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Late August's heat in the upper Midwest has been hard on students in un-air-conditioned schools and dormitories. But it's been helpful to the spring wheat harvest, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. "It's perfect for ripening the wheat crop across the northern plains," said USDA meteorologist Brad Rippey.
News from around the Mitchell region, compiled from weekly newspapers: White Lake MAIL CARRIER HONORED: Local mail carrier Gene Hagerty was honored for 25 years of career -- and accident-free -- service by the United States Postal Service. Hagerty began his career in 1981 as a substitute carrier and was promoted to regular rural carrier in 1988. He has driven more than 940,000 miles delivering mail to patrons of Rural Route 1.
Here are bankruptcy filings in U.S. Bankruptcy Court, District of South Dakota, for Aug. 22 through Aug. 28. Individuals can file Chapter 7 petitions (asking that debts be liquidated); Chapter 12 (a simplified reorganization method for farmers and ranchers whose gross debt does not exceed $1.5 million); and Chapter 13 (a plan to repay some debts in three to five years). Businesses can file Chapter 11 petitions to reorganize their debts under a court-approved plan for repayment. • Alcester: Michael John Burke, Chapter 7.
Numerous local businesses and organizations will be closed or have altered schedules for Labor Day. Mitchell Technical Institute will be closed Monday in observance of the Labor Day Holiday. Regular office hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. will resume Tuesday. The James Valley Community Center, Mitchell, will be closed Monday in honor of Labor Day.
Women from the Oglala Lakota Sioux Tribe and other groups will hold a march today against alcohol at Whiteclay, according to the group Alcohol Justice. The march will begin from the four-way stop sign in Pine Ridge and continue to Whiteclay, Neb. "The whole world watches as we fight to save our nation from the mental disease of alcoholism," said activist Olowan Martinez.
Fitness World in Mitchell has closed because of a lack of business, according to owner Brian Kroeger, of Parkston. The gym, located at 1307 N. Main St., closed late last month after more than nine years in business. Notices had been posted on the front doors and around the facility to notify members of the impending closure, Kroeger said. Anyone who purchased a year-long membership to the gym should receive a prorated reimbursement within the next 30 days, Kroeger said. Much of the gym's equipment has already been sold, and the rest will be sold in the near future.
Q: My 78-year-old father developed drug-resistant C. diff and almost died from diarrhea and dehydration. He received a stool transplant from his nephew, and it cleared up the condition quickly! So why is the Food and Drug Administration trying to restrict the use of it? I thought it was an accepted treatment. Can you explain? -- Sally P., Richmond, Va.
Thinking about Joe Graves' last article, readers of The Daily Republic would assume Graves would consider Tara Volesky and Rod Hall as "nattering nabobs of negativism." Disgrace, convicted and imprisoned...
The following new books are available at Mitchell Public Library:
BUFFALO -- If the Keystone XL oil pipeline gets built, Rick Balcom doubts he'll see many construction workers at the bar of his No. 3 saloon in this remote town in the northwest corner of South Dakota. Balcom, 44, knows most of the workers building the Canada- Nebraska pipeline will stay at a catered "man-camp" seven miles away and won't be hoisting brews under the stuffed mountain lion that adorns his bar. On their days off, they'll probably travel to places such as Deadwood and Spearfish an hour-and-a-half drive south that offer gambling and other attractions, he said.