Good morningDaily digest: Things to know for the day ahead, from Halloween events to election information to a bookmobile.
Things to do
• Hanson-McCook Regional Library Bookmobile, 7:45 to 8 a.m., Leisure Living; 8 to 8:15 a.m., Golden Living Center; 8:30 to 10:15 a.m., St. Mary’s; 10:20 a.m. to 2 p.m., McCook Central; 2:05 to 2:20 p.m., Care-A-Lot.
• Dakota Wesleyan University Brown Bag Lunch with Democratic candidate Matt McGovern, noon to 1 p.m., Java City, McGovern Library, DWU campus, Mitchell.
• “A Time of Prayer,” 6:30 to 8 p.m., Timberglenn Inn, 520 E. Sixth, Mitchell.
• Halloween Spooktacular, 1 p.m., James Valley Community Center, Mitchell.
• Trick-or-Treating, 5 to 7:30 p.m., Greenridge Apartments, Mitchell.
• Trick-or-Treat event, 2 to 7 p.m., fish tank feeding frenzy, 6 p.m., Cabela’s, Mitchell.
• Mitchell Rotary Club election forum on Referred Law 16, education reform act, 12:30 p.m., Ramada Inn, Mitchell.
• DWU Brown Bag Lunch with Republican candidate Stace Nelson, noon to 1 p.m., Java City, McGovern Library, DWU campus, Mitchell.
• United Blood Services blood drive, 3:30 to 6:15 p.m., Community Center, Letcher.
• Benefits specialists from Department of Social Services economic assistance office available, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., itinerant office, Armour.
• Grand opening of Gavilon Liberty Grain, 12:30 p.m., Kimball.
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Things to remember
KAYLOR HOSTS MUSIC EVENING: Kaylor Opry, an evening of old-time country and gospel music, will be at 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 2, at the Germans from Russia Heritage Hall, Kaylor.
Area musicians are encouraged to come and participate.
There is no charge and refreshments will be offered for a free will donation.
CHURCH HOLDS ANNUAL SOUP SUPPER: The annual soup supper will be from 5 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 3, at First Reformed Church, Mitchell.
The menu will include homemade soups, barbecues, pies and desserts.
A free will donation will be accepted.
Halloween, originally an ancient Celtic holiday celebrating the end of the summer, is the No. 2 commercial holiday in the United States. The original jack-o-lanterns were carved turnips or potatoes made by Irish children to light celebrations.
Today in local history
On this date in 2008, area businesses were noticing a slowdown in manufacturing orders and also taxable income in Mitchell, following the downward trend of the national economy.
Bryan Hisel, executive director of the Mitchell Chamber of Commerce and Mitchell Area Development Corporation, said that these were the first indications the national economic woes creeping into the local economy.