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Veterans of Foreign Ward District 7 Comander Tom Hafner was elected to the All-State District Commanders Team and received the Tice-Gallagher Award as the Outstanding District Commander for 2012-2013 at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Department of South Dakota State Convention held June 13-16 in Watertown. Hafner is a member of Post No. 3298 in Parkston. District 7 is composed of posts from Armour, Lake Andes, Marty, Mitchell, Parkston, Plankinton, Scotland, Tyndall, Wagner and Wessington Springs.
The north parking lot of the James Valley Community Center in Mitchell will be blocked off on Monday for repair. Please use the former Garden of Eden lot for parking.
Alicia Bultsma, Platte, has been named to the spring 2013 dean's list at Trinity Christian College, Palos Heights, Ill. Students must be enrolled full time and earn a minimum of a 3.5 GPA for the semester.
PIERRE -- Want to vote early in the 2014 state and federal elections? You can mail an application to your county auditor asking for an absentee ballot to be mailed to your home. Then, make your picks and mail the ballot back. That seems simple enough. You can also go to your county's courthouse and do it all there in person. That seems pretty simple, too. So why do we have controversy about voting rights in South Dakota regarding early voting?
CHEERS to news that U.S. farmers could see a record corn crop this fall. A report in Friday's Daily Republic told how this could be the biggest-ever harvest, and it...
PIERRE -- As human West Nile virus cases continue to rise, a state health official urges South Dakotans to use mosquito repellent and take other precautions to protect themselves. "South Dakota has the highest number of human West Nile cases in the nation, as well as the highest number of the more serious neuroinvasive cases," said Lon Kightlinger, state epidemiologist for the Department of Health.
Dear Readers: Here is this week's Sound Off, about prescription medications: "I take a number of medications, most of which are white -- prescription and nonprescription drugs. There are a number of colors in the rainbow. Why not make many colors of pills so that pharmacists and consumers can better tell them apart? I realize that the drugs that are being taken now need to continue to look the same. Pharmacy companies, please make new medications in a variety of colors and shapes. -- Christine V., Salem, Ore."
As the father of Maegan Spindler, I must take issue with The Daily Republic's editorial, "Drunken driving more complex than a drink tax can fix" on Aug. 5. Let us start with the lab samples from Ron Fischer. It took the state crime lab 11 days to return the results to the Charles Mix County Sheriff. The samples were sent via U.S. mail, not by courier, even though it was a double homicide. Apparently (according to Lt. Welsh of the S.D. Highway Patrol as quoted in the Argus Leader) an "analyzer" was out of town; we assume one
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.