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Around the region: March 19

A look at news from around the region, as reported by weekly newspapers: Plankinton 1900 MAT PRESENTED TO AURORA COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY: At the regular monthly meeting of the Plankinton City Council on March 7, Mayor Joe Staller presented an A...

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

Plankinton

1900 MAT PRESENTED TO AURORA COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY: At the regular monthly meeting of the Plankinton City Council on March 7, Mayor Joe Staller presented an Aurora County plat map, with a copyright dated from 1900 to Susan DeVaney, representing the Aurora County Historical Society. The map was sent to the city from Samantha Herman, of West Fargo, North Dakota.

In her letter to the city, Herman stated she was uncertain how the map came to be among a collection of Japanese rice paper art prints, but felt the "amazing piece of history" needed to be back in its rightful home in Aurora County.

Staller said it "is an amazing piece of luck that it's coming back to the county."

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Arrangements were made between Staller and DeVaney to permanently display the map in the County Historical Museum.

-- The South Dakota Mail

Freeman

SCHOOL BOARD HIRES HIGH SCHOOL PRINCIPAL: Kevin Kunz, who has been a teacher and coach at Alcester-Hudson for the past four years, and a teacher and coach in Menno five years prior, will become the new secondary principal at Freeman Public, beginning the 2016-2017 school year.

Kunz, who teaches math and science, is the head boys basketball coach at Alcester-Hudson. He will take over July 1 in Freeman. He replaces Tim Hansen, who resigned earlier this year after two years as secondary principal.

Kunz is a 2002 Parker High School graduate. He received his undergraduate from Mount Marty College in 2007 with a degree in mathematics and secondary education, and his master's degree in PK-12 administration from South Dakota State University Dec. 2011.

He also earned a specialist degree in school district administration from the University of South Dakota in 2015.

"I am very excited about the opportunity to be part of a school district that has such a proud and rich tradition," Kunz said. "I have heard nothing but great things about the faculty and staff at Freeman Public, and I look forward to the opportunity we will have to work and grow together.

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-- Freeman Courier

Chamberlain

LIBRARY ORGANIZES ADULT COLORING CLUB: An Adult Coloring Club is being organized at Cozad Memorial Library in Chamberlain. The club started March 12 and will continue from 11 a.m. until noon, each Saturday, until the end of the school year.

Library Director Melissa Hutmacher learned about the program through another librarian during training in Pierre. Hutmacher and staff member Julia Larson began the club in Chamberlain.

The library provides coloring books with different patterns, Sharpies, colored pencils and crayons.

There are many benefits to the art therapy, participants say. Partaking in the activity has been proven to relieve stress and anxiety. Mental clarity is shown to improve, especially with adults suffering from Alzheimer's and dementia, and terminally ill patients seek relief in adult coloring.

Participants can visit the library any time to color, Hutmacher said.

-- Central Dakota Times

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