Caitlynn Peetz, Forum News Service
WAGNER, S.D. — A vessel lost in a sea of ... corn? After nearly a month of investigating a crime and drudging up leads, the Wagner Police Department got a big break on Dec. 12.
Mitchell students who attended the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis last week placed in "about the middle of the pack" for the respective competitions. According to FFA adviser Jeff Hoffman, the Mitchell FFA Veterinary Science Career Development Events team placed 27th out of 41 teams, ranking in the "silver" category. Hoffman said the top 10 teams were rated "gold" and the bottom third of the teams were rated "bronze," with the rest tabbed as "silver."
MENNO, S.D. — A night of celebrating German heritage brought visitors from far and wide to a small South Dakota town Saturday night. The annual Oktoberfest celebration hosting a traditional german meal, music and dancing at the Menno School Auditorium Saturday night drew approximately 500 people.
KENNEBEC, S.D. — Kennebec's new grain facility is really rolling now. The Wheat Growers facility greeted its first train, which arrived in Kennebec late Monday afternoon from Mitchell and began filling it with soybeans in the early-morning hours Tuesday—a process that lasted throughout the day. The loading was expected to be finished by 5 p.m. Tuesday and the train would then head back to Mitchell.
HURON, S.D. — For local 4-H participants the State Fair is an opportunity to show off animals they've been working with for months. And, for many, it's in front of a larger crowd than what they encounter at county fairs, making the experience one that they anticipate year-round. Eleven-year-old Landree Callies, of Howard, participated in her second State Fair 4-H show over the weekend and said it was just as fun as the first time.
SALEM, S.D. — When Feterl Manufacturing Corp. went bankrupt in 2009, Paul Deters, of Salem, transitioned seamlessly into a new position with Buhler Industries, a company that moved into the same building. But an impending transition won't be as easy for the 63-year-old.
TYNDALL, S.D. — During a meeting that lasted nearly four hours, the Bon Homme County zoning board heard concerns from opponents and proponents of animal feedlots, ultimately motioning to draft an amendment to the county's zoning ordinance.
MITCHELL, S.D. - Twenty volunteers gathered at the lake Saturday morning and planted approximately 500 cattails along the water's shorelines. The cattails, placed at 10 different locations, act as a "natural filtration device," according to Parks and Forestry Superviser Steve Roth, by removing excess nutrients in the water, such as phosphorus and fertilizer. The buckets of cattails were divided among two groups.
A growth in consumer demand and a surge in personal health initiatives are credited for a record-setting year in the bison industry, which is expected to continue its uphill climb.