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Numerous local businesses and organizations will be closed or have altered schedules for Labor Day. Mitchell Technical Institute will be closed Monday in observance of the Labor Day Holiday. Regular office hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. will resume Tuesday. The James Valley Community Center, Mitchell, will be closed Monday in honor of Labor Day.
Women from the Oglala Lakota Sioux Tribe and other groups will hold a march today against alcohol at Whiteclay, according to the group Alcohol Justice. The march will begin from the four-way stop sign in Pine Ridge and continue to Whiteclay, Neb. "The whole world watches as we fight to save our nation from the mental disease of alcoholism," said activist Olowan Martinez.
Fitness World in Mitchell has closed because of a lack of business, according to owner Brian Kroeger, of Parkston. The gym, located at 1307 N. Main St., closed late last month after more than nine years in business. Notices had been posted on the front doors and around the facility to notify members of the impending closure, Kroeger said. Anyone who purchased a year-long membership to the gym should receive a prorated reimbursement within the next 30 days, Kroeger said. Much of the gym's equipment has already been sold, and the rest will be sold in the near future.
Q: My 78-year-old father developed drug-resistant C. diff and almost died from diarrhea and dehydration. He received a stool transplant from his nephew, and it cleared up the condition quickly! So why is the Food and Drug Administration trying to restrict the use of it? I thought it was an accepted treatment. Can you explain? -- Sally P., Richmond, Va.
Thinking about Joe Graves' last article, readers of The Daily Republic would assume Graves would consider Tara Volesky and Rod Hall as "nattering nabobs of negativism." Disgrace, convicted and imprisoned...
The following new books are available at Mitchell Public Library:
BUFFALO -- If the Keystone XL oil pipeline gets built, Rick Balcom doubts he'll see many construction workers at the bar of his No. 3 saloon in this remote town in the northwest corner of South Dakota. Balcom, 44, knows most of the workers building the Canada- Nebraska pipeline will stay at a catered "man-camp" seven miles away and won't be hoisting brews under the stuffed mountain lion that adorns his bar. On their days off, they'll probably travel to places such as Deadwood and Spearfish an hour-and-a-half drive south that offer gambling and other attractions, he said.
LONDON -- Large forests planted with a single species of tough small trees could capture enough carbon from the atmosphere to slow climate change and green the world's deserts at the same time, researchers say. A group of German scientists says the tree Jatropha curcas is resistant to arid conditions and can thrive where food crops would not survive. Unlike other geo-engineering schemes, which are expensive and rely on humans interfering with nature, this project merely encourages natural tree growth.
Nothing to do in Mitchell? Oh, we've heard it. This week, we have no patience for such talk, and the 2013 edition of the Corn Palace Festival is just our latest example. The Corn Palace Festival Committee, along with Palace officials and members of city government, hit another one out of the park with this year's festival. The entertainment was top-notch.
Ashton Kutcher, the 35-year-old actor and ex-husband of actress Demi Moore, has never been considered a poster child for the "family values crowd," but at the Teen Choice Awards two weeks ago, he could have easily passed for one.