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BRIDGEWATER — After 16 years of watching people visit his serene acreage near Bridgewater, John Alvarez is closing a special chapter in his life and selling the property that united those who casted a fishing line in his notorious pond. On his road to recovery from a traumatic brain injury he suffered due to a car crash in 1994—Alvarez, an Arizona native and avid fishermen, had a dream to create a place where he and other people who have suffered from brain trauma, would be at peace.
WESSINGTON SPRINGS — Jean Ferguson knows there are challenges of being a caregiver for someone with a memory loss disorder. Ferguson, 66, and her husband Jack were living in their Wessington Springs home when her father John Forbes died, leaving her then-80-year-old mother Lois Forbes widowed and battling dementia.
After losing a second friend to suicide in the summer of 2016, Chesney Garnos mourned and searched for answers within. One year later, Garnos' hardship led to a commitment to be the change that could save a life through creating Break the Chains, an organization she launched through social media, aimed at breaking down the stigmas surrounding mental illness, bullying and suicide. The Presho native was in the middle of her senior year at the University of South Dakota when she launched her organization, which she credits for inspiring her to enter the Miss Mitchell Pageant.
Mitchell Technical Institute's analysis of the economic impact and return on investment for the college topped the list of items discussed at Monday's meeting of the Mitchell Board of Education. The meeting was held at the Mitchell Career and Technical Education Academy. The overall impact of MTI students on the local business community was calculated at $37.6 million over a year of analysis and supports 534 jobs, according to a study conducted by Emis, which provides economic impact studies and labor market data to educational institutions.
The Davison County Commission will visit with Auditor Susan Kiepke about the approval of plats recommended by the Planning and Zoning Commission, along with a jail and HVAC update during the regular 9 a.m. meeting. The commission will meet Tuesday at the North Offices Building at 1420 N. Main St. The commission's agenda is as follows: • 9 a.m. Call to Order Pledge of Allegiance Approve Minutes Citizens Input and Board Reports Informational Only • 9:15 a.m. Board of Adjustment Re: Cody Miles
Firefighters from around South Dakota took on a blaze of training last week. As firefighters busted through dead-bolted doors and maneuvered their way through thick smoke in an abandoned building on Main Street, first-responders gathered Thursday through Saturday in Mitchell for the South Dakota Firefighters Association's annual SD State Fire School.
Hundreds of people sporting red T-shirts walked in honor those who have battled cancer on Friday evening at the 21st annual Heart & Sole Cancer Walk. Following an emotional opening ceremony and dedication to this year's honorary co-chair's—Tara Bainbridge, Kristin Vilhauer and Diane DesLauriers—participants began making strides around the Mitchell Middle School, sharing laughs, tears and hugs.
In the Bainbridge family, when mom hurts, everyone hurts. Nobody in the family hurt more than on June 23, 2017. It was then that Tara Bainbridge's doctor discovered an ovarian mass while Bainbridge was giving birth to her youngest daughter Greta through a cesarean section. What was supposed to be a special day turned into a week-long wait of fear for the Bainbridge family, as doctors cut a wedge of the mass to test it. Six long days went by before Bainbridge was informed she had been diagnosed with stage 4 non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.
For many, Joshua Brenden qualifies as a hero. He is, after all, a member of the South Dakota National Guard and was named the force's Warrant Officer of the Year. But Brenden, of Mitchell, credits the honor and recognition to the support he gets from "his heroes — his wife and two children. "This award isn't possible without the support from my wife and two daughters, Amelia and Addison," he added. "My wife Tiffany has to take care of the house and the kids when I'm gone on various duties, which she is great at doing."
As American flags, flowers and wreaths decorated the burial sites of the men and women who served in our nation's armed forces, community members of Mitchell gathered in unison on Memorial Day at the Servicemen's Memorial Cemetery to pay homage and remember those that fought and died for freedom. Present and past military members led the memorial service with stories of the significance on what Memorial Day means to them and all Americans.