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FREEMAN — A Sioux Falls woman allegedly admitted she started a fire on Monday that destroyed her father's home because she was "mad at someone." At 11:06 a.m., Freeman firefighters responded to a structure fire at a residence located at 28237 U.S. Highway 81, approximately four miles south of Freeman. When a Hutchinson County Sheriff's Office deputy arrived on scene, he approached 27-year-old Joslynn Rabb, according to court documents filed Tuesday.
PRESHO — Presho residents raised more than $74,000 during a 24-hour fundraiser to help build a cancer center in Pierre. The Game on, Cancer event began Friday and spanned 24 hours, featuring games and races at Jet Lanes in Presho.
Amanda Halsey has plenty to be thankful for this year. On Nov. 30, the Dakota Wesleyan University student will celebrate the one year anniversary of owning her own business, which has been successful so far. In 2016, 20-year-old Halsey began operating Servant Sips, an online company that sells fair trade certified coffee. The idea for the business came when the junior was tasked with doing so as part of a class project. And while many other students' businesses fizzled once the semester ended, Halsey stuck with hers.
WESSINGTON SPRINGS — For the first time in more than 25 years, the Wessington Springs School District could undergo a major renovation. But first, it must pass a Nov. 28 bond election, a topic which has split community members with differing opinions. The bond election will feature two ballot questions. The first will be the approval or denial of a $4.5 million high school renovation project and the second will be the approval or denial of the construction of a $1 million auxiliary gym.
SALEM — McCook Central students are taking a stand to make sure community members have warm clothes for winter. Through a winter clothes drive organized by McCook Central Student Council members McKenna Kranz and Morgan Erikson, more than 150 items were collected to be donated back to residents in need, according to Student Council Adviser Tracy Chase. Approximately 75 adults and children in the community will be equipped with winter jackets, she said, and several others will receive hats and gloves.
WESSINGTON SPRINGS — Shayla Polanchek was the center of attention Saturday night. From the minute she stepped into the Wessington Springs American Legion, to taking the stage to sing and play guitar with her family, to the end of the night, people couldn't stop celebrating the mother of four.
FREEMAN — Despite the approval of a $600,000 opt-out, the Freeman School District continues to struggle financially. At the school's most recent board meeting, Superintendent Kevin Kunz urged the board to consider eliminating two full-time positions within the district — a music teacher and a custodian — to help save money. The district currently employs three custodians and three music teachers, and could get by with two of each, Freeman School Board President Kerry Hofer said. Eliminating the two positions would save approximately $120,000 annually.
AVON — Doubleheader basketball games in the Avon School District could soon become easier to manage. At the district's Nov. 13 school board meeting, Superintendent Tom Culver presented the board with an idea to add locker rooms and weight room to the district. In "very preliminary" discussions, Culver said the board will continue to seek cost estimates for the project and determine a course of action.
PLANKINTON — Slow and steady is the motto for a renovation to the Aurora County Courthouse. In April, the Aurora County Commission approved a $1.9 million project for the courthouse, which will include a major overhaul to the building's accessibility for people with disabilities and heating and cooling system. But seven months later, major progress on the project has yet to start and likely won't until March, according to Aurora County Auditor Susan Urban.
WESSINGTON SPRINGS — If the debate leading up to a Wessington Springs School District bond election is any indication, residents can expect a close race when polls close Nov. 28. A committee has formed in the Jerauld County town hoping to persuade voters to shoot down the proposed $5.5 million project in an effort to bring a different project to the table. And according to Clay Wenzel, one of the community members leading the charge against the bond election, Wessington Springs seems to be split about half in favor and half opposed.