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The Boy with the Million Dollar Smile

by Katy Heinecke
Courier Staff Writer

This is an amazing story about a mother’s undying and unconditional love for her son and how it has turned her son into a remarkable young man. It all started in September 1979 in Colombia S.A., where Marcie Kostboth (Garcia) gave birth to Juan, born three months premature. Baby Juan spent his first three months of life in an incubator and then, when the hospital closed due to bankruptcy, Marcie and her sick baby were told they had to leave. They neglected to tell her that there were some very serious health issues with her newborn baby boy. This young, single, first-time mother had no choice but to move in with her parents to get some much-needed help. Juan’s health didn’t improve but continued to decline, so she took him back to more doctors and then on to a neurologist. At six months old, the doctor asked Marcie why none of the previous doctors had informed her that her son was retarded. One of the doctors that she encountered asked Marcie why she was going to take this burden to the U.S. Her response was “This burden is my son and I am going to do everything I can to improve his life.” She had to get a written consent from the neurologist to take her son out of the country, in order to save his life. For the rest of this story Please buy a copy of this weeks Sisseton Courier on news stands now.

Juan Kostboth

The Kostboth Family - Juan Kostboth (center) has flourished under the care and love provided by his dedicated mom and dad. He is pictured with his parents, Chuck and Marcie Kostboth. ~ Courtesy Photo

American Cancer Society Relay for Life Informational Meeting

The American Cancer Society will hold an informational meeting for anyone interested in learning more about how to help finish the fight against cancer by participating in Relay for Life of Roberts County. The meeting will be held on Tuesday, Apr. 15, in the basement of the Roberts County Courthouse beginning at 5:30 p.m.
If you are passionate about fighting back against cancer, are a cancer survivor who wants to be more active in helping others to celebrate more birthdays, or are a business owner looking for ways to engage your employees, you are encouraged to attend this meeting.
For more information, call Katy Heinecke at 698-7249 or visit

Future of three Community Services to be focus of Apr. 28 Public Brainstorming Session

For many years, three community services – the Sisseton Food Pantry, the Kateri Thrift Store, and the War Cloud Drop-In Center – received considerable financial support from a Catholic order of priests -- the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate (OMI) – which served the Sisseton area since 1923. The Order will be ending their mission in Sisseton the end of June 2014, and with their departure more than $70,000 in annual subsidy to the three community services will be lost.
The Sisseton Ministerial Association will be hosting a “Brainstorming Session” on Monday, April 28, at 5:30 p.m. at the Sisseton City Hall Community Room to gather ideas and suggestions for continuing those three services. “There is definitely a need for all three,” said Fr. Joe Hitpas, OMI, “but how they will function in the future may be very different than they are now.”
The public is invited to attend the meeting to help explore new ways to provide the necessary services. The meeting will begin with a free meal for participants, provided by the Sisseton Horizons Committee.
For more information, contact the Sisseton Area Chamber of Commerce at 698-7261 or visit with clergy at your local church.

Gordy Pratt in Concert

Gordy PrattGordy Pratt of Spearfish will bring his music and comedy to the stage of the Sisseton Performing Arts Center Friday, April 25, at 7:00 p.m. Called “The Victor Borge of the Guitar,” Gordy entertains and engages audiences with a concert that blends world-class guitar playing, original songs, popular favorites and his unique sense of humor. Gordy has appeared in concert venues from Vancouver to San Francisco to New York, in

cluding ABC’s “Good Morning America,” and numerous other television and radio shows.
His concert in Sisseton is sponsored by the Sisseton Arts Council. South Dakota Arts Council support is provided with funds from the State of South Dakota, through the Department of Tourism, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Freewill donations will be accepted.

Gordy Pratt ~ Courtesy Photo

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