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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 to fight for it.” Smith, a 2008 Mitchell High School graduate, said he first auditioned for “The Voice,” a televised vocal competition, in January in Chicago. He didn’t make it onto the show, but he got called back to try again this spring, this time in Denver, Colo.
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.
WESSINGTON SPRINGS -- Tornado victims in Wessington Springs are one step closer to getting some financial relief. Linda Willman, finance officer in Wessington Springs, said Monday that $205,000 has been raised for victims of the June 18 tornado that hurled vehicles through the air, toppled trees and left the community without power for several days.
Going up? Mitchell School District's enrollment is on track to do just that -- again. Mitchell Superintendent Joe Graves said Wednesday that the unofficial tally for students enrolled in the school district this year is between 2,755 and 2,760, an increase of about 45 to 50 students from last year. "It can swing a bit, because people are moving around," he said. "I would certainly expect that in the end, we'd have a decent increase." This year's exact enrollment will not be available until the state Department of Education certifies the number for all districts statewide.
Sherwin Linton chuckles at being known as "The Cotton King." "It's kind of ironic that I had a song called 'Cotton King' when I'm from South Dakota," he said with a laugh. Despite the irony, the song was a hit in the 1960s for Linton, who went to Nashville in search of a song with southern roots, a rural flavor and a positive philosophy.
PICKSTOWN -- It’s not just a taste of country. It’s a veritable smorgasbord. Andy Griggs, Ty Herndon, Jamie O'Neal and the Mavericks all will perform Friday at the Fort Randall Casino and Hotel's Taste of Country, end-of-summer outdoor concert. "We're expecting a good turnout," said Samantha Sully, marketing director for the casino, which is located between Pickstown and Wagner along Highway 46. Sully said 491 tickets had been sold by Wednesday night, but the annual concert typically draws strong walkup sales.