academy to help see the school through leadership transition.

She announced her resignation to the Freeman Academy board of directors Dec. 12.

Freeman Courier


MELENDEZ IN CONCERT IN JANUARY: Tony Melendez, a guitar player who was born without arms, will play at 7 p.m. Jan. 26 in Salem.

The concert will be in celebration of St. Mary Catholic School’s 125th anniversary and will be in the McCook Central Auditorium.

Since 1987, he has traveled across the United States and 40 foreign counties. Only 1,500 tickets, which are $5 for kindergarten through adults, are available.

The Salem Special