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A glance back at 2013 in Potter County

As we glance back over the pages of the News before we flip the calendar to the new year, we find that 2013 was filled mostly with high points. Here is a look back at some of the stories that made headlines in Potter County during the past 12 months.
Brooke Bieber of K and B Herefords has been selected to judge at the National Western Stock Show in Denver on Jan. 18. He is judging the Pen of Three Hereford Bull Show and Pen of Three Hereford Heifer Show and the Carload Show as part of a three man judging team.  He was picked to judge by the National Hereford Association Board of Directors.  It is held at the National Western Stock Show grounds near downtown Denver.  He has been going to the show for 35 years and has been in the business all his life. He and his brother, Kirk, took over the business from their parents, Ken and Bonnie Bieber, and Kirk will be judging at the show next year.
The Lady Battler basketball team raised $186 as part of the “Think Pink” night on Monday at the GHS gym. The event is done to raise Breast Cancer awareness. The money was raised by doing a cupcake shoot at half time of the JV and Varsity games.  They could shoot a three-pointer for $1 and win a cupcake.
Students from the Gettysburg  School sixth, seventh, and eighth grade classes participated in the Acalympics quiz bowl in Pierre on Jan. 9, and brought home third place honors out of 11 teams. Each team consisted of two students from each grade. Questions were from a variety of subjects including science, social studies, language arts, current events, electives, and math. Teams included in the competition were first place Miller, second place Pierre, third place Gettysburg, Mobridge, White River, Stanley County, Timber Lake, Highmore, Kadoka, Phillip, and St. Joe’s.  Gettysburg’s team received a certificate and an itunes gift card for receiving third place. Mrs. Christy Saltsman served as adviser for the group that included Phillip Vetter, Caleb Mangin, Joseph Mangin, Taylor Frost, Carl Cronin, and Lincoln Hagedorn.
Visitors to Whitlock Bay, west of Gettysburg, now have something to call home about; and soon they will be able to do that from their cell phones. A letter received by Gayle Kludt, Executive Director of the Gettysburg-Whitlock Bay Development Corporation, states that the area has been selected by the Verizon Wireless network team to deploy a new tower in the first half of 2013.
Sydney Senyak  and Tierney Donovan competed for positions on the District Executive Council for the FCCLA in Selby last week. Tierney was named the new District 8 Chairperson, and Sydney the new District 8 Junior High Representative. They will work with their officer team to plan and conduct next year’s District Meeting, which will be held in Gettysburg.  Tierney will now be a member of the 2012-2013 State Executive Council, and will travel to the National Leadership Conference in Nashville, TN in July. Their adviser is Mrs. Amber Mikkelsen.
The Gettysburg Chamber of Commerce hosted their annual jamboree fundraiser on Friday, Feb. 1 at the American Legion Community Building following the them, “Hooray for Hollywood.” Chamber officers were introduced at the event, including president Angelia Hiles, first vice president Jeannee Anderson, second vp Madee Boadwine, treasurer Bobby Jenner, and secretary Molly McRoberts. Marsha Osier was honored as Citizen of the Year, while the Oahe M&M’s CFEL Club was the Organization of the Year and Business of the Year was Schlachter Lumber.
The GHS one-act play, “Can you hear them Crying? was performed as part of the State B festival in Brandon on Friday, Feb. 1. The cast, directed by Mrs. Julie Williams, brought home superior acting awards for performances by Alli Lake, Sydney Logan, Hallee Cronin, and Emma Weyand, and honors for outstanding ensemble for Katrina Smith and Alyson Hageman. This year the school competed in the serious drama, and the half-hour show tells about children of the Holocaust.
It was estimated that around 10 inches of snow fell on Gettysburg over the Saturday/Sunday storm, but the high winds and big drifts made it look like lots more. The city and county crews have been digging out streets and roadways. Truck loads of snow from the city are being hauled to the park. City Maintenance Supervisor Russ Anderson said that the community has been good about watching for the trucks and loaders which are working to clear the piles in the center of the streets.
