Letters South Dakota spirit felt nationwide

To the editor:

Reading of Rapid City's new slogan, I must say that "Real America, Up Close" says it all.

With South Dakota native Josh Heupel leading the Oklahoma Sooners to the National Championship, native Mike Miller being named NBA rookie of the year and Senator Daschle now becoming Senate Majority Leader, what could say it better?

It's the South Dakota Spirit, it's simply a mere "I can." There's nothing more American than that.

Lloyd L. Wold

McAlester, OK

Thanks for the help

To the editor:

On behalf of the Vermillion VFW I would like to thank everyone who helped set up the flags in the cemetery on May 26 and assisted taking them down on May 28.

There were well over 200 flags this year and sadly the count climbs each year. This is a large project for a small group of mostly older veterans. The group that helped consisted of several scouts, their parents, scout troop leaders, VFW members, American Legion members and many private citizens.

Thank you all very much.


Leo Powell

Commander VFW Post 3061


Blood bank says thanks to donors

To the editor:

I am writing on behalf of the Siouxland Community Blood Bank of Sioux City and of the Sioux Falls Regional Blood Bank to thanks all who attempted to donate blood at Vermillion High School on Thursday, May 17.

A special thanks goes out to the Vermillion High School National Honor Society, Karol Brodersen, and Dr. Sharon Ross for coordinating this blood drive. Both blood banks appreciate their personal efforts and the support of Vermillion High School students, staff, and the Vermillion community.

What a great blood drive! Thirty-seven units of blood were collected by the Siouxland Blood Bank of Sioux City, and the Sioux Falls Regional Blood Bank collected 38 units of blood. Everyone deserves to be recognized for their commitment to saving lives in Siouxland.

Larry Wittmeier reached the nine-gallon mark at this last drive with the Siouxland Community Blood Bank of Sioux City.

Your support and donations continue to help the supply blood to hospitals in South Dakota, Iowa, and Nebraska. The only way blood products are made available for area patients is if individuals in our communities volunteer to donate on a regular basis. We are very thankful for the dedicated Vermillion-area blood donors!

Charlie Jespersen

Donor Consultant

Congratulations for a remarkable year

To the editor:

I would like to congratulate Coach Dan Bergland and the VHS track team on their state championship last Saturday. This season was truly remarkable for the Tanagers. The mens' track team won its first state title since 1984, smashing school, Region 4A, and state meet records along the way.

Tim Brodersen broke both the school and Region 4A records in the discus and Tim Russell won the discus state championship. Eddie Filipovic won the state title at 100 meters, was named the state meet's Outstanding Performer, and now holds both the school and the Region 4A records.

Eric Dehner won state titles at both 1600 and 3200 meters and broke the school and Region 4A 1600-meter records. The 4×100 meter team of Eddie Filipovic, Dan Tolsma, Quincy Christie and Tyler Vacek won the state title, broke the school record, and set the all-time Class A state meet record.

Coach Dan Bergland has done an extraordinary job in helping to make this state championship possible. Since he came to VHS in 1996, the boys' team has improved dramatically each and every year. Coach Bergland has worked tirelessly to help VHS students to excel � both on the track and (more importantly) in the classroom. Because of Mr. Bergland's determination and spirit, his students and athletes have attained awesome achievements. From personal experience, I can proudly say he is a great role model and fatherly figure.

Once again, my heartfelt congratulations go out to Coach Bergland and the VHS Tanager track team! I wish the Tanagers best of luck in future years.

Respectfully submitted,

Zeb Lang

Cornell University track athlete, 1999 VHS grad and track athlete

P.S. This letter is also supported by the following former VHS graduates and track athletes: Tom Ring, Rice University track athlete, 1998 VHS grad and track athlete; John Ring, Dartmouth College track athlete, 2000 VHS grad and track athlete; and Adam Bremer, South Dakota State University, 1999 VHS grad and track athlete.

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