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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.
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.