There were only nine people who attended the meeting at the multi purpose room on Monday night to witness the local school board make the move to build a new high school. After discussion among the board members and questions from the visitors, the board passed a resolution not to exceed $6.9 million on a 30 year bond to build a new high school at Gettysburg.
Donna Rausch and her son, DaShawn, of Tolstoy, SD were presented the “Saved by the Belt” award by SD Highway Patrol Trooper Chris Goldsmith. The Rausches were involved in an accident the morning of Jan. 21 when their vehicle rolled one and a half times on a gravel road outside of Hoven. Both were wearing seatbelts, and only received minor injuries. Trooper Goldsmith said that the seatbelts were believed to be a key factor in why they were not more seriously injured. Other local law enforcement on hand at the presentation at the Hoven Elementary School on Feb. 13 were Potter County Sheriff Curt Hamburger and Hoven Police Officer Eric Stuwe.
Avera St. Mary’s in Pierre announced that Mark Schmidt has been appointed Administrator of Avera Maryhouse Long Term Care effective immediately. Schmidt has served as Interim Administrator since December 2011.  Schmidt will also continue in his role as Executive Director of Avera Gettysburg Hospital, Avera Oahe Manor and Avera Oahe Villa Congregate Living in Gettysburg. Schmidt joined the Gettysburg facilities in 1994 as Chief Financial Officer, and   was named Chief Executive Officer in 1997. When Gettysburg joined St. Mary’s in 1999, his role became Executive Director.
Six of the Potter County Battler wrestling team will compete in the State B tournament this weekend. The wrestlers headed to Rapid City on Saturday for the Region 4B tourney, where the Battlers won fifth place out of the 13 participating teams.  Wrestlers who placed in the top four advanced to state. Battler wrestlers advancing to the state tournament in Aberdeen on Friday and Saturday are Brody Schatz, Austin Haberer, who both took second, Jace Everson, Cole Geditz, Luke Vogel, who all placed third, and Garrett Rausch who placed fourth in his weight class.
Members of the Gettysburg FFA got things ready to serve during the annual Businessmen’s Breakfast, which was held at the GHS gym on Thursday, Feb. 21. The group served around 100 people and one of the highlights was the delicious 80 pounds of homemade sausage they serve each year. Ms. Tylee Norman is the FFA adviser.
Austin Haberer was awarded the sixth place medal in the 160 pound weight class at the State B wrestling tournament on Saturday. Austin, who is a senior on the team, is the son of Lisa and Bryan Haberer of Gettysburg.
Tate Nafziger helps cut down the net at the Barnett Center in Aberdeen after the Potter County Battlers won the Region 3B title to earn a berth in the State B basketball tournament this week. The team has not lost a game all season and have their eye on the goal with their first game against South Central on Thursday afternoon.
The Potter County Battlers made  their final appearance of the State B tournament on Saturday  afternoon against the Arlington Cardinals and brought home the seventh place tourney trophy. The highlight of the game was in the fourth quarter, when GHS junior Kole Hawkinson hit his 14th three pointer in the tournament. That swish of the net broke a 21 year old record for the most three-point shots in the State B tournament set by Eric Lappe of Harrold in 1992. He also scored 29 points in the game and was named to the all-tournament team. The buzzer ended the game with the Battlers winning 72-62 and  bringing home seventh place after an outstanding year of 23 wins and just two losses that came in the first two games of the State B tournament.
Randy Tennant of Onida and Tim Luken of Gettysburg bowled the highest score in the Classified Doubles division during the United States Bowling Congress Open Championships, held in Baton Rouge, LA, to be named 2012 National Bowling Champions. They won the 151 day long tournament with a score of 1231. The USBC Open hosts over 60,000 contestants, and 16,000 were in their division. During an awards ceremony on March 14 at the 2013 National Bowling Open Championship in Reno, NV, they were presented commemorative gold watches, engraved with their name and score. They also bowled in this year’s USBC Open and hope to place again.
