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Benson: Vladimir Putin and the Crimea

March 27, 2014 in Uncategorized

Three weeks ago, Hillary Clinton spoke at a fundraiser at Long Beach, Calif., and suggested that Vladimir Putin’s actions in Crimea equaled those of Adolf Hitler eight decades ago.
She said, “Now if this sounds familiar, it’s what Hitler did b…continue reading on

BACK IN TIME: Farwell Methodist Episcopal Church

March 24, 2014 in Uncategorized

Pictured is the Farwell Methodist Episcopal Church at its original location in Farwell, 16 miles northeast of Mitchell in Sanborn County. The parsonage is pictured at left. Construction of the church building began in 1908 and was completed in 1909. …continue reading on

Deadwood digs for answers in 19th Century death

March 17, 2014 in Uncategorized

By Tom Griffith

Rapid City Journal

DEADWOOD (AP) — Modern-day investigators continue to unravel the 130-year-old mystery of a young man buried on a hillside during this gold camp’s earliest days by using forensic dentistry and spectrum anal…continue reading on

Museum to host book signing, program on feed sack dresses

March 12, 2014 in Uncategorized

The March session of the Middle Border Lecture Series will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Dakota Discovery Museum in Mitchell and will feature Yankton author Marilyn Kratz for a short talk on her new book Feed Sack Dresses and Wild Plum Jam — Remember…continue reading on

SD political landscape transformed by 1986 election

March 9, 2014 in Uncategorized

The 1980s dawned on the nation with the election of Ronald Reagan, a president who still casts a shadow over American political discourse. That same election brought the defeat of Sen. George McGovern, a Mitchell native and liberal standard-bearer fo…continue reading on

Pressler ‘American Hustle’ ad to air during Oscars

February 28, 2014 in Uncategorized

By Dirk Lammers

SIOUX FALLS (AP) — As “American Hustle” vies for a best picture Oscar Sunday night, former U.S. Sen. Larry Pressler will pop into the Academy Awards broadcast a couple of times to remind South Dakota residents that he was the l…continue reading on

Almost 70 years after WWII, dozens of Nazi art pieces still in US Army facility

February 27, 2014 in Uncategorized

By Michael E. Ruane

The Washington Post

Army Capt. Gordon W. Gilkey had traced the missing art to a train that left Berlin for the Czech border two weeks before the German surrender.

The train had been strafed en route by American fighter pl…continue reading on

Capitol display to honor 125th

February 19, 2014 in Uncategorized

PIERRE — Historic artifacts and exhibits will be on display in the state Capitol Building in Pierre on Friday to mark the passage of the Enabling Act of 1889.

The Enabling Act, signed into law by President Grover Cleveland on Feb. 22, 1889, autho…continue reading on

1980s crime: From 8-tracks to stun guns

February 8, 2014 in Uncategorized

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the third story in a series about the 1980s in the Mitchell area and the decade’s impact on modern life. Further stories will be published periodically in future editions.


When Gary Kingsbury knocked on the door in…continue reading on

Four schools receive no-cost trip to Pierre to learn government, history

February 3, 2014 in Uncategorized

PIERRE — South Dakota’s capital city will be the classroom site for pupils from four South Dakota school districts in coming weeks as they spend a day in Pierre learning about state government and state history.

Included in those school district…continue reading on