Legislative Highlights 2-12-14

Posted February 11, 2014 at 7:38 pm

Sen. Corey Brown, District 23

As we end the fourth week of the Eighty-Ninth legislative session, we have passed the date of final bill submission. Committees have been diligently holding hearings and making decisions on the bills. Some of the more contentious bills are now being heard and working their way through the process. There are only a few more legislative days left for bills to be heard in committee before crossover day, which is Tuesday, February 25. Crossover day is the last day for a bill or joint resolution to pass the house the bill originated from.

The South Dakota High School Activities Association held a closed executive meeting this week. I have proposed legislation to make them subject to open meeting laws. Members of this board are also

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    School board considers strategic planning retreat

    The Miller School Board held its regular December meeting December 9.

    During the financial report, board members questioned the capital projects fund, which shows a minus balance. Board chair David Fremark replied the balance reflects the district “didn’t borrow enough” for the elementary building project. “We borrowed $5.6 million, which was what we were told we needed,” he said. “But that did not include ‘soft costs,’ such as paving, landscaping and other amounts.”

    Superintendent Mike Ruth said

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    MHS Ath. HOF Frank

    MHS Athletic Hall of Fame induction set

    Frank “Rudy” Henderson (1942-46) lettered in track and football, and was especially proficient in basketball. He lettered in football in 1944 and 1945, and was a member of the 1945 Central Conference championship team. He lettered in track in 1945 and 1946. He was a 1945 qualifier in discus at the State “A” meet. In 1946, he was a qualifier in shot put at the State “A” meet, and placed fourth in discus at the state level.

    He was a

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    Miller Civic and Commerce Christmas


    GAYLON VAN ZEE, right, of Miller was the winner of the Miller Civic and Commerce Christmas on the Prairie Drawing Grand Prize. He won a framed canvas print of “Christmas on the Prairie” by John Green. The print was donated by the Miller Civic and Commerce. C & C president Greg Palmer, left, made the presentation.

    Save a life this summer: Donate blood

    Lifeguards aren’t the only ones who’ll be saving lives this summer. People like you and your neighbor will be, too…by donating blood.

    The Miller community’s next blood drive with United Blood Services is from 12-7 p.m. on Monday, July 15 and from 7 a.m.-1 p.m. on Tuesday, July 16, at Trinity Lutheran Church, sponsored by the Avera Hand County Hospital Auxiliary.

    This drive is especially important because it is being held during the summer. According to JoDean Joy, blood drive

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    Cheryl’s Catering selected as Dakota Rising Fellow

    Owners of nine businesses from three Dakota Rising Sites have been selected as the 2013 Dakota Rising Entrepreneur Fellows. Administered by Dakota Resources, Dakota Rising cultivates rural entrepreneurs dedicated to growing themselves, their businesses and the greater community, by connecting them to a system of support resulting in a culture of confidence that strengthens South Dakota’s economic base.

    Each Dakota Rising Fellow is awarded a $10,000 grant to be used for professional and business development, a grant made possible through support from the Governor’s Office of Economic

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    New Baptist pastor wants to reach out to community

    uth A. Moller|The Miller Press
    PASTOR JOSEPH RALEIGH and wife Vanessa are settling in to their new home in Miller, after spending five years serving a congregation in Montana.

    Pastor Joseph Raleigh and family are new in town, and first impressions of their new home are favorable.

    “Our son’s playing baseball already, and helping the coach,” said Raleigh. “Everyone we’ve met has been friendly and accepting.”

    Raleigh is the

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    Happy Trails to you, until we meet again….

    Friday, June 28, marked the end of an era, when Miller’s large, well-known “Cowboy” was removed, and hauled to a new location on a flatbed trailer. Although the dismantling wasn’t publicized, quite a number of onlookers still were on hand to watch and take pictures.

    The Cowboy has an interesting history.

    Way back when, in 1966, Jean DeHaven from Wessington led a mule train caravan 1,800 miles-from Death

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    K & K Greenery changing scenery for 35 years

    What started somewhat as a hobby grew into a business that has flourished for three and a half decades.

    Now, after 35 years of providing top service to their gardening customers, Orville Kleinsasser and William Kost (K & K) have sold K & K Greenery, and are looking forward to having some time to take life a little easier and “smell the flowers.”

    Orville Kleinsasser, originally

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    Miller policeman paid ultimate price 50 years ago

    For many people, the 50th anniversary of an event is a happy affair.

    But for the family of William Stender, and the others involved, what happened May 15, 1963 was indeed a tragic event.

    Stender was serving as a part-time policeman for the City of Miller. He was the

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