There were 131 youngsters who registered for the annual Gettysburg In Action Easter egg hunt at the pool park on Saturday. Nearly 1,000 eggs filled with treats and prizes were spread around the park to make a fun Easter event for the folks who came out on the nice Spring day on Saturday, March 30.
By a margin of 485 to 135, voters in the Gettysburg School District elected to pass a bond resolution and move forward with building a new school. The bond issue vote was for a maximum $6.9 million to build a new high school and gymnasium. In order for the bond issue to pass, it required a 60 percent yes vote from the people voting.  There were 620 of the roughly 1,100  registered voters in the Gettysburg School District who came to the polls for this election.  There were 78 percent who voted yes.
At this time last year, Potter County was in a burn ban. That is not the case this week. A spring storm crept into the county Tuesday morning, dumping a few inches of snow across the region with winds whipping anywhere from 25 to 40 mph.  As of press time, no major accidents have been reported other than a fender-bender as a result of the weather, but area residents woke up on Tuesday morning to slick streets covered by snow, and forecasts threaten that things will get worse before they get better.  Although the snow subsided during Tuesday afternoon, the winds continued to howl as temperatures dropped. Wind gusts made it feel like winter was really back.
A number of voters took advantage of absentee voting at the school on Monday to avoid storm, and the grocery stores were bustling Monday evening to prepare for the weather.
The Gettysburg Chamber of Commerce welcomed the new police station in town during a ribbon cutting ceremony on Wednesday, April 17. The Gettysburg Police Department relocated to its new office on the east side of town on Blaine Avenue behind the medical center. The building was originally the water shed, but was remodeled by the City Maintenance Crew, which provides more privacy for law enforcement.
The Potter County boys won the Mobridge-Pollock Invitational golf meet on Monday by a one stroke victory of 272 over Aberdeen Christian. The golfers faced 20 to 30 mph winds to bring home the win. David Vander Vorst won fourth place honors with a score of 88 and Kole Hawkinson came in sixth  with a score of 89. Coming in at 13th place was Jacob Langer with a 95, followed by Jeff Smith in 23rd place with 102, and Caleb Meinke coming in 30th with a score of 107. The team is coached by Gayle Kludt.
Gettysburg High School was one of 66 schools across the country honored as a recipient of the Support Music Merit Award. The announcement came on Monday from Gov. Dennis Daugaard, who sent a letter to vocal music instructor Jessica Larson congratulating her on the award. Gettysburg and Kimball were the only South Dakota schools selected for their outstanding commitment to music education. The Support Music Merit Award is awarded to individual schools that demonstrate outstanding achievement in efforts to provide music access and education to all students.
GHS junior Alli Lake has been selected for the South Dakota All-State Jazz Band.  This event is held on the Northern State University campus May 2-4.  Students have to undergo an audition of scales and jazz music and are judged by jazz music directors.  Sixty-six South Dakota jazz musicians qualified for this honor with Lake being the only student from a Class B school.  Half the students selected are from Rapid City and Sioux Falls schools.  She is the first student from Gettysburg to ever be selected for All-State Jazz Band and is one of 16 trumpets chosen. Students will work with four professional jazz directors from across the country.
GHS senior Cassidy Soper took top honors at the state Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) meeting in Sioux Falls and will advance to the national competition in Nashville, TN in July. Her STAR event was on planning a graduation reception for a Life Event Planning project. District VIII chairperson Tierney Donovan, who is a freshman at GHS, was named State VP of Chapter Recognition, so she will work with the State Executive Council to plan and conduct meetings and activities throughout the state next year. Their FCCLA adviser, Mrs. Amber Mikkelsen, was honored as one of the top five advisers in the state. The three will travel to the National Leadership Conference in July.
Gettysburg firefighters were called to an accident May 8 to bring the jaws-of-life to a two vehicle crash. The accident occurred on U.S. Highway 212 about three miles west of La Plant on Wednesday evening.
A $3,000 grant for the Gettysburg Whitlock Bay Development Corporation was approved by the Meadowlark Institute to address housing concerns in the area. The grant is provided in collaboration with the Bush Foundation.
