Considering their sacrifice to our country, a veteran's funeral is the final, proper salute. But making that salute run smoothly has changed in the past year.
CORSICA — Corsica really cares about its emergency health care services. Looking to raise $20,000 for a new ambulance, the Corsica branch of the Douglas County Ambulance Service more than tripled that goal, raising about $65,000 during a fundraiser with a silent auction, food and safety demonstrations. The event was held Wednesday night at the Corsica Fire Hall. Kathy Zomer, an EMT in Corsica, had fundraising numbers totaled Friday. She said more than 800 meals were served and free-will donations were accepted for a new ambulance.
DELMONT — Debris is getting discharged from Delmont. The properties of destroyed homes are being cleared in Delmont, as volunteer crews haul away more debris left from a EF-2 tornado that hit the small Douglas County town on May 10. Crews with chainsaws and skid loaders were an added help Thursday, Delmont Mayor Mae Gunnare said. The debris is being hauled to the Douglas County rubble site, which is located near Armour.
Mitchell students have given their input, and Mitchell's new police service dog will be named "Shadow." After a naming contest was held for elementary school students, Shadow was deemed best for Mitchell's four-legged addition to the police force.
One out of every four bridges in Davison County needs attention, according to a study by a Sioux Falls-based transportation firm. The county has 88 bridges and 22 of them either need replacement, repair or need to be monitored.
Managing taxpayer money, fostering student success and the Mitchell School District's fine arts center project were among the topics discussed Tuesday night during the school board candidate forum. The event was held at the Mitchell Technical Institute Amphitheater and all six candidates for the three available seats in two separate races participated. Candidates for the two three-year school board seats are incumbents Neil Putnam and Lacey Musick, and challenger Tara Volesky.
Davison County plans to make more room for pedestrians and bicyclists during future rural road upgrades. Improvements such as wider shoulders, better signage and consideration for those on bicycles or running along the road were among recommendations from the ongoing Davison County Master Transportation Study. The Davison County commissioners received an update on the study's status Tuesday during their regular meeting at the Davison County North Offices. Study Project Manager Jon Wiegand, who works for Sioux Falls-based transportation consulting firm HR Green, was surprised at how smoothly
DELMONT — Federal officials are expected to be in the Delmont area today to work on initial disaster relief assessments to determine what level of federal aid will be made to the area. Members of the Federal Emergency Management Administration and the Small Business Administration will conduct preliminary assessments regarding the damage to private homes and businesses in Delmont.
SALEM — When she started teaching 44 years ago, Aldena Ecklein admits she was a bit overwhelmed. "I walked into the kindergarten room at Bridgewater and kind of said to myself, 'Now what do i do?'" she said. "Although I had four years of college, I had no idea." She said that's because the textbooks don't teach you how to feel on Day 1. She found her way by learning, and that's been the case for the last 44 years—all but three of them at Salem and McCook Central. Most of those years have been teaching third grade.
DELMONT — With a destructive tornado, the storm is only the beginning. As residents in Spencer 17 years ago and Wessington Springs 11 months ago can attest, a tornado is a community-changing event in a way that few communities ever can understand and a disaster that residents will never forget. In the aftermath of last weekend's Mother's Day tornado that rolled through Delmont, injuring nine people, some residents compared it to what happened in Spencer. Just a matter of hours after the storm, South Dakota Gov.