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Genealogist Dorothy Sargent fascinated by stories that make up her life

Posted June 10, 2014 at 4:19 pm

If, for you, the mention of genealogy conjures up images of endless boring lists of “so-and-so begat so-and-so,” then obviously you have not met Dorothy Sargent, who lives in Miller. Yes, genealogy is a list of names, but it is so much more than that. For with every name on the list, there is a story, and that is what makes it so interesting–even fun. “Genealogy gives you a love for geography and history. You don’t start with it, but you end up with it,” says Sargent, who discovered through research, that her own roots can be traced back to the Mayflower. She is a direct descendent of Edward Doty, who was one of two “lusty young men” who fought the first recorded duel in this country. Sargent says she likes to know what part

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    Legislative Highlights

    This Memorial Day I had the honor of being part of a very special Veterans Memorial Day and Enhancement Dedication program in Huron. There are many who donated their time, talent and resources leading up to the actual program, but one person in particular, Keith Schrader, deserves a big thank you for all his efforts.

    I shared with those in attendance some history of the Veterans Memorial site at 3rd and Wisconsin in Huron. The site was originally the home

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    From blacksmith shop to a huge manufacturing business

    Vern’s Manufacturing has come a long way since it’s humble beginnings fifty years ago when LaVerne Kleinsasser purchased the Wessington Blacksmith Shop from Charlie Bennett. LaVerne started his blacksmith business in 1964 “uptown where Doug Dubois house is now” according to Ray Kleinsasser, manager of Vern’s since the early 1980’s. LaVerne’s goal was to provide for his growing family of six children and to operate a repair service for the Wessington area.

    In 1973 they received their first order

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    Memory Lane

    5 Years Ago (2009)

    A special service to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the St. John’s Lutheran Church building will be held Sunday, June 7. Rev. Dale Sattgast, South Dakota president of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod, will be on hand to preach the celebration service.

    The speaker at the Virgil Memorial Day service was Jim Hein, son of Richard and Minnie Hein. Following the service, the auxiliary served lunch.

    20 Years Ago

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    A ‘forever home’ means security

    I don’t know how many watch “Too Cute” on Animal Planet. I catch it occasionally. It’s about baby pups (sometimes kittens) and their growing up antics the first weeks of life, and most of the little animals are truly “too cute.”

    When they reach the appropriate age to be separated from their mothers, they find “forever homes” with new owners.

    I like the term “forever home,” because it is apparent to me that most pets need—apart from love and food—to

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