Heavy rain in a short period of time has caused the collapse of  part of the south basement wall at Avera Oahe Manor in Gettysburg. The section affected sits under the portion of the building which provides support services to Avera Gettysburg Hospital and Avera Oahe Manor.  All residents are safe. The area of the collapse is not located near resident rooms.
There were 19 new graduates who were handed diplomas from GHS on Saturday afternoon at the school gym. They are Denver Jost, Cole Geditz, Eric Worth, Tate Nafziger, Alex Nagel, Joshua Cordell, Jacob Langer. Middle row: Sydney Logan, Dennis Maude, Cassidy Soper, Austin Haberer, Hallee Cronin, Jace Everson, David VanderVorst,  Dana Schumacher, Jasmine Manharth, Jenna Schweiss, Izzy Flad, and Jenna Vogel.
Members of both the Potter County Battler golf and track teams are competing at the state level this week. The boys golf team placed second in the region, so Kole Hawkinson, David Vander Vorst, Jake Langer, and Caleb Meinke, along with Kylie Baumberger and Cassidy Soper from the girls team, participated in the state golf tournament in Brookings on Monday and Tuesday. They are coached by Gayle Kludt and Gary Oaks.
Gettysburg’s girls track team finished second at the Region 3B meet held at Battler Field last week, with the boys team taking first place. The track coaches are Vern Smith, Keith Scott, Jamie Cronin, and Jay Berglund.
After too long a dry spell, Potter County has had some beautiful rainy weather during the past week. About four inches fell over the weekend of May 18, which did result in some basement damage around town. Most of it was sucked into the soil, and some sunshine later in the week brought a burst of color to the county. Storms over the past weekend collected about another inch and a half of precip, to give a good soaking to the area. More rain is predicted throughout the week.
Anyone residing in Ward III who is interested in serving on the Gettysburg City Council is encouraged to submit a brief letter of application for the position. The vacancy is due to the resignation of council member Josh Bausch, who is moving out of town. A representative will be appointed by the council to complete the remaining year of the term until the April election.
An amazing fireworks display is being designed as a highlight of the annual Dakota Kruzer’s Car Show on Saturday, June 29. The Gettysburg Chamber of Commerce is collecting funds to help make the annual fireworks display a big hit. The gala fireworks show, designed again this year by Michael Schlachter and his “pyrotechnic team,” will serve as the grand finale for the evening.
Grassland hit a high when 160 acres sold at auction on Monday, June 24 for $4,400 per acre. The Harold Weischedel Estate auction was held at the Agar Fire Hall, and the balance of 326.7 acres of grassland which included 82 acres of farmed land sold for $3,900. The land is located seven miles west of Agar in Sully County. Auctioneer Rich Penrod said the grass was all breakable with good access, and there are two dams and a flowing well situated throughout the 486 acres. Unrelated reports indicate that farm land in Potter County has recently sold at auction for $5,000 an acre, and rent is reported to be as high as the $150 range in some areas of the county.
Michael Wainman sat on the dock, enjoying a beautiful summer day with friends, and hoping for a bite while fishing at Lake Hurley. He was joined by Dillen Davis, Dallas Wainman, and Phillip Vetter. Fishing was just one of the activities they were hooked up with as part of the Game, Fish and Parks Youth Event held at the lake on June 22.  They also learned different styles of shooting, archery, and waterfowl calling in the GFP event designed to show youngsters how much fun it is in the great outdoors!
A few old friends from the GHS Class of 1982 got together over the weekend for some laughs and memory swapping. Members of the 31 year reunion included Molly (Williams) McRoberts of Gettysburg; Cindy (Rieger) Coughanour of Springville, UT; Lynette Dutt of Gettysburg; Mike Kirby of Hershey, NE; Lynette (Frost) Marzolf of Redfield; Jennifer (Simon) Jost of Gettysburg; Jimmy Clark of Hoven; and Randy Arney of Canton, SD. They met on the McRoberts deck on Friday evening and toured the school and car show on Saturday, then spent Sunday recovering from the rib pains from laughing!
