Area News

On Jan. 19, the South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs honored Wayne Steichen with the presentation of a commemorative World War II medal.

Wayne served in the United States Navy from 1944–1946. He was deployed on a Landing Craft Support (LCS) in the South Pacific as a radioman.  The convoy of ships landed on the island of Okinawa, anchored in the bay of Shanghai, China, and traversed the coastline of Japan.

Pictured is David Sorenson, Minnehaha County Veteran’s Service Officer, and Wayne Steichen.

MITCHELL — Dakota Wesleyan University welcomed 61 high school seniors from the region to campus last month for the DWU Scholarship Days and awarded scholarships.

Students with outstanding academic records, leadership potential and a commitment to service were invited to campus Feb. 2 and Feb. 16 to meet with faculty, staff and students, and further investigate the opportunities DWU has to offer academically and cocurricularly.

Trent Kingsbury of Letcher received the John Wesley Scholarship. To qualify for a John Wesley scholarship, students must have at least a 3.7 GPA and a 27/1210 ACT/SAT score. The award is for $13,000 to $14,750, and is renewable for up to 10 semesters if the student remains in good standing.

The Woonsocket Community Theatre will present “Murder Takes the Stage” on Thursday, March 22, and Friday, March 23, at 7 p.m. both evenings, at the Woonsocket Community Center.

This fast-paced, exciting mystery thriller takes place during the rehearsals of a new play, as the director, writer and cast members arrive to begin the first read-through.

When Hazel Laverne, the leading actress, sets foot in the theatre, it soon becomes apparent that she is detested by everyone involved, and when she winds up dead, it is anybody’s guess who could have committed the murder.

Mitzi, the plucky young niece of the theatre owner, embarks on a mission to solve the crime along with the local sheriff, and the two of them concoct an ingenious trap for the murderer, placing Mitzi’s life in jeopardy. Audiences will enjoy trying to figure out who the murderer is before all is revealed, and the edge of your seat tension and multiple surprises will keep all ages thrilled from start to end.

The cast members are: Carrie Howard, Becky Potrament, April Larson, Tom Fouberg, Jack Davis, Zeb Bruce, Lisa Snedeker, Jordan VonEye, Amanda Kilcoin, Gayle Feistner, Anita Brick, Rikki Johnson and Darin Kilcoin. Directors are Bernie Davis and Jodi Schmiedt.

Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for grades 6 and under. Tickets are available at the door.  The Post Prom committee will be operating the concession stand both nights serving barbeques, hot dogs, drinks and snacks.