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Aerial footage shot Thursday in Wessington Springs following Wednesday's tornado. (Footage courtesy of KELO-TV) Click here for still images from the flight.
PIERRE -- Five new local 125th statehood birthday committees have organized in Saint Onge, Freeman, Baltic, Bowdle and Waubay to promote state and local history. The Freeman Celebration Committee is incorporating the 125th anniversary of statehood theme into the biannual Freeman Academy Quiltfest and annual Ribs at the Ranch on June 27 and 28. The state's 125th birthday will also be a part of the Fourth of July Celebration on July 6 and the Freeman High School homecoming in the fall. Plans are also underway for an "Old-Fashioned Saturday Night" in Freeman.
Mitchell Main Street & Beyond Executive Director Molly Goldsmith has announced her resignation. Goldsmith was the executive director for MMS&B for more than three years.
Aerial photos by Daily Republic photographer Sean Ryan, taken Thursday above Wessington Springs. The town was struck by a tornado Wednesday night. Click here for a video from the flight.
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WESSINGTON SPRINGS -- John Berens was taking pictures with his iPad when his wife yelled at him to get to the basement. He saw a white car across the street get lifted 6 feet in the air, and he knew it was time to take cover. "It was just like they say about a freight train," he said, recalling the noise of the tornado. "The house is gone. I have a four wheeler and I don't know where that ended up." Berens and his wife, Pat, were among many in Wessington Springs who suffered devastation from a tornado that sliced through the southeast part of the city at about 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.
SIOUX FALLS -- The South Dakota Cattlemen's Foundation (SDCF) presented a check for $115,831 to Feeding South Dakota at the first-annual Prime Time Gala held June 14 in Sioux Falls. SDCF hosted the inaugural event with two goals in mind: to raise money for Feeding South Dakota and to build awareness of Feeding South Dakota's shortage of protein for hungry individuals. "The turnout and financial support speaks volumes about the character of South Dakotans and their willingness to help those in need," Ryan Eichler, SDCF President said.
The Mitchell Aquatic Center closed early Wednesday due to fecal matter in the pool, according to Jamie Henkel, recreation coordinator for the city's Parks and Recreation Department. The Mitchell Aquatic Center, located at 1201 E. Hanson Ave., closed at 3 p.m., which meant swimming lessons scheduled later in the night were also canceled. The aquatic center is typically open from 1 to 8:30 p.m.
RAPID CITY -- Gov. Dennis Daugaard activated more than 120 soldiers Wednesday from the South Dakota National Guard to assist the state in flood response operations in southeast South Dakota. Soldiers have been assigned to assist state and local emergency management officials in response to the rise in water levels along the Big Sioux River. The SDNG is currently moving personnel, dump trucks and support equipment to Union County to assist with levee construction.