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From the family photos on prominent display to the framed heirlooms gracing their Mitchell home's walls, it's easy to see that family is important to LoDema and Russell Kirkus. Maybe that's one of the things that has helped them stay happy together for nearly 70 years. Originally from the Mount Vernon area, LoDema and Russell met while she was still in high school.
Bridgewater-Emery school officials canceled classes and all school activities for today following an outbreak of "extreme illness," according to the middle school and high school principal Chris Schultz. In K-12, Schultz said Thursday started with about 53 absences, but grew to between 68 to 70 students by the end of the day. There are about 315 students enrolled K-12 at Bridgewater-Emery, she said. "It comes on just like you can't believe it," she said.
Kentucky jumps to most people's minds when they think of bigtime horse racing. South Dakota? Not exactly. That didn't stop Jamie Ness, a Wessington Springs native, from discovering the sport. Ness, 38, said he started going to races as a child in Fort Pierre and Aberdeen with his grandfather, L.A. Larson. "After that, our family kind of got involved," he said. "It's a sport that kind of gets in your blood." Ness, who now lives in Odessa, Fla., said his dad started training horses from Wessington Springs, then eventually moved on to bigger racetracks in Nebraska and Canada.
If the first time was saucy, expect the second time to be even saucier. Mitchell Main Street & Beyond and Time at the Table are teaming up for the second annual Wingapalooza event from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Masonic Temple in Mitchell. "It's a really great opportunity for us to be able to work together," said MMS&B Program Director Molly Goldsmith. She said the timing, just before Super Bowl Sunday, is perfect. "It's kind of a nice lead-in," she said. Like last year's event, Goldsmith said there will be a wing recipe contest, as well as a wing-eating contest.
The 20th annual Chamber Health and Wellness Fair will be held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
In just a few short months, one of nature's most feared predators will stir from hibernation. She's tired. She's hungry. She's irritable. It's Bridezilla. Brides have developed a bad reputation, thanks in part to reality TV and the ever-increasing pressure to put on a Kardashian-style wedding event. Maybe that's why there's one thing all weddings I've attended have in common: drama. To a certain extent, it's inevitable, because wherever two or more are gathered -- particularly if alcohol is added -- there also drama shall abide.
Every year, the fashion world rolls out runways of new styles, from the glamorous to the ghastly. Those trends trickle down into everyday wear and, of course, weddings. But Milan, New York and London are a long way from South Dakota, and while news may travel fast, clothes take a little longer. "You see that stuff start with the fashion shows on the coasts," said Sandy Slama, owner of Sandra Rose in Tyndall.
Dorothy Shannon wasn't sure what to expect when she went to Los Angeles for the first time earlier this month. After all, most 82-year-olds don't travel halfway across the country to visit Hollywood. But, then again, Dorothy isn't most people. A resident of Avera Brady Health and Rehab in Mitchell, Dorothy made fast friends with the building's activity coordinator, Lisa Larson. "Dorothy and I are a lot alike," Lisa said. "We believe in giving and making people smile." Dorothy agrees, calling Lisa her "adopted daughter," laughing and joking with her easily.
The Mitchell Chamber and Development annual banquet honored area individuals and businesses for their contributions Friday evening at the Ramada Inn & Suites in Mitchell. Starting with dinner and "The Late Show with Mitch Ell," the evening was rounded out by the annual awards presentations. The Fraser family of JD Concrete received the Family Business of the Year award; Brian Klock of Klock Werks Kustom Cycles received the Tourism Excellence Award; Greg Von Wald, Chris Paustian, Joe Graves and Robert Duffett took home Harold Hagen Awards; and Terry Sabers was named recipient of the C
Budding jazz musicians from area high schools will have the chance to play with professionals Tuesday during the Palace City Jazz Festival at the Dakota Wesleyan University Sherman Center. Ryan Stahle, Mitchell High School's director of bands and the South Dakota All-State Jazz Band Festival director, said this is the fourth year of the event, which started as a way to give high schoolers a non-competitive opportunity to play and learn about jazz. "In the state of South Dakota, there's only about four different jazz festivals ... and they're all competitive," Stahle said.