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LETCHER — I believe, we believe. That's the motto Tanna Kingsbury's family, friends, teammates and community supporters adopted during the 15-year-old's battle with cancer. "She was always believing," Lynette Kingsbury, Tanna's mom, told The Daily Republic on Monday. The motto was adapted from a cheer the girls basketball team chanted during the state tournament when Tanna was in eighth grade -- "I believe we will win." Lynette said family and friends would catch Tanna, who loved basketball, singing that cheer often.
"Did I tell you we're going to Africa?" That's how my mother, Cheryl DenOuden, broke the news to me about a year ago that she and my dad, Don DenOuden, decided to go on a mission trip to Kenya with a team of people from Poet, the ethanol company where my dad works. When I said, no, she hadn't mentioned that, she replied: "Oh. Well. We're going to Africa." After months of preparation, prayer and anticipation, in June, my parents went to Africa as part of Mission Greenhouse, an effort to help a Christian school for girls in Kenya.
Terry Woster never expected to be famous. "It came as a total surprise to me," Woster said of his pending induction into the South Dakota Hall of Fame. "I never dreamed you could do that just by being a reporter. I'm really pleased and honored." In a career that spanned more than 40 years, the rural Lyman County native has covered some of South Dakota's most pivotal moments of the last half-century, including the 1972 flood that devastated Rapid City, the 1973 occupation of Wounded Knee and the 1993 plane crash that killed Gov.
WESSINGTON SPRINGS -- Tornado victims in Wessington Springs are one step closer to getting some financial relief. Linda Willman, finance officer in Wessington Springs, said Monday that $205,000 has been raised for victims of the June 18 tornado that hurled vehicles through the air, toppled trees and left the community without power for several days.
Going up? Mitchell School District's enrollment is on track to do just that -- again. Mitchell Superintendent Joe Graves said Wednesday that the unofficial tally for students enrolled in the school district this year is between 2,755 and 2,760, an increase of about 45 to 50 students from last year. "It can swing a bit, because people are moving around," he said. "I would certainly expect that in the end, we'd have a decent increase." This year's exact enrollment will not be available until the state Department of Education certifies the number for all districts statewide.
Sherwin Linton chuckles at being known as "The Cotton King." "It's kind of ironic that I had a song called 'Cotton King' when I'm from South Dakota," he said with a laugh. Despite the irony, the song was a hit in the 1960s for Linton, who went to Nashville in search of a song with southern roots, a rural flavor and a positive philosophy.
PICKSTOWN -- It’s not just a taste of country. It’s a veritable smorgasbord. Andy Griggs, Ty Herndon, Jamie O'Neal and the Mavericks all will perform Friday at the Fort Randall Casino and Hotel's Taste of Country, end-of-summer outdoor concert. "We're expecting a good turnout," said Samantha Sully, marketing director for the casino, which is located between Pickstown and Wagner along Highway 46. Sully said 491 tickets had been sold by Wednesday night, but the annual concert typically draws strong walkup sales.
HURON -- There are no mountains in Huron, but there's a good chance "Mountain Music" will be played there Friday night. One of country music's longest lasting and most celebrated bands, Alabama, will perform as part of the State Fair's grandstand entertainment, and band member Teddy Gentry said the group is looking forward to it. "I love the outdoor shows. The fairs are my favorite thing to play," Gentry said. Alabama will perform at 8 p.m. Friday at the grandstand on the South Dakota State Fair grounds in Huron.
Tommy James' career has taken him all over, but not the Corn Palace. That will change this weekend, when Tommy James and the Shondells perform Sunday as the final concert of the Corn Palace Festival. "I'm looking forward to that," James told The Daily Republic recently, adding that he loves visiting small-town venues. "The Upper Midwest has really been a great supporter of ours all these years." Tommy James and the Shondells will perform at 7 p.m. Sunday at the Corn Palace.
There's no case of sibling rivalry between country icons Crystal Gayle and Loretta Lynn. On the contrary, Gayle credits her older sister for pushing her to follow her own path. "In the industry, it's very difficult for siblings to make it," Gayle said. "My sister was very wise -- that's why she told me to quit singing her songs and not to record anything like her." Lynn, known by many as the "Coal Miner's Daughter," was already famous when her little sister started pursuing a career in music.