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DIMOCK -- Planners of the annual mission festival at Immanuel Lutheran Church have changed the start time of the morning service to 10 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 18. The other events will remain the same.
PIERRE -- Enrollments at South Dakota's public universities rose in recent years because more people took off-campus courses, while the numbers of students physically attending classes declined system-wide in 2011 and again in 2012, according to a new report prepared for the state Board of Regents. The regents, who govern the state's higher education system, plan to discuss the enrollment trends Wednesday and Thursday when they meet in Sioux Falls for their annual planning retreat.
The Very Rev. Gary Hall, new dean of Washington National Cathedral, started out as a comedy writer for Steve Allen. He got the gig, he says, through his parents. Hall's father was an actor in Hollywood, his mother a costume designer. And the connection he forged through them with the comedian-turned-"Tonight Show" host made a lasting impression on Hall's approach to ministry. "Steve was a big influence in my life," says Hall.
Q: During this hot summer weather, I'm downing four or five sodas a day. That can't be good, can it? -- Tom D., Scotch Plains, N.J.
A boy, Xavier Matthew Schmidt, was born on July 12, 2013, to Casey and Jonathon Schmidt, Plankinton, at Avera Queen of Peace Hospital in Mitchell. Grandparents are Dave and Cheryl Miller; and Philip and Dorene Schmidt, all of Plankinton.
A girl, Emma Ann Perry, was born on July 2, 2013, to Nick and Megan Perry, Ethan, at Avera Queen of Peace Hospital in Mitchell. Grandparents are Brian and Michelle McBrayer, Ethan; Steve and Mary Sternhagen, Yankton; and Steve and Melaine Perry, Becker, Minn.
PARKSTON -- Guertis and Phyllis Leischner will celebrate their 65th wedding anniversary on Aug. 15. Greetings may be sent to P.O. Box 508, Parkston, S.D., 57366.
SCOTLAND -- Step Outside, a free youth activity day will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Aug. 24 at the trap range, Scotland. Youth ages 8 years and up, accompanied by a parent or guardian, are invited to participate in archery, trap shooting, BB gun shooting, fishing and trapping and other activities. There will be lots of prizes and there is no cost. Lunch is provided. Parents or legal guardians must sign a waiver form before youths can participate in events.
What do baby chicks and heavy machinery have in common? Not much, except they're two of the new titles in the Step into Reading Series. "Dig, Scoop, Ka-boom!," by Joan Holub, combines short sentences, powerful words and rhythm to tell the story of a construction crew's mighty tasks. "Dozer's blade shapes the land./ Push it. Shove it. Move that sand! ... Mixer spins. Big and strong. / Chugging. Pumping. All day long."
Jenna Hoffman and Justin Kubesh were married on Saturday, June 1, at the Parish of St. Michael, Sioux Falls. Parents of the couple are David and Corinne Hoffman, Mitchell; and Mark and Vicki Kubesh, Olivia, Minn. Maid of honor was Jeana Krome. Bridesmaids were Sarah VanLaecken, Kati Merkley and Heather Engstrom. Flower girl was Jayna VanLaecken. Best man was Tyler Koch. Groomsmen were Preston Crumly, Luke Witte and Mitch Erickson. Ring bearer was Tate VanLaecken. Ushers were Jordan Keltgen, Tracy Zea, Steve Bagata and Dusty Botz.