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It's almost time. Take a look at who is competing for the title of 2018 South Dakota Snow Queen. Who are you rooting for? 
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Who can believe this was only a month ago? Frost on glass from our photographer John Davis.
Kenda Hoff's parents described her as a person with a "heart of gold" who "tried to help out anybody," regardless if she knew them or not. "She would always be helpful and she never knew a stranger," Kenda's mom, Teri McDougle, said at the family's Aberdeen home Wednesday. At the young age of 12, Kenda died the night of Dec. 1 as the result of suicide. Now the Holgate Middle School student's parents are hoping to prevent any other young persons from taking such drastic measures. Learn more in our story. [Link in description.]
A staple on high school and collegiate basketball courts around the state, as well as a long-time radio voice for KOLY Radio, Pat Morrison, a member of the South Dakota Sports Hall of Fame died Monday at the age of 92. Learn more in our story. [Link in description.]
With each passing day, Danger Von Dempsey窶冱 Pizza and Brewhテ、us in Aberdeen becomes a little bit closer to reality. Sean Dempsey, who owns and operates Dempsey窶冱 Brewery, Restaurant and Pub in Watertown, took a big step toward that reality this week when he signed paperwork for a location in downtown Aberdeen. But he is not ready to give specifics about the location just yet. "I'm 99.9 percent sure, but I just don't want to jinx it," he told the American News by phone Wednesday. Learn more about the upcoming restaurant and brewery in our story. [Link in description.]
When General Electric decided to stop ordering wind turbine blades from Molded Fiber Glass, the future of the Aberdeen plant grew dim. That's because GE is the plant's sole client. 窶廾ur customer had no requirements for additional blades from our operation beyond January of 2018,窶 said Dave Giovannini, senior vice president, in an email to the American News. That's why Molded Fiber Glass announced Wednesday morning that it is closing its Aberdeen facility, which opened in 2008. [Link in description.]
Kaden Johnson posted four victories at the Watertown Dual Tournament last Saturday. The Aberdeen Central junior claimed three of those wins by pin, totaling 2:03 of match time, and won the fourth by decision in helping the Golden Eagles to two dual wins. Learn more about our Athlete of the Week @kadenjohnson_00 here. [Link in description.] #AthleteOfTheWeek #AberdeenSD #AberdeenCentral #CentralHighSchool #Wrestling
When it comes to Groton High School football, if the name Thorson rings a bell, it's with good reason. Current senior Luke Thorson was recently named to the Class 11B All-State football squad, following in the footsteps of his older brothers Sam and Matt, both of whom also earned All-State honors when they played for the Tigers. Learn how three's a charm in our story. [Link in description.] #GrotonSD #SDFootball #Football
Mike Flakus has resigned as Central High School football coach. Flakus took over the Golden Eagles in 1998, winning Eastern South Dakota Conference championships in 2003 and 2009. He also guided Central to state championship games in 2000, 2003 and 2009. Prior to his hiring, the Golden Eagles had not won an ESD title since 1967. Learn more in our story. [Link in description.] #AberdeenSD #AberdeenCentral #CentralHighSchool #Football #HighSchoolFootball #SDFootball
Cocoa Bean the donkey, 5, will be a star Saturday at 5 p.m. at First United Methodist Church's living nativity. And why shouldn't she? Her ancestry goes back to the same region as Christ's 窶 the Mediterranean. Learn more about Cocoa Bean and the event in our story. [Link in description.]
Four years after Steve Jensen discovered that some 865,200 gallons of crude oil from a Tesoro Logistics pipeline had saturated his wheat field, crews are still working to remediate his land, he said during a recent phone interview. That spill tops the list of the 20 largest on U.S. soil since 2010, according to information from the Associated Press. Learn more about dirt remediation in our story. [Link in description.]
When the receipt is only a little shorter than you, you know you窶况e made a good haul. Central High School sophomores Aby Lang and Mariah William got to go on a major shopping trip recently, hitting up local business to buy coats, toys and diapers 窶 actually, more than 30 boxes of diapers. They spent about $2,500, but purchased about $3,500 worth of goods through coupons and gift card deals, the girls said. [Link in bio.]