As the plans progress for Gettysburg’s new school building, changes are already being seen on the school playground. The old equipment was removed on Monday to prepare for ground breaking on the building this fall. Some of the equipment will be transplanted for use in a city park, and the new playground will be located on the other side of the school complex near the front of the elementary school. The south side of the gym, where this playground equipment was once located, will make space for parking.
Bryan Hause was appointed to fill the vacated position from Ward III on the City Council.
Kids in Gettysburg had a fun time on Monday morning doing a “survivors challenge” as part of their summer rec program. Youngsters participated in a series of feats of strength and endurance on a “little person” level, and the morning was mostly loaded with laughs for both survivors and spectators. Brittney Rausch choked down “Gopher Goober,” which was made of chocolate pudding, banana, and hot dogs.
A council member is needed to represent the Gettysburg City Council from Ward I. The vacancy is due to the resignation of council member Peggy Lehman, who is moving out of town.
Some damage was done on the east side of Gettysburg Friday night at the hands of vandals.  The sign on US 212 through town that announces the church schedule for  Sacred Heart Catholic Church was spray painted by vandals during the night, and some windows were broken on an ATV that was located at the Potter County Fairgrounds.
Alyson Hageman  and Alex Nagel  were crowned as 4-H queen and king to reign over the Potter County Fair. The fair ran from Saturday through Tuesday.
The Gettysburg EMTs were called to the swimming pool on Tuesday morning for a swimmer who had hit her head on the board. Fortunately, it was only a drill. Pool staff practiced how to do a water rescue if a head, neck, or spinal injury occurred, and worked extensively with the new water rescue back boards at the pool. The staff and EMTs went through a number of scenarios using the new safety equipment.
Gettysburg students will start classes for the new school year on Tuesday, Aug. 27.
Gettysburg is set to celebrate with the Schlachter family on Friday, Aug. 23. The lumber yard is the town’s oldest family retail business and the state’s oldest lumber yard.
Effective immediately, Potter County is in a burn ban. Due to the extremely dry and windy weather conditions, the burn ban was approved by the county commissioners this week and will remain in effect until further notice. No open fires of any kind are allowed, which includes everything from burn barrels to fire pits.
Summer vacation is over, but the heat is still with us. Due to the extreme heat and lack of air conditioning in the Gettysburg Schools, classes will be dismissed every day this week at 1 p.m.
The building by the tennis courts got a new look last week when murals were painted on the walls as part of a project organized by the High Plains Arts Council. Zach Ablott painted some of the high spots while Lincoln Hagedorn helped from the ground level to participate in the art project.
GHS Battler Homecoming week started on Monday, Sept. 9 with coronation at the GHS gym. Kelcey Robbennolt and Aaron Beetsch were crowned queen and king to reign over the week’s celebration. Candidates were Alli Lake, Morgan VanderVorst, Lilli Cronin, Chase Sievers, Mitch Hinckley, and Hayden Simon.
Due to the moisture received through rains during the past couple weeks, the Potter County Commissioners have lifted the burn ban. Residents are asked to still use caution when burning, and to call in any controlled burns to the county sheriff.
Bids for the new school project were opened and discussed during a special school board meeting last week. The lowest bid came from Sharpe Enterprises at $7,550,000, which was over the $6.9 million bond. A number of reasons were given for the increase in cost, all from the contractor side and not due to any changes in plans on the side of the school. Dean Marske, architect with HKG, will meet with the contractor to discuss options for the project and then meet with the school board on Sept. 11 during their monthly meeting to determine the best way to move forward.
Hoven High School is celebrating their homecoming this week and it kicked Monday evening with coronation. Tanner Heuer and Jasmine Frost were selected as king and queen to rein over the week. Other candidates included Michael Rausch, Scott Glodt, Alex Morgan, Tyler Kraft, Bailey Zweber, Lacey Hageman, and Katie Arbach.
