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LETCHER -- Most people would consider cancer or a house fire enough to deal with if they happened separately. Kathy Zoss is still dealing with the after-effects of both. The 44-year-old Letcher resident is one of the honorary co-chairs of this year's Heart and Sole Cancer Walk, which is Friday night at the Mitchell Middle School. Heart and Sole event co-chair Tami Morgan said the Heart and Sole Committee gets nominations for honorary co-chairs, then votes on those nominations.
It's going to be a busy couple of weeks for Mason Wenzel. The Mitchell teen left Saturday for Birmingham, Ala., for the National Forensics Tournament, where he will compete in domestic extemporaneous speaking. Thursday, Wenzel, who will be a senior at MHS, will fly directly from Birmingham to Las Vegas, Nev., for the National Association of Student Councils Convention, which is June 22-24. Wenzel said he'll get back to Mitchell on June 24.
STEPHENVILLE, Texas -- She may have a song getting some radio airplay in Texas, but at heart, Rehme Sutton is still a South Dakota cowgirl. "I don't have big hair, I don't wear a crazy amount of makeup. I still ride," Sutton said. "I don't want to be anything I'm not." The recently turned 27-year-old released her first album, "Long Road Home," on May 7. Her single, "What Goes Around Comes Around," is around No.
"It's not your grandmother's theatre." That's the tagline for the revamped Blackbox Theatre productions at Mitchell's Area Community Theatre, which participants hope can be a forum for darker, more edgy material than what typically hits the main stage. "We'll go out and explore what would make the audience uncomfortable," said A.J. Krumholz, the 16-year-old writer and director of one of the one-acts that opens tonight as part of "Strange Relationships: A Night of Short Plays" at the Pepsi Cola Theatre.
FORESTBURG -- Tanna Kingsbury seems to relay her situation in a matter-of-fact manner: She has cancer, so she has to have treatment. "She is actually doing very, very well," Lynette Kingsbury, Tanna's mother, said. Part of the reason she is handling it so well, she believes, is because of the outpouring of support from not only their hometown of Letcher, but the surrounding communities. "We're not a very big community, but it has been a lot of people helping," Tanna said. "It's been a big community to us," Lynette agreed.
Alexandria can quickly recall exactly how long she's lived at the Abbott House. "One year, four months, 22 days," she rattled off with little hesitation during a May 22 interview with The Daily Republic. But that was last week.
Corn Palace concert-goers are just a few clicks away from a new way to buy tickets. Corn Palace Director Mark Schilling said the Palace's new ticketing system will debut at 8 a.m. Saturday, when Corn Palace Festival tickets go on sale. Schilling said people can visit cornpalace.ticketforce.com and create a personal login account prior to purchasing tickets.
In a sure sign that winter finally has receded, area farmers markets are preparing to kick off. The 2013 James Valley Community Center Farmers and Flea Market will start Saturday and run every Saturday through Sept. 28. Located at the Fifth and Main parking lot in downtown Mitchell, the weekly market will be open from 8:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. Rube Adam, the event organizer, estimates this is the fifth or sixth year for the event. Last year he said there were 15-20 vendors selling a wide variety of items, from baked goods to arts and crafts to rummage-sale-style offerings.
Famous artwork probably doesn't often get peddled in a station wagon, but that's how one of Harvey Dunn's most famous works came to rest in Mitchell. Though it's not for sale, Dakota Discovery Museum Executive Director Lori Holmberg said "Dakota Woman" will be one of many works available for viewing at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the museum's Changing Tastes Art Auction.
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.