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Viola Jenks, Mitchell, will celebrate her 95th birthday at an open house from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, at the Allen Jenks farm at 26065 402nd Ave., Mitchell. Her birthday is Oct. 8. Greetings may be sent to 26005 402nd Ave., Mitchell, S.D., 57301.
Millie Wenande, 83, Mitchell, will celebrate her 83rd birthday on Tuesday, Sept. 10. A card shower is requested. Greetings may be sent to 1414 W. Cedar, Apt. K, c/o Brady Assisted Living, Mitchell, S.D., 57301.
SIOUX FALLS -- Lucile Schieffer, Sioux Falls, formerly of Mitchell, will celebrate her 80th birthday on Saturday, Sept. 14. Her children and grandchildren request a card shower. Greetings may be sent to 3430 S. Sheldon Lane, Apt. 216, Sioux Falls, S.D., 57105.
Erin Tuttle and Lynn Geuke were married on Saturday, June 8, at Mitchell Wesleyan Church, Mitchell, with the Rev. Keith Nash officiating. Parents of the couple are Mike and Cindy Tuttle, Ethan; and Brian and LaRae Geuke, Twin Brooks. Maids of honor were Kaci and Morgan Tuttle. Bridesmaids were Cady Henglefelt, Shelly Lorang, Alicia Connor and Teresa Geuke. Flower girls were Madalynn Lorang, Kathryn Jarding and Paige McNeely.
Dennis and Kathy Bruske, Mitchell, will celebrate their 35th wedding anniversary on Sunday, Sept. 8. Their family requests a card shower. Greetings may be sent to 516 E. Third Ave., Mitchell, S.D., 57301.
Mike Meyers, independent candidate for governor, strolled into The Daily Republic with a cylindrical jug full of hemp in dietary-supplement form. "What does that stuff do for you?" came the question from the interviewer. "What does it do for me?" boomed Meyers in his baritone, deejay-like voice. "I'll show you what it does for me!" And with that, the 77-year-old man dropped and began doing pushups on the floor.
Steve Ahlers, Mitchell, has been named a member of the 2013 executive council of New York Life Insurance Co. Members of the executive council are among the most successful of New York Life's elite sales force of 12,500 licensed agents. Ahlers has been a New York Life agent since 2010, and is associated with New York Life's Great Plains General Office in Sioux Falls. Ahlers is a member of the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (NAIFA). He lives in Mitchell with his wife, Noël, two sons and a daughter.
Dr. Jessica Claussen, ophthalmologist, has joined the Avera Queen of Peace Medical/Dental Staff. Dr. Claussen established Avera Medical Group Ophthalmology in the Avera Physicians Plaza at 625 N. Foster, Suite 202, Mitchell. Her first day at Avera Medical Group Ophthalmology will be Monday, Sept. 9.
Are bloggers -- those pesky, pajama-wearing screed writers -- journalists? In South Dakota, at least one state judge says they are. Besides captivating the South Dakota political world recently, the State of South Dakota v. Daniel Willard misdemeanor "robo-call" trial in Madison also had the South Dakota blogosphere abuzz. Circuit Court Judge Vincent Foley ruled that blogger Pat Powers, owner of the conservative South Dakota War College blog, was a journalist due to his previous reporting on the matter.
It was on July 23, 1888, that a group of Norwegian Lutherans met together in John Reirson's store and organized the Norwegian Evangelical Lutheran Church of Mitchell. They hired the Rev. A.J. Lee, who lived in Mitchell, to preach once a month. The group took up subscriptions for money, work or materials from members and townspeople and also made a mortgage. With the members doing most of the work, they had their little white church on South Wisconsin Street. It stood almost all alone on the prairie.