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Fern Kunkel, Mitchell, will celebrate her 90th birthday at an open house from 1 to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 23, at Holy Spirit Church Hall, Mitchell. Greetings may be sent to Firesteel Healthcare, 1120 E. 7th St., Mitchell, S.D. 57301.
Brandee Danielle Miller and Andrew Lewis Lindsay announce their engagement. Parents of the couple are Ron and Tanda Miller, Mitchell; and Roy and Kathy Lindsay, Madison. Brandee is a 2009 graduate of Mitchell High School and a 2010 graduate of Stewarts School of Cosmetology, Sioux Falls. She is employed at A Perfect 10 Nail and Beauty Bar, Sioux Falls. Andrew is a 2005 graduate of Madison High School and also a 2009 graduate of South Dakota State University, Brookings, with a bachelor's degree in animal science. He is employed at Poet in Sioux Falls.
Mel Konrad, Mitchell, will celebrate his 80th birthday on Monday, Oct. 17. A card shower is requested. Greetings may be sent to 922 E. 12th Ave., Mitchell, S.D. 57301.
Beverly Johnson, Mitchell, will celebrate her 85th birthday on Oct. 16. A card shower is requested. Greetings may be sent to 1600 Country Drive, #8, Mitchell, S.D. 57301.
LETCHER — A combine was destroyed in a Friday afternoon fire, according to the Sanborn County Sheriff's Office. At approximately 3:54 p.m., a combine caught fire on 399th Avenue between 242nd and 243rd streets, west of Letcher. The driver exited the combine and is fine, according to Deputy Naif Alatta with the Sanborn County Sheriff's Office. There were no other injuries. There was no other damage, aside from the total loss of the combine, and the cause of the fire is unknown, Alatta said. The Letcher Fire Department also responded to the fire.
After a wage dispute deadlocked contract negotiations between the city of Mitchell and 78 union employees earlier this year, the two sides have resolved their differences and tentatively agreed to a contract through 2019. The proposed collective bargaining agreement will be reviewed at Monday's regular City Council meeting at City Hall, and if approved, it will be effective Jan. 1, 2017 to Dec. 31, 2019.
A look at news from around the region, as reported by weekly newspapers: Wessington Springs SACC HELPS SPRINGS MASONS CONTINUE CHILD IDENTIFICATION PROGRAM: The Springs Area Community Club provided a $500 grant to help the Wessington Springs Masonic Lodge host another Child Identification Program for area children and families. CHIP is a comprehensive child identification program that consists of five major components: a webcam, still photo, a brief 10-20 second webcam interview, fingerprinting by scanner, a dental bite impression and a DNA cheek swab.
OACOMA — Beth Kaltsulas has been named the 2017 South Dakota Teacher of the Year. Kaltsulas, a teacher from the Yankton School District, was given the title Thursday night during a banquet at the Cedar Shore Conference Center in Oacoma. Kaltsulas, who has taught in the school district for 30 years, teaches sixth grade math at the Yankton Middle School. As the state's teacher of the year, Kaltsulas received a $5,000 cash award and a $1,000 honorarium from the S.D. Board of Regents to present a series of professional development seminars for aspiring teachers.
WESSINGTON SPRINGS — A jury has been selected and attorneys are prepared to deliver opening statements Thursday in a trial for a man charged with seven counts of child rape. Mitch Caffee, 33, of Wessington Springs, is charged with seven counts of first-degree rape of a girl from July 2, 2012, to Jan. 22, 2016, in four locations in Jerauld County. The girl was between the ages of 7 and 10 at the time of the alleged incidents. Caffee is also charged with four counts of sexual contact with a child under 16.
MENNO — A fire destroyed a wooden silage shed last week near Menno. At approximately 3 a.m. on Oct. 6, firefighters responded to a wooden structure fire on 282nd Street north of Menno, according to Menno Fire Chief Jai Walter. Fifteen firefighters arrived on scene, but the small wooden structure, which was attached to a grain silo on land owned by David Mehlhaff, had already collapsed. Fire crews doused the collapsed shed and remained on site for approximately 90 minutes.