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A boy, Aiden Lee Stevicks, was born on Aug. 7, 2013, to Dave and Sara Stevicks, Mitchell, at Avera Queen of Peace Hospital in Mitchell. He joins a big sister, Aubree. Grandparents are Gary and Annet Kropuenske, Hurley; and Tom Stevicks, Dallas.
A Brandon man pleaded not guilty Tuesday to distribution of marijuana. Derek Olson, 18, entered his plea during court at the Davison County Public Safety Center in Mitchell. Olson is accused of distributing more than a half-pound but less than 1 pound of marijuana in June. According to court documents, he was in the Culver's parking lot in Mitchell on June 6 around 11 p.m. At the time, Olson allegedly had 13 ounces of marijuana on him and distributed more than 8 ounces of it to a person in the parking lot. Judge Tim Bjorkman scheduled a jury trial for December.
On the topic of arming school staff on the job -- from Newtown, Connecticut, to Mitchell, South Dakota -- there appears to be a striking abundance of caution. And we believe that is a very good thing. What gives us hope is that this strong, broad reluctance to having school employees carry guns on campus exists today despite the devastating tragedy at Newtown's Sandy Hook Elementary School on Dec. 12, 2012, little more than eight months ago, when a disturbed young man shot dead 20 children and six faculty and staff before killing himself.
A Mitchell man will serve prison time for raping a girl younger than 16. James Taglioli, 28, was sentenced Tuesday during court at the Davison County Public Safety Center. Judge Tim Bjorkman sentenced him to 10 years in prison, but suspended seven years. Taglioli pleaded guilty in June to fourth-degree rape.
PIERRE -- Artists are reminded that the deadline to apply to the South Dakota Arts Council's Artists in Schools and Communities (AISC) and Touring Arts programs is Sunday.
BROOKINGS -- As 4-H continues to prepare youth for the future, a new format called "skill-a-thons" is being incorporated into local and state 4-H contests. Skill-a-thons feature several stations focused on different topic areas and allow youth to demonstrate their knowledge, skills and abilities. South Dakota 4-H Youth Program Director Peter Nielson said there are two reasons South Dakota is transitioning many of its contests to the skill-a-thon format. Foremost is the educational value they offer.
DELMONT -- The 17th annual Kuchen Festival and the 10th annual Twin Rivers Old Iron Association Old Time Harvest Festival will be on Sept. 14-15 in Delmont. The Harvest Festival will be at the historic farm a quarter mile west of Delmont. The Kuchen Festival will feature a craft show at the Legion Hall, a quilt and fabric arts show at the Community Building and an art show/sale at the Delmont Steakhouse banquet rooms. The Kuchen Festival parade will be at 11 a.m. on Sept. 14.
MENNO -- John and Pam Voehl will be portraying Abraham and Mary Lincoln at 2 p.m. on Sept. 8 in the Menno City/School Gym,. Voehl is an nationally recognized Abraham Lincoln presenter and historian who has given more than 700 presentations in 23 states.
A "Positive Parenting" class will be at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 12, at McCook Central School, 200 E. Essex Ave., Salem. The free seminar is geared for parents of children ages 2-12 and will be presented by Larry Ling, clinical therapist, Lutheran Social Services, Sioux Falls. The session is sponsored by South Dakota Parent Connection and the University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine Center for Disabilities. The sessions are appropriate for all parents and those working with or supporting children with special needs. Child care is not provided.
A number of area teachers were recently honored at the South Dakota Association of Career and Technical Educators (SDACTE) annual conference in Mitchell. Terry Rieckman, the agriculture education teacher from McCook Central in Salem, was awarded the lifetime achievement award due to the impact he has made at the state, regional and national levels by serving on the public policy board, as the Region III vice president and as the SDACTE president.