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After cowboys, surfer boys and fiddlers, it's time for some brass. That's just what the Rodney Mack Philadelphia Big Brass will bring to the Corn Palace tonight, as the final show in the 2013-14 Mitchell Area Concert Series. Described as a "dream team" of virtuoso brass players, the group's press materials say it is "dedicated to bringing the joyous experience of great music to a wide range of audiences." Members of the group have performed with instrumental groups like the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony and Boston Brass.
The walk is held every year in honor of Dan's brother, Staff Sgt. Greg Wagner, an Alexandria native who died in 2006 while serving in Iraq. Kassie Marek, who helped organize the event, said about 110 people signed up for the morning walk/run, and about 50 joined in the memorial ride in the afternoon.
WHITE LAKE -- There's a simple note on Betty Van Soest's desk that says it all: "We will miss you next year." Written in a childish scrawl on a piece of spiral notebook paper, the message comes from just one of the many students Van Soest has taught in her 44-year-long career at White Lake School District. But, after nearly half a century of teaching, Van Soest will retire at the end of the school year. "It's time to retire," Van Soest said on Saturday.
Every year, nearly 3 million people visit South Dakota's most iconic landmark, Mount Rushmore. But the man who gave life to the Black Hills' most famous faces, Luigi Del Bianco, still hasn't received the credit he deserves, a new book contends. "Del Bianco may not be a household name, but it should be," Douglas Gladstone wrote in an email interview with The Daily Republic. Gladstone, an author from Albany, N.Y., recently released his second book, "Carving a Niche for Himself; The Untold Story of Luigi Del Bianco." The book, published by Bordighera Press, was released on April 15.
There is an old theater chestnut: "Never work with kids and dogs." Mitchell Area Community Theatre's newest production of "The Wizard of Oz" throws that notion right out window and uses both remarkably well. Generations of American moviegoers -- and later, families around their television sets -- grew up with the familiar tale of Dorothy and her visit to Oz. Along the way, she encounters a cast of characters who teach her some important lessons and some beautiful music, too. This year is the 75th anniversary of the movie, a marvel in its day, with color and special effects never before seen.
Meghan Chada plays the flute during the Mitchell High School concert band’s portion of the 2014 Pops Concert Monday night at the Corn Palace in Mitchell. The concert included performances from MHS vocal and instrumental groups, including the freshmen choir, sophomore women’s choir, wind ensemble, gold concert choir, winter drumline, black concert choir and jazz band, directed by Ryan Stahle, Chris Miller and Mike Sejnoha.
It looks like Dorothy isn't in Kansas anymore -- again. This weekend and next, the Mitchell Area Community Theatre will close out its season with the renowned musical, "The Wizard of Oz." Play Director Cat Erickson said her cast of nearly 60 people has been working since February to prepare for the production. "I think people are going to love the show regardless of their memory of it, and the actors -- all actors, children and adults -- have just been working really hard and have done a wonderful job," she said. Showtimes are at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and May 9-10, and at 2 p.m.
Dancing could grind to a halt at Mitchell High School, some students say. Some members of the MHS student body lamented the school administration's desire to stop "grinding" at school dances, including last weekend's prom. "I don't think that creates a climate of mutual respect," first-year MHS Principal Joe Childs said Tuesday of the dance move. In January, Childs sent a letter to parents and guardians of students, outlining specific dance guidelines.
Corn Palace Shrine Circus shows continue at 4:30 and 7:15 p.m. today and Wednesday.
A grill-sparked fire that started to spread was short-lived and caused no injuries or major damages on Friday, authorities reported. Capt. Ben VandenHoek, with the Mitchell Fire Division, said shortly after 6 p.m. on Friday, at 13 Arrowhead Pass, homeowner Jordan Widstrom reported starting up a grill on an outdoor wooden deck, then going inside the house. When Widstrom came back outside, the grill had caught on fire. VandenHoek said Widstrom then pulled the grill away from the house, and the deck started on fire.