Volunteers sew items for children in Haiti at Trinity Lutheran Church in Mitchell.
FEDORA -- If you've ever slowed down to look at those unique cattle along state Highway 34 between Fedora and Howard, you're not the first. In fact, Gary Moschell says they've got to be the most photographed cattle in the state. "People love to stop and check them out," he said. "They've got so much more personality than your typical angus." That's because Moschell Farms has Scottish Highland cattle, which carry a long, shaggy coat during the winter months to keep them warm and often have long locks of hair above their noses.
<p>SPENCER -- The Hanson-McCook Regional Library is in dire straits after McCook County commissioners stopped their funding of the library.</p><p>A 5-0 vote last month by the county commission to defund the library and distribute its assets in December 2014 has moved McCook County out of the partnership. That leaves Hanson County to potentially vote on whether or not to continue with a library, because that county's portion is funded by a tax levy.</p>
This winter's run of extreme cold and this week's warm-up have been memorable, but not historic. Tuesday's high of 54 degrees in Mitchell was followed by 58 degrees Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service. They were the warmest temperatures of the season so far. "When there's no snow cover on the ground, it can get pretty mild and that makes it much easier to reach those warmer temperatures," said Billy Williams, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Sioux Falls.
Aurora-Brule is back-to-back winner of state award.
WESSINGTON SPRINGS -- Most of the visitors at the 24th Annual Wessington Springs Farm and Home Show Monday appeared to be content about enjoying what area exhibitors had to show and offer. And when it comes to the recently passed farm bill in Congress, local farmers are generally satisfied about that, too. Cattle and grain farmers visiting the show Monday indicated they support the effort to get something done, including the work on the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) and on crop insurance.
PARKSTON -- The Parkston School District is considering adding gymnastics to the school's extracurricular options for next year. Superintendent Shayne McIntosh said the request is being evaluated by the school board and will be examined further in the next month, with a decision likely in March. "Cost is obviously a factor," McIntosh said. "You want to give kids all of the opportunities that you can, but it needs to be within what we're able to accomplish from a curriculum standpoint, too."
A group of 12 local residents will leave Sunday for the African nation of Cameroon for a two-week mission trip. The trip will include building tin roofs for churches in the west central African country and sharing in fellowship. Ten members of the Trinity Lutheran Church of Mitchell and two members from St. John's Lutheran Church in Dimock will serve abroad until they come back to the area March 2. The trip has been coordinated through the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, with Trinity and the churches in Cameroon working as sister churches in recent years.
The South Dakota Legislature is moving closer to a statewide texting-while-driving ban, but officials in Mitchell think the legislation is too weak. State Sen. Mike Vehle, R-Mitchell, who has long championed a statewide texting ban, said the legislation that passed the House is "a step in the right direction" but said it's a weak bill overall. Mitchell Mayor Ken Tracy called the bill "feeble" but acknowledged that for now, a ban on texting while driving that has a $25 fine and is a secondary offense might be the best the Legislature can do.
GREGORY -- A basketball coach at Gregory High School has been suspended with pay for the remainder of the season. Christi Rozeboom, in her first year as the girls' varsity basketball coach, was suspended Jan. 27 after a weekend game at Kadoka during the Southern Plains Conference tournament.