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Gary Holzinger's passion for railroads led him on a wild journey through South Dakota in an old motorcar during the mid-1990s. And now, that very passion has inspired him to write a book that details South Dakota's unique history through what used to be one of America's largest railroads, the Milwaukee Road. Holzinger's book "The Badlands Route: The Milwaukee Road from Mitchell to Rapid City," was published on Oct. 23, and the Iowa native held a book signing Saturday at the Dakota Discovery Museum in a town that comes up often in his book, Mitchell.
WOONSOCKET—Despite battling a 103-degree fever, along with a foot plagued by severe tendinitis, Jeff Schulz managed to run 180 miles from Le Sueur, Minnesota to the South Dakota border for his longtime friend and Woonsocket classmate Marie Collum. Since running has been what Schulz calls one of his life's biggest blessings, he decided to use it in an effort to support Collum's ongoing battle with a recurring brain tumor known as a chordoma, which generally occurs near the spine.
Although he's only a sophomore in high school, Riley Brown knows what it takes to be a hero. After all, he saved his mother Melonye Brown's life three years ago in what could have been a horrific house fire, if not for the courageous act of heroism from the then 13-year-old. For Riley, staying calm in the face of grave danger can be traced to his decade-long involvement as a Boy Scout.
The late Rob Marchand's legacy extends far beyond the borders of South Dakota. On Sept. 10, Marchand's wife Mary, joined by daughter Kate and son Jay, trekked all the way to a Haitian island, where a group of local children eagerly awaited the family's arrival to dedicate the Rob Marchand Education Center in Anse-a-Galets on the La Gonave island in Haiti.
Mitchell's swim team got into the pool for real on Sunday. The Mitchell Indoor Aquatic Center held its first competitive swim meet on Sunday, as the Mitchell Aquatic Club faced off in a dual against Huron. Nearly every one of the 194 seats was occupied next to the competition pool and there was plenty of excitement for the first indoor meet in Mitchell in MAC history.
SALEM — The wet harvest agriculture producers are experiencing this year didn't stop area farmers from enjoying burgers and hot dogs at the harvest cookout Monday in Salem. In its second year of hosting the cookout, First Dakota National Bank joined the McCook Central FFA chapter to celebrate the hard-working area farmers who are in the midst of harvest season.
SIOUX FALLS — The Mitchell High School marching band competed in the Festival of Bands competition Saturday at Howard Wood Stadium in Sioux Falls. The band took fourth place in the 3A class preliminary competition. The band went on to place sixth overall out of 24 bands from Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota to qualify for the finals, which featured the top-10 scores of the day in all classes. There, Mitchell took seventh.
As Hunter Dean waded through a thick field of milo, the 12-year-old quickly aimed and fired after hearing echoes of the "rooster" call. He shot his first pheasant. Dean was one of 17 youth pheasant hunters who hunted with the expertise and guidance of members from Mitchell's Pheasants Forever chapter on Saturday at the Rooster Roost Ranch for the youth only pheasant hunting season opener. "I feel so great. It is my first time pheasant hunting, so this is awesome," Dean said.
Members of Trinity Lutheran Church have united in their efforts to donate and support the Mitchell Area Safehouse. This year's annual Harvest Fest — hosted by Trinity Lutheran Church — focused on providing for the local organization, which is in need of funding to maintain the outreach that the Safehouse provides. "All of the volunteer work done by our church is for helping the Mitchell Area Safehouse, and all of our proceeds will go to the local charity," said Chuck Storm, co-chairman of the Harvest Fest and Trinity Lutheran Church member.
It came down to the final rides in the saddle bronc and bull riding event, as top world-ranked cowboys had rodeo fans on the edge of their seats for the final night of action at the inaugural Corn Palace Challenge. Cort Scheer saved his best for last, busting out of the chute and riding the notorious horse Bad Onion for the high-point ride of 88.5 in the saddle bronc event.