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Around the Region

A look at news around the region, compiled from staff reports, press releases and information reported by weekly newspapers:

Hanson County

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COMMISSION SUCCESSOR SOUGHT: The Hanson County commissioners are seeking applicants to replace former District 3 Commissioner Chester “Chet” McManus, who died suddenly Sept. 28, at his Fulton home.

Applicants for the position must live in District 3, which comprises all of Fairview, Spring Lake, Jasper and Edgerton townships, and portions of Wayne Township north of Interstate 90.

All applications must be received by Auditor Lesa Trabing no later than 9 a.m. Tuesday. Applicants can deliver their letters of inquiry to Trabing in person, or mail them to P.O. Box 500, Alexandria, S.D., 57311. For more information, call 605-239-4714.

— Alexandria Herald

Hutchinson County

CENTENARIAN HONORED: Agnes Williams celebrated her milestone 100th birthday Sept. 1 with a dinner attended by nearly 100 family members. One very special guest at the birthday celebration was Williams’ 102-yearold sister, Pauline.

Williams was born in Tripp on Sept. 8, 1913, the same year the Panama Canal opened. “I quit driving and mowing my lawn at 96 and still shoveled snow at 98,” she said.

— The Parkston Advance

FREEMAN CONSIDERS EXPANDED RECYCLING CENTER: The Freeman City Council authorized bidding documents for a $263,413 expansion of the city’s recycling operation, which includes a $158,000 from a state grant. The action doesn’t commit the city to the project; it only moves bidding forward. A final decision will come after bids are opened in early 2014.

BULLYING HIGHLIGHTED: The growing problem of school bullying was given a spotlight as part of Bullying Prevention Awareness Month. The edition included a first-hand account by writer Jeremy Waltner that he unwittingly participated in bullying behavior as a teen.

— Freeman Courier

Douglas County

FOUNDATION BANQUET: The keynote speaker for the Nov. 2 Corsica Area Foundation banquet will be Bret Merkle, a Woonsocket native who now lives in Sioux Falls. A paraplegic, Merkle lost the use of his legs in a 1986 motorcycle accident. He will share his story of faith at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 2 at the Corsica Legion Hall. Tax donations to the Corsica Area Foundation are reinvested in the community.

— The Corsica Globe

Aurora County

AREA THEFTS UP: The Aurora County Sheriff’s office has been working several thefts and burglaries over the past 30 days. Items reported stolen include batteries, radiators, generators, scrap iron, tools from unoccupied farmsteads and farm machinery. Anyone with information should contact Crime Stoppers at 996-1700.

— The South Dakota Mail

Charles Mix, Bon Homme counties

PSYCHOLOGIST OF YEAR: Kristi Kafka was named School Psychologist of the Year at the 2013 South Dakota Association of School Psychologists, held last week in Rapid City. Kafka lives in Wagner and serves the Avon, Andes Central and Scotland school districts.

— Avon Clarion

Sanborn County

WOONY FOODS OPENS: After nearly three and a half months, Sanborn County has a grocery store once again with the Oct. 3 opening of Woony Foods. New owners Bruce and Kandy Schmiedt and store manager Jody Schmiedt are excited about the store’s opening.

STUDENT PHOTOGRAPHER WINS AWARD: Woonsocket High School sophomore Noah Bruce was named first place winner in the photography division of the National Catholic Daughters of the America’s education contest. He won the $100 national prize with a photo of his little sister.

— Sanborn Weekly Journal


LAND PURCHASE: A public meeting for the purchase of development lands south of the elementary school will be at 7 p.m. Monday in the Community Room of Gregory Memorial Auditorium. Gregory Business and Industry Development Group Director Berle Johnson will be moderator. Mayor Maurice Schlaht, City Administrator Al Cerny and Planning Commission Chairman Doug Pochop will be available to answer questions.

—Gregory Times-Advocate


ROCK SOLID: Don and Peg Steckelberg are making a statement of success as Redi Mix Concrete of Chamberlain makes its 60th anniversary. Don’s father and uncles started the business in 1953. They will celebrate today with an anniversary open house luncheon from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 300 E. Prospect, Chamberlain.

-Chamberlain Oacoma Sun