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In 2007, Kenton Hofer took a mission trip to Guatemala. While there, he helped build a house for an 82-year-old widow, who every afternoon would sit on a rock and shell corn, one ear at a time, so she could have supper. Upon witnessing the woman's poor living conditions and her hands, crippled from arthritis and poor health, the rural Bridgewater farmer knew he needed to do more than build a house. "At home, I can harvest enough corn in one year's time to feed her and her family the rest of their lives," Hofer said.
Back by popular demand, Mitchell residents can take to the streets to enjoy some beer and barbecue as part of this year's 11th annual Memorial Weekend in Mitchell event. Saturday's event, hosted by the Imagine Guild, will feature a full day of family friendly activities, culminating in the barbecue cook-off. Children's activities will be available from 11:30 a.m.
Musician, songwriter and performer Lorie Line will return Friday to Mitchell, bringing her Intimate Series tour to the Pepsi-Cola Theatre. She will perform at 7:30 p.m. at the Pepsi-Cola Theatre for the Performing Arts.
Someone forgot to tell Willie Nelson he just turned 80. Sporting the same red bandana, long braids and distinctive voice that have helped make him a legend, the country music hall-of-famer performed for more than an hour and a half to a nearly sold-out Corn Palace crowd Thursday night in Mitchell. It is the second time Nelson has performed at the Corn Palace, the last time was to a sold-out Corn Palace Festival crowd in 2003. Pete Jones, of Mitchell, attended both concerts, and said Nelson puts on just as good of a show as he did 10 years ago. "He sounded exactly the same I thought.
Cheri Hamilton hesitates when trying to explain an unexpected reaction to directing "Once Upon a Mattress." Apparently, people misconstrue the title as a "dirty play." "I was getting kind of strange looks," Hamilton said with a laugh. "It's been interesting." In fact, the upcoming Area Community Theatre production, which opens this weekend, is a musical take on the fairy-tale classic "The Princess and the Pea." "It's a family show," Hamilton said.
BRIDGEWATER -- Katherine Jaeger said she and Theresa Robocker cried together several times last week. The Bridgewater women were crying bittersweet tears, Jaeger said, from the overwhelming support of area communities for Sunday's benefit for Robocker and her family. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, people packed into the Bridgewater school to partake in a freewill offering meal, about 150 silent auction items, a bake sale and children's inflatables. It's support for Robocker and her children following the death of her husband, Jeff, in a car accident on March 21.
It's not unusual to hear cheering at Corn Palace events, but on Saturday it wasn't in celebration of any athletic conquests. "They 'wooo' when a box is done, so people know where to go to pick it up," said Quinn Determan, a Mitchell High School senior helping with the event. "Or just for fun," Determan added with a smile. More than 1,000 people gathered in multiple shifts Saturday at the Corn Palace for the Impact Lives food-packing event.
If you haven't gotten your ticket to see comedian Louie Anderson, don't worry -- there are plenty left. Corn Palace Director Mark Schilling said only 600 tickets of a 2,000-seat capacity had been sold by Thursday evening for today's show, which starts at 7 p.m. at the Corn Palace. "We would like to see that number definitely improve," Schilling said.
Two Mitchell school teachers tied for this year's Teacher of the Year award, presented Wednesday night at the Dakota Wesleyan University Sherman Center. Sonya Fossum of Gertie Belle Rogers Elementary and Lisa Neugebauer of Second Chance High received the award. Other nominees were Kathy Kramer of Mitchell Middle School, Cathy VerSteeg of Longfellow Elementary and Patty VerSteeg of L.B.
Even though I rarely get home from work before 11 p.m., it typically takes me an hour or three to wind down before I can fall asleep. I even more rarely feel like using those hours to do housework, though I do, for whatever reason, always have the urge to vacuum ... but I tell myself this would be un-neighborly. One night, I had the munchies, and I just happened to have a bag of chips -- but I was fresh out of Mom's homemade salsa.