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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.
A Chamberlain man is accused of possession with intent to distribute and being a drug user in possession of a firearm. Rodney Hickey, 48, was indicted in July by a federal grand jury. Hickey appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno on Aug. 28 and pleaded not guilty. Hickey allegedly possessed hydrocodone, a controlled substance, in January and intended to distribute it. The indictment also alleges he knowingly possessed firearms while being a drug user.
A Fort Thompson man has pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm. Bryant Ross, 39, appeared before U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange on Aug. 29 and pleaded guilty to the indictment. The maximum penalty upon conviction is 10 years of imprisonment, a $250,000 fine or both, three years of supervised release, an additional two years of supervised release upon revocation, and a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund. Restitution may also be ordered.
Junior Achievement of Mitchell recently announced that Jeral Gross is serving as the board chairman for the 2013-2014 year. Jacqson Collins, First National Bank South Dakota; Jen Johnston, Cabela's; and Dustin Ludens, Morgan and Theeler Law Firm, were recently elected to the JA Mitchell board.