Coming events
Alcoholics Anonymous and Al-Anon will meet Friday at 8 p.m. at the Avera St. Benedict Health Center Meeting Room. For more information, call 928-3182.


Alcoholics Anonymous will meet Sunday at 7 p.m. at the Ethan Methodist Church basement. For more information, contact Jean at 928-7266 or Joe at 227-4303.

Tuesday, December 23
The Hutchinson County Commissioners will meet in the conference room in Olivet at 9 a.m.

Pay it forward at Parkston blood drive Dec. 18
You can make a difference in the life of a child or adult this holiday season by rolling up your sleeve and donating blood. The selfless act of donating blood has a major impact in your community and can help maintain the local blood supply before, during and after the holidays.
Pay it forward to a family in their critical time of need now through Jan. 4, 2015, and redeem your donation points for a limited-edition Proud Blood Donor t-shirt at the LifeServe Online Store.
Your life-saving donation is critical to ensuring the right blood product is available for the right patient the moment they need it. Please plan to give your life-saving gift at an upcoming blood drive.
Parkston Community Blood Drive, Thursday, Dec. 18, from 12 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Avera St. Benedict Health Center, 401 W. Glynn Drive.
Sign up to save a life today. Schedule a blood donation appointment online at or call 800.287.4903.
Everyone who registers to donate blood goes through four simple steps during the donation process: registration, donor history screening, donating blood and enjoying snacks.
New blood donors who are not familiar with the blood donation process are encouraged to ask questions before, during and after their blood donation. Below are a few tips for ensuring a successful blood donation:
• If you are 16 or 17 years old and you’ve never donated blood with LifeServe Blood Center, be sure to get a signed Parental/Guardian Permission Form.
• Get a good night’s sleep before your blood donation.
• Eat a good meal before donating blood. Do not donate on an empty stomach.
• Drink plenty of fluids.
• Bring a photo ID or Blood Donor ID card.
At the last blood drive, several milestones were reached: Lisa Lindeman, one gallon; the Rev. Erika Lehmann, two gallons; Britney Henke, three gallons; James Weber, four gallons; and Janet Tiede, 10 gallons.
Eligible blood donors must be at least 16 years old, should weigh at least 120 pounds and should be in general good health.

Santa Claus is coming

Santa and Mrs. Claus were driven by Avera St. Benedict Wellness Director Ember Dale to the Parkston High School during the annual Santa’s Jingle Bell Run/Walk. The jolly old man and his wife greeted children of all ages in the high school lunch room, Dec. 13, listening to their Christmas wishes.

Girls put in hard work in new gymnastics program
The Parkston School Board recently approved Junior High/High School Gymnastics as a sanctioned school sport for the Parkston School District.

Farmers speak out; commission responds
JEREMY WALTNER | Freeman Courier |
After two hours of public testimony that sometimes grew loud, the Hutchinson County Planning and Zoning Commission voted unanimously to recommend that proposed stricter zoning regulations for livestock producers not be approved by the Hutchinson County Commission when it meets later this month.

Brain health of older adults focus of campaign
The holidays are about families gathering together to celebrate and to discuss issues of importance to everyone, including older members of the family.

Kaylor 4-H club ties fleece blankets for organizations
The Kaylor 4-H Club held their meeting Dec. 7 at the Tripp Fire Hall.

Young Riders 4-H club elects new officers
The Young Riders 4-H Club met Nov. 9 at the Tripp Emergency Services Building with 16 members present.


Parkston Trojan Dawson Semmler works at taking down his opponent at the Howard Invitation, Dec. 13, in Howard. Semmler finished in second place.

Girls' basketball

Parkston Trojan Justene Alley fights off two Freeman defenders in the Dec. 9 game in Parkston. The Trojans opened the season with a 43-41 win over Freeman and a 62-53 win over Tea Area.

School Garden grants available
SDSU Extension has announced the second season of the South Dakota School Garden Grant.

SDDA hosts commercial pesticide applicator recertification classes
The South Dakota Department of Agriculture has posted the schedule for 2015 Commercial Pesticide Applicator Recertification classes.

Aphids and yellow dwarf viruses of wheat
Bird cherry-oat aphids and greenbugs made the news this fall, with infestations reported in winter wheat fields across central and south-central South Dakota.

Recommendations for receiving cattle: Health and nutrition
Minimizing the stress of weaning, marketing, and shipping can have a large impact on the bottom line.

Rural values shine at harvest time

Our regional elevators saw a lot of traffic recently.

Loose meat
I recently took the time to read the menu for the local school’s lunch program they publish in my weekly newspaper.

Top 10 Christmas shows
The holiday season is about family, overpriced gifts, crazy relatives, psychotic shoppers, mall parking lots that resemble a scene from Mad Max and of course the one thing that truly brings families together…watching TV.

Is your car up for the journey
Before packing up the car to head home for the holidays, make sure your vehicle is ready for the journey.

Tripp Star-Ledger

Sounds of Christmas

Mason Schoenfelder and Jeff Schnabel play trombone during Jingle Bells. They played two songs--the other was Ode to Joy--at the elementary/middle school Christmas concert. The second through sixth grades used red, white and green colored plates during their performance of the Nutcracker Suite. Through the elementary/middle school Christmas concert, they split into separate choirs: the kindergarten/first grade choir, the second/third choir and the fourth through sixth grades.

Farmers speak out; commission responds
JEREMY WALTNER | Freeman Courier |
After two hours of public testimony that sometimes grew loud, the Hutchinson County Planning and Zoning Commission voted unanimously to recommend that proposed stricter zoning regulations for livestock producers not be approved by the Hutchinson County Commission when it meets later this month.

Quiz bowl team

Seniors April Torres, Hannah Just, Dustin Fischer, Payton Schafers and Morgan Ziegler are Tripp-Delmont’s Quiz Bowl team this year. Q107.3 Mitchell ran their annual quiz bowl, which involved 24 high school teams. Tripp-Delmont won all four regular matches and will attend the finals with seven other teams at Mitchell, Jan. 3, 2015.

Projects keep high school students busy
When people think school, most of them think about boring assignments and many hours of notes, but in Tripp-Delmont that is not the case.

Music time for Tripp-Delmont
Over the past couple of weeks, the high-school students of Tripp-Delmont have attended a musical festival in Gregory.

TD freshmen move forward
For some of the freshmen at Tripp-Delmont, high school has been fairly good, but who said we should stop there?

JH makes music at Platte
The annual Platte Festival has come and gone again.

South Dakota snowmobile season officially opens
Snowmobile enthusiasts will need to have a little patience this year. Snowmobile trails in South Dakota opened Monday, Dec. 15, but trail officials are still waiting for snow.

Tips to use landscaping to reduce those winter heating bills
Everyone knows that summer temperatures are cooler in the shade, but trees can help cut winter energy costs, too.

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