The COVID-19 pandemic has led to the cancellation of dozens of fairs, festivals and other events in South Dakota in 2020 that typically provide a significant revenue boost and foster community cohesiveness in cities and counties across the state.
Emergency sirens went off Saturday night in Brule County due to the possibility of strong wind gusts capable of causing damage to trees and structures. The siren meant people should be alert to weather conditions. Brule County Emergency Manager Katheryn Benton would like to remind residents there are two tones used for warnings:
With the coronavirus pandemic keeping residents of the Sanford Long Term Care Center confined to their rooms much of the day, the new Activities Director Samantha Moody was looking for something to brighten their day. After consulting with the Chamber of Commerce office, Moody contacted the local Scouts BSA Troop 249B and 249G to see if they were interested in taking on the task of planting the community garden located near the Care Center. Last Sunday, troop leaders and scouts tilled and planted corn, watermelon, pumpkins, squash, sunflowers, and marigolds. According to Assistant Scout Master Jared Hanzlik, six scouts have volunteered to weed the garden weekly. Moody stated that “if” they have a harvest they plan to use the produce at the Harvest festival in the fall. Photo courtesy Angi Hanzlik
At the Monday night school board meeting, parent Stephanie Bolman Altamirano addressed the board about the significance of the recent events surrounding George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis and the ensuing protests, and how those events could effect the future equity and educational opportunities for students in the Chamberlain School District.
Former Chamberlain School District teacher Don Giese presented the school board with a copy of a written history of the athletic field that was named in his honor following his retirement in 1998. Giese, who held various positions, including Athletic director and coach, at the district during his 40 years of service, told board members he always wanted to record the history of the complex which later led to the building of the CHS and CMS on Sorensen Drive. The document is available for reading at the high school library.