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Photos for the Year: 2016

Mitchell defensive coordinator Travis Carpenter celebrates the Kernels 41-6 win over the Harrisburg Tigers for the Class 11AA state championship game on Friday at the DakotaDome in Vermillion. (Matt Gade/Republic)

The Tigers bench celebrates a 3-point basket by Dakota Wesleyan’s Ashley Bray (20) during the second round of the NAIA Division II women’s national tournament on Friday morning at the Tyson Events Center in Sioux City, Iowa. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Friends, family and supports came out as the 155th Engineer Company was welcomed home on Saturday, June 2 during a welcome home ceremony held at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center in Rapid City. The 155th spent the past 11 months on a mission in Kuwait. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Friends, family and supports came out as the 155th Engineer Company was welcomed home on Saturday, June 2 during a welcome home ceremony held at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center in Rapid City. The 155th spent the past 11 months on a mission in Kuwait. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Friends, family and supports came out as the 155th Engineer Company was welcomed home on Saturday, June 2 during a welcome home ceremony held at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center in Rapid City. The 155th spent the past 11 months on a mission in Kuwait. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Scenes from the Parkston vs. Vermillion Grey Sox game in the first round of the Class B state amateur baseball tournament on Thursday at Cadwell Park in Mitchell. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Scenes from the Parkston vs. Vermillion Grey Sox game in the first round of the Class B state amateur baseball tournament on Thursday at Cadwell Park in Mitchell. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Groton’s Bennett Shabazz (4) leaps onto the shoulders of Winner’s Cameron Kuil (21) after a reception to try and bring him down, but Kuil would score a touchdown on the play during the Class 11B state championship game on Friday at the DakotaDome in Vermillion. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Platte-Geddes Panthers celebrates a game point in a match against Lyman during the Class B state tournament on Friday at the Huron Arena. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Following the conclusion of the Mitchell Kernels game against Harrisburg on Saturday night, the Kernel Bowl concluded with a fireworks display at the east end of Joe Quintal Field in Mitchell. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Three-year-old Rankyn Wilson gets help from Gus Wilson (11) as he holds Shaylee Porch (8) to lasso her leg while Haylee Porch (6), right, watches while playing behind the arena during the Wagner Labor Day Rodeo on Sunday in Wagner. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Mitchell’s Drew Kitchens slides into home as Watertown catcher John Day, left, attempts to field the ball during the first game of a prep baseball doubleheader Saturday at Cadwell Park. Kitchens was safe on the play. (Marcus Traxler/Republic)

Lacey Melchert, left, and Major Kur, Mitchell Christian seniors, laugh during their graduation ceremony on Saturday at Mitchell Christian. (Caitlynn Peetz/Republic)

A crew made up of FAA officials, a Kingsbury County deputy and first responders work to pull a plane Tuesday from Lake Thompson, which crashed that morning, killing one person. (Jake Shama/Republic)

Honorary Co-Chairs Rhonda Deinert, left, Julie Granger, center and Judy Carlton, right, release doves during the Heart and Sole Cancer Walk/Run event on Friday at Mitchell Middle School in Mitchell. The event was kicked off with the three co-chairs being driven a lap in a car, followed by a survivor’s lap, where anyone who was currently battling or had defeated cancer walked a lap together. (Sarah Barclay/Republic)

Members of the 1st Infantry of Fort Randall shield their ears Wednesday afternoon as a cannon fires at Pleasant Ridge Cemetery in Armour. (Caitlynn Peetz/Republic)

Les Burkhart, of Mitchell, brought his German Shorthair Pointer dogs, from left, Finn, Dutchy and Riley to run around at the dog park on Monday afternoon in Mitchell. (Matt Gade / Republic)

Riley Dey, 10, joins the rest of the Mitchell Children’s Area Choir in walking down N. Main Street for the Parade of Lights on Monday in Mitchell. (Matt Gade / Republic)

