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After his riggin broke prior to coming out of the chute, Ty Breuer managed to come out on top of the bareback riding event for the second night of action at the Corn Palace Stampede Rodeo. The No. 15 world ranked bareback cowboy from Mandan, North Dakota, ignited the crowd as he rode the Sutton Rodeo horse "Text Message" to produce the high-score of 71 Friday night at the Horseman's Sports Arena. "I was lucky to get out of that ride without my hand coming out," Breuer said. "I didn't even think about the riggin breaking and just went for it."
KIMBALL—While a group of children stand in line, waiting for snacks in between activities at Farmers Union Camp in Kimball, Rachel Blume asks which farm crops were used to produce each food item they were given. "Wheat," the kids shout after receiving a cookie. This is one of many exercises that Blume uses to educate kids on the importance of farming and agriculture in South Dakota. The camp is held by South Dakota Farmers Union, which takes place throughout the summer and rotates to different counties.
GREGORY — The community of Gregory is gearing up to host the VFW Class B 14-and-under State Baseball Tournament starting Friday, as the bracket features a number of area teams vying for the state championship. While the city of Gregory hosted the Class B 16-and-under State Tournament last year, this marks the first time the community has hosted the junior teener tournament.
PARKSTON — In Alan Scholten's 61 years on his Armour farm, he's never seen this much leftover water after a rainstorm. After torrential rains wreaked havoc on much of Hutchinson and Douglas counties Thursday night, Scholten's rain gauge had precipitation totals sitting at 6 inches Friday morning, well above the average amount of precipitation Parkston and Armour typically receive for the month of July.
SIOUX FALLS — A group of 11 Bon Homme County residents continued opposition efforts for the South Dakota Department of Transportation's plan to alter Highway 50, voicing their concerns during a public meeting Wednesday in Sioux Falls.
SIOUX FALLS — Concerns for the Highway 37 Bypass and north Minnesota Street intersection in Mitchell were addressed during Wednesday's South Dakota Department of Transportation's 2019-2022 State Transportation Improvement Program public meeting held in Sioux Falls. Mitchell Chief of Public Safety Lyndon Overweg laid out personal and public concerns about the safety of the busy intersection and discussed future improvement plans with the DOT representatives at the meeting, held at the Ramada Hotel in Sioux Falls.
Mitchell's main tourist attraction is suffering because of the city's under-construction streets. Corn Palace Director Scott Schmidt said during Tuesday's Corn Palace Entertainment Board meeting that visitor numbers are at 113,760 from May 1 to July 9, down roughly 13,000 visitors from last year's May 1 to July 9 report, which was at 126,004. Despite the decline in visitor numbers from last year, Schmidt said the Corn Palace has seen an increase in visitors since the Fourth of July in comparison to last year.
The re-elected president and vice president of the Mitchell Board of Education are optimistic and eager to continue the progress they've achieved while serving the public. The board re-elected Deb Olson, as president, and Neil Putnam, as vice president, for the 2018-19 fiscal school year during the regularly scheduled meeting, held Monday at the Mitchell Career and Technical Education Center.
MOUNT VERNON — While Dave Deinert gazes at his corn crops in early July, he is pleased to see his crops surpass the age-old saying "knee-high by the Fourth of July." Instead, his corn is taller than he is, with most of July and all of August still ahead. Deinert has been farming 2,200 acres of corn for roughly 45 years on his farm near Mount Vernon with the help of his son Jared. The two farm roughly 4,000 acres of land, which includes 1,800 acres of soybeans as well.
For Air Force Col. James Breck Jr., his life has had deep roots in Mitchell. So on Monday, it was only fitting that the 29-year veteran held his retirement ceremony at Veterans Park in downtown Mitchell. Although Breck lives in Arizona where he grew up and spent most of his time in the Air Force as an officer and colonel, his parents were raised in Mitchell. Breck has a deep connection with South Dakota, as his family has spent the last two decades visiting the Great Plains during summer, which also influenced his decision to choose Veterans Park.