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“A minister, educator, government leader, humanitarian and easterner.” Sen. George McGovern, of Mitchell, used those words to summarize the life of the Rev. Joseph Ward when co-sponsoring a resolution that a statue of Ward be placed in the nation’s Capitol. Ward’s life and accomplishments are a silver thread that runs through the history of Dakota Territory. His efforts helped lead to South Dakota’s becoming a state 125 years ago. Ward was born May 5, 1838, near Perry Center, N.Y. When he was about 18, he journeyed to the frontier of Illinois and spent a year as a teacher and farmer.
The Mitchell Area Charitable Foundation announces that it is now accepting grant applications. The grant applications must be submitted by March 21. To apply for a grant, please complete an application, which is available on the Chamber of Commerce website at mitchellchamber.com or at MACF, P.O.
For at least the last decade, population in the Black Hills region has been growing faster than in South Dakota as a whole, according to recent U.S. Census data. South Dakota's statewide population grew steadily at about 1 percent annually between 2003 and 2010, while the population in the Black Hills region stayed ahead of that curve, logging annual increases between 1.06 percent and 1.52 percent. The only period when growth rates slipped was from 2004 to 2005, when population in the state and the region increased by just 0.66 percent.
Last names that start with C, D or E must renew their license decals by Friday, Feb. 28. License decals may be renewed by mail or at the Davison County Treasurer's Office, at the self-service terminal in County Fair or on www.SDCars.org . They can be renewed three months prior to expiration. Please bring a driver's license, Social Security card, or FEIN number for companies, as these will be required.
PRESHO -- Child pornography charges have been dismissed against a Presho man after he died in early January. Larry Maranville IV, 22, was charged in July with eight counts of possessing, manufacturing or distributing child pornography. The charges each carried a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine. Lyman County State's Attorney Anita Fuoss confirmed Tuesday that Maranville is dead and that was the reason the charges were dismissed. The dismissal was filed with the Lyman County clerk of courts Feb. 10.
PIERRE -- Historic artifacts and exhibits will be on display in the state Capitol Building in Pierre on Friday to mark the passage of the Enabling Act of 1889. The Enabling Act, signed into law by President Grover Cleveland on Feb. 22, 1889, authorized the Dakota Territory to split and allowed those in what would become South Dakota, North Dakota, Montana and Washington to proceed in seeking statehood. After meeting the requirements established in the Enabling Act, South Dakota's admission to the Union was formally granted by President Benjamin Harrison on Nov. 2, 1889.
PIERRE -- State Transportation Secretary Darin Bergquist announced that Arlen "Arnie" Hauge, of Sioux Falls, has been appointed by Gov. Dennis Daugaard to a three-year term on the South Dakota Aeronautics Commission. Hauge was raised on a farm near Howard and graduated from Augustana College in Sioux Falls with degrees in Business Administration and Economics. He also studied law at the South Dakota School of Law. "Arnie's education and experience as a pilot and businessman will be great assets to the Aeronautics Commission," Secretary Bergquist said.
Louise Metcalf, Mitchell, will celebrate her 96th birthday on Wednesday, Feb. 26. Her family requests a card shower. Greetings may be sent to 2221 N. Kimball, Apt. 6, Mitchell, S.D., 57301.
CARTHAGE -- “The Treasure of Shiver River,” the 12th annual melodrama production of the Carthage Improvement Association, will be presented at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 1, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 2, in the city auditorium, Carthage.
The South Dakota Department of Education has awarded fi ve school districts grants to start Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education programs. The following area school districts received grants: • McCook Central —$5,000 • Platte-Geddes — $4,168 CASE programs integrate math, reading and science instruction to prepare students for post-secondary coursework and careers in STEM fi elds. Courses cover topics like introduction to agriculture, food and natural resources, principles of animal science and principles of plant sciences. Before schools can implement CAS