Brittany Larson, of Chamberlain, gets teary eyed as Mitchell Police Sgt. Joel Reinesch surprised Larson with 100 dollars on Wednesday afternoon. Larson, is pregnant and expecting a boy with a due date of Dec. 25. Larson said she hasn’t picked out a name yet, while Sgt. Reinesch offered a suggestion of naming the boy Cash. The 100 dollars given out by Sgt. Reinesch was part of the 10,000 dollars donated to the Mitchell Police Department to handout thanks to an anonymous donor. (Matt Gade / Republic)

Dakota Wesleyan’s Jason Spicer (40) along with Dakota Wesleyan’s Tate Martin (11) and the Tiger bench celebrate Spicer’s basket and foul on his rebound put back of Martin’s shot attempt during a game against Hastings on Saturday at the Corn Palace in Mitchell. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Brad Baumgartner, GF&P wildlife damage specialist, talks with pilot Tony DeCino in trying to cooperate on locating a coyote that was killed by gunner Blake Bappe out of a plane window in a field east of Howard on Thursday morning. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Governor Dennis Daugaard laughs with a staff member while waiting to be introduced before giving his budget address for 2017 outside the House Chambers on Tuesday, Dec. 6 in Pierre. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Ian Hofer, left, talks with Jesse Balzer, in the mirror, while Annie Carlson looks outside the through the front door while waiting their turns for the Freeman Academy Music Showcase in Bethel Church as part of Schmeckfest on Friday, April 22 on the Freeman Academy campus in Freeman. (Matt Gade/Republic)

A bull rider watches the action in the steer wrestling competition from across the arena as storm clouds pass overhead during the Crooks Rodeo on Saturday, June 4 in Crooks. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Sanborn Central/Woonsocket’s Myah Selland, center, blocks the shot of Northwestern’s Josie Clemens, left, as Northwestern’s Caitlyn Fischbach, right, is also involved in the play during a match in the Class B state tournament on Thursday at the Huron Arena. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Jared Fulton, of Valentine, Nebr., is unable to hang on to the head of the cow while competing in the steer wrestling portion of the Wessington Springs Foothills Rodeo on Sunday, May 29 at the Jerauld County 4-H arena. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Students at Mitchell Technical Institute practice on the power poles on Tuesday morning along the northeast side of campus just south of Interstate 90. (Matt Gade/Republic)

McCook Central senior Anne Mayrose, left, reacts after saying she got some of the goats hair in her mouth while she and senior Cara Rabenhorst try to get the goat the students nicknamed “Gilbert” into the kennel while taking the goat to various business in Salem as part of their “Get the Goat” fundraiser on Wednesday morning as part of the McCook Central school’s FFA activities as part of National FFA Week. (Matt Gade/Republic)

The South Dakota State University Jackrabbits celebrate their win over the University of South Dakota Coyotes in the Summit League conference championship on Tuesday at the Denny Sanford Premier Center in Sioux Falls. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Dakota Wesleyan Head Coach Jason Christensen and the Tiger bench and fans celebrate a basket late during the first round of the NAIA Division II women’s national tournament against Haskell Indian Nation University on Wednesday morning at the Tyson Events Center in Sioux City, Iowa. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Dakota Wesleyan’s Tate Martin (11) reacts to the Tigers loss to the York College Panthers during the second round of the NAIA Division II men’s national tournament on Friday night in the Keeter Gymnasium at the College of the Ozarks in Point Lookout, MO. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Over 50 students and faculty volunteer to help put together snack packs on Monday morning in the Campus Center at Mitchell Technical Institute. MTI students held a fundraising effort last week for the Weekend Snack Pack program. Over $3300 were raised. (Matt Gade/Republic)

A passerby walks down the 300 block N. Main Street on Wednesday afternoon as the sleet comes down in Mitchell. (Matt Gade/Republic)

The Dakota Wesleyan bench celebrates a three-point basket by Kristin Sabers during a game on Saturday at the Corn Palace. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Friend de Coup performs during the fi rst night of the Friend de Coup Dinner Theater on Tuesday night at the Corn Palace in Mitchell. (Matt Gade/Republic)