Potter County Commissioner Delvin Worth was elected president of the South Dakota Association of County Commissioners at the annual meeting in Spearfish last week. He has served on the state board of directors for the organization during the past six years, where he has also assumed the roles of both second and first vice president. In his position as president, he will represent the organization at regional board meetings across the state and will travel to Washington, DC to meet with South Dakota’s congressional representatives to share concerns regarding issues faced by the state’s county commissions. Worth will serve a one year term as president.
Sasha Cordell collected donations from 110 people to raise the most money for the annual Gettysburg In Action fundraiser held at the city park on Friday, Sept. 27. The GIA Battler Bike-a-thon had the highest number of participants ever with 65 students from Kindergarten through sixth grade riding to raise $6,381.28 for the Gettysburg After School Program and GIA projects. Even though it was a chilly, damp day, the event still had a great turn-out and the cyclists were treated to a ride on firetrucks after the event, courtesy of the Gettysburg Volunteer Firefighters.
Dr. Orval Van Deest portrayed the mountain man Hugh Glass for students at the Gettysburg School on Monday. His historical performance shared the story of being mauled by a grizzly bear and left for dead, but crawling his way to survival and living to tell the tale. He also performed on Sunday at the Dakota Sunset Museum. The program was made possible by the SD Humanities Council, an affiliate for the National Endowment for the Humanities.
A ground breaking ceremony for the new high school was held at the Gettysburg School Gym on Thursday, Oct. 3. The high school band played while members of the community, school staff, and students were on hand to hear presentations from representatives of the school board, administrative staff, architects, contractors, and student council before the actual ground breaking was done on the lawn outside of the gym where the new construction will soon get underway. The cold, windy, rainy weather prohibited the students from being outside for the event, but the rest of the crew yielded their shovels with a warm enthusiasm. Participating in the ground breaking were school principal Wendy Smith, school board member Kimberly Schweiss, Sharpe Enterprises owner Gerrick McComsey, school superintendent Tim Hagedorn, school board member Kay Schmidt, architect Dean Marske from HKG Architects, school board member Brian Robbennolt, student council president Alli Lake, school business manager Barb Everson, school board member Paul Kellogg, school board president Matt Cronin, and school board member Ryan Lake.
The Gettysburg Chamber of Commerce hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony for the grand opening of the Medicine Rock Cafe and Rock Pub on Friday afternoon. Amy Hartung is proprietor of the business.
Justin Harer, Andy Mikkelsen, and Tyler Fischer bundled up for a run on Saturday morning as part of the annual Breast Cancer Awareness Run/Walk event held in Gettysburg. Over 160 participated in the fundraiser, which raised $6000 to help fight breast cancer. In the spirit of Halloween, folks were encouraged to come in costume.
A Department of Transportation straight truck was pulling a pintle hitched flat bed trailer on Wednesday, Oct. 9, hauling a Genie Boom lift. The driver was taking the curve from the US 83 junction west of Gettysburg to continue west on Hwy 212 around 10:30 a.m. when he lost control and the trailer broke away from the truck, causing the load to shift and flip the trailer on to its deck and push the Genie lift into and through the east bound lane. The trailer was also blocking the east bound lane. Speed was a factor in the accident, and the South Dakota Highway Patrol is investigating. The Potter County Sheriff, Gettyburg Police Chief, and local Game Warden assisted in traffic control along with the DOT. The driver was not injured, and fire and EMT emergency rescue crews were not called to the scene.  The Gettysburg DOT cleaned up the accident site and moved the wreckage.
Battler head coach Vern Smith was honored for his 100th football victory on Friday night after Potter County defeated McLaughling/Wakpala. Senior teammembers presented him with the game ball to celebrate the milestone in his coaching career. The seniors included Scott Glodt, Chayce Hall, Tanner Heuer, Mitch Hinckley, Michael Rausch, Hayden Simon, Aaron Beetsch, Chris Zuber, and Ryan Sundberg.
