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Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2750 and the Auxiliary in Mitchell has announced the 64th Voice of Democracy Scholarship competition and the 19th annual Patriot's Pen Essay competition for this year. Students in grades 9 through 12 can compete at the local level in the Voice of Democracy Scholarship competition by submitting a three- to five-minute essay which they have written and recorded, by the Nov. 1 deadline, on the theme "Why I'm Optimistic About our Nation's Future." Winners at the post level advance to the district and the first-place district winner advances to state.
Mitchell Telecom's Project: Do Good -- which aims to make the Mitchell community a better place to live, work and play through funding great ideas -- announced finalists in the Live and Play categories this week. About 50 submissions were received in the two categories over the course of the summer and resulted in 14 finalists.
ABERDEEN -- Howard's Horizon Health Care, Inc. -- a rural, community-based network providing primary health care throughout medical and dental clinics in South Dakota -- will open a community health center in Aberdeen. The recent announcement comes after Horizon Health Care, Inc., received $800,000 Friday from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. With the new center in Aberdeen, the network will now have 18 community health care centers.
Beginning at 6 a.m. until approximately 5:30 p.m. today, the following streets will be closed all day for paving: On 900 block East Ash, from Mentzer to Gamble; on West 10th, from Wisconsin to Minnesota Street. No through traffic will be allowed, and the street will be closed until paving is complete. Alternate routes will need to be utilized during this time period.
HURON -- Eleven outstanding women have been nominated by their communities to be honored at the Spirit of Dakota's 27th Anniversary Celebration and Award Banquet, set for Oct 5 at the Huron Event Center. The nominees are Patricia Baird, Custer; Gayle Bussell, Huron; Bonnie Blue Carr, Spearfish; Arlis Doeden, Groton; Marianne Freng, Huron; DiAnn Kothe, Sioux Falls; Susan Lynn Purintun, De Smet; Rhea Smith, Lantry; Paula Vogelgesang, Wanblee, Luetta Werner, Marion; and Dr. Cecelia Wittmayer, Howard.
WINFRED -- A Sioux Falls man was injured Tuesday when a cement truck tipped onto its side in Miner County. Raphael Whitlock, 41, was driving a cement truck for Winter Inc., a concrete company, and was headed to the Shannon Hutterite Colony. He was driving west on Highway 34 and turned south onto Highway 81 in Miner County. He took the corner too sharp and the truck overturned, according to Miner County Dispatch. Whitlock was transported to Madison Community Hospital by Miner County Ambulance for non-life threatening injuries.
Reza and the Spill Canvas will no longer perform together at the Corn Palace on Sept. 28. Reza, a magician and illusionist originally from Brookings, and The Spill Canvas, an alternative acoustic band from Sioux Falls, were scheduled to perform jointly on Sept. 28 at the Corn Palace. Corn Palace Director Mark Schilling said scheduling conflicts led to postponing the concert and changing its format. Schilling said the Corn Palace hopes to reschedule Reza for a Sunday afternoon show in February.
A Mitchell man was arrested for drunken driving after his vehicle struck a tree early Monday morning. Kyler Way, 25, was driving a 2006 Pontiac Grand Prix east on the 400 block of East 15th Avenue just after 1 a.m. when he attempted to make a left turn onto Davison Street. When turning, the vehicle went off the right side of the road, entered the boulevard and hit the tree. Way, also cited for having no insurance, was not injured in the crash. His vehicle sustained about $6,000 in damage.
PIERRE -- Gov. Dennis Daugaard is currently seeking applications for two spring 2014 governor's office internships in Pierre. The positions will be paid and run from early January through May. Governor's office interns have the opportunity to work at the highest level of state government, learning about and preparing legislation to be introduced in the next legislative session.
Dakota Wesleyan University has been named to the Military Friendly Schools list, which Victory Media released recently. The list honors the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace America's military service members, veterans and spouses as students and to ensure their success on campus.