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May 13th Edition

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Line of worthies break ground for new Avera wing

Avera breaks ground

Those performing the groundbreaking Monday for the expansion and renovation of Avera De Smet Memorial Hospital were the Rev. Randy Koeller, left, local hospital foundation board member; hospital administrator Janice Shardin; Jerry Soholt, president of the Avera Foundation; Sister Roxanne Seifert, vice president of missions, Avera Queen of Peace; Dr. Kevin Meaney, Avera De Smet Memorial Hospital chief of staff; Tom Clark, CEO of Avera Queen of Peace Health Services; Dennis Helms, advisory board member; Sharry Knock, advisory board chair; and Ken Roeder and Bill Poppen, capital campaign co-chairs. Capital campaign co-chair Glen Davis was not able to attend. (News photo by Dale Blegen)

Avera breaks ground despite chilly weather

A sharp, cold wind cut through the tent and threatened to blow it away as Avera officials broke ground Monday for the hospital expansion and renovation in De Smet.

The $3.2 million project is expected to take up to two years to complete. A local capital campaign raised more than $1.7 million, more than twice the original goal of $750,000.

Jerry Soholt, president of the Avera Foundation, said delays in getting the project going have created another $75,000 in interest, an amount equal to another large donation.

Soholt praised capital campaign co-chairs Bill Poppen, Ken Roeder and Glen Davis.

Class of 2015 graduates keep moving forward

More than 800 people attended the De Smet High School graduation May 9 at the De Smet High School armory.

The DHS class of 2015 chose the Gerber daisy as their class flower and turquoise and orange as their class colors.

A quote by Walt Disney, “Around here we don’t look backwards for very long — we keep moving forward, opening up new doors and doing new things,” is their motto.

Junior class attendants were Adam Aughenbaugh, Madison Birkel, Sara Scofield, Daniel Foley and Matthew Larson.

Andrea Schubloom delivered the invocation.