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A look at news around the region, reported by weekly newspapers:


UNPAID LUNCHES ADD UP: At a July 17 meeting, the Parkston school board continued to try and find a solution to the past-due school lunch accounts. The board approved a transfer of $30,000 to cover the shortfall in the lunch fund. More than $6,400 of that was from accounts that were unpaid. The board also raised lunch prices to help cut the expected deficit for the current year.

Superintendent Shayne McIntosh said a survey of other school districts showed that they handled overdue accounts by cutting off meals. Some, like Lead-Deadwood, cut the older kids off, but feed the younger ones, he said.

The board discussed other payment alternatives but none was selected. A new lunch policy will be introduced at the Sept. 9 board meeting.

--The Parkston Advance


EVENT TO TARGET VET HOMELESSNESS: Giving veterans and their families a hand up, and not a handout is the goal of the Third Annual Veterans Stand Down in Wagner, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 11 at the Armory, 610 E. South Dakota Hwy. 46. Lunch will be served.

The event is part of a Department of Veterans Affairs effort to end veteran homelessness.

The Sioux Falls VA healthcare system, Dakotas VA regional office, area veterans service organizations, and community partners sponsor this stand down for all area homeless veterans and veterans in need.

"Stand down" is a term taken from military terms meaning a respite from combat. In this case, it is a respite from the hardships of homelessness.

— The Wagner Post


VOLUNTEER SERVICE AWARD: Modern Woodmen of America recently recognized Taylor Thuringer, 9, of Parkston, with an outstanding youth volunteer award for her dedication to volunteer service in the community, outstanding leadership skills and good citizenship. Other nominees were Zach Thuringer and Claire and Carter Sommer.

CENTURY AWARD: The Luebke family, of Parkston, was honored with a Century Farm Award at the South Dakota State Fair during a special program hosted by the South Dakota Farm Bureau and the South Dakota Department of Agriculture.

The Luebke family's land in Lincoln Township, Douglas County, has been in the family for more than 100 years.

— The Tripp Star-Ledger


After a 15-minute August 20 executive session with Sheriff Jon Coler, the Douglas County commissioners accepted the resignations of deputies Jason Babl and Mike Deneui, effective Sept. 2, and Aug. 12, respectively. Deputy Deneui cited family health reasons for his resignation, and Babl, who completed his state certification about eight months ago, accepted another position. Only one deputy position will be refilled. Earlier in the meeting, Commissioner Ewald Fink proposed cutting $20,000 from the Sheriff's budget to keep it in line with other departmental budgets.

— The Corsica Globe

FREEMAN HOMECOMING: Freeman High School will celebrate homecoming week Sept. 9-13. A Monday coronation will kick off another homecoming of Freeman High School, marking a week of activities and "Flyer Pride" at the local public school.

Candidates selected by the senior class include Tristan Ashwell, Justin Eisenbeis, and Joseph Weier, for king; and Maranda Egan, Megan Eisenbeis and Riley Mehlhaf, for queen.

--The Freeman Courier

AURORA CENTER CEMETERY VANDALISM: Several memorial lights on top of gravestones were abruptly knocked off pedestals and some on stakes were pulled out of the ground during a vandalism spree at the Aurora Center Cemetery recently. Deputy Roman Briggs reports the incident occurred between August 21 and 29. Earlier vandalism took place at a church in Douglas County.

— The South Dakota Mail


FIFTH GENERATION CENTURY FAMILY: The Mayer family, of Pukwana, was honored with a Century Farm award Aug. 29 at the South Dakota State Fair during a special program hosted by the South Dakota Farm Bureau and the state Department of Agriculture. The land in Pershing Township, Buffalo County, owned by Mayer Ranches Inc. was purchased in June 1909 by F.F. Mayer, great-great grandfather of present owner Lynn Mayer. Sons Justin and Wesley represent the fifth generation of Mayers on the land.

-- Central Dakota Times


MAYOR CLAIMS DEWOLF DAY: Burke Mayor Thomas Glover signed a proclamation declaring Aug. 30, 2013 as "Linda DeWolf Day."

DeWolf has been an employee of First Fidelity Bank since June 1, 1969. Her service was celebrated at an Aug. 30 retirement open house at the bank.

--The Burke Gazette