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

August 20, 2014

AP-South Dakota stories for the weekend of Aug. 23-25. Members using Exchange stories should retain the bylines and newspaper credit lines. If you have questions, please contact the desk at (605) 332-3111.

For Sunday or thereafter:

EXCHANGE-OLD SCHOOL

PIERRE, S.D. — Betsey DeLoache traces her roots in America back to 1632, when her relative, James Babson, crossed the Atlantic and settled the town of Gloucester, Massachusetts. She spent her early days walking and bicycling past haunts once popularized by Henry David Thoreau, Nathaniel Hawthorne and Ralph Waldo Emerson. “Although history was a part of my background it wasn’t all that important at the time,” she says. But today, DeLoache’s studio in Pierre is teeming with historical images - and she thanks South Dakota for that. It’s a lesson she learned from rural schools. Her latest endeavor unofficially began after she worked to overcome a long bout with cancer. She began cross-stitching patterns of churches and historic buildings upon request. Now she illustrates for former teachers, students and residents who once filled South Dakota’s country schools. They live in places like Nisland and Newell, Milesville and White River. And their eyes light up when they reminisce about their time at a country school. By Joel Ebert, Pierre Capital Journal.

EXCHANGE-EXCHANGE STUDENT

ABERDEEN, S.D. — A month ago, Ryota Kojima had very little experience with dairy cattle and farm life. But that didn’t stop the 12-year-old from leading a cow during the 4-H and Open Class Dairy Show at the Brown County Fair on the afternoon of Aug. 14. Ryota, an exchange student from Japan, participated in the county fair as part of a month-long visit to the United States arranged through the LABO Japanese 4-H exchange program. The 12-year-old, who is from a city outside of Tokyo, is staying with the Frey family, whose dairy cows have been shown at the Brown County Fair for 34 years. Ryota arrived in South Dakota on July 26. This is his first trip to the United States. Along with showing a Frey dairy cow at the fair, Ryota also submitted vegetables and origami. By Haley Hansen, Aberdeen American News.

For Monday or thereafter:

EXCHANGE-TWO SHIRLEYS

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Shirley Eisnach and Shirley Amundson write letters. Sometimes it’s the kind that calls for a pen and paper, other times they’ve used a typewriter. But all of the letters require a stamp on an envelope and are delivered to a mail box instead of an inbox. “We use the United States Postal Service,” says Shirley Eisnach. The women have written to each other for 60 years, but they have seen each other in person only three times. The pen pals launched a friendship in the 1950s that has endured their marriages and the births of their children and multitude of grandchildren. They built a tradition with pen and ink and thoughts on paper. Their relationship has been almost exclusively through letters, meeting only a few times in more than 50 years. By Dorene Weinstein, Argus Leader.

EXCHANGE-LITTLE LEAGUE FAMILIES

RAPID CITY, S.D. — From Rapid City to Indianapolis, then back to Rapid City, and now on to South Williamsport, Pennsylvania — Joe Hartford and his wife, Deb, have been road warriors as they follow their son, Colton, in his journey to the Little League World Series. The Hartfords are like many of the families of the Canyon Lake All-Star players, who are now on a prolonged adventure, one that brings them memories of a lifetime on the baseball diamond, but also serves as an extended family vacation. It also brings them a few hardships along the way, with the grind of travel, the costs of paying for it, and the stress of being away from their homes and jobs. And yet, no one is complaining, even after Canyon Lake was ousted from the tournament Saturday in a 7-5 loss to the team from Washington state on a controversial final play. This hasn’t just been a weekend jaunt to Williamsport for the Canyon Lake families. It’s been a journey that began a month and a half ago when the all-star teams were announced. The family bond between players, brothers, sisters, moms, dads and even grandpas and grandmas started in Rapid City in early July. By Richard Anderson, Rapid City Journal.

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