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The South Dakota State Fair is a time to relax and enjoy family, friends and agriculture in South Dakota. The weeklong event used to be a time for the family to take a break and get off the farm. Today, the State Fair has become a time to reconnect the people of South Dakota with our No. 1 industry: Agriculture.
There is a reason why our ranch has its very own junkyard. The term "junkyard" is just to mislead others about its real purpose -- it's a redneck rancher's spare parts and materials warehouse.
Andrea Lynn Groves and Daniel James Tingle announce their engagement. Parents of the couple are Terri Groves, Wessington Springs; and Jeremy Groves, Sioux City, Iowa; and Mike and Nancy Tingle, Mount Vernon. Andrea is a 2009 graduate of Wessington Springs High School and a 2013 graduate of Mitchell Technical Institute's small business management program. She is the store manager of Schwesers, Mitchell. Daniel is a 2009 graduate of Mitchell High School. He is employed by Hanson Construction. An Oct. 26 wedding is planned.
As the number of attendees increases at the South Dakota State Fair, so do the demands on Huron. Last year, 192,000 people visited the fair. Attendance at the fair has been rising since 2006. This year, Jerome Hertel, South Dakota State Fairgrounds manager, is optimistic the fair will break 200,000 visitors for the first time. "If the weather would have cooperated last year, we would have hit it," Hertel said. "That's our goal. I think we can. It's pretty likely we will."
SALEM -- Harold Goldammer, Salem, will celebrate his 81st birthday on Sunday, Aug. 25. His family requests a card shower. Greetings may be sent to 301 S. Minnesota, Salem, S.D., 57058.
PIERRE -- Around 15 of South Dakota's legislators will try their hand at showing beef cattle again this year at the South Dakota State Fair. The fifth annual Legislative Beef Show -- a friendly showmanship competition among state legislators -- pairs legislators with a youth livestock exhibitor from their district. The youth partner "fits" the animal, prepares it for competition and offers the legislator a crash course in livestock showmanship. The legislator then shows the animal in the show ring.
Agnes Peters, Mitchell, will celebrate her 91st birthday on Wednesday, Aug. 21. A card shower is requested. Greetings may be sent c/o Firesteel Healthcare Center, 1120 E. Seventh, Mitchell, S.D., 57301.
DELMONT -- Gerry and Lorna Semmler, Delmont, will celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary on Sunday, Aug. 25. Their family requests a card shower. Greetings may be sent to 27815 399th Ave., Delmont, S.D., 57330.
Dear Readers: Here is this week's Sound Off, about loud music in restaurants and stores: "Why do almost all stores and restaurants have music that is so loud that you cannot think straight? How do you enjoy dinner with others if you have to shout at each other? One chain-restaurant manager claimed he could not understand my complaint (about the volume) due to the music! It is just not enjoyable. -- A Reader, Sacramento, Calif."
Ali Hertz and Joseph Bures announce their engagement. Parents of the couple are Rhonda Hertz, Owasso, Okla., and the late Charles Hertz; and Ernie and Deb Bures, Tyndall. Ali is a 2005 graduate of Menno High School and from the University of South Dakota in Sioux Falls nursing program. She is an RN at Sanford Hospital, Sioux Falls. Joseph is a 2004 graduate of Bon Homme High School. He holds a doctorate of physical therapy from the University of South Dakota; and is employed at Prairie Rehabilitation, Sioux Falls.