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I broke into my parents' house last week. It's not the first house I've ever broken into, nor, sadly, is it likely the last. You see, I get locked out a lot. Cars. Houses. Work places. It's a real downer. I've tried to take proactive steps. I have spare keys made. Then I lose them. I once tried watching a YouTube tutorial on how to pick a lock using a bobby pin. I tried it, and it did not work. Either the video is wrong, or I'm a poor study. All I did was mess up my hair and ruin a perfectly good bobby pin.
Cattle lie dead in melted snow and mud, tongues hanging out, while their owners stand in the background, silently cataloguing losses. Mass graves are filled with the black, red and white hides of cows and calves, bulls and steers. Mailboxes barely peek above snow drifts that line streets and rural roads. Those are some of the images captured after Winter Storm Atlas smashed its way through western South Dakota one year ago. The storm lasted Thursday through Saturday, Oct.
Are you a bully? Am I? Do we even know how to tell? October is National Bullying Prevention Month, so I've been trying to answer those questions. My basic premise when I started writing, you see, was that all of the national bullying prevention efforts on TV, radio and elsewhere are good, and necessary. And I'm glad they're getting more attention than they used to. But they're not enough. Because, like the adage says, "It takes a village to raise a child who doesn't bully others." (Rough paraphrase.) That premise was based off experiences we've all had.
In a raspy voice, Marty Vlasman tells how not getting a flu shot nearly killed him. Surrounded by two of his sisters and a niece, the 47-year-old Mitchell man explained how he was diagnosed with H1N1 in January -- and after eight months of treatment, he's still recovering. It was a typical Christmas holiday for Vlasman and his family. Vlasman came home to Mitchell for a week, a holiday break from his job with General Dynamics, which took him all over the world. "I felt fine," Vlasman said. But on New Year's Day, he started to feel sick.
SIOUX FALLS — Alex Smith won’t appear on “The Voice” this season, but he’s not giving up. “Dreams don’t come easy,” Smith said. “If you want a dream, you’ve got...
BEIRUT (Reuters) - Tens of Islamic State fighters were killed or wounded in air strikes on the Syrian city of Raqqa and surrounding areas, a group that tracks the war...
Northridge Baptist Church's new youth pastor has had a whirlwind start. Nate Holdeman, who joined the church's staff on July 1, said on his second week, he went with the youth on a mission trip to the Dominican Republic. "What a way to start," he said via email. "It was a great opportunity to serve alongside many high school students and get to know them in such a meaningful way." A North Dakota native, Holdeman said he and his wife, Julie, spent the last 12 years in Mankato, Minn.
LETCHER — I believe, we believe. That's the motto Tanna Kingsbury's family, friends, teammates and community supporters adopted during the 15-year-old's battle with cancer. "She was always believing," Lynette Kingsbury, Tanna's mom, told The Daily Republic on Monday. The motto was adapted from a cheer the girls basketball team chanted during the state tournament when Tanna was in eighth grade -- "I believe we will win." Lynette said family and friends would catch Tanna, who loved basketball, singing that cheer often.
"Did I tell you we're going to Africa?" That's how my mother, Cheryl DenOuden, broke the news to me about a year ago that she and my dad, Don DenOuden, decided to go on a mission trip to Kenya with a team of people from Poet, the ethanol company where my dad works. When I said, no, she hadn't mentioned that, she replied: "Oh. Well. We're going to Africa." After months of preparation, prayer and anticipation, in June, my parents went to Africa as part of Mission Greenhouse, an effort to help a Christian school for girls in Kenya.
Terry Woster never expected to be famous. "It came as a total surprise to me," Woster said of his pending induction into the South Dakota Hall of Fame. "I never dreamed you could do that just by being a reporter. I'm really pleased and honored." In a career that spanned more than 40 years, the rural Lyman County native has covered some of South Dakota's most pivotal moments of the last half-century, including the 1972 flood that devastated Rapid City, the 1973 occupation of Wounded Knee and the 1993 plane crash that killed Gov.