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Sanborn County Food Pantry and Feeding South Dakota will once again be working together to giveaway food to those in need in our area. They will be setup at the Woonsocket Community Center on Wednesday, June 6, with a start time of 5 p.m. There will be no early entries before 4:45 p.m. 

Those planning to attend are encouraged to bring their own boxes, but there will be boxes there if needed. Also, it is important to note that there will not be a giveaway in July or August. They will resume again on Wednesday, September 5.

The giveaways provide assorted frozen and fresh produce, frozen meats, assorted breads and assorted canned and boxed items. 

Feeding South Dakota is a statewide organization with locations in Pierre, Rapid City and Sioux Falls. Their mission is to eliminate hunger in South Dakota. For more information or to make a donation to support food giveaways, please visit

PIERRE – Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced recently that he will appoint Kent A. Shelton of Huron as a circuit court judge in South Dakota’s Third Circuit Court.

“I thank Kent Shelton for taking on this important role as circuit judge,” said Gov. Daugaard. “Kent is a respected member of the bar and a well-known member of the Huron community. He will do an excellent job.”

Shelton has been in the private practice of law in Huron since 1990, and is a partner in the Churchill, Manolis, Freeman, Kludt, Shelton and Burns law firm. Shelton has a general practice that includes criminal defense, family law, real estate and property, estate planning and corporate law.

“I am honored to have been selected to serve my community and state as their circuit court judge,” said Shelton. “I have always respected the judges and their decisions and will maintain the honor that goes with the position.”

Shelton is a lifelong native of Huron. He graduated from the University of Montana with a bachelor’s degree in 1986 and a law degree in 1989. Shelton has served as chairman of the Huron College Endowment Fund and on the boards of directors of the Huron Chamber of Commerce, the Beadle County Humane Society and the Cornerstones Career Learning Center.

Shelton and his wife, Laurie, have three daughters and three grandchildren. He will succeed Judge Jon Erickson, who is retiring in June. The Third Circuit includes Beadle, Brookings, Clark, Codington, Deuel, Kingsbury, Grant, Hamlin, Hand, Jerauld, Lake, Miner, Moody and Sanborn counties.


PIERRE—The South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) announced recently that the Mid-Dakota Rural Water public water system and the system’s operation specialists have been awarded a Secretary’s Award for Drinking Water Excellence. 

“Safe drinking water delivered to our homes for the price of your water bill is truly a modern day miracle,” said DENR Secretary Steve Pirner. “DENR thanks the best drinking water systems and operation specialists in South Dakota with these awards and urges you to thank them too. The Mid-Dakota Rural Water has successfully met all of the requirements of the Safe Drinking Water Act for seventeen consecutive years.”

To qualify for the Secretary’s Award for Drinking Water Excellence, public water systems and their system operations specialists had to meet all of the following requirements for the consecutive years or more: compliance monitoring and reporting, drinking water standards, and certification requirements.