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ARMOUR -- Douglas County's new sheriff has one main goal: improve the image of county law enforcement. Jon Coler, a 24-year-old Armour native, applied for the vacant sheriff's position last fall when former Sheriff Troy Strid resigned.
Seven people took center stage Saturday as they chowed down on chicken wings at the Masonic Lodge in Mitchell. Mitchell Main Street & Beyond and Time at the Table's first Wingapalooza drew in 200 people. At 3 p.m., a large crowd squeezed together around the small table cheering on their favorites, who all had sauce smeared across their faces, hands and even arms when it was over. With a pan of wings in the middle of the table and two minutes on the clock, the contestants dove toward the pan, tossing bones into disposable cartons to be counted afterward.
A Letcher native will spend his Super Bowl Sunday not on a couch, but on the sidelines at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. Greg Latza, a freelance photographer who now lives in Sioux Falls, will spend his Sunday as a photo messenger for USA Today, which is owned by Gannett Co. He will carry gear for Gannett Co. photographers along the sidelines and gather memory cards to take back to the company lab. "I've wanted to shoot the Super Bowl for many years," he said. "Hopefully, I'll get to take a few pictures." Latza has been a freelance photographer for USA Today since the 1990s.
The Vern Eide GM dealership in downtown Mitchell has temporarily transferred its inventory and sales department to the north side of town while workers complete a remodel of the show floor. All vehicles are located near the Vern Eide Ford dealership on North Main Street for the next 10 to 14 days. "The exterior of the building has not changed, but the interior is a wow," said Kelly Kramer, general manager of both Vern Eide dealerships in Mitchell. The project began in October.
LAKE ANDES -- The public had a chance to view Andes Central Elementary School's new kitchen commons area Tuesday during an open house. Elementary Principal Bill Kitchenmaster said the 10,000-square-foot addition cost roughly $1.5 million and was paid for with money from the district's general fund. "It was a matter of a common-sense situation," Kitchenmaster said. The junior/senior high school and elementary school are several blocks from each other, but all meals were prepared at the junior/senior high school kitchen, and 200 to 220 of the meals were transported to the elementa
LAKE ANDES -- Students, residents, alumni, friends and family have voted more than 1 million times to place Lake Andes at No. 4 in a national contest to improve its aging city park. Lake Andes is in the running to receive $10,000 if it remains No. 4 in the We Hear You America contest through Reader's Digest. The contest gives the top 18 winners money for community improvement. Voters can visit a website to vote for their favorite towns and see which towns are leading the contest. The community voted to the No.
WOONSOCKET -- The Woonsocket School Board plans to ask its district taxpayers to support a larger opt-out. For the last nine years, Woonsocket School District has operated with a $150,000 opt-out, but the last legislative session's funding cut of 6.6 percent from K-12 education aid and increasing costs have put the district in a predicament, officials contend. The school board is contemplating a $250,000 opt-out for each of the next seven years.
While one hallucinogenic herb is illegal to possess and ingest in South Dakota, there are many others available under the guise of incense or potpourri. In 2009, the Legislature made it a misdemeanor to possess 2 ounces or less of Salvia divinorum and a felony to possess more than 2 ounces. Using herbal substances like Sal-via to get high is a growing trend in South Dakota, but not a new one. In a recent article written by Debra Farver, a pharmacist and instructor at South Dakota State University's College of Pharmacy, she said other hallucinogenic herbal substances people abuse in
WESSINGTON SPRINGS -- Several residents are leading an effort to keep Wessington Springs' Farm Service Agency office in town. In an informal meeting at the Humm Dinger gas station Thursday, area producers, officials, business owners and volunteers said the pending office closure could ruin the town. "This office closing isn't affecting just two people's families, it's affecting the whole community," said Natalie Wolfskill, area development coordinator for Wessington Springs.
LANE -- On the edge of the small village of Lane lives an energetic 4-year-old dog named Sunrise Annie Belle. The English springer spaniel is as bouncy, inquisitive and friendly as any other springer. Her personality changes, however, when she knows she's on the hunt. "When she's in the field, she's a little she-devil," said her owner, Joe Schweidop, of Lane. Annie is a national champion in field trials, taking first prize in 2010 in New York and second prize in 2011 in Michigan. Schweidop emigrated to the U.S.