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A look back at the Front Page stories of 2017

January 2017

Two long-time businesses move to Highway 17

One of the largest projects is the Sunshine Foods Shopping Center. Sunshine Foods will open at this new location on Highway 17 and Boynton on January 5, 2017. The local grocery store finished the move from their long-time Main Street location over the first few days of the New Year, packing up the old and organizing the new store. Customers will find a larger selection of produce and grocery items, plus an expanded liquor area and walk-in beer cooler.

Ace Hardware will also be an occupant in the 34,000 square foot space. Frederick J. Rosin, Managing Partner of Lennox Ace Hardware said that they plan to open the first week of February but an exact date has not been determined.

Another long-time Lennox business has moved to a new building. Flowers by Bob made their move from Main Street to the south end of Highway 17, across from Sioux Steel over the first part of this week.

Dave Severson retires from Fire Department

Longtime firefighter Dave Severson hung up his helmet in 2016. He retired from the Lennox Volunteer Fire Department in November, putting in 40 years on the local department.

Severson is the owner of Dave’s Service and Repair in Lennox and has lived in the community since 1973.

Lennox Council gets first look at Countryside addition plans

The Lennox City Council got a first look at the preliminary plans for the Countryside Addition. Mayor Orville Wiebers opened the public hearing for the property owned by the Loren Brass and Roy Poppenga families, north of Lennox. Mitch Mergen, of Stockwell Engineers presented the preliminary subdivision plan.

Musch opens doors at Sunshine Foods

Thursday morning was a special day for long-time Lennox man and former grocer, Virg Musch. Todd Shuman, Sunshine Foods Lennox Store Manager and Partner, asked Musch to be the one to open the doors for the first day of business on Thursday, Jan. 5 at the new Sunshine Foods Store.

Sweeter family honored as 2017 Farm Family of the Year

The sun isn’t shining and South Dakota winds are gusting, but that doesn’t seem to faze cousins Bode Sweeter, 6, and Kade Sweeter, 4, who are goofing around in a pickup bed while their parents and grandpa work cattle.

It’s the first Saturday in December and three generations of Sweeters are gathered to pregnancy check a group of heifers on their farm just outside of Worthing.

“There’s no better place to raise kids than on a farm. Here they have room to play and run around and we don’t have to worry about them getting into trouble,” says Grandpa Ken Sweeter, 66.

Agreeing with the fourth-generation farmer, his daughter-in-law, Wendy, 36, added, “I enjoyed growing up on a farm and liked the way of life, so I’m glad our kids have some of the same opportunities we did. They get to be around animals, do chores and develop a good work ethic.”

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