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42 SHS seniors to graduate May 22

Forty-two seniors will complete their four years of education at Sisseton High School with Commencement Services at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 22, at Ben Reifel Gymnasium. For the rest of this story please buy a copy of this weeks Sisseton Courier on news stands now.

Class Speakers

Class Speakers ~ SHS Class of 2016
Kendra Pikarski and Cami Goodhart

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Rau Family Trust contributes to local organizations with over $19,500 in grants

The Trust Committee for the Rau Family Trust of Sisseton awarded grants of $19,515 for 2015. Since 1994, the trust has awarded over $490,000. Each Rau Family Trust grant is an outright gift to the recipient. The estates of three brothers, Edgar, Martin, and Henry Rau, who farmed in the Sisseton area, have funded the trust. The following local organizations are the beneficiaries of this year’s grants from the Rau Family Trust. For the rest of this story please buy a copy of this weeks Sisseton Courier on news stands now.

Local Welk Family Foundation grants exceed $174,000

The Trust Committee for the Welk Family Foundation of Sisseton awarded grants totaling $174,434 for 2015. Since 1988, the foundation has awarded more than $2.8 million. Each Welk Family Foundation grant is an outright gift to the recipient. The estates of the Welk family members, who have farmed in the Sisseton area for many generations, fund the foundation. The following local organizations are the beneficiaries of this year’s grants from the Welk Family Foundation. For the rest of this story please buy a copy of this weeks Sisseton Courier on news stands now.

SWC to host Dakota Language Symposium

Sisseton Wahpeton College will host a Dakota Language Symposium June 13-16 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the SWC Auditorium.
Topics will include Healing and the Dakota Language, Siouan Linguistics, Dakota Grammar, Early Childhood Immersion Curriculum, Adult Immersion Curriculum, Plains Indian Sign Language, and Immersion Lessons in Dakota. Instructors will be Dr. Lanny Real Bird, Glenn Wasicuna, Dr. Armik Mirzayan, Beth Brown, Neil McKay, and Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate elders Orsen Bernard, Marcella Haug, Lillian Owen, Delbert Pumpkinseed, Phyllis Roberts and Spencer Wanna.
College credit is available. To register, please contact Erin Griffin at egriffen@swc.tc or 605-698-3966 ext. 1293 or visit www.swc.tc.

Sisseton men injured in fatal crash in Union County

Three Sisseton men were injured in a crash in Union County on Monday, May 9. The two-vehicle accident on I-29 near Elk Point claimed the life of a Tarkio, MO woman identified as Casondra Caudill, while four others were injured.
The deceased was the passenger in a southbound 2015 Chevy Equinox on I-29 when the driver, Shelby Steele, 24, Sioux Falls, lost control. There was heavy rain falling at the time. The vehicle went through the median, into the northbound lane, and collided head-on with a northbound 2006 Chevy Express van.
The van driver was Duane Wanna, 69, Sisseton. A passenger in the van, Korbyn Bertsch, 45, Sisseton, sustained life threatening injuries. Neither he nor the deceased were wearing a seatbelt.
Both drivers suffered serious non-life threatening injuries. A second passenger in the van, Brent Starr, 35, Sisseton, SD, received minor injuries. All three were wearing seatbelts.
South Dakota’s Highway Patrol continues to investigate. Other agencies at the scene were the Union County Sheriff’s Office, Elk Point Police, Elk Point Fire/EMS, Vermillion EMS, Jefferson EMS and Siouxland Paramedics. The Highway Patrol is part of the South Dakota Department of Public Safety.

Tonya Holter is P.O. Artist of the Month

Visual artist Tonya Holter of Sisseton was selected as the P.O. Artist of the Month by the Watertown Public Opinion. The P.O. Artists of the Month are sponsored by Arts Night at the Pub to recognize talent from Watertown and the surrounding area who excel in the fine arts, dance, music and acting. Holter and literary artist John E. Miller of Brookings were the featured honored guests at Dempsey’s Brew Pub in Watertown on Thursday, May 12, for Arts Night at the Pub.
Holter has been the Sisseton High School Art Teacher for the past eight years. She describes her work as “happy art” and works in a variety of mediums, favoring acrylic, batik and clay. Her primary focus has been color, line, and space, in particular negative space.

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Tonya Holter’s batik self-portrait

Tonya

Visual Artist
Tonya Holter

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