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News from around the Mitchell region, compiled from weekly newspapers:


FOOD PANTRY IN NEED: The Wagner Food Pantry is in need of food and cash donations. If donations run out, the pantry will be closed. Cash donations are used by pantry personnel to purchase food staples when they run out. The nonprofit pantry is located in a classroom at the National Guard Armory and is open Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Food donations will also be accepted at that time. Cash donations may be sent to Janet Harmon, 10 SE Grant St., Wagner, SD, 57380.

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The Wagner Post


FITNESS DEAL: The Freeman City Council has given its approval to proceed with drawing up a lease between the city and Timeless Fitness to use a portion of the Freeman Community Center. A lease, argue some, would provide a steady income stream and serve to reduce the tax burden of the community center. A three-year, $1,400 monthly lease was discussed, but not finalized.

The Freeman Courier


MICHEAUX BUILDING SOLD: On Oct. 7, Dan and Lindsey Fiebelkorn officially purchased the Micheaux Building a 524 Main St. in downtown Gregory. The building became the Micheaux Center in 2005. The center honored the work of pioneering independent filmmaker Oscar Micheaux. The building also has a Micheaux Walk of Fame, which honors the work of black filmmakers and actors. The Fiebelkorns did not disclose their plans for the building but said they will maintain its historic integrity.

Gregory Times- Advocate

Wessington Springs

NEW STATE COMMANDER: Wessington Springs native Darold Couch, of Custer, was named state VFW Commander Oct. 5 in Oacoma.

UMC CHURCH TURNS 100: The Wessington Springs United Methodist Church turns 100 years old in December. Members will mark the milestone with a 10 a.m. Nov. 24 special service and potluck dinner. The church was completed in November 1913 and was dedicated Dec. 21, 1913.

The Wessington Springs True Dakotan

Sanborn County

DRIVER OF THE YEAR: Retired Sanborn County Transit bus driver Myrna Peterson was named 2013 South Dakota Driver of the Year during the recent annual meeting in Bismarck, N.D., of the Dakota Transit Association. Peterson was Sanborn County’s transit director for more than 30 years.

STUDENT DRUG ARREST: Woonsocket School student Brayden Peterson, 18, was arrested Nov. 5 after a drug-sniffing dog hit on his car in the school parking lot during a random drug search. Peterson was arrested, charged with possessing less than 2 ounces of marijuana, a misdemeanor, and later released on his own recognizance. The Sanborn County Sheriff’s Office and Huron police conducted the search.

Sanborn Weekly Journal


NEW HOSPITAL ADMINISTRATOR: Woonsocket native Jonathan Moe recently became administrator of Landmann-Jungman Memorial Hospital in Scotland. Moe is a graduate of the University of South Dakota, where he earned a degree in health care administration.

He previously worked five years at the Correctionville, Iowa, assisted living and care center.

Scotland Journal