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Taylor Geppert and Tyler Grussing announce their engagement. Parents of the couple are Kent and Pam Geppert, Kimball; Donna and Rocky Knippling, Chamberlain; and Mark and Paula Grussing, Platte. Taylor is a 2009 graduate of Kimball High School. She received her bachelor's degree from South Dakota State University, Brookings, in 2013, and her master's degree in animal physiology from Iowa State, Ames, Iowa, in 2015. Tyler is a 2007 graduate of Kimball High School.
Othelia Miller, Mitchell, will celebrate her 98th birthday at an open house from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 15, at the County Fair Banquet Hall, Mitchell. A dance with music by Veryl Hohn and Marlys will follow. The event is hosted by her children and she requests no gifts.
STURGIS—Wes and Nancy Nelson, Sturgis, formerly of Mitchell, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Aug. 7. Their family requests a card shower. Greetings may be sent to 20809 Legends Lane, Sturgis, S.D., 57785.
Francis Determan, Mitchell, will celebrate his 80th birthday at an open house from 1 to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 9, at the Comfort Inn, Mitchell. The event is hosted by his four children.
PLANKINTON — Charlie Korus, Plankinton, will celebrate his 80th birthday on Sunday, Aug. 16. His family requests a card shower. Greetings may be sent to 38295 253rd St., Plankinton, S.D., 57368.
ARMOUR—Betty Hollmann, Armour, will celebrate her 80th birthday on Thursday, Aug. 13. Her family requests a card shower. Greetings may be sent to 39255 U.S. Highway 18, Armour, S.D., 57313.
A look at news from around the region, as reported by weekly newspapers: Gann Valley GUNBARREL RANCH BURNS AFTER SUSPECTED LIGHTNING STRIKE: A well-known hunting lodge was destroyed in a July 28 morning fire in northwestern Jerauld County and investigators believe it could have been a lightning strike. The fire call came to the Wessington Springs Fire Department at about 6 a.m., and departments from Gann Valley and Miller also responded. The fire, which reached 1,500 degrees, engulfed the 18,000-square-foot business.
Here are bankruptcy filings in U.S. Bankruptcy Court, District of South Dakota, for July 30 through Aug. 5. Individuals can file Chapter 7 petitions (asking that debts be liquidated); Chapter 12 (a simplified reorganization method for farmers and ranchers whose gross debt does not exceed $1.5 million); and Chapter 13 (a plan to repay some debts in three to five years).
VIVIAN—A California man was injured Tuesday in a single-vehicle accident in Lyman County, authorities reported. Rudy Hofmann, 52, of Laguna Hills, Calif., was westbound on Interstate 90 at 6:35 p.m. on Tuesday, according to the Department of Public Safety. Near mile marker 215, about 2 miles east of Vivian, the vehicle he was driving, a 1999 Mercury Mountaineer, blew a tire. Hofmann lost control of the vehicle, which went into the ditch and rolled. Hofmann suffered minor injuries. He was wearing a seat belt, according to the department. No other information was immediately available.
MURDO—A motorcyclist from Florida was injured Thursday when he crashed his bike in Jones County. Roberto Rodriguez, 58, Orlando, Fla., was traveling east on Interstate 90 around 5 p.m. Thursday when he lost control after exiting a construction zone by mile marker 190, about 2 miles west of Murdo, according to the Department of Public Safety. Rodriguez was wearing his helmet, authorities said, and suffered serious, non-life threatening injuries. Alcohol was not a factor in the crash. No other information was immediately available.