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WESSINGTON SPRINGS — In the months after a tornado tore through Wessington Springs, the questions were asked: who would stay? Loree Gaikowski was asking herself another question: how can I move back? Gaikowski and her family moved back to town in the fall of 2014. She said several of her classmates followed suit. "There's those of us that left for 20 years and now you've got kids that you want to raise," Gaikowski said. "You've been around enough you start to realize that what you're looking for is what you grew up with."
EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the first in a three-part series featuring the honorary co-chairs for this year's Heart and Sole Cancer Walk in Mitchell, held Friday at Mitchell Middle School. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. PLANKINTON — "Don't give up ... don't ever give up." The quote by Jimmy Valvano is one of two tattoos Plankinton native Kirsten Harless, 33, wears on her arms as a reminder to never let the cancer beat her.
Scenes from Saturday's Emery Fun Days.
DIMOCK—The sounds of sizzling burgers, hotdogs, laughter and music filled the air Saturday afternoon during Dimock Cheese's Fun Day and Cheese Fest at its new facility located on the corner of Highway 37 and West First Street in Dimock. During the Fun Day, Dimock Cheese celebrated the grand opening of its new building with over 200 of their customers from across the state. The idea for a Dimock Fun Day wasn't anything new. Co-owner Drew Muntefering said Dimock had a Park Fun Day back in the 1990s.
Every semester the Mitchell Middle School Student Council looks for a way to give back to the Mitchell community. This semester, the student council challenged the school's 23 math classes to a money drive for the Mitchell Area Big Friend Little Friend organization. The top three classes received a pizza party, cookies, and mini candy bars, respectively. Mitchell Middle School math teacher and Student Council Advisor Cassey Ver Hey said the fundraiser was "the biggest this year" with $1,240 raised, surpassing the council's goal of $500.
The fun, sci-fi horror musical starring a timid flower shop assistant and a green man-eating plant will make its debut on Oct. 26 in the Dakota Wesleyan University theater.
The historic musical featuring the paperboys who strike against the newspaper companies in an effort to protest a price hike will debut Thursday at the Mitchell High School Performing Arts Center. Directed by Jennifer Randall and Melissa Miller, the "Newsies" musical tells the historic story of the strike young newspaper salesmen participated in at the turn of the century as the newspaper boys battled back against the price hike newspaper companies imposed on them. Based in New York City in 1899, the musical follows the boys toward better pay and stricter laws for child labor.
Audiences can expect the unexpected Friday when Agatha Christie's classic murder-mystery, The Mousetrap, makes its debut at the Mitchell Area Community Theatre. The production, the longest continuing running show, is focused around the murder of a foster mom. After the murder, a group of strangers find themselves stranded at Monkswell Manor during a snowstorm with the murderer, if only they knew who. Directed by Raylna Schilling, the cast and crew of the production hopes to keep the audience on the edge of their seats.
"Farmer of the Year," a featured film, has a lot of Mitchell flavor to it. The film will have a special screening tonight at Mitchell's Logan Luxury Theatres, and those who attend will see some familiar faces and places. "Farmer of the Year" includes scenes at the at the Corn Palace, and Mitchell residents Cheryl Miller, Ryan, John and Lori Solberg and Arin Winger are actors in it.
When August rolls around, so does the rumble of motorcycles in South Dakota. And while people make their way to Sturgis from far and wide to attend the most famous motorcycle rally in the world, they also find their way to Mitchell. The 78th annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally is now in full force in Sturgis with entertainment, food, vendors and, of course, motorcycles. Like many motorcycle shops across the state, Sabers V-Twin and Klock Werks in Mitchell are busy catering to the needs of motorcyclists from all across the world.