BC-SD--South Dakota Weekend Exchange Digest, SD
AP-South Dakota stories for Dec. 1 and Dec. 3. Members using Exchange stories should retain bylines and newspaper credit lines. If you have questions, please contact the desk at 612-332-2727.
For use Saturday, Dec. 1, and thereafter.
EXCHANGE-WORLD WAR II VETERAN HONORED
LEOLA, S.D. — Don Zetterlund, 94, is believed to be the last WWII veteran in Leola, and he was honored during the Leola school’s Veterans Day program this year. Zetterlund was a U.S. Army medical technician, serving in France and Germany during WWII. Zetterlund said he appreciated the giant thank you card signed by the Leola school students. He plans to give it back to the school so the students can come back some day and see their signatures. By Elizabeth Varin, Aberdeen American News. SENT IN ADVANCE: 366 words.
YANKTON, S.D. — Jim Robinson of Yankton recently underwent a dangerous surgery to have a heart assist device implanted in his failing heart. He has a condition called cardiomyopathy, in which the heart muscles weaken to the point where they no longer function. Robinson has been aware of the condition for some time and said that his doctor told him that his heart muscles were at 17 percent when he had the surgery. By Cora Van Olson, Yankton Daily Press & Dakotan. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1201 words.
For use Monday, Dec. 3, and thereafter.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Neil and Debbie Graff weren’t sure if their 25-year-old son, Ben, would ever be able to live on his own, without their constant care. Diagnosed with global developmental disorder at 2 years old, Ben Graff’s been heavily dependent on his family his whole life and is experiencing self-governance for the first time. A program from Resources for Human Development South Dakota called Shared Living has helped make it possible. By Danielle Ferguson, Argus Leader. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1610 words, photos.
RAPID CITY, S.D. — Bianca and Dan Boll are involved in volunteer programs partly because of their son Josh, 21, and his participation with Black Hills Works, which serves developmentally disabled and special-needs people in Rapid City and throughout the Black Hills. The Bolls are parent volunteers with the Out and About program, which takes people served through Black Hills Works to community events, such as Rapid City Rush hockey games, shopping trips or nights at the movies. By Jim Holland, Rapid City Journal. SENT IN ADVANCE: 725 words, photo.