A look at news from around the region, as reported by weekly newspapers:


KURTZ PROMOTED TO CSD ACTIVITIES DIRECTOR: Following an executive session of the Chamberlain School Board during Monday night's meeting, social studies teacher and coach Bill Kurtz was hired as the new Activities Director for the next school year. Kurtz will fill the position that is being vacated by first-year director Danny Hutcheson. Ella Recountre addressed the school board as part of the Tribal and Parental Input meeting, asking the board if the Honor Song was part of the graduation plans for the 2019 ceremonies. Superintendent Deb Johnson stated, the board had decided several years ago that the Honor Song would not be part of the school's graduation ceremonies. A Native Indian honor song is a traditional drum song performed in a native language and offered to recognize the accomplishments of individuals or a group.

- The Chamberlain/Oacoma Sun


CITY APPROVES LEASE-MANAGEMENT FOR VALLEY VIEW CLUBHOUSE: The Freeman City Council approved a lease-management agreement for the municipal Valley View Golf Course with a 4-0 vote at its special meeting Thursday, Feb. 21. Brian Anderson, Josh Andersen, Chad Soulek and Ty Soulek will operate the business year-round. The city's action follows a recommendation from a committee that has been working with the logistics of setting up the nine-hole course as a municipality. The course will feature a traditional clubhouse during the golf season and the management team plans to include a restaurant and bar they are planning to call The Fringe at Valley View.

- Freeman Courier

Wessington Springs

TASK FORCE LAUNCHES SURVEY ABOUT FUTURE OF WS POOL: A volunteer task force, made up of Wessington Springs residents, has been helping the city embark on a fact-finding mission about the future of the municipality's pool. The group's findings were laid out during a presentation during the Farm and Home Show last week, where the community was invited to complete a survey and give their input. The survey can also be found at City Hall or by visiting www.wessingtonsprings.com.

- True Dakotan