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Elizabeth Simmons

Elizabeth Ann Simmons was born February 3, 1955, Lincoln, Nebraska. She died on Thursday, May 17, 2018 in Vermillion, South Dakota. The proud granddaughter of German-Russian and Irish-Canadian immigrants and descendant of early Jamestown settlers ... More Info...

Cannigan Leads USD to Summit Title

VERMILLION, SD…For the first time since joining the Summit League the Coyotes can call themselves Summit League Champions. Senior Hurdler Shanice Cannigian knows how important this momentum will carry into the post season. Shanice Cannigan, USD Senior ... More Info...

Vermillion's Lavin has busy DXII meet

Vermillion’s narrow second place finish in the Dakota XII ... A sophomore, Curry entered the conference meet leading South Dakota Class A in the shot put (39-11 ¾). She topped 40 feet for the first time on her last throw of the finals and finished ... More Info...

Made in South Dakota: Vermillion Area Farmers Market

The Vermillion Area Farmers Market kicked off Thursday, May 17 at the Clay County Fair Grounds. Many vendors from all over the region make their way to the market, and this year it is bigger than ever. The market is a non-profit corporation providing ... More Info...

University of South Dakota Law School facing challenges but seeing opp

One of South Dakota’s most venerable institutions ... of a task force last fall that considered moving the law school away from the USD campus in Vermillion to Sioux Falls. That concept was rejected, but the issues facing the school remain. More Info...

72nd American Legion Auxiliary South Dakota Girls State Set For USD

VERMILLION — The W.O. Farber Center for Civic Leadership at the University of South Dakota will host the 2018 American Legion Auxiliary South Dakota Girls State program May 28-June 2. This is the 17th consecutive year USD and the W.O. Farber Center for ... More Info...

Belle Fourche’s Mary Day selected as Region 5 Teacher of Year

Day and her husband, Mike, who met while attending college and the University of South Dakota in Vermillion, moved to Belle Fourche in 1983. Mary Day, with her degree in accounting, and Mike, with his in law, carved out a life in Belle Fourche. “ More Info...

University Center has interim leader as USD’s Card accepts appointme

The university announced the assignment May 9. USD, based in Vermillion, manages the center. South Dakota State University at Brookings and Dakota State University at Madison also offer degrees through the center. The regents approved construction of the ... More Info...

Engaged - Vermillion Plain Talk: Community

Grace Olson and Isaac Bennett announce their engagement. The bride-to-be currently resides in Vermillion, SD. She is a 2013 graduate of Vermillion High School and 2017 graduate of South Dakota State University. Grace is the daughter of Matt and Dawne Olson ... More Info...

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A new report from the Council for Agricultural Science and Technology

A new report from the Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST) outlines research and advancements in understanding of animal welfare since CAST’s last review of the issue in 1997. More Info...

The effects of dry period heat stress on the lactating dairy cow is th

The effects of dry period heat stress on the lactating dairy cow is the topic of the Dairy Cattle Reproduction Council’s (DCRC) next webinar. More Info...

Will China Send Soybeans Higher?

Over the weekend the US and China announced that they had been working on an agreement to drop tariffs on each other's imported goods. This is certainly...​ More Info...

Livestock Roundup (5.22.18)

Cash cattle lower this week? More Info...

College seems like fun in the movies, but partying isn't all you do.

College seems like fun in the movies, but partying isn't all you do. More Info...

The thought that a rising tide raises all ships suggests that increasi

The thought that a rising tide raises all ships suggests that increasing trade should be palatable to Republicans and even the Kennedy Democrats (if there are any left) would agree. More Info...

Gulke: China Framework Agreement

The thought that a rising tide raises all ships suggests that increasing trade should be palatable to Republicans and even the Kennedy Democrats (if there are any left) would agree. More Info...

Experts say the Seeds for the Future Act will increase farmers