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

May 15, 2019

AP-South Dakota stories for May 18-20. Members using Exchange stories should retain bylines and newspaper credit lines. If you have questions, please contact the desk at 605-332-3111.

For release Saturday, May 18, and thereafter:

EXCHANGE-FROM FEDERAL PRISONER TO MAYOR

CROOKS, S.D. _ It’s no secret that Francis “Butch” Oseby has a history. But as the newly elected mayor of this town of 1,300 located just north of Sioux Falls, the 70-year-old wants to focus on the future. That’s not to say his 25 years of living in Crooks hasn’t been eventful. During that time, he was convicted and sentenced for a federal crime, lived in his lumberyard office with no running water and survived a rare adrenal cancer, for which he is still being treated. Through everything, he said, the people of Crooks have been supportive and even part of his triumph. By Danielle Ferguson, Argus Leader. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1537 words, photos.

EXCHANGE-HISTORIC PAINTING

STURGIS, S.D. _ Randy Bender has uncovered a gem that is now on display for all to see: While visiting Sturgis Brown High School, the president of board of directors of the Old Fort Meade Museum stumbled upon a watercolor painting of the 222-year-old USS Constitution, the oldest commissioned warship in the world still afloat. Bender’s discovery of the painting came while he was working with students at the high school a couple years ago. He said he wrote down the information contained on a plaque that explained the painting and sent off an email to the USS Constitution Museum. By Deb Holland, Black Hills Pioneer. SENT IN ADVANCE: 539 words, photo.

For release Monday, May 20, and thereafter:

EXCHANGE-MOTHER-SON REUNION

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. _ The phone call arrived last December during a faculty meeting at Augustana University, where Jason Harris teaches business law. A series of events had led the 50-year-old Harris _ who was adopted as a newborn during the summer of 1968 in Sioux Falls _ to begin the painstaking and emotional process of seeking out his birth mother. Though raised as part of a loving family in Rapid City, Harris felt a void for much of his life and a desire to learn more about his identity.By Stu Whitney, Argus Leader. SENT IN ADVANCE: 3173 words, photos.

EXCHANGE-ARTIST’S RECOVERY

RAPID CITY, S.D. _ “You can do hard things. Who believes that?” Leah Nixon asked an audience of fourth- and fifth-grade Rapid City students. The students quickly shot their hands into the air. Nixon, who delivered a multimedia talk recently at Wilson Elementary, knows a thing or two about completing difficult tasks and told students they too can achieve their goals through hard work, taking small steps and leaning on the support of those around you. Last August, the 30-year-old Rapid City resident was working on a Habitat for Humanity home build when a forklift fell on top of her, leaving her trapped under the machine’s crushing weight for about 30 minutes until she was removed by the Rapid City Fire Department and rushed to the hospital. By Arielle Zionts, Rapid City Journal. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1101 words, photos.