USD fans disagree with a foul called on the Coyotes during the Women’s NIT Championship game on Saturday in the DakotaDome in Vermillion. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Erin Yost watches as CJ Yost gives a calf it’s vaccinations as Charlie Yost brands the cows with Jason Fairbanks, far right, having pulled the calf down during the family’s annual branding day. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Wagner/Bon Homme’s Emily Duffek does a backflip on the beam during the state gymnastics meet on Friday at Swiftel Center in Brookings. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Mitchell’s Spencer Neugebauer (8) and eight-year-old Stratton VanOvershielde fist bump before warmups during the Class 11AA state championship game on Friday at the DakotaDome in Vermillion. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Kenny Kruse,right, and Jason Kruse, center, with Kruse Stained Glass out of Hartington, Nebr. replace a corner panel of glass as Candace Burbach, left, watches as they replace all the stained glass windows behind the alter at Holy Family Catholic Church on Wednesday, March 30 in Mitchell. (Matt Gade/Republic)

University of South Dakota’s Tia Hemiller (4) celebrates a basket after getting the foul call along with University of South Dakota’s Kelly Stewart (15), University of South Dakota’s Nicole Seekamp (35) and University of South Dakota’s Abigail Fogg (44) while Florida Gulf Coast University’s Taylor Gradinjan (24), Florida Gulf Coast University’s Kaneisha Atwater (2), and Florida Gulf Coast University’s Katie Meador (3) show their frustration during the Women’s NIT Championship game on Saturday in the DakotaDome in Vermillion. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Ben Miao waits outside the door before performing while Freeman Academy choir director makes her way to introduce the students for the Freeman Academy Music Showcase in Bethel Church as part of Schmeckfest on Friday on the Freeman Academy campus in Freeman. (Matt Gade/Republic)

About a dozen people take a walk down S. Seaman street seeing the damage of where the tornado came through as part of the one year anniversary activities on Tuesday in Delmont. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Corsica-Stickney’s Hunter Johnson, center, stretches out with the baton between Platte-Geddes’ Zach Pettit, left, and Canistota’s Mandre Adams while running the anchor legs of the sprint medley during the first day of the Class B state track and field championships on Friday at Howard Wood Field in Sioux Falls. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Freeman Academy’s Thaniel Schroeder, left, and Gregory’s Aaron Voigt walk off the track together after running the 3200 meter during the first day of the Class B state track and field championships on Friday at Howard Wood Field in Sioux Falls. (Matt Gade/Republic)

A horse does a somersault on Jacob Lewis, of Stephenville Texas, during the Saddle bronc as part of the Wessington Springs Foothills Rodeo on Sunday, May 29 at the Jerauld County 4-H arena. Lewis was given a re-ride after his first horse’s somersault. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Family and friends of Gary Munsen console each other following a funeral for the former Mitchell High School teacher and basketball coach on Monday morning at the Corn Palace in Mitchell. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Scenes from the Wessington Springs Foothills Rodeo on Sunday, May 29 at the Jerauld County 4-H arena. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Scenes from the Wessington Springs Foothills Rodeo on Sunday, May 29 at the Jerauld County 4-H arena. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Niblet gets in the face of Chris Richards after tending to his hooves back in April at Cedar Ridge Equestrian Center north of Renner. Richards is a Farrier based out of Hurley serving clients in a 50 mile radius. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Chris Richards applies the hot horseshoe to Cactus causing smoke to rise on his hoof while tending to horses back in April at Cedar Ridge Equestrian Center north of Renner. Richards is a Farrier based out of Hurley serving clients in a 50 mile radius. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Gage Nelson breaks the surface of the water while competing in the 100 meter backstroke during the Corn Palace Invitational on Sunday at the Mitchell Aquatic Center. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Kelsey Devei draws a yellow ribbon on the Commercial State Bank window on Wednesday evening in preparation for the 155th unit’s return on Saturday in Rapid City. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Hannah Leeper, left, Ben Sorenson, center, and John Broecher each try to apply a band to a goose to band before being released back into the water last week at a lake Northeast of Mitchell. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Friends, family and supports came out as the 155th Engineer Company was welcomed home on Saturday, June 2 during a welcome home ceremony held at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center in Rapid City. The 155th spent the past 11 months on a mission in Kuwait. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Friends, family and supports came out as the 155th Engineer Company was welcomed home on Saturday, June 2 during a welcome home ceremony held at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center in Rapid City. The 155th spent the past 11 months on a mission in Kuwait. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Chief Warrant Officer 2 Kenny Podzimek of Avon, plays with his boys Parker (6), center, Palmer (4), back, and Bode (2) prior to the welcome home ceremony for the 155th Engineer Company at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center in Rapid City. Members of the 155th spent the past 11 months on a mission in Kuwait. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Participants of the VEX Robotic State Tournament compete on Saturday morning at the Nordby Trades Center on the Mitchell Technical Institute campus. (Caitlynn Peetz/Republic)

