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In the Bible, a man named Stephen dedicated his life to serving others. It seems fitting, then, that an organization geared toward training Christian caregivers is named after the biblical man. Seeking to continue Stephen's goal of ministering to others, Mitchell Wesleyan Church in Mitchell recently joined the ranks of the more than 12,000 congregations participating in Stephen Ministries, according to Aaron Nash. "I love people, I care about people, and after praying about it, I felt this was the ministry that God has placed for me," Nash said.
What better place to get in the holiday spirit than Underneath the Tree? Friend de Coup, Mitchell High School's show choir, will make that possible with its first public performance of the year, this week during Underneath the Tree with FDC. MHS Vocal Director Chris Miller said the annual Christmas show is once again a salute to Christmas pop songs. The title of the show comes from one of the songs that will be performed, "Underneath the Tree," by pop star Kelly Clarkson. "I kind of built a show around that number," Miller said.
She's not a member anymore, but 4-H still keeps Amber Erickson busy. The new South Dakota State University Extension 4-H Youth Program Adviser for Davison and Hanson counties splits her time between office bases in Mitchell and Alexandria. A farm kid from Emmons, Minn., Erickson was active in the Nunda 4-H Club in Freeborn County in Minnesota. That was her introduction to 4-H, which is the largest youth organization in the United States.
Nestled in between County Fair and Wayne and Mary's Nutrition on Havens Avenue, a red, white and blue pole spins, a beacon for barbershops. Inside the shop, above the soft buzzing of electric clippers, Jerry Damon talks about the decline of the profession he's held for 57 years. "The days of the barber shop are about done," he said. "I'm not the future. I'm the past." With the signature colors whirling in the background, a signal that Damon's Barber Shop is open for business, on Friday, Damon gave one of his longstanding customers, Russell Kirkus, one last haircut.
Brandon Weaver will be missed for his big laugh, big heart and Southern charm, according to friends of the former Dakota Wesleyan University student. Weaver, 37, died Saturday in Dawson County, Ga., according to Dawson News. The news report says Weaver was shot twice at close range with a handgun during a fight at a home. Dawson County authorities reported that Weaver died on the scene. The news report also says Dawson County authorities know the identity of the shooter, but have not yet made any arrests.
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A Montana commission on Thursday authorized the relocation of 50 wild bighorn sheep from the Missouri River Breaks to an area north of Helena despite objections from wildlife managers. Fish, Wildlife and Parks commissioners voted to send the animals to the Highlands area near Butte and the Beartooth Game Range north of Helena, the Helena Independent Record reported ( http://bit.ly/14Tq5aP ). Wildlife managers say the high density of sheep in the Breaks raised the risk of disease transmissions that can be fatal to the animals.
Dancing could grind to a halt at Mitchell High School, some students say. Some members of the MHS student body lamented the school administration's desire to stop "grinding" at school dances, including last weekend's prom. "I don't think that creates a climate of mutual respect," first-year MHS Principal Joe Childs said Tuesday of the dance move. In January, Childs sent a letter to parents and guardians of students, outlining specific dance guidelines.
The newly consolidated Corsica-Stickney School District elected its first-ever school board Tuesday night. Douglas County Auditor Phyllis Barker said seven people were elected to the new board, three people to three-year terms, two people to two-year terms and two people to one-year terms. Elected to the three-year terms were Chad Clites, with 350 votes; Jason Lagge, 234 votes; and Jeremy Wright, 318 votes. They defeated Jared Gerlach, who received 176 votes; and Kent DeBoer, 50 votes. Lagge, Gerlach, DeBoer and Wright were all Corsica School Board incumbents.
Every year, nearly 3 million people visit South Dakota's most iconic landmark, Mount Rushmore. But the man who gave life to the Black Hills' most famous faces, Luigi Del Bianco, still hasn't received the credit he deserves, a new book contends. "Del Bianco may not be a household name, but it should be," Douglas Gladstone wrote in an email interview with The Daily Republic. Gladstone, an author from Albany, N.Y., recently released his second book, "Carving a Niche for Himself; The Untold Story of Luigi Del Bianco." The book, published by Bordighera Press, was released on April 15.
After cowboys, surfer boys and fiddlers, it's time for some brass. That's just what the Rodney Mack Philadelphia Big Brass will bring to the Corn Palace tonight, as the final show in the 2013-14 Mitchell Area Concert Series. Described as a "dream team" of virtuoso brass players, the group's press materials say it is "dedicated to bringing the joyous experience of great music to a wide range of audiences." Members of the group have performed with instrumental groups like the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony and Boston Brass.