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (DOT) hosted a public information meeting at the Gettysburg Fire Hall earlier this month to inform the community about planned improvements to US Highway 212 through town and gather input and comments. According to the information provided, the four lane highway was originally construct in 1971 and last resurfaced in 2002. The proposal is to change it to a three lane road. It was explained that the purpose is to provide more efficient access to streets, with only two driving lanes and a center turn lane.
Hannah Flatt led the pack of runners in the State B Cross Country meet held in Rapid City on Saturday. She placed fourth in the state and led the Potter County girls to a third place team win in the Class B meet. Hannah, who is a freshman at Gettysburg High School, finished the 4,000 meter run in 15:57.03. Sarah McClure finished in the 25th spot, followed by teammate Delanie Larson at 26. Emma Weyand came in 98th, and Shaye Jungwirth finished in the 108th spot. Carl Cronin finished in the 61st position in the Class B boys division. The first place team for the Class B girls meet went to Ipswich with 14 points, followed by Gayville-Volin with 33. Potter County came in with 39.
Emergency crews were called out last week to assist with a truck fire and a vehicle roll over in two separate instances.
After taking five years off from playing under the Dome, the Potter County Mighty Battlers are again headed for the State 9A championship. They earned a spot by defeating the Howard Tigers on a roadtrip to the semifinal round by a score of 22-8. In the fine tradition of Battler football, this is the eighth trip to the DakotaDome on the campus of USD since 1982.
Representatives from the senior and freshman classes at GHS were selected as winners in the annual Snow Queen Pageant sponsored by the GHS Student Council at the school gym on Saturday, Nov. 16. They included second runner up Michaela Simon, first runner up Lillian Cronin, Miss Gettysburg Allison Lake, Junior Miss Gettysburg Sierra Wieseler, first runner up Mercades Genzler, and second runner up Sydney Senyak. Six members of the senior class were vying for the title of Miss Gettysburg, with five freshmen competing for Junior Miss Gettysburg. The theme for the pageant was Candy Cane Lane.
Battlers win! The State B 9A Champion Potter County Battlers are pictured under the goalposts at the DakotaDome on the campus of the University of South Dakota in Vermillion, where they won the championship game against the Leola/Frederick Titans on Thursday, Nov. 15. This was the first time at the dome for the combined powerhouse team from both Gettysburg and Hoven, and the eighth trip for the Battlers.
The electric parade was back on this year and was led by the State Champion Potter County Battlers, who rode the firetrucks to greet their fans. Also riding on a firetruck were members of the third place state Battler cross country team. A soup supper sponsored by the Masons followed the parade and the night was topped off by the 104th annual Firemen’s Ball. The beautiful weather brought out a large crowd for the evening.
Members of Gettysburg In Action put the finishing touches on the Angel Tree at Vilas in downtown Gettysburg. Another Angel Tree is located at Langer’s Family Foods and both trees have ornaments people may select that describe gifts for area children who will have a much brighter Christmas with a little help from area “angels.”
The Christmas Tree Extravaganza was held at the Dakota Sunset Museum on Sunday, Dec. 1 with a large crowd coming out for entertainment and to view the trees. First place in the adult division went to the American Legion Auxiliary tree, which featured hundreds of photos of area veterans. The event is co-sponsored by the CFEL clubs, the museum, and the Chamber of Commerce.
Karen Smith, daughter of Jim and Wendy, competed in the four-state area punt, pass, and kick for South Dakota, North Dakota, Minnesota, and Iowa in the 14-15 year old girl division. Karen won the local competition and took first place in the sectional at Pierre before heading to the Metrodome in Minneapolis to compete where she won fourth in the four-state area. She turned 14 on Sunday, so she got to celebrate her birthday on the field with the Minnesota Vikings during pre-game and in the endzone during the National Anthem.
School parking for sporting events will now be on the west side of gym and across the street in the city park. Due to construction, entrance to the gym will be on the southwest corner door next to the garage door.
An arctic blast of cold swept through the county the weekend before Christmas but temperatures warmed for the holidays to nearly 30 degrees.

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