January 2014

Each year, the South Dakota 4-H Leaders Association awards Mini-Grants across the state to county or 4-H club projects. The purpose of the 4-H Grants Program is to address youth needs at the local level. The 4-H Leaders Association recognizes that the greatest impact of 4-H occurs at the local level, usually between youth and 4-H volunteers.
Criteria for awarding funds include potential for youth involvement in the planning and implementation of the project, impact on addressing youth issues at a local level through either a traditional or nontraditional setting, increasing life skill outcomes for youth, reaching expanded youth audiences, potential for transitioning new youth audiences into more “traditional” or ongoing 4-H programs, and consistency with present directions of statewide 4-H/youth development programs.
There was some tough competition this year with 13 applications submitted.
The following local project was chosen to receive a Mini Grant:
Sanborn County’s “Let’s Build It” project was chosen to receive a grant. The program will promote science, math and engineering with their $200 grant, they will have a project day that includes an electrical project, where youth will build their own fixture and see how electricity works, as well as building and/or constructing a model to allow them to see what it takes to be an engineer. They plan to utilize local science teachers to help with the project day.

On Jan. 11 at 7 p.m. Katrina Olson, 31, of Artesian hit a deer on 413th Ave. north of 221st St. causing $4,500 to her 2007 Chevy Trailblazer. No injuries.
The afternoon of Jan. 14, dispatch was called to report a vehicle being driven erratically on Hwy. 37 and turning north on 408th Ave. About 1:20 p.m., law enforcement found the vehicle in the ditch resting on its roof on 408th Ave. about a quarter mile south of 229th St. The driver, Nathan Miner, 22, of Cavour reported driving “at a pretty good clip” and losing control when cresting a hill. There was  about $3,000 damage to the 1992 GMC Sierra, owned by Charles Miner of Cavour. Driver was cited for DUI, careless driving and open container and transported to the Beadle County jail.

Hometown Memories Publishing Company intends to save a big slice of local history before it’s lost forever.
Karen Garvey, Senior Editor at Hometown Memories Publishing, is asking local old-timers to share their memories for a living history book. She invites anyone over age 60 with yarns about the “good old days” in eastern and northeastern South Dakota to write them down and mail them to her for possible publication in the book. The hardcover coffee table book will contain tales of bygone years from people who actually lived them.
To encourage participation, Garvey is offering a $250 award for the most appealing story. There will also be three $100 runner-up awards and a cash award for best picture.
“I’m not looking for genealogy,” says Garvey. “What we want to save are true stories about things that once were commonplace but are virtually unknown to today’s generation. The contributor’s descendants will love them for it. Life today is not what it used to be,” continues Garvey.
For example, any old-timer could tell an interesting tale about things like wringer washing machines, downtown cowboy movies on Saturday, radio drama programs, feed sack dresses or old-fashioned outhouses.
Garvey explains, “Stories like these are not only great fun to read, especially for old-timers, but they’re usually left out of the official history books. I hope some of these books will still be around in 200 years so that people will know that old-timers were more than a name or a faded picture but that we were real people with real lives.”
Especially wanted for the book are stories that involve humorous, odd, unusual, frightening or mysterious events, romance stories (“How I Met My Spouse”), local myths and legends and ghost tales. The deadline for story submission is April 30.
Garvey requests that anyone interested in submitting material for the book phone her toll free, at (877) 491-8802 for instructions or visit the Web site at www.hometownmemoriesonline.com.
Hometown Memories, LLC is a North Carolina Company that is dedicated to providing books that preserve the spirit, character, and memory of a time that will never be seen again. The people who appear in them are from all walks of life. Their experiences are so unusual and varied that it is impossible to categorize them. You’ll find humor, adventure, romance, hardship and even a few ghost stories in a Hometown Memories book.
The company has produced over 70 titles and there are currently over 97,000 copies of their living history books in circulation.