Members of the Winner/Colome prep baseball team celebrate after beating West Central 5-4 in the Class B state championship game on Monday in Sioux Falls. (Eric Mayer/Republic)

Dakota Wesleyan’s Trae Vandeberg (13) celebrates a 3-point basket as the Corn Crib Crazies cheer from the bleachers during a game on Wednesday night at the Corn Palace in Mitchell. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Friends, family and supports came out as the 155th Engineer Company was welcomed home on Saturday, June 2 during a welcome home ceremony held at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center in Rapid City. The 155th spent the past 11 months on a mission in Kuwait. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Friends, family and supports came out as the 155th Engineer Company was welcomed home on Saturday, June 2 during a welcome home ceremony held at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center in Rapid City. The 155th spent the past 11 months on a mission in Kuwait. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Friends, family and supports came out as the 155th Engineer Company was welcomed home on Saturday, June 2 during a welcome home ceremony held at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center in Rapid City. The 155th spent the past 11 months on a mission in Kuwait. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Specialist Eric Simonton kisses his three-year-old son Ethan prior to the welcome home ceremony for the 155th Engineer Company at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center in Rapid City. Members of the 155th spent the past 11 months on a mission in Kuwait. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Friends, family and supports came out as the 155th Engineer Company was welcomed home on Saturday, June 2 during a welcome home ceremony held at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center in Rapid City. The 155th spent the past 11 months on a mission in Kuwait. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Friends, family and supports came out as the 155th Engineer Company was welcomed home on Saturday, June 2 during a welcome home ceremony held at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center in Rapid City. The 155th spent the past 11 months on a mission in Kuwait. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Ashley Reiners keeps score under the shade of an umbrella for the singles competition on Wednesday during the first day of the South Dakota State Trap Shoot at the trap shooting range near the Davison County Fairgrounds on the west end of Mitchell. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Dakota Wesleyan’s Trae Bergh (5) celebrates a basket and drawing the foul as the Corn Crib Crazies cheer behind him during a game on Wednesday at the Corn Palace in Mitchell. (Matt Gade/Republic)

An inmate sleeps in his restricted housing cell Thursday afternoon inside the Jameson Annex at the state penitentiary in Sioux Falls. (Jake Shama/Republic)

