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Much of the corn across South Dakota is looking good for this harvest season, experts say, despite extreme weather throughout planting and growth. The season began wet, with flooding in many areas. Summer temperatures in the high 90s and into the 100s helped dry out most fields. The temperatures also helped crops catch up to where they should be, said Lisa Richardson, executive director of the South Dakota Corn Growers Association. "The corn crop looks better than the nation's," she said.
SCOTLAND -- Despite losing 3½ fingers from his left hand at the age of 3, Wilbur Foss, of Scotland, has spent the last 35 years fiddling lefthanded. He was recently inducted into the South Dakota Country Music Hall of Fame not only for his fiddling abilities, but for having organized the long-standing South Dakota Old Time Fiddle Contest. His life was much different before learning to play. Foss, 90, didn't learn how to fiddle until he was 55 because of what he calls his "handicap." His great-grandfather, grandfather and father all fiddled.
LETCHER -- A film crew from the cable television show "How It's Made" was filming this week at the Hansen Wheel and Wagon Shop in rural Letcher. The shop will be featured on two to three segments of the Discovery Channel program. Doug Hansen, owner of Hansen Wheel and Wagon, said the show's producers contacted him by e-mail about two months ago. "I thought, 'Hey this is pretty cool,' " he said. "They've had us on the radar for about six years." Hansen has been a fan of the show for a while and was excited when they asked to film at his business.
ARMOUR -- A California man was sentenced to five months in county jail Thursday at the Douglas County Courthouse for two counts of simple assault stemming from a July Fourth incident in Armour. Brandon Boeding, 19, will serve his sentence at the Charles Mix County Jail in Lake Andes, less the 74 days he's already served. Once that sentence is complete, he will be sent back to California for a two-year probationary period under the terms of an interstate compact. Boeding assaulted a 15-year-old girl in Armour during the city's 125th anniversary celebration weekend.
PUKWANA -- As state and national pollution standards get stricter, feedlot owners are continuing to upgrade the way they operate. Members of the South Dakota Nonpoint Source Task Force got a close-up look at some of those upgrades Wednesday when they toured two self-contained feedlots in Brule and Charles Mix counties. Charles Swanson, a cattle producer near Pukwana, started on his project a few years ago. He got in touch with Rocky Knippling, project coordinator for the Lewis and Clark 319 Project, to secure funding.
WOONSOCKET -- Officials broke ground Monday on a $3.3 million renovation and addition project at a Woonsocket nursing home. Officials from Prairie View Care Center have worked with the Sanborn County Development Corp., the Small Business Administration, Santel Communications and CorTrust Bank to make the project a reality. "We're just really excited about this," said Darren Swenson, president of Sanborn County Development Corp., which owns the building.
Ron Beavers insists there is more skill involved in IndyCar racing than NASCAR, although he admits he may get himself in trouble for saying that. Beavers spoke to a group of students Friday in the History of American Sports class at Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell. Beavers, 78, is a California native who moved to Gregory in 1993. His son, Aaron, was the head football coach for the Gregory high school football team. While visiting him in the early 1990s, the father and son went to a house auction.
ESL business expands, anticipates 30 new jobs By ANNA JAUHOLA The Daily Republic WINNER -- Teachers in and around the Winner area will soon be teaching students on the other side of the globe. Eleutian Technology LLC, of Ten Sleep, Wyo., will set up a network of English as a Second Language (ESL) teachers in Winner to instruct students in Asia. The Tripp County Office of Development worked in partnership with the Governor's Office of Economic Development to bring Eleutian Technology to Winner, said Tovi Cox-Bartels, director of the Tripp County development office.
FULTON -- Area residents shared their frustrations and anger with the U.S. Postal Service in two meetings Thursday. The USPS is conducting meetings to gather input from citizens whose towns' post offices have been proposed to close. The announcement for possible closures came earlier this year for 80 post offices in South Dakota and 3,700 throughout the country. Paul Turnbull, manager of post office operations for the 573 and 574 ZIP code areas, visited both Dimock and Fulton on Thursday.
OACOMA -- Many of the roughly 40 people at a legislative redistricting meeting Wednesday in Oacoma said they disapprove of the potential splitting of Lyman and Brule counties into separate districts. Currently, District 21 encompasses Jones, Lyman, Buffalo, Brule and Charles Mix counties.