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MITCHELL, S.D.—Afraid of packing on the pounds this holiday season? One dietitian has a simple solution: moderation. Kat Anundson, a clinical dietitian with Avera Queen of Peace in Mitchell, said during the holidays, people tend to take on unusual habits — such as waiting several hours before eating one large meal — that can be damaging to one's overall health.
EMERY, S.D. — By day, Jeremy Jansen is an accountant — but by night, he's decorating. As Christmas approaches, the Emery native's flare for holiday decor is beginning to show. But this year his talents for interior design was not just wowing his family and friends, but a presidential family. Jansen, 24, was one of approximately 75 volunteers nationwide to be selected as a decorator for the White House this holiday season. And after working this past week in the halls and rooms of the White House, Jansen knows it's a memory he'll always remember.
MITCHELL, S.D.—It's no secret the hunting industry helps drive South Dakota's economic engine, and Katie Knutson is working to make sure it stays that way. And with the help of a newly formed state organization, Knutson, the director of the Mitchell Convention and Visitors Bureau, will do this not only for Mitchell but across all of South Dakota. Knutson was named co-chair for Hunting Works for South Dakota, a recently created group that plans to educate the public about the important relationship between hunting and the state's economy.
BRIDGEWATER, S.D.—Suzanne Fournier is always looking for her next adventure. The Bridgewater native considers her life colorful, as her career has taken her all over the world — and she credits her hometown for much of her success. Fournier, 72, is now retired and living in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Still full of energy, she decided to write a memoir. Her recently released book, titled "Life After Diapers," details her life before and after leaving her hometown in South Dakota.
MITCHELL, S.D. — Six South Dakota gubernatorial and congressional candidates found themselves on the hot seat Tuesday, Oct. 17, as they fielded questions from Dakota Wesleyan University students during the annual McGovern Civic Engagement Forum. But there was one overarching question: "What makes a nation great?"
MITCHELL — South Dakota, brace for an extra-cold winter. The inevitable South Dakota winter is nearing, and while residents are used to this sort of weather, the state's climatologist says this year's winter might be colder than usual. Laura Edwards, South Dakota's climatologist, said the United States is preparing for a La Nina climate cycle — the chillier rival of the El Nino.
MITCHELL, S.D. — Screams of joy soon became screams of terror. Smiling and singing along with Jason Aldean as he performed "When She Says Baby" at the Route 91 Harvest Festival, Brooke Veurink, Shawna Huls, Jenna Stroup and Amy Muth smiled and swayed with the music. It was the four Mitchell residents' final night in Las Vegas, and they were going to make the most of their trip. The three-day festival was one of many activities they took part in while in Vegas, with their favorite artist — Aldean — ending their successfully fun weekend.
HURON — Agriculture is the foundation of South Dakota, and it's a field that Gov. Dennis Daugaard looks forward to returning to soon. The Republican governor spent Thursday talking to attendees at the South Dakota State Fair about the importance of agriculture and how he will return to his farm near Dell Rapids after his second term ends next year. Daugaard grew up on his family's dairy farm between Garretson and Dell Rapids, and it's there he looks forward to returning to, he told crowds Thursday.
SIOUX FALLS — The state of South Dakota's workforce and education relationship was put in the spotlight Thursday, as governors across the country banded together to discuss development difficulties. With Gov. Dennis Daugaard at the helm, the Western Governors' Association began its first Workforce Development Initiative workshop Thursday at the Holiday Inn in Sioux Falls, diving into workforce issues.
MITCHELL, S.D.—The Boy Wonder is looking to save the world one can of dog food at a time — and he's chosen a Mitchell manufacturer to help. Burt Ward, who portrayed the Robin in the original "Batman" TV series, has been working with Performance Pet Products in Mitchell to create a customized, high-end dog food for his charity called Gentle Giants.