Train volunteers Robert Gehringer, left, and Bill Nolan sit on a bench outside of the Wentworth Depot after taking a group on a train ride back in June. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Avery Squires (5), left, and Ella Jager (5), both of Alexandria, hide behind chairs to avoid getting sprayed by water from the Corn Palace Hillbillies as they make their way down N. Main Street during the Corn Palace Stampede Rodeo Parade on Saturday in Mitchell. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Scenes from the Corn Palace Stampede Rodeo Parade on Saturday down Main Street in Mitchell. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Scenes from the Corn Palace Stampede Rodeo Parade on Saturday down Main Street in Mitchell. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Troy Vaira, of Richey, Mont., competes in the bareback riding competition during the final night of the Corn Palace Stampede Rodeo on Sunday night at Horseman’s Sports Arena in Mitchell. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Scenes from the final night of the Corn Palace Stampede Rodeo on Sunday night at Horseman’s Sports Arena in Mitchell. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Scenes from the final night of the Corn Palace Stampede Rodeo on Sunday night at Horseman’s Sports Arena in Mitchell. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Shelly Randall, left, has a laugh after smelling the flowers that were brought by Renee’ Polreis of Nepstad’s Flowers & Gifts as part of Teleflora’s 16th Annual Make Someone Smile Week on Wednesday afternoon at LifeQuest in Mitchell. Polreis delivered 144 flowers on Wednesday. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Six-month-old Kamari Malloy, of Sioux Falls, dances with her grandpa Bob Malloy, of Parkston during the first game of the State Amateur baseball tournament between Dimock-Emory and Harrisburg on Wednesday evening at Cadwell Park in Mitchell. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Parkston Mudcats’ Jeff Harris (8) celebrates a run scored after sliding into home plate during a game against the Vermillion Grey Sox in the first round of the Class B state amateur baseball tournament on Thursday at Cadwell Park in Mitchell. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Parkston’s Dillan Thuringer (44) and Parkston’s Brady Albrecht (2) scramble for a loose ball with Clark/Willow Lake’s Noah Huber (45) during a game on Saturday at the Corn Palace in Mitchell. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Alexandria Angels’ Peyton Smith (1) dives into home to beat the tag attempt of Garretson Blue Jays’ Brady Bonte during the Class B state amateur championship game on Sunday at Cadwell Park in Mitchell. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Thirty-five people gathered Monday at the Mitchell Assembly of God Church to release balloons in memory of the late Jay “Junior” Parker, who committed suicide on the same date one year ago. $185.17 was raised through donations, and all proceeds will be donated to fund the Teen TXT Crisis Line — a national counseling service that harnesses the power of texting to help depressed and suicidal teens. (Caitlynn Peetz/Republic)

Savanna Glaus, left, and her sister Moriah practice their team roping on one of their calves at the family’s practice arena back in May near Chamberlain. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Action from the Winner Warriors 54-0 win over the Groton Area Tigers for the Class 11B state championship game on Friday at the DakotaDome in Vermillion. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Mitchell High School standout Spencer Neugebauer has been named the Daily Republic’s Player of the Year. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Dakota Wesleyan’s Rylie Osthus (10) celebrates drawing a foul while shooting to send her to the free throw line during a game against Midland University on Saturday at the Corn Palace. (Matt Gade / Republic)

The mane of Moriah’s horse Patrone is braided up during a practice back in May at the family’s practice arena on the family’s ranch near Chamberlain. Braiding the hair prevents the dally (wrap the rope around the rubber covered saddle horn) from getting caught in the hair and tearing it out. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Three-year-old Parker Bamsey runs through the fountains at the front of the pool on Monday afternoon at the Mitchell Aquatic Center. The aquatic center will be open from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. today before closing down for the season. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Mitchell’s Avery Larson reacts after missing a shot during no. 2 singles action against Rapid City Central in the first match of a Triangular on Tuesday at Hitchcock Park in Mitchell. (Matt Gade/Republic)

A pair of Avon students work on one of the new lab stations to test their science fair experiment of seeing how much sugar are in different types of fruit juice. The new lab stations were just some of the new pieces of equipment that Avon School science teacher Paul Kuhlman purchased with a $25,000 grant from the Monsanto Fund, which sponsors the “America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education” program. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Dakota Wesleyan’s Tyler Wagner (58) gets a hand on the ball as northwestern’s Jonathan Kodama (7) fires a pass that would go out of bounds because of the deflection during a game on Saturday at Joe Quintal Field. (Matt Gade / Republic)

A participant of Bella’s 5K Color Run/Walk runs through a cloud of colored spray Saturday morning near Bella’s Butterfly Garden. (Caitlynn Peetz/Republic)

