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HURON -- A two-year degree will become cheaper this fall when Huron Community Campus offers a price of $40 per credit hour, as opposed to an average of $277 per credit hour at public colleges and universities. The new program, offered through a partnership with Northern State University in Aberdeen, is open to anyone who wants to obtain a two-year associate of general studies degree. The campus has been operating for the last five years, primarily catering to niche programs like nursing. "The problem has always been that if we offer something like accounting ...
ARMOUR -- Digital movies are the future, and small community theaters are adjusting. In less than four months, the Armour community and its supporters have raised nearly $80,000 to buy a digital projector. Armour's Lorain Theatre is operated by volunteers -- from ticket-taking to concessions to the projector. The volunteers have also worked hard to solicit money for the digital projector purchase. "It was not our choice to upgrade the equipment," said Susan Hoffmann-Lout, a main volunteer for the theater.
CHAMBERLAIN -- A veterans memorial will soon become a reality along Interstate 90 on the edge of Chamberlain. For the last 20 years, many area residents wanted a veterans memorial built, but the right idea or the proper place was never found. This year, however, the concept and location fell into place. The memorial will sit just to the north of the South Dakota Hall of Fame, which is located within an interstate interchange off I-90's Exit 263. Tom Davis, a member of the Tri-County Veterans Committee, said phase one of a three-phase plan is set to begin this spring.
Three Mitchell High School students placed at the state speech and debate tournament in Aberdeen this weekend. Mason Wenzel took home first place in domestic extemporaneous speaking, Emmy Smith took third in foreign extemporaneous speaking and Matt Schilling took fifth in original oratory. "I'm not surprised they did well. Each of them has won a lot of awards throughout the year," said Ron Grimsley, head coach. "Emmy and Mason qualified to go to the national tournament last weekend," he said.
Consumers in South Dakota are willing to pay more for locally produced ground beef, according to a recent study from South Dakota State University. Kuo-Liang Chang, an associate professor at SDSU who headed the study, found people are more health-conscious than expected. "The extra money spent is for producers to control the quality of fat content," Chang said.
AVON -- A committee is looking into building a community center for Avon residents. Mayor Kevin Tjeerdsma said the recently formed committee has been exploring the idea for the last few months. After the American Legion Hall closed and the Boys and Girls Club took it over, the city does not have an alternative building. "Avon needs a place to hold bigger events, like gatherings, wedding receptions, social activities and organizations' events," Tjeerdsma said.
The city of Mitchell lost a snowplow to fire Wednesday morning while operators were clearing Highland Drive. Ron Olson, street and sanitation superintendent, said a hydraulic line likely broke, sprayed pressurized hydraulic fluid on the exhaust engine and ignited a fire. "It flashed up and went up in flames immediately," Olson said. Mike Dufek was operating the plow around 8 a.m. and tried to use a fire extinguisher kept in the cab to put out the fire.
Fred Shank plays the lottery regularly -- Powerball, Mega Millions, Hot Lotto and more. So when his wife told him on Feb. 17, "I think you won $10,000," he thought she was pulling his leg. "She usually checks my stack of tickets for me at Freedom," Shank said. "I was outside cutting wood and Bonnie came back and was acting kind of weird." Bonnie was acting weird because she had just found out Fred's ticket matched four of the five white ball numbers and the Mega Ball number on his Mega Millions ticket.
ALEXANDRIA -- Aselin and Emilee Kayser, third-graders at Hanson School District, once swapped clothing and accessories to fool their grandparents -- and it worked. Aselin and Emilee are identical twins, one of seven sets at the school. "She wore my glasses and we changed clothes and coats," Emilee said. The girls fooled their grandparents for about 10 minutes and then started laughing.
The Mitchell Police Division arrested a Lower Brule man Friday for third offense driving under the influence, possession of marijuana and several other charges. Officer Russ Stevenson said he saw Robbie Her Many Horses, 31, pull out of Casey's General Store parking lot around 2:20 p.m. and drive southbound on Main Street.