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Winter made up for lost time, blowing in snow, ice and frigid temperatures over the weekend. Brad Temeyer, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service South Dakota field office, said some of the state's heaviest snowfall was along the Highway 41 area, including 10 inches by Brookings from Saturday to Sunday. "This system kind of came in two bouts," Temeyer said. He said the first one was Saturday night, with a "very wet snow," followed by a colder, dryer snowfall on Sunday. "Since it's become much cooler, it's a much dryer snow," he said.
WOONSOCKET -- Oatmeal really does stick with a person. That's one of the things 106-year-old Ann Roberts remembers clearly from her childhood on a South Dakota farm. She had oatmeal a few too many times. "After I left home at 16, I never touched oatmeal," Ann said, her face still showing distaste for the food. Ann (Zoss) Roberts was born Sept. 29, 1906, in rural Barnsville, Minn.
The Mitchell Area Arts Council Art Show and sale opened Nov. 29 and will run through Jan.
It's not easy for artists to get started these days. Just ask Bill Wegleitner, owner of the recently opened Wegleitner Fine Art studio on East Havens. "We have to beat our own path, find our own way," he said. In the past, Wegleitner said things like conservation stamps, which featured artwork, helped not only with conservation but to provide exposure for artists. But, he said most states don't feature artwork on conservation stamps anymore, giving artists one less way to get their work in front of people. There are still options, though.
Dr. Sandro Visani doesn't mind long hours away from home, hard work or living without amenities like air conditioning. What he does mind is red tape, particularly when it prevents him from working. Trinidad, for example, had a big, "beautiful" hospital, but paperwork kept the doctor from spending much time there. In Haiti, on the other hand, Visani had a room with no air conditioning -- but at least he got to work. The retired urologist, 70, lives in Mitchell most of the time and enjoys pheasant hunting and Skyping with his family in Italy.
Each year, stores and shoppers alike brace for the race to holiday bankruptcy, which is achieved when stores are bereft of all items and shoppers of all cash, credit and sanity. A huge part of that craziness always surrounds the hottest toys, because, as we all know, little Suzie's life will end if she doesn't receive the same toy as 2 million other children. Now, I'm a child of the '90s.
In the movie "A Christmas Story," all poor Ralphie wants is a Red Ryder BB gun. Despite numerous warnings that with such a gift he would "shoot his eye out," Ralphie knows that this BB gun would make his life complete. So it goes for most children during the holiday season, which could be why stores spend more than just the holiday season keeping an eye on toy trends. "Our merchants work year-round to identify the hottest toys of the season," said LaToya Evans, a spokeswoman for Walmart.
Ever thought of buying a gift for the local community? Most people consider their holiday shopping personal.
Scene of the attack: Walmart, Mitchell. Victim: Teresa Hartman, 36, of Mount Vernon. Perpetrator: Unidentified elderly woman. Motive: $1.88 towels. Date: Black Friday, 2011. "I had a little old lady jump on top of me and start punching me, all for towels," Hartman recalled recently, laughing at the memory.
Some people believe in heaven. Some don't. Dennis and JoAn Selfridge, of Mitchell, definitely do. They even know someone who's been there. "He was telling more than I could hardly feast my eyes on," Dennis said. "And he had so many details." "He" is the Selfridge's 13-year-old grandson, Colton Burpo. Saturday night during the annual banquet fundraiser for the Corsica Area Community Foundation at the American Legion Hall in Corsica, the Selfridges related some of Colton's story. In 2003, then 3-year-old Colton's appendix ruptured, and he had to have surgery.