Authorities respond to a crash Thursday afternoon near mile marker 317, 2 miles west of Mount Vernon, on Interstate 90. According to Tony Mangan with the South Dakota Department of Public Safety, a truck driven by James Gleason, 51, of North Maple Grove, Minnesota, was pulling a camper westbound on I-90. As it passed another vehicle, it got caught in a wind gust and started to fi sh-tail. Both the truck and camper rolled and ended up on their tops in the driving lane. It took about two hours to clear the road. There were no injuries and seat belts were used. The incident was investigated by the South Dakota Highway Patrol, and the Davison County Sheriff’s Offi ce also was on the scene. (Evan Hendershot / Republic)

Dakota Magic’s Myles Coleman, left, goes up for a lay-up as Kansas City’s Kynndale Prather, center, tries to defend him during a NBLA game on Tuesday in the Corn palace. also pictured is Terrell Newton, right. (Eric Mayer/Republic)

Becky Todd hugs her son Josiah Todd (8) before he heads to class on the first day of school. Josiah is starting third grade at Gertie Belle Rogers while his sister Lily (10), not pictured, is starting fifth-grade. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Riders raise their arms while riding Pharoah’s Fury at the midway as part of the 2016 Corn Palace Festival on Thursday evening on Main Street in Mitchell. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Team captains for the Mount Vernon/Plankinton Titans Tanner Risseeuw (15), Hayden Schmidt (2), Devin Rihanek (32) and Marcus Urban (29) walk out to meet Menno/Marion team captains Eli Huber (60), Dominick Lehr (27), Spencer Schlutz (5) and Jacob Vaith (11) at midfield for the coin toss before the start of their game on Friday night at Heroes Field in Mount Vernon. Friday night was the first night of prep football across the state of South Dakota. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Mitchell’s Sam Michels (14) fights for yardage while being gang tackled during a game on Saturday night at Joe Quintal Field in Mitchell. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Anna Hawkins (13), of Wagner, helps her brother Allen (9) with a stubborn goat that didn’t want to move so they could check him into for the 4H competition on Thursday as part of the State Fair at the State Fairgrounds in Huron. (Matt Gade/Republic)

The Kernels head out onto the field for the start of their game against Yankton on Friday night at Joe Quintal Field in Mitchell. (Matt Gade/Republic)

The Coyotes bench and fans react after University of South Dakota’s Kelly Stewart (15) hit a 3-point basket against Florida Gulf Coast University during the Women’s NIT Championship game on Saturday in the DakotaDome in Vermillion. (Matt Gade/Republic)

A Horse’s main is braided up while waiting outside of arena during the Wagner Labor Day Rodeo on Sunday in Wagner. (Matt Gade/Republic)

From left to right, Emma Balvin, 8, Keegan Ashes, 10, Lexi Ulmer, 17, Bethany Wynia, 17, Isabella Magee, 7, and Kaitlyn Magee, 3, not pictured, all of Springfield, walk around Springfield on Tuesday and inspect the damage caused by an early Monday morning storm. (Jake Shama/Republic)

Zane Smith, of Broken Bow, Nebr., warms up on his saddle before the saddle bronc competition during the Wagner Labor Day Rodeo on Sunday in Wagner. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Nebraska Cornhuskers cornerback Chris Jones (8) takes a moment prior to the start of the second half of a game against the Wyoming Cowboys on Saturday at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Nebr. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Dakota Wesleyan’s Michelle Van Epps (13) goes for the block as Dordt College’s Elizabeth Kiel (20) goes for the tip during a battle at the net during a match on Tuesday night at the Corn Palace in Mitchell. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Action from the Kernels game against Harrisburg on Sept. 22 at the Pepsi-Cola Soccer Complex. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Mateo Hotchkiss, 3, dives into a puddle of water on his sled in front of his sister Ana, 6, while sledding down the amphitheater hill at Lake Mitchell on Sunday in Mitchell. (Matt Gade/Republic)

The Mitchell High School band performs their lights out performance following the Kernels game on Friday night at Joe Quintal Field. (Matt Gade/Republic)

The crowd from the south view point watch as riders maneuver the buffalo into the corrals for their vaccinations during the 51st Annual Custer State Park Buffalo Roundup on Friday in Custer State Park. (Matt Gade / Republic)

South Dakota State University wide receiver Connor Landberg (18) makes a one-handed touchdown grab over the arm of Western Illinois defensive back Xavier Rowe (6) in the first half of the Jackrabbits game against the Leathernecks in a Missouri Valley Conference game on Saturday at Dana J. Dykhouse Stadium in Brookings. (Matt Gade / Republic)

Melissa Brissette, an Occupational Therapist with Avera, shows her five-year-old daughter Wriglee the fiber optic lights that are used to help calm children in the new Avera Therapy and Integrated Therapy Services center, located in the former Avera Urgent Care building at 200 E. Havens Avenue on Tuesday afternoon during an open house for the center. The center will provide specialized therapy services to pediatric patients from infancy through adolescence. (Matt Gade / Republic)

Third-grader Payton Musick pours maple syrup onto Mrs. Kim Bruguier as one of the winners of L.B. Williams annual raffle ticket sales on Friday afternoon outside of the school. Students at L.B. Williams are using the money they raised from raffle tickets to help replace outdated playground equipment. (Matt Gade / Republic)

Mitchell’s Spencer Mohr (55), Zeb Parsons (66), Alex Klingaman (77), Bryce Geraets (58) and Chris Corbett (67) have set the tone up front for the Kernels offensive success this year. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Trudie Hofer (8), right, and her sister Elsie (6), left, dump leaves on to their sister Lindy (10) while Katie Ahlers (10), second from left and Audrey Hofer (12) rake leaves for their pile to play in earlier this week. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Kids watch the action from the Hanson Beavers game against the Newell Irrigators in the first quarter of their game during the first round of the state playoffs on Tuesday night. Hanson defeated Newell 50-0. (Matt Gade / Republic)

Mount Vernon/Plankinton’s Hayden Schmidt (2) celebrates the Titans win with teammate Marcus Urban (29) at the conclusion of their game against Bon Homme during the first round of the state playoffs on Tuesday night in Mount Vernon. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Mitchell senior Quinci Herll is leading the Kernels gymnastics team hoping to capture gold at the state meet next week in Brookings. (Matt Gade/Republic)

The Mount Vernon/Plankinton Titans sideline celebrates as the measurement comes up short for the Bon Homme Cavaliers causing a turnover on downs and allowing the Titans to run out the clock to win the game in the first round of the state playoffs on Tuesday night in Mount Vernon. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Action from the Mount Vernon/Plankinton Titans game against the Bon Homme Cavaliers during the first round of the state playoffs on Tuesday night in Mount Vernon. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Mitchell’s Tayler Reichelt (43) races past a pair of Sturgis defenders on his 58 yard touchdown run during a game iin the first round of the Class AA state playoffs at Joe Quintal Field in Mitchell. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Action from the Colome Cowboys 38-8 win over Hamlin in their 9B quarter-final game in Colome. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Mitchell’s Briggs Havlik (15) celebrates as the Kernels defeat Pierre 52-14 in a class 11AA state semi-final game on Friday night at Joe Quintal Field. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Seth Heath (8), right, and Eli Vobr (10), center, cheer on the Cowboys during the Class 9B state championship game between the Colome Cowboys and the Langford Area Lions on Thursday at the DakotaDome in Vermillion. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Colome’s Noah Hermsen (24), Colome’s Layton Thieman (12) and Colome’s Will Cahoy (45) watch as the second team plays Langford Area Lions in the closing seconds of the Class 9B state championship game on Thursday at the DakotaDome in Vermillion. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Webster Area’s Colton Koslowski (74) upends Gregory’s Jon Bakke (8) during the Class 9AA state championship game on Thursday at the DakotaDome in Vermillion. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Gregory’s Robert Vomacka (2) receives a hug after the Gorillas win over the Webster Area Bearcats for the Class 9AA state championship game on Thursday at the DakotaDome in Vermillion. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Members of the Alexandria Fire Department perform a controlled burn of a house as part of firefighter training in Alexandria on Saturday afternoon on the corner of Fourth Street and Broad Street. Approximately 20 firefighters participated and were on scene for approximately two hours. (Caitlynn Peetz/Republic)

Corsica-Stickney head coach Mike Tuschen, left, holds the Region 6B championship plaque up while his team celebrates its region title on Tuesday at the Corn Palace in Mitchell. (Garrick Hodge/Republic)

Chamberlain’s Tiegen Priebe, right, dribbles the ball past a Sioux Falls Christian defender during theirss A semifinal game in rapid City. (Eric Mayer/Republic)

An East River Electric Cooperative employee cuts the wires of an electric line that was built in 1951 and energized in 1952, and is now being retired. The line spanned around 17 miles, and East River Electric will be working on Norway Street in Mitchell for the next three weeks, taking down the retired line and removing the poles that held it up. (Sarah Barclay/Republic)

Children run to find hidden eggs during the third annual Bella’s Easter Egg Hunt Saturday afternoon at Bella’s Butterfly Garden in Mitchell. The event was put on by Spencer Morgan to honor his late sister, Iszabella “Bella” Morgan, who was killed on March 24, 2012, when a drunken driver, Michael Sedlmeier, crashed into an SUV in which Bella was a passenger. She was 9 years old. An estimated 200 kids participated and all of the candy and eggs were locally donated. (Caitlynn Peetz/Republic)

Veterans Kevin Stoterau, left, and Mike Maske, right, sit with their service dogs, Rudy, left, and Sierra, right, during the Big Paws Canine presentation on Wednesday at Mitchell Christian School in Mitchell. Big Paws Canine was there to teach students about service dogs, and how to act around them in public. (Sarah Barclay/Republic)

Parkston/Ethan’s Blake Bietz, left, slides into third base as Bon Homme/ Scotland’s Josh Vaith, right, waits to tag him during a high school baseball game on Monday in Tabor. Bietz was out but knocked in two runs on the play. (Eric Mayer/Republic)

Members of the Mitchell Police Department investigate the scene at the rear of Sanborn Health Clinic in the Highland Mall on Wednesday in Mitchell. (Evan Hendershot/Republic)

Julie Bridge releases peace doves in the American Legion Cemetery during Memorial Day services at Graceland Cemetery in Mitchell. The services, which included playing of Taps, Salutes to the Dead and roll calls, took place at the Servicemen’s Memorial Cemetery, Graceland Cemetery Grand Army of the Republic, Navy Lagoon and American Legion Cemetery. (Sarah Barclay/Republic)

Joe Pekas conducts the Mitchell Municipal Band on Memorial Day at the Servicemen’s Cemetery at Graceland Cemetery in Mitchell. Pekas has just completed his 50th year as director of the band. (Sarah Barclay/Republic)

The Mitchell homecoming court watches as an M burns on the football field at Mitchell high school in Mitchell. The burning took place after the homecoming king and queen coronation, and the court were the first on the field to help light it, followed by the student body. (Sarah Barclay/Republic)

Harley Wittstruck, far left, reacts to being chosen as this year’s homecoming queen at Mitchell High School on Monday in Mitchell. She found out she had won when she pulled pink cotton candy out of the hat, as opposed to blue cotton candy. (Sarah Barclay/Republic)

Longfellow Elementary School principal Lisa Heckenlaible gets sprayed with paint in celebration of Longfellow students exceeding their fundraising goal of $12,000 on Friday at Longfellow Elementary in Mitchell. The students actually raised $13,291, and also painted four other student-chosen teachers as well. The money will be going towards the school’s technology fund. (Sarah Barclay/Republic)

Colome takes on Hamlin in quarter-final action at Colome. (Matt Gade/Republic)

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