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BC-SD--South Dakota Weekend Exchange Digest, SD

October 10, 2018

AP-South Dakota stories for Oct. 13 and Oct. 15. Members using Exchange stories should retain bylines and newspaper credit lines. If you have questions, please contact the desk at 605-332-3111.

For use Saturday, Oct. 13, and thereafter.

EXCHANGE-MITCHELL LEADER

MITCHELL, S.D. — Aberdeen native Mark Vaux has spent more than a decade working in economic development in both North and South Dakota, most recently in the Fargo-Moorhead metro area. But he was looking for a place where he could take a leading role, live closer to his family and be in a location where the civic and community leaders were pulling in the same direction. And Mitchell caught his eye. Vaux, 56, was named the executive director of the Mitchell Area Development Corporation and the Mitchell Area Chamber of Commerce on July 27, and he started the new job last month. By Marcus Traxler, The Daily Republic. SENT IN ADVANCE: 922 words.

EXCHANGE-HOME INVASION SURVIVOR

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — After facing severe trauma nine months ago and uncertainty about whether she would ever walk again, Ashley Van Hemert feels blessed to be back home in Sioux Falls, surrounded by loved ones and planning her future. Strengthened by the power of faith and family, she believes the odds are on her side. And she’s finding forgiveness for the man who nearly took her life. By Danielle Ferguson, The Argus Leader. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1770 words.

For use Monday, Oct. 15, and thereafter.

EXCHANGE-HURRICANE HELP

YANKTON, S.D. — As people from across the country watched Hurricane Florence last month, Mount Marty College (MMC) freshman Adam Yalch had to fight the desire to catch the first flight home to rejoin his family as they toughed out the storm in his hometown of Boiling Springs Lake, North Carolina. Even after the storm cleared and Yalch’s family made it out alive — albeit with damaged homes — he still wanted to do something to help. At the suggestion of MMC Campus Ministry Director Jordan Foos, Yalch created a GoFundMe page for Matthew’s Ministry, a nonprofit organization that provides food for children at 12 schools in Brunswick County, North Carolina. By Reilly Biel, Yankton Daily Press & Dakotan. SENT IN ADVANCE: 996 words.

EXCHANGE-REMEMBERING JD

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Jody Little, who was known to family and friends as J.D., died last month in a motorcycle accident. The Sioux Falls tattoo shop owner was with his wife, Amy Little, at the time. Amy and the rest of J.D.’s family and friends planned to ride motorcycles to Yankton for his funeral. Little will be buried in a unique fashion that shows off his tattoos. By Katie Nelson, The Argus Leader. SENT IN ADVANCE: 792 words.

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