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WAGNER -- It can be hard for a teenager to admit when she's sick. That's why, for a while, Alyssia Thompson tried to pretend she hadn't been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. "I guess I just kind of chose to not think I had it," she said. The 16-year-old Wagner High School student was diagnosed with the disease on April 26 after six years of dealing with a variety of symptoms, fatigue chief among them. "We didn't know what we were dealing with," said Kimberlee Selwyn, Thompson's mom. After such a long time of dealing with the unknown, Thompson and Selwyn, enrolled members of the Yankton
After 20 years, the sounds of a musical have echoed through the Patten-Wing Theatre once again. The theater is located on the second floor of the historic Hughes Science Hall on Dakota Wesleyan University's campus, which was completed in 1912.
Mitchell High School's show choir took one of the top spots in its weekend competition in Minnesota. Director Chris Miller said the show choir, Friend de Coup, was awarded second place overall at the Totino-Grace Spectacular Saturday in Fridley, Minn. "It's the best that we've done at a Minnesota competition since I've been here," Miller said. "We're happy, the kids are happy.
YANKTON -- Mitchell High School debaters nabbed first- and second-place individual awards and had a semifinalist team over the weekend at the state speech and debate tournament. The event in Yankton, known officially as the South Dakota High School Activities Association State Speech and Debate Tournament, included seven MHS students. Mason Wenzel, a junior, won the Domestic Extemporaneous Speaking category for the second year in a row. "That was a lot of fun, really," Wenzel said.
It was a night of food, friends, and, of course, pheasants Sunday at the Moose Lodge in Mitchell. The Pheasant Country chapter of Pheasants Forever hosted a landowner appreciation habitat education night, which featured speakers, door prizes, a raffle, chapter event updates and awards. Two speakers offered thoughts on habitat education, including Jeffrey Zimprich, of Huron, a state conservationist with the United States Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service. Zimprich said there are many pressures on the agricultural landscape, including land prices.
PARKSTON -- Parkston police have identified the man arrested on charges stemming from an early morning armed standoff Saturday. Parkston Police Chief Greg Reichenberg identified Nicholas Heisinger, 18, of Parkston, as the man charged with simple assault on a law enforcement officer, a felony, and obstructing law enforcement, a misdemeanor, after Heisinger barricaded himself against law enforcement in an apartment. Reichenberg said Parkston police responded to a report of a disorderly person around 4:30 Saturday morning near the intersection of First and Elm streets in Parkston. Reichenberg
PARKSTON - An early Saturday morning standoff between an armed Parkston man and law enforcement ended peacefully, according to law enforcement. Hutchinson County Sheriff's Deputy Dan Schulte and Parkston Police Chief Greg Reichenberg said the Sheriff's Department and Parkston police responded to a report of a disorderly subject around 4:30 a.m.
Carl Beckstrom used to check "no" on the organ donor question. "This has obviously changed that. I wish I could donate to you," Carl said to his 7-month-old son, Charlie, as he sits in his high chair, awaiting another spoonful of applesauce. Aside from a slightly swollen belly and a pale yellow cast to his skin, you'd never know little Charlie Beckstrom is awaiting a life-saving liver transplant. He giggles when his older brothers surround him to tickle his belly. He chews on his socks as he sits on the table in front of his mom, Sarah, in their Mitchell home.
It was just a mole, or a bruise. That's what Sue Walter thought when she found a sore spot on her scalp in the winter of 1992. But after weeks of continued irritation, which included a repeated cycle of scabbing and bleeding, Walter began to wonder. "It just wouldn't go away," she said. On a routine appointment with her doctor, Walter, 61, said she decided bring it up in an "oh, hey, by the way" sort of manner. Her doctor scheduled a biopsy immediately. In May of that year, she was diagnosed with a Clark's Level IV melanoma -- an aggressive form of skin cancer, which ends at Level V.
Ask 17-year-old Brittany Reimnitz why she started competing for pageant crowns, and you get an interesting answer: "Have you ever seen 'Miss Congeniality?' " she asked with a smile. " 'Miss Congeniality' is what got me into pageants." In January, the Mitchell teen competed in the Miss South Dakota High School America 2013 pageant in Rapid City.