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Kody Heller, of Platte, was part of a civil and environmental engineering team at the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology placed third nationally in the PCI Engineering Design Competition, taking home a prize of $1,500. The seven-person team fabricated and tested a pre-cast, pre-stressed 20-foot long concrete beam. Prizes are awarded to the top three in each of the seven zones for efficient design, highest load capacity and other categories. The School of Mines team placed first in Zone 3, enabling it to compete nationally.
When Pat Tanumihardja moved with her son, Isaac Wheatley, from Seattle to Fairfax, Va., in April, she presumed that the transition would be no big deal for him. After all, she figured, a toddler is going to be adaptable because his world is so limited. She figured wrong. Isaac displayed the 3-year-old's equivalent of stressing out, Tanumihardja said. His potty-training successes generally evaporated. His sleep habits unraveled. "He had been sleeping very well through the night but started waking up and coming back to our room after we moved," she said.
As another school year begins, I'd like to once again welcome each of you back to the column, and especially the new families and faculty in our school and community. Not many changes occurred in the school system this year. Mrs. Becky Klooz, former aid, is the new fourth grade teacher; Chase Hetland, the former middle school science and math teacher will teach high school math; and one new first-year teacher is Megan Book, teaching middle school science, sixth grade social studies and directing the after school program. Heather Fristad fills the position of second cook.
Dear Readers: Here is this week's Sound Off, about paper-towel dispensers in public restrooms: "I've noticed an unfortunate trend in public restrooms (even ones in establishments that serve food): They are replacing paper-towel dispensers with electric air blowers instead. "Whether they are doing this to 'go green' or simply to save money, the problem is that some of us like to use paper towels to avoid touching either the faucet handles or the doorknob on the way out, for obvious reasons.
DEAR DR. ROACH: I am confused. I was diagnosed with a neuroendocrine tumor in my rectum two years ago. When I asked if it was cancer, I was told no, it was a carcinoid. The tumor was successfully removed with TEMS surgery. When I went to the doctor's office recently (it wasn't my regular doctor), he read my chart and asked about my carcinoma. Was it cancer or not? Does having this tumor exclude me from donating my organs in the future? -- M.K.
The Ethan Booster Club will hold a meeting at 6 p.m. on Sept. 11 in the library at the Ethan School. The Booster Club welcomes any and all new members to the meeting. The club raises money to support athletics, academics and elementary activities. Please consider joining Booster Club. If you have any questions, you can contact Sue Tilberg at Susan.Tilberg@k12.sd.us or call the school at 227-4211.
Q: I'm pregnant with my second child. In my first pregnancy, I had labor induced when I was 14 days past my due date. Am I going to have to go through that again? -- Mary P. Greenville, S.C.
Dear Heloise: I have inherited recipe file boxes from my mother, both grandmothers and a great-aunt. All contain recipe cards from the original owners, friends and relatives. I can no longer be certain who the authors are. I suggest readers sit down with relatives and discuss who wrote the recipe card and anything interesting. It will be a wonderful gift for the next generation! -- Diane, via email
The food pantry in Mitchell had another great day on Aug. 25. The food items were gathered up and brought in by Dakota Wesleyan University students. They weighed them and brought them into the Salvation Army building where they, with other volunteers from churches and the community, helped check expiration dates and marked out bar codes. The food was also put on shelves in the pantry. When the shelves were full, some gentlemen were kind enough to carry the excess to the basement where it will be stored until needed.