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HURON -- There are no mountains in Huron, but there's a good chance "Mountain Music" will be played there Friday night. One of country music's longest lasting and most celebrated bands, Alabama, will perform as part of the State Fair's grandstand entertainment, and band member Teddy Gentry said the group is looking forward to it. "I love the outdoor shows. The fairs are my favorite thing to play," Gentry said. Alabama will perform at 8 p.m. Friday at the grandstand on the South Dakota State Fair grounds in Huron.
Tommy James' career has taken him all over, but not the Corn Palace. That will change this weekend, when Tommy James and the Shondells perform Sunday as the final concert of the Corn Palace Festival. "I'm looking forward to that," James told The Daily Republic recently, adding that he loves visiting small-town venues. "The Upper Midwest has really been a great supporter of ours all these years." Tommy James and the Shondells will perform at 7 p.m. Sunday at the Corn Palace.
There's no case of sibling rivalry between country icons Crystal Gayle and Loretta Lynn. On the contrary, Gayle credits her older sister for pushing her to follow her own path. "In the industry, it's very difficult for siblings to make it," Gayle said. "My sister was very wise -- that's why she told me to quit singing her songs and not to record anything like her." Lynn, known by many as the "Coal Miner's Daughter," was already famous when her little sister started pursuing a career in music.
Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo will hit Mitchell with their best shot this week. One of classic rock's original power couples, the musical icons are known for hit singles like "Heartbreaker," "Hit Me with Your Best Shot" and "Love is a Battlefield." "We're excited, we're looking forward to it," Giraldo told The Daily Republic, about their upcoming concert. "We love the Midwest. We love the heartland." Benatar and Giraldo will headline Friday night's concert at the Corn Palace, the second in a four-night run of shows during the annual Corn Palace Festival. The concert starts at 7 p.m. Friday.
Chris Young seems pretty happy with how things are going. The country music star, amid touring and nabbing accolades from fans, recently saw "Who I Am With You" top the Mediabase Country Singles Chart. Named a No. 1 single in July, the song is the second from his latest album, "A.M.," to reach the top 5, according to the artist's website. "It's been really cool to watch this record do what it's done so far," Young told The Daily Republic, even before the song topped the charts. "I'm a really lucky dude. I've been able to have a lot of songs that I really believed in.
Mitchell firefighters worked to extinguish some hay bales that caught on fire on Tuesday evening on 250th Avenue, just west of the intersection of 404th Avenue and 250th Street near Mitchell. Captain Ben VandenHoek with the Mitchell Fire Division said around 6:15 p.m. Tuesday, a man was pulling a commercial hay trailer with eight large, round hay bales.
Approximately 1,000 people watch Saturday’s lawn mower races as part of Plankinton’s 10th annual Pheasant Fest, according to Lindsey Weich, of Plankinton. Weich, a member of the Plankinton Service Club that puts on the event, said the day-long event included kids’ entertainment, a vendor fair, a children’s parade, lawn mower races put on by Crazy Racers of Pukwana, a pheasant feed and a street dance. Weich said about 1,000 meals are typically served each year at the feed, and most of the pheasants served come from Aurora County.
The board approved the resignation of board member Rick Johnson, effective upon the selection of a successor. Along with that motion, the board adopted a process and timeline for the appointment of a successor until the next regularly scheduled school board election and publication of a notice of vacancy. Under the approved timeline, applications for prospective candidates are due by 4 p.m. Aug. 20. The board planned to discuss setting up interviews with applicants during the Aug. 25 meeting and to name Johnson’s replacement at the board’s Sept.
The parents booster group for Friend de Coup, Mitchell High School’s show choir, has pledged $25,000 to the proposed fine arts center for the school district. “We’re pleased with that,” Superintendent Joe Graves told the Mitchell Board of Education during its regular meeting Monday at L.B. Williams Elementary School.
The parents booster group for Friend de Coup, Mitchell High School's show choir, has pledged $25,000 to the proposed fine arts center for the school district. "We're pleased with that," Superintendent Joe Graves told the Mitchell Board of Education during its regular meeting Monday at L.B. Williams Elementary School.