Final decision made on VA reconfiguration – Hot Springs campus to remain open

Hot Springs, SD - Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs, Robert McDonald, has made his decision regarding the proposed reconfiguration of VA Black Hills Health Care System.

Secretary McDonald has elected to move forward with VA’s preferred alternative that was evaluated in the Final Environmental Impact Statement.

VA’s preferred alternative includes renovating building 12 at Hot Springs for outpatient services and dialysis. The VA BHHCS Call Center and VISN Call Center

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Twisted Turtle Pub opens for business in Rushville

By Lauren O’Brien

The Twisted Turtle Pub at 129 N. Main St. in Rushville had a soft opening on Friday, December 30 and Saturday, December 31.

Owners Courtney and Tosha Fuller enjoyed helping their customers and making pizzas and salads after all the hard work. The Fuller’s have discussed expanding their menu as they go, but as they launch the business they will stick to the basics.

They officially owned the building a year ago in August and worked to create a welcoming

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Marge Hinn celebrates 85th birthday, Hinn's Hardware 60 years of business

By Lauren O’Brien

The Hinn’s welcomed family and friends into their business on Wednesday, December 28 to celebrate Marge Hinn’s 85th birthday and Hinn’s Hardware and  Furnishing Co.’s 60 years of business.

Marge was born on Thanksgiving Day in 1931. She married Charlie Hinn in 1952. He worked with his brother in a ranching business about 23 miles south of Rushville. With tension building between the brothers, Charlie asked Marge what business they should

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Cancer Benefit being held for Joe Kennedy

Joe Kennedy, a Gordon graduate, was recently diagnosed with advanced, stage 4 colon and liver cancer.  Joe, his wife Tracy, and their two children, Cole and Jordyn, live in Bertrand, Neb. On Sunday, January 8 at 11 a.m., the wonderful people of Bertrand will host a dinner and auction for Joe.

For more information or if you would like to donate, you can call or text Mark at 308-991-0909 or Lilly at 308-360-3029.

Joe is the son of Jerry Kennedy and the son-in-law of Lillian and Chris Witt

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Dan Kling shares his knowledge from 20 years of county government service

By Lauren O’Brien

A passion for helping others and developing strategies to improve Sheridan County’s growth takes a special person who is willing to listen to the community’s input and act on it. As the Sheridan County Chairperson, Dan Kling has spent two decades listening to the public while transforming the appearance of the commissioners.

When County Magistrate Julie Krotz swore Kling into office 20 years ago, he was unsure of what lie ahead. “I just wasn’t

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$15,000 loss after home, business burns in Hay Springs

By Lauren O’Brien

Around 2:30 p.m. on December 9 smoke seeped out of Rebecca Cate’s and Keith Campbell’s RV in Hay Springs, shortly after the couple left to get supplies for Cate’s dad. His water lines blew out and they were getting the house ready for the market before they left to sell merchandise. Brad Sauder called them to let them know their home was on fire.

By the time they arrived, the house had ignited. As they waited for first responders to arrive, they

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Grand Jury finds no criminal violations by state patrol in Ladeaux case

By Lauren O’Brien

A grand jury was empaneled by Sheridan County District Court Judge Travis O’Gorman on November 4 to review evidence in the deadly car chase north of Gordon that happened on October 3 around 10:25 p.m. Antoine Ladeaux was killed during the chase after his vehicle collided with the state patrol.

The court was closed to the public as the grand jury convened on December 8 as County Attorney and prosecutor Jamian Simmons presented evidence. During the jury’s

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Copy Shoppe celebrates ten years of business

By Lauren O’Brien

A decade has passed since Jama Bolek opened up the Copy Shoppe in Rushville. To help her celebrate, the Rushville Chamber planned to surprise her on Tuesday, December 6 at 11:30 a.m.

Once the chamber members arrived, they stood in the lobby waiting for Bolek to come out of her office. Bolek was surprised to see everyone. “I don’t think I’ve ever had this many people in here all at one time,” she said. Char Pudelko congratulated Bolek on her ten

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Dream givers provide income to Lakota families

By Lauren O’Brien

The Christmas season is in the air as snow blankets landscapes in white and people give gifts to family and friends. The Lakota Hope Ministry and GROW Nebraska non-profits are helping Lakota crafters earn income to provide for their families when they make unique Christmas wreaths and crosses for the tenth year.

Three Lakota men work for about three weeks and create wreaths out of Christmas trees. This year they are using re-purposed and recycled artificial Christmas

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