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Some Dakota Wesleyan University alumni might remember Henry Hughes from the "Birch and Henry" show -- a 1980s student-produced "talk show" that was hosted within the campus center with its own live audience, discussing hot topics. Hughes is coming back to DWU to deliver this year's Opperman Lecture, "My Time at DWU -- Transition and Transformation," at 11 a.m. Tuesday in the Sherman Center on the DWU campus in Mitchell. The event is free and open to the public.
The Recording Academy and The Grammy Foundation announced the 25 semifinalists for the Music Educator Award on Wednesday. Mitchell choral teacher Chris Miller was one of 217 quarterfinalists announced earlier this year for the first-ever award, but was not named a semifinalist. More than 30,000 initial nominations were submitted from all 50 states.
There was bad news and good news for South Dakota in a recent study of online labor demand in August, according to The Conference Board. The bad news was online labor demand -- online job postings -- increased in 46 of the 50 states, but not South Dakota. South Dakota joined Arizona and Delaware in having unchanged online labor demand. In California, job postings declined. Forty-four of the 50 states were above last August's levels.
Dear Heloise: Thank you for your continuing education on efficient, safe and easy household solutions to everyday problems. On our new refrigerator there is a plastic drip plate under the water-and-ice dispenser. Drips of water have left a white residue on the plastic that I could not remove without scratching the finish on the plastic. Ah, I thought, let me try white vinegar. I poured enough full strength to cover the residue, and a few minutes later it was gone. The plate looks brand-new! -- Carol in Maumelle, Ark.
A Wyoming man was sentenced Tuesday to serve jail time for possession of cocaine. Ric Lee Schuyler, 54, of Gillette, was arrested March 11 after a state trooper stopped him for speeding on Interstate 90 by Mount Vernon. He admitted to having cocaine in the vehicle and the trooper found about 2.5 ounces of the drug in a small baggie.
A Rapid City man pleaded guilty and received a suspended jail sentence Tuesday for possession of marijuana. Matthew Bryan, 26, formerly of Mitchell, was sentenced during court at the Davison County Public Safety Center. According to a plea agreement, Bryan pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor possession of 2 ounces of marijuana or less. The prosecution dropped a felony charge of distribution of 1 ounce or less of marijuana.
A Mitchell man will serve prison time for failing to turn himself in for jail time. Shawn King, 41, also known as Shawn Buffington, admitted to violating his probation and was sentenced Tuesday. In April, King was ordered to serve 90 days in jail for third-offense drunken driving. He was to begin serving that sentence April 17 but did not report to the jail. Davison County State's Attorney Jim Miskimins said during court that King also failed to sign a probation agreement with court services.
Washington, D.C. -- U.S. Rep. Kristi Noem, R-S.D., has received the Fueling Growth Award from Growth Energy for her leadership in supporting domestic energy production and pursuing energy independence through the production and use of ethanol. This is the third year Noem has received this award.
An interesting proposal came from this week's meeting of the Mitchell Board of Education. Superintendent Joe Graves told board members Monday that he has submitted a request to the Mitchell Traffic Commission to close a portion of Capital Street, which fronts Mitchell High School and separates that building from the Mitchell Career and Technical Education Academy across the street. The reason behind the proposal is safety, and we can understand that, especially in light of recent changes to the high school campus.
A Mitchell man received a suspended prison term for his role in a hit-and-run accident and intentional property damage. Max Mohr, 21, was sentenced Tuesday to 18 months in prison, but Judge Tim Bjorkman suspended that time on the condition he serve 45 days in jail. Bjorkman gave him 10 days' credit for time served, so Mohr will serve his first five days immediately, the next 15 days starting Aug. 1, 2014, and the final 15 days starting Aug. 1, 2015.