KIMBALL — A strong mind and will coupled with good old South Dakota farming know-how helped Jim Hallman survive his tour of duty in Korea. "It affects you," Hallman said of war. "But you gotta keep a strong mind and just can't take too much too seriously." The 87-year-old Korean War veteran was among the more than 450 South Dakota veterans who received the Ambassador for Peace Medal in January from the people of Korea.
The need for stress relief hit Angie Moon heavy last year. Her dad was killed in a car crash in July and Moon's busy life never allowed her the time to properly grieve. "I just couldn't get away from people," Moon said. Finally, she took a day with some girlfriends and went to Sioux Falls to try a new spa experience. "I tried Float Spa and fell in love with it," Moon said. "It was my grieving point. I felt that peace in there. I came back and told my husband Tim I loved it and he said, 'Let's open one up.' "
Fourth-graders at Longfellow Elementary learned where the ingredients for pizza come from during presentations for National Ag Week. Thomas Smith, who works on the Brad and Peggy Greenway farm by Mitchell, asked the kids, "Who likes bacon?" All the students raised their hands. He said the pigs raised grow from 8 to 9 pounds at birth to up to 270 pounds when they're sent to market. The students also heard from dairy farmer Gary Blase who farms with his wife, Amy, at Ethan. The students had a pizza party after the presentations.
Ron Wright, crossing guard at Gertie Belle Rogers Elementary School in Mitchell, sets down a birthday card Monday morning from second-grader Tegan Halouska. Wright also received a hot beverage from Halouska, one of many gifts and cards from several students and others who wished him a happy 75th birthday. Wright said he began as a morning crossing guard at GBR in April 2012 and this is the first year he has served on both morning and afternoon shifts at the crosswalks on Kimball Street and 13th Avenue.
SIOUX FALLS -- Alexander Salgado, 26, who already pleaded guilty to murdering a 16-year-old Mitchell girl in 2009, proved difficult on the witness stand Wednesday morning during the Maricela Diaz murder trial. He took the stand shortly after 9 a.m. at the Minnehaha County Courthouse in Sioux Falls. Prior to him entering the courtroom, Judge Tim Bjorkman notified the court, jury and attorneys it was possible Salgado would be uncooperative. "He may be disruptive. If he is, he will be taken out while the jury remains seated," Bjorkman said.
In addition to 90 days in prison, Kip DeGroot will spend one day in jail each year for eight years.
Mitchell had the third highest recorded wind gust in the state Thursday at 64 mph, according to the National Weather Service. The highest gust was 70 in Aberdeen, followed by 66 in Winner and Philip. On the 1-12 Beaufort scale, those gusts rank as an 11, just below hurricane force. Two fronts moved through Mitchell area. Wind rattled windows and whipped signs as a wakeup call for the area around 5 a.m. and then diminished until noon, when another Arctic front blasted the area.
Judge suspends prison term after hearing testimony; sends defendant to alcohol treatment.