Mitchell's city band director celebrates 50 years in post

MITCHELL, S.D. (AP) — With swift, practiced movements of his hands and arms, directing has become second nature for Joe Pekas. The 76-year-old retired musician was completing his 50th year as the Mitchell City Band director on Wednesday — and he has no plans of quitting anytime soon. "Once you're a musician, it's pretty hard to get it out of your system," Pekas said. " ... I will probably keep doing this until I can't do it anymore." Being the Mitchell City Band director is just one of many roles Pekas has held over the years. His position as director is a paid position. This year he received $2,400, but Pekas is not in it for the money. The longtime Mitchell resident is originally from Lest

South Dakota Hall of Fame announces inductees

CHAMBERLAIN — Fame abounds in Oacoma and Platte as two individuals are named as South Dakota Hall of Fame inductees. Christine Hamilton, Oacoma resident and Kimball High School attendee, and Marcus King, lifelong Platte resident, were recognized for their ability to be pioneers in their particular field and improve the quality of life in the state. Hamilton and King are among 10 named as South Dakota Hall of Fame inductees. They will be formally recognized as the 2016 class at the annual Honors Ceremony on Sept. 9-10 in Chamberlain. "These are two very wonderful people in South Dakota," said Don Barnett, board member for the South Dakota Hall of Fame. Hamilton is being inducted into the hall

Two earn $1,000 in ‘Lesson Learned SD’

Nathan Powell, of Chamberlain and Logan Kennedy of Vivian; were recently named $1,000 winners in the “Lesson Learned South Dakota” program. The program is an interactive web-based program conducted this spring as a way to encourage young people to be safe drivers. The program was created by the South Dakota Office of Highway Safety and $20,000 in cash prizes was sponsored by the South Dakota Broadcasters Association. “Lesson Learned SD” featured South Dakota high school students participating in demonstrations that show what happens when drivers are distracted, not wearing seat belts and driving under the influence. Filming for the series took place at Sully Buttes High School in Onida, Rapi

Feeding South Dakota receives 40,000 pounds in Land O'Lakes donation

It was a big day at Feeding South Dakota on Monday thanks to one big donation. One of our region's largest food providers unloaded a semi containing 40,000 pounds of food. If you're in the business of helping people who need food, this is the type of donation that stops you in your tracks. Matt Gassen with Feeding South Dakota tells KSFY News; "I'm always humbled by anybody, whether its an individual that makes a $1 donation or a corporation that makes a donation of 40,000 pounds of food." 40,000 pounds of food. All of it coming from Land O'Lakes. All 40,000 pounds of it are boxes of Macaroni and Cheese and Gassen says that fact is specifically important. Mac and cheese is easy to make, it's

A Day of Fishing, a Memory for a Lifetime

All across South Dakota there are some great fishing spots. People not from this area never imagine that there are many lakes and mighty rivers in South Dakota that offer some of the best fishing in the United States. Lake Francis Case in the Chamberlain, SD area offers great Walleye fishing and there are many places on the Missouri River where fishing from the shore is allowed. Here is a recounting of a great day fishing with Grandpa. The day had just begun, a hot sunny day in the middle of July. My Grand Daddy stopped by our house and asked if my brother and I wanted to go fishing with him. Growing up outdoors, the answer was a definite yes. We couldn’t wait to get out to the water and s

Shopko Grand Opening in Chamberlain

Chamberlain, SD- The newest business to Chamberlain officially opened their doors for business this morning at around 9:00 am. Shopko Store Manager, Lowell Peterson actually got a little chocked up when thanking upper management and his support staff for their assistance and partnership regarding the task of preparing the store for the opening. Although the store had its soft opening on July 10th, the grand opening conducted this morning was attended by over 100 people waiting to get into the store. Refreshments and cookies were supplied by Shopko. Mayor Chad Mutziger made a few comments and thanked Shopko and Oppidan Development for their faith in the Chamberlain market. Store manager Peter

Kimball, SD Desperado Days, July 29-31

The Kimball Chamber of Commerce is once again gearing up for a family fun filled weekend. Desperado Days 2016 will be July 29-31 at the Kimball Rodeo Grounds. The Northern Bull Riding Tour, Mutton Busting, Texas Hold-Em, turtle races, Dustin Evans and the Good Times Band, BCM Pork/Ekstrum Farm Pork-rib cook-off, supper and other activities will be hosted. New this year will be a youth tractor pedal pull, golf tournament, health screens and several other activities.

UND student from Milbank, SD launches spacecraft business

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Alex Holland has always been interested in space. The 19-year-old Milbank, South Dakota, native helped build a small spacecraft in the OpenOrbiter program at the University of North Dakota as a college freshman. That experience led him to start a business that he hopes will make spacecraft technology more accessible. Holland, now preparing to enter his third year at UND, worked with recent graduate Michael Wegerson and his twin brother Sean Wegerson to create Open Space Frontier Technologies LLC, which opened at the start of summer. The company sells materials to create satellites like the OpenOrbiter spacecraft that can be held in the palm of one's hand. These 10-ce

Freeman woman, 93, retires from nursing profession

FREEMAN, S.D. (AP) — A 93-year-old Freeman woman has retired after serving more than 70 years as a nurse. Alice Graber recently celebrated her retirement from the Salem Mennonite Home, where she worked for more than 20 years, the Daily Republic ( ) reported. She still serves at the nursing home by bringing meal trays to residents and feeding them. Linda Young, a nursing program specialist with the South Dakota Board of Nursing, said Graber was the oldest nurse in South Dakota. Some of the 150 people who attended Graber's retirement party included adults who Graber helped deliver as babies as well as former patients of the Mennonite home and other facilities where she was

DSU ranks among top 50 public animation schools in nation

Animation Career Review recently announced its rankings for the top animation schools in the nation. Dakota State University ranked among the top 50 public schools nationwide and among the top 25 in the Midwest region. Colleges and universities were ranked based on academic reputation, admission selectivity, depth and breadth of the program, value as it relates to tuition, and indebtedness and geographic location. DSU's Digital Arts and Design: Production Animation bachelor's degree and Production Animation 2D and 3D minors were among the programs considered in the rankings. These programs highlight both digital arts and design and production animation coursework, which prepares graduates to

Chamberlain, SD Triathlon scheduled, July 23

The Chamberlain Adult Triathlon will take place Saturday, July 23. Co-ed and individuals start at 8 a.m., after a check-in time of 7:30 a.m. The race starts and ends at the American Creek parking lot. Participants must be 16 years of age or older. Registration is $35 individuals and $75 for teams. Participants can register up until the day of the race, but will not receive a event T-shirt unless they register by July 20. Registration forms can be found at the Chamberlain Community Center. Contact Ron LaMie for more information or with questions: (605) 234-4421.

Book signing at Old West Trading Post, July 13

Old West Trading Post is pleased to announce that Diane Harris-Basom will be signing her book Cahoy: A true story of Discovery, Artistry, and a South Dakota Legacy”. She will be signing her book on Wednesday July 13 from 3 to 5 p.m. at Old West Trading Post. There is no charge for the signing. Cahoy pottery originated in Colome, South Dakota and this is the first book written about it. It has become highly collectible in recent years. Those who are unable to attend the book signing can contact Old West Trading Post at 734-0770 to order a signed copy.

Contest invites people to join in ‘Picturing South Dakota’

GROW South Dakota, a statewide community development nonprofit, is launching "Picturing South Dakota," a photo contest on its Facebook page. Beginning July 15, the agency invites South Dakotans to take a photo of their favorite place or thing in their South Dakota community and submit it to the contest. In the spirit of community development, the winner will choose a non-profit of their choice to receive a $50 donation from GROW South Dakota. Picturing South Dakota runs from July 15 through July 25. Contestants must email their photos to and include a brief caption for the photo. GROW SD will post the photo on its Facebook page. Three finalists will be determined based

Cybersecurity training available to banking industry

The South Dakota Division of Banking is going to hold a cybersecurity training event at Dakota State University in Madison. The training will take place on August 16th and will include various speakers, including law enforcement officials, state and federal regulators, and DSU educators. Agenda topics include the threat of cybercrime, risk assessments and best practices, along with roundtable discussion and a hacking simulation table top exercise. State Banking Director Bret Afdahl said that financial institutions are constantly combating online threats, which could compromise the safety and soundness of their operations. He said this training will better equip bank leaders with the question

Madison Central School District adds auto mechanics shop to high school building

The Madison Central School District recently announced plans to add a 2,500 square foot auto mechanics shop area onto the high school to assist the school’s career and technical education (CTE) program. The CTE auto mechanics course began two years ago and 27 students have already taken the course. In 2013, the district received a grant from the Governor’s Office of Economic Development in the amount of $377,000 for their CTE program and there is still about $250,000 remaining. The school received approval from the state to use the grant money to add more shop space to the high school.

SpeeDee Delivery to Expand in Aberdeen

SpeeDee Delivery, based out of St. Cloud, MN, will soon be operating out of a new state-of-the-art building in Aberdeen. The location will be in the East Business Park at 505 Production Street North. SpeeDee is a professional product delivery service company that has operated out of Aberdeen since 2004. They specialize in offering affordable, reliable next-day delivery to a vast array of companies and individuals in the local region. Due to recent years of growth and advancement, SpeeDee has found the need for a larger and more efficient building. The Aberdeen Development Corporation (ADC) has partnered with SpeeDee Delivery for this expansion project. As stated by Mike Bockorny, CEO of the


The Aberdeen Development Corporation (ADC) has announced that they have begun working on a new project in downtown Aberdeen, which will be known as “the Workshop”. Construction will soon be underway at the site which is located at 208 S. Main Street, in between Noah’s Critters Pet Center and Studio 9. The space will be completely remodeled inside and out to fit the aesthetic and functional needs of the Workshop. The purpose of the Workshop will be to create a space for local professionals, entrepreneurs, managers, students, and other community members to collaborate, brainstorm, and network in an open and stimulating business environment. This is especially true for the first floor, which wi


BSFP Will Help Get New Businesses On Their Feet For the last several years, the Aberdeen community has put an emphasis on updating and remodeling the downtown region. The ultimate goal is to create an atmosphere similar to that of a larger city’s downtown area such as Fargo and Sioux Falls. It will be a place that is vibrant and buzzing with the sound of people of all ages going about their business in a variety of new stores and restaurants. The Aberdeen Development Corporation (ADC) and the Business Improvement District (BID) have partnered on a program that will take the next step in making that dream a reality. Titled the Business Startup Funding Program (or BSFP), the goal of the progra

Size Really Matters Chamberlain, SD fishing tourney set for July 16

The popular ladies only “Size Really Matters” fishing tournament is scheduled again this year and will take place Saturday, July 16 at American Creek Marina. Teams can register up until the day of the event, but only teams registered by July 8 will be able to get an event T-shirt. The entry fee is $50 per person, up to four fishing in a boat with one captain, which can be a male. The tournament begins with an 8 a.m. launch and 2 p.m. weigh-in. After the fishing portion of the tournament is done, prizes will be given out to the winners and then the raffle drawings and bra auction takes place at the Busted Nut Bar and Grille. All proceeds from the event go to the Susan G. Komen Foundation of

ShopKo open for business, July 10

The doors of the new Chamberlain, SD ShopKo building will open for business on Sunday, July 10, as part of the company’s soft opening. A larger Grand Opening event is planned for July 22, but customers can still go in and purchase items and take a look around the new store as early as Sunday, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. The Shopko is located at I-90 and exit 265, the first Chamberlain exit.

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