The holidays came early Thursday for Kaden and Xavier Axsom, of Mitchell. In what was probably the best show-and-tell ever, the boys got to show off their dad, Petty Officer 1st Class Gerald “Jerry” Axsom — but only after being surprised by his unexpected appearance at a Thursday afternoon school assembly at John Paul II Elementary School in Mitchell. As part of Book It, a reading incentive program, Kaden, 10, and Xavier, 5, and about 200 fellow students were enjoying a reading by school principal Robin Cahoy of the book “My Dad’s A Hero,” which deals with families with members in the ar
Anyone who’s had a bite to eat in the 100 block of Mitchell’s North Main Street over the past 50 years might know Loretta Blindauer. She began waitressing in 1963 at Ryberg’s, a now-defunct restaurant that was situated near the location of the current Big Dummy’s bar. Then she worked at the Town House, a small restaurant that once occupied the location of the modern Mitchell VFW. She now works at the American Legion. She celebrated her 85th birthday Wednesday, and she plans to hang up her apron for good after today’s dinner rush. “I’ve been a waitress for 50 years,” she said.
WAGNER — Wagner Police Chief Tim Simonsen said his office continues to investigate the Sept.
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KENNEBEC — After a little more than a year without a clinic, the town of Kennebec is eagerly awaiting the arrival of its new health care building. That could happen as early as Tuesday, said Herb Sundall, a member of a committee that spearheaded a campaign and raised $107,000 to pay for a new clinic. It will replace the one it lost on Sept. 15, 2012, when Sanford Health — citing a lack of medical providers — pulled out of town and took its building with it. Kennebec, population 240, is 30 miles west of Chamberlain on Interstate 90. The new clinic will be located at 120 S.
With land prices as high as $6,000 an acre, farmers are out to wring every dollar they can from their fields. For many, that means installing drain tile. "Tile" -- which is actually corrugated plastic pipe 4 inches or more in diameter -- is buried 3 to 6 feet deep in a grid pattern under fields to drain flooded land and make it more productive. The "tile" label is a holdover from an earlier time, when drainpipe was made from ceramic, tile-like material.
America's foremost outfitter bore the brunt of a fast-moving, localized rain storm that dumped more than 2 inches of water on south Mitchell early Thursday morning. Some metal roofing material on the western side of the Cabela's store beside Interstate 90 had been removed prior to the thunderstorms striking between 5 and 6 a.m. Thursday. Estimated 40 mph winds lifted a waterproof membrane, which allowed water to enter the building, store manager Mike Fox said. Fox said he began receiving rain damage reports shortly after the storm rolled through.
Hutchinson County reclamation projects totalling $42,958 were among $192,958 in grants awarded Sept. 12 by the James River Water Development District board of directors at its Sept. 12 meeting in Aberdeen. Three Hutchinson County projects qualified for the JRWDD funding, which was awarded as part of the JRWDD's cost sharing assistance program. A $20,000 grant to the Hutchinson County Highway Department was used to replace culverts damaged by floods in Kassel Township, about seven miles north of Menno on public access land. The area is marked by steep terrain.
Marisa Alexon's death in a Lakeville, Minn., garage was her second suicide attempt. Marisa, according to her mother Shirley Gross, 74, of Fort Pierre, sat and talked with her three daughters early that morning. After they left the house, Marisa smoked a cigarette, had a cup of coffee, wrote a two-page letter, and walked into the garage and hanged herself. Her daughters found her body. She was 43. Marisa's sister, Tarilynn "Tari" Gerlach, 42, of Mitchell, was bowling with her children at the Village Bowl when she received the news from her mother.
SPRINGFIELD -- The population of Springfield will swell this weekend when about 350 Springfield college alumni arrive in town for an all-college reunion. Thomas Stone, the college's last dean of instruction and the president of the Springfield College Museum board, will attend today's program. So will many former students and faculty of the college, which closed in 1984 and was converted to a prison.