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

December 20, 2018

AP-South Dakota stories for Dec. 22-24. Members using Exchange stories should retain bylines and newspaper credit lines. If you have questions, please contact the desk at 612-332-2727.

For Saturday, Dec. 22, and thereafter.

EXCHANGE-MISSING WOMAN

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. _ On March 6, 1974, Sioux Falls police arrived at 305 North Indiana Avenue to find a puzzling scene. On the kitchen floor lay a pizza with one slice missing, along with a spattering of spilled flour. A loaf of bread sat rising on a counter. The house was locked and a car sat in the driveway. The woman who lived there was Ellabeth Lodermeier, a 25-year-old Aberdeen native and Augustana College grad who had recently ended a relationship that friends and family described as abusive. By Katie Nelson, Argus Leader. SENT IN ADVANCE: 2367 words, photos.

EXCHANGE-YOUNG POETS

RAPID CITY, S.D. _ Tyra Akers, a junior at Pine Ridge High School, said she’s only been writing poems for a year. Her literary hero? “Tupac,” she says, smiling after a short pause. In the first round of the poetry slam at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center, Akers with her dark hair in a double French braid, denim, and tall boots walked to the mic at the front of the room. DJ Micah Prairie Chicken’s turntable stopped _ and 70 people stared at her. By Christopher Vondracek, Rapid City Journal. SENT IN ADVANCE: 588 words, photos.

For Monday, Dec. 24, and thereafter.

EXCHANGE-STOPPING MUSSELS

YANKTON, S.D. _ Since his return to South Dakota, Kelly Hepler has seen the rapid spread of the zebra mussel _ a tiny mollusk creating major problems for Yankton. Hepler serves as secretary of the South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks (GFP). He previously served as assistant commissioner for the Alaska Department of Game and Fish. By Randy Dockendorf, Yankton Daily Press & Dakotan. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1384 words, photo.

EXCHANGE-MEDIEVAL RE-ENACTORS

SPEARFISH, S.D. _ There are a lot of small towns, cities, and communities in the Black Hills, but there’s only one shire, the Shire of Noiregarde. However, there are no hobbits in this shire, no wizards, no dragons _ only “SCAdians,” the name applied to members of the Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA). The SCA is a group devoted to recreating the arts and skills of pre-17th century European life. It began in California in 1966 as little more than a themed graduation party, the Black Hills Pioneer reported. In the 52 years since, the SCA has boomed into a massive network of like-minded medieval enthusiasts, hosting more than a thousand events spanning five continents every year. By Alex Portal, Black Hills Pioneer. SENT IN ADVANCE: 655 words, photos.