January 08. 2013 2:48PM
County names Tribune as legal newspaper
The Minnehaha County Commission last week chose newspapers of record for 2013. It named three, the Argus Leader and Dell Rapids Tribune — both Argus Leader Media properties — and the Hartford News, owned by Anderson Publication, of Canistota. Argus Leader Media had sought to have its
Brandon Valley Challenger named the third paper of record.
“I respect the Argus Leader immensely. But I also think there is plenty of sunshine out there,” said Commissioner John Pekas, who made the motion to split the papers of record between the two companies. Doing so gives maximum exposure to county notices, he said.
Historical meeting Thursday
The Dell Rapids Society of Historical Preservation board meeting is at noon Thursday in the Dell Rapids Museum.
For information about the meeting or other DRSHP matters, contact DRSHP Vice President Alice Chamley at 428-3386.
Alliance pays $42,000 for Dells, Baltic schools
Alliance Communications paid a total of more than $42,000 to Dell Rapids and Baltic schools in gross tax receipts last year.
Most communications companies that serve South Dakota communities pay the gross receipts tax instead of paying property taxes. Four cents from every dollar you spend with Alliance communications goes to your local school district.
Baltic School District received $34,748.04 in gross tax receipts from Alliance last year, and Dell Rapids schools received $7,492.64.
State leases former restaurant for driver exam station
The former Michael’s Steakhouse restaurant will be the new location for the state of South Dakota’s driver licensing exam station in Sioux Falls.
The state plans to lease the property at 2501 W. Russell St. and move in early this spring.
The move will consolidate the state’s two driver licensing locations in Sioux Falls. Those are at 3716 S. Westport Ave. and in the Minnehaha County Administration Building at 415 N. Dakota Ave.
Golden West offering scholarships to area students
Area high school seniors can now apply for the Golden West Telecommunications college scholarship. This year, 44 $1,000 scholarships will be awarded to students from high schools in the Golden West service area, which includes the Dell Rapids area. In addition, students who attend home school and students whose parents live in the Golden West service area but who attend a school not included in the program are eligible for one additional at-large scholarship. The Golden West Scholarship Program is designed to help local students pursue degrees at vocational schools, military academies and universities.
Golden West Scholarship applications are available from guidance counselors at local high schools and at-large applications may be requested by calling 777 from any Golden West telephone or by clicking on the scholarship button at www.goldenwest.com/Scholarship-Deadlines. Application deadline is Friday, March 15.
Committees overseen by each school’s superintendent or principal will select local scholarship winners, while a committee of Golden West employees will select the at-large recipient. Golden West Scholarship recipients will be chosen based on SAT or ACT scores, high school transcripts and scholarship applications. In addition, the committees will consider leadership in school, civic and other extracurricular activities, personal character and the applicant’s motivation to serve and succeed. When two applicants are extremely close in qualifications, financial need will serve as a tiebreaker.
Early model mobile homes must be registered
The Minnehaha County Equalization Office is reminding owners of mobile homes with model year 1976 or older must list their homes with the Director of Equalization office in the county where the mobile home is located.
The mobile home must be registered by Jan. 31 to avoid penalty.
Questions should be directed to the Director of Equalization office, 605-367-4228.
Health fair planned for veterans
All veterans are invited to a Healthy Living Fair from 7 am. to 4 p.m. Jan. 11 at the Sioux Falls VA Medical Center, 2501 W. 22nd St.
Veterans, both those who use and those who do not use VA services, and their families are encouraged to attend.
VA staff will be on hand to help Veterans be more involved in their health care, manage stress, eat wisely, be physically active, and learn how to get recommended screening tests and immunizations.
In addition, healthy cooking classes, yoga and tai chi classes will be available.
Veterans can learn more about VA services – the patient centered care teams, diabetes prevention, weight loss program, low vision program, crisis intervention, MyHealtheVet internet service, secure messaging with health care providers, plus other wellness information.
Attendees are also invited to pick up giveaways and enjoy healthy snacks while browsing the displays.
Applications open for science camp
Two South Dakota high school seniors will have an opportunity to travel to West Virginia this summer for the annual National Youth Science Camp.
Two seniors from each of the 50 states will receive full scholarships to attend the camp sponsored by the NYSC and will have the opportunity to complete hands-on research projects.
Applicants must demonstrate leadership abilities, academic proficiency in math or science and curiosity and eagerness to explore a variety of topics.
The program runs from June 26 to July 20.
Applications are available at www.nysc.org and must be submitted to South Dakota’s state selection coordinator, Sam Shaw at the state Department of Education, by Feb. 15 in order to be considered.
To learn more, contact Shaw at 605-773-5229 or sam.shaw@state .sd.us.
Chief Justice to deliver State of the Judiciary message
The Chief Justice of the South Dakota Supreme Court will deliver his annual State of the Judiciary Message to a joint session of the Legislature today beginning at 1:30 p.m.
Chief Justice Gilbertson was appointed to the Supreme Court in 1995 and has been Chief Justice since 2001.
He has been elected Chief Justice three times by the members of the Supreme Court.
This will be Chief Justice Gilbertson’s 11th State of the Judiciary Message.
The prior State of the Judiciary Messages are available on the Unified Judicial System webpage at http://ujs.sd.gov.
The Chief Justice’s message will focus on those things that have impacted the judiciary during the last year and the challenges and goals of the Unified Judicial System in the coming year.
The Chief Justice will particularly speak to the issue of the pending alternative sentencing proposal and its components such as drug courts, alcohol courts and veteran’s courts.
For those unable to travel to Pierre on Wednesday, the State of the Judiciary Message will be live-streamed over the internet and can be accessed through the South Dakota Unified Judicial System’s webpage at http://ujs.sd.us/.
Local sheriff to speak at women's political meeting
The Minnehaha County Lincoln Republican Women meeting will begin at 11:45 a.m. Thursday at Spezia, 4801 S. Louise Ave., in Sioux Falls.
The featured speaker is Minnehaha County Sheriff Mike Milstead. To learn more, call 605-338-4593.
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