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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.
Summer's Last Dance, an outdoor concert Sept. 7 at Hitchcock Park, Mitchell, will feature three bands, food and refreshments. All proceeds will help to make wishes come true for kids facing life-threatening medical conditions in the Mitchell area. Gates open at 4 p.m. Bands include Main Avenue Warehouse from 5 to 7 p.m., Farewell Milwaukee from 7 to 9 p.m. and The Go Figure Band from 9 to 11 p.m.
Giving veterans and their families a hand up and not a hand out is the goal of the third annual Veterans Stand Down in Wagner on Sept. 11. The stand down will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Wagner Armory at 610 E. S.D. Highway 46. Lunch will be served. This event is part of the Department of Veterans Affairs' efforts to reach all veterans and supports its commitment to ending homelessness.
WHITE LAKE -- Author Dr. Arley K. Fadness, Custer, will be at the White Lake Community Library from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 3 for a book signing. The book is "Balloons Aloft: Flying South Dakota Skies" and covers the art, science and history of ballooning in South Dakota skies since 1934. Two of the 18 chapters feature the Explorer I and Stratosphere Balloon Explorer II launches from the Stratobowl near Rapid City in the 1930s. Several eyewitnesses of the landing of the Explorer II near White Lake are cited.
It's Martha Stewart meets March Madness -- and it's coming to Mitchell. The Daily Republic's inaugural Palace City Prize Pies contest will start Thursday, with 16 area contestants going dough-to-dough to advance to the final bake-off. The winner of the tournament will receive more than $500 in cash and prizes. Korrie Wenzel, publisher of The Daily Republic, said the contest was inspired by a desire to create a fun, yet highly readable, event for the community.
By Danielle Douglas The Washington Post Western Sky Financial, a prominent online lender that offers short-term loans at triple-digit interest rates, said it will stop funding loans on Sept. 3...