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HOWARD -- The National Association of Community Health Centers has presented John Mengenhausen, chief executive officer of Horizon Health Care Inc. in Howard, with the 2013 John Gilbert Award. The award, which recognizes longstanding excellence and leadership in community health, was presented to Mengenhausen at the 44th annual NACHC Community Health Institute in Chicago, a national conference attended by nearly 2,000 community health leaders from across the country.
A girl, Leni James Mack, was born on July 20, 2013, to Niccole and Charlie Mack, Watertown, at Prairie Lakes Hospital, Watertown. Grandparents are Tom and Cindy Riddle, Mitchell; and Steve and Beverly Mack, Watertown.
While veterans waited longer than ever in recent years for their wartime disability compensation, the Department of Veterans Affairs gave its workers millions of dollars in bonuses for "excellent" performances that effectively encouraged them to avoid claims that needed extra work to document veterans' injuries, a News21 investigation has found. In 2011, a year in which the claims backlog ballooned by 155 percent, more than two-thirds of claims processors shared $5.5 million in bonuses, according to salary data from the Office of Personnel Management.
SPRINGFIELD -- Dorothea Thompson Dunmire Peterson, formerly of Parkston, will celebrate her 95th birthday on Wednesday, Sept. 4. Her family requests a card shower. Greetings may be sent to P.O. Box 255, Springfield, S.D., 57062.
A rural Mitchell woman received minor injuries in a rollover accident Tuesday morning on Betts Road near Mitchell. Highway Patrol Trooper John Lord said Jessica Tilberg, 19, was driving a 2004 Chevrolet Blazer south on Betts Road west of Mitchell at about 7:30 a.m. Tuesday. Lord said Tilberg reported that she met another car driving from the south, toward the center of the road. When Tilberg moved toward the shoulder to make room, she told Lord, she caught the edge of the roadway and went into the west ditch.
A Mitchell man pleaded not guilty Tuesday to possession of a controlled substance. Jeffrey Heidinger, 50, entered his plea during court at the Davison County Public Safety Center. He is accused of possessing methamphetamine around May 30, according to court records. Judge Tim Bjorkman scheduled the case for jury trial in December.
Eileen (Ligtenberg) Van Zee, Platte, and Mike Ligtenberg, Mitchell, will celebrate their 80th birthdays on Sept. 1. Their birthdays are Sept. 2. A card shower is requested. Greetings may be sent to Eileen Van Zee, Box 25, Platte, S.D., 57368; and Mike Ligtenberg, 925 W. Seventh, Mitchell, S.D., 57301.
A boy, Reece David Heisinger, was born on Aug. 10, 2013, to Stephanie and Jeremy Heisinger, Sioux Falls, at Avera McKennan Hospital, Sioux Falls. Reece joins a big brother, Myles. Grandparents are David and Julie Lachnit, and Terry and Gloria Heisinger, all of Mitchell.
PARKSTON -- Guertis Leischner, Parkston, will celebrate his 90th birthday on Sunday, Sept. 1. A card shower is requested. Greetings may be sent to P.O. Box 508, Parkston, S.D., 57366.
When I worked for newspapers, it was a tradition on election night for the employer to spring for a pre-returns meal for the staff members who were on duty for the evening. I don't recall any of any employers springing for a meal for any of the reporters who used to work late on legislative nights, but I suppose somewhere in the field manual of how to treat reporters, there's a chapter that explains the distinction between working late at the Legislature and working late for the general election. That would make for some interesting hair-splitting, I suppose.