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This is not your old-fashioned library. Soon after fourth-grader Cella Nath looks up from her just-completed circuit, which is singing "Happy Birthday," her classmate Paige VanderHeiden sends a small, plastic fan flying through the air. Across the room, fifth-graders A.J. Siemsen and Chase Eitemiller crash two app-controlled robotic balls into each other in a game of tag. "You're it," Siemsen calls. This is what a 21st century library looks like.
BURKE—Things were a little soggy in Burke on Tuesday. About 30 people gathered to watch residents unearth a time capsule buried under the Veterans Memorial in front of the Gregory County Courthouse in Burke. The time capsule, from July 3, 1990, contained a bag of contents hidden under the base of the flagpole, but those contents were mostly waterlogged when removed from their temporary home. "This is not a good commercial for Ziploc," one bystander commented during the unearthing process.
There will be Lions in Mitchell again this summer.
Mitchell School District will consider approving a drone purchase for Mitchell Technical Institute. Members of the Mitchell Board of Education will consider the purchase during their regular meeting at 5 p.m. today at the Mitchell Career and Technical Education Academy. According to school officials, MTI sought bids for a drone to enhance the equipment available to its students, especially in precision agriculture, agriculture technology and mapping/GPS/GIS programs.
PIERRE—A law attempting to create harsher penalties for vehicular homicide cases in South Dakota didn't make it out of committee Thursday. State Attorney General Marty Jackley said a legislative conference committee, made up of Senate and House members, couldn't reach a resolution on various amendments on Senate Bill 44.
There were superheroes in Mitchell on Wednesday. Decorations celebrating some of the world's most famous superheroes adorned the Mitchell Career and Technical Education Academy as part of the theme for this year's Teacher of the Year and Classified Staff of the Year awards presentation for the Mitchell School District. But, they weren't the focus of the day.
Out with the old, in with the new. Dakota Wesleyan University announced a new theater expansion Tuesday morning, and the demolition of one of its historic buildings on campus. DWU President Amy Novak unveiled the university's plans to build on to the Dakota Discovery Museum, which is on the east side of the campus, and began operating under the university's management last year.
Most people don't turn 7 and 28 on the same day. But for Shannon Sandoval, that's just part of being a Leap Day baby. "It's really no different, I just catch a lot of flack for being 7 years old," Sandoval said with a smile. Sandoval, of Mitchell, was born on Feb. 29, Leap Day. Leap Day, which is on Monday, comes once every four years—like this year. As a Leap Day baby, Sandoval said one of the most common questions he gets is, "So, when do you celebrate your birthday?" His response fits his laid-back demeanor: "When it works."
SALEM—This will really get your goat. A group of McCook Central High School FFA students spent most of Wednesday morning touring Salem, but they didn't go alone—they brought along two goats, as part of their "Get the Goat" fundraiser. The amount raised wasn't immediately available Wednesday.
The time has finally come. We've rooted out the problem of young girls' body issues—Barbie—and responded accordingly. Recently, Mattel released a new line on its most iconic doll, Barbie. After coming under increasing fire for "promoting" unrealistic beauty standards with Barbie's anatomically impossible proportions, the toymaker announced the 2016 Barbie Fashionistas Dolls. The line includes four body types, seven skin tones, 22 eye colors, 24 hairstyles and "countless on-trend fashions and accessories."