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CHAMBERLAIN -- Motorists on the back roads between Huron and Chamberlain stopped to take photos Wednesday of a U.S. Air Force plane being transported to the South Dakota Veterans Park in Chamberlain. The T-33 Trainer was on display at the Huron VFW for 40 years, but will now make its home in Chamberlain. It's going to be located near Interstate 90. "If you're driving on the interstate and you don't see that plane, you shouldn't be driving," said Tim Thomas, Chamberlain city commissioner and chairman of the South Dakota Veterans Park.
Mueller Lumber Co. employees install rafters on Monday afternoon for a nine-unit garage complex west of Whittier Lofts on Second Avenue in Mitchell. Brad Ciavarella, of Ciavarella Design and one of the investors in refurbishing Whittier Lofts, said the nine garages are single stalls and the loft residents can choose to rent them. The garages should be completed in a month. Ciavarella said they are also nearly finished with refurbishing the former gymnasium inside the old Whittier School-turned-apartments.
The family of an 18-year-old who died in a September house fire in Mitchell has asked to suspend the demolition of the house to preserve evidence. Mitchell City Attorney Carl Koch told The Daily Republic on Monday that he received the request late last week from a legal representative for the estate of 18-year-old Tylor Kostrzewski, a Kimball native and Mitchell Technical Institute student who died in a Sept. 4 fire in a house at 515 W. Third Ave. Chris Nipe, a Mitchell attorney, is representing the estate, Koch said. "We issued a suspension of the demolition permit until Nov.
The Mitchell Area Safehouse received 2,880 calls on the organization's crisis hotline in 2013. "That's startling," said Marilyn Haley, executive director of the safehouse, in an interview Wednesday with The Daily Republic. Also in 2013, the safehouse served 154 adults and children who needed shelter at the safehouse. At any given time, the organization has capacity for 25 people. "Sometimes we double up," said Coleen Smith, shelter coordinator, adding there are seven rooms. "Right now, it seems when someone leaves, we turn around and admit someone that night.
Kevin Karhoff loved music, and it showed in his everyday life. First Reformed Church lost its worship leader Saturday when Karhoff, 47, died after a battle with T-cell lymphoma. Karhoff came to Mitchell in 2010 with his wife, Kim, and their seven adopted children. In 2011, he was diagnosed with T-cell lymphoma, had a bone marrow transplant and was declared cancer-free in 2012. The cancer returned in spring 2014, said the Rev. Dean Ulmer, lead pastor at First Reformed Church.
HOWARD -- A behemoth building on Howard's Main Street will spring to life this fall during hunting season. Formerly known as Maroney Commons, the Howard Hotel and Conference Center is already booked for the first two weeks of hunting season in South Dakota, said Judy Shaw, executive director of Judy Shaw Foundation. "We're looking to really add to the quality of service and living in the whole region," Shaw said. Shaw is also senior pastor at Center of Life Church in Sioux Falls, which purchased the hotel, conference center and restaurant complex in August. Maroney Commons and the Rural Le
GANN VALLEY -- A Gann Valley couple who gained grandparental visitation rights of their granddaughter may lose them after the child's mother and therapist say the child isn't safe at the grandparents' house. John and Mary Naser received visitation rights through a court order in August 2011.
What some view as a novelty, David Finnell sees as an opportunity to help others. Hookah pipes were the center of controversy a couple years ago in South Dakota when an indoor commercial smoking ban was put in place by the Legislature. Hookah parlors in Rapid City fought to keep their place in the community, and won. However, in Mitchell, the pipes -- which are intended to be used to smoke blended tobacco -- are available only in one shop. "We wanted to promote a more healthy lifestyle," Finnell said.
A man died from Ebola Wednesday morning in Dallas, but that doesn't concern medical officials in South Dakota as much as the flu and enterovirus. Avera Health Systems has protocol in place to handle anyone who comes in with Ebola, including at Avera Queen of Peace Hospital in Mitchell. "All our hospitals have isolation negative air pressure rooms," said Jay Gravholt, public relations for Queen of Peace.