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PUNT, PASS AND KICK CHAMP: An Avon teen will compete in the Minnesota Vikings team championship round of the NFL’s Punt, Pass and Kick competition this weekend in Minneapolis.

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Brendan Anderson, son of Marc and Rebecca Anderson, will go up against three other 14- and 15-year-old competitors from a four-state area. Anderson won the regional Punt, Pass and Kick competition, held in October in Elk Point, with a combined distance of 393 feet, 9 inches.

Winners from the team championship rounds for each of the NFL’s 32 teams will have their scores submitted to the NFL. The top four finishers in each age group nationwide will compete in the finals, which are scheduled to take place during an NFC playoff game in January.

The Avon Clarion


HOMELAND SECURITY GRANT: The Gregory School Board will use a $10,000 grant from a federal Department of Homeland Security grant to help pay for the installation of a keyless entry system on the school’s four main doors, along with a card maker and card readers.

The system, which is expected to cost approximately $17,000, will control access to the school after hours and eliminate the need for keys. To pay for the remaining cost of the system, the district could move $7,000 from its capital outlay fund by amending the budget in January.

Gregory Times-Advocate


REBUILD MAIN STREET: The Freeman City Council was presented Dec. 2 with a two-phase, $2 million plan to rebuild Freeman’s Main Street.

Paul Korn and Monty Miller, of the Sioux Falls-based Sayre Associates, presented the council with the plan, which would involve the installation of curb and gutter, storm sewers and sidewalks, and include improvements to the wastewater lines and water mains beneath the street. It would also address drainage issues, first between North County Road and Railway Street, and later from Railway Street to Fifth Street.

Freeman Courier


GRANTS AWARDED FOR CHURCH PROJECT: Our Savior’s Lutheran Church outside Menno received a $25,000 grant from the Deadwood Historic Preservation Commission and a $10,000 grant through the South Dakota State Historical Society through the Deadwood Fund.

These grants will allow the church to complete the restoration of its roof.

The church was constructed of local field stone when two congregations decided to merge. The church held its first service in January 1950.

The rest of the roof project was paid for through donations.

Scotland Journal


FAMILIES HONORED: Two families were honored recently for their dedication to the community during the Platte Area Chamber of Commerce banquet.

Kevin Kuiper received the Pride in Platte award, which honors a community member for dedication and contributions.

The Marvin VanZee family received the Vicki Clarke Prairie Family Business of the Year award for its business’ contributions to the community.

Kuiper, Platte city superintendent, is known as likeable, possessing numerous skills and dedicated to making Platte’s inner workings run smoothly.

Marvin VanZee’s son, Ron, now operates VanZee Gravel and Construction. His other children help operate various businesses in the area including Custom Printing, Main Street Variety, Platte Ford, Parkston Food Center and Vander Pol Construction.

The Platte Enterprise