Two men with local ties were inducted into the Legends of Dakota Country Music Hall of Fame last month in Sioux Falls. Alexandria native Jimmy Weber and Woonsocket native Royce Tuffs were among 17 inductees at the Sioux Falls American Legion on April 28. Both men shared the same reaction: "It was a huge honor." More than 350 people attended the induction ceremony, which concluded with shows by each inductee.
KIMBALL — With official school lunch guidelines continuing to evolve, some area school districts are dabbling in their own changes. "The elementary kids are my target" for new recipes, said Kriston Walsh, head cook in Kimball. "By the time they graduate they will, hopefully, be exposed to new foods and cuisines that they maybe would have never tried before."
WESSINGTON SPRINGS — A Wessington Springs mother of three says two rounds of cancer have made her appreciate life. "I try to not take (my time with the kids) for granted. When we're home and life is crazy, I take a step back and think, 'This is what you want. You want to be here,'" said Laura Bergeleen, who first beat Stage 3 Hodgkin's Lymphoma in 2013. "As chaotic as it can get, I try to value the time I do have with them."
ETHAN — While continuing to search for answers to their toddler's ongoing health problems, an Ethan family is thankful the answer hasn't been in some of the tests performed. "You want answers, but the things they're testing for now are kind of scary, so you really hope they don't find anything," Abby Storm said last week.
"One man's trash is another man's treasure," as they say, and some folks make it their mission to share their treasures with others. "The era that they grew up in, they were used to recycling and using what they had," said LeAnn Moe of Alexandria while visiting with her parents at Avera Brady Assisted Living recently. Vernon and LaVerna Neugebauer, 89 and 85, respectively, moved to the facility in late 2017 after eight years at Crystal Manor. They moved there from rural Dimock, where Vernon was born, and together they raised their daughter and four sons.
ETHAN—Two Ethan teens signed their way into the history books last week. Sophomores Gabby Sonne and Adaya Plastow are the first in the school's history to advance to the national Family, Career and Community Leaders of America convention. Their Illustrated Talk, titled "Sign It Out," focused on their efforts to bring American Sign Language into the Ethan first-grade classroom. Theirs was among 59 entries vying for a spot in the Anaheim, Calif., competition this summer.
A Menno High School graduate single-handedly won a national Innovative Additive Manufacturing 3-D contest last month. Seth Friesen, a junior mechanical engineering major at South Dakota State University, won the competition and a $250 cash prize at the American Society of Mechanical Engineers' global Engineering Festival in Pomona, California, last month.
"You belong here" doesn't have to be said. It can be felt. For Countryside Living resident Dean Lee, who was born unable to hear or speak, there is no question that he belongs. Lee, 85, was born in a time when children with disabilities were sent away from home to deal with them. But his family and community in Forestburg embraced him, and he became an integral part of his community. "I never met anyone who didn't like Dean," said LaMoine Torgerson, who grew up several years younger than Lee but befriended him as a young child.
Since she was a toddler, Bethany Amundson has been making music. "From the time I was 2, I would grab the mouthpiece off my dad's trumpet and run around the house blowing it," the first-year director of the Mitchell show choir's pit band said. "I could make a really good sound out of it even when I was really little." Amundson's father was a jazz trumpeter in the Twin Cities, and she often accompanied him to gigs throughout the area and was infatuated by his at-home rehearsals.
Inspired by unexpected gifts and a decline in the number of bicycles outside local elementary schools, a local couple put the wheels in motion for Mitchell students to learn how to ride. "This will hopefully inspire them to get outside, exercise and socialize with their friends," Al Bainbridge said Monday as he and coworkers at custom motorcycle company Klock Werks assembled 54 bicycles that will be donated to Mitchell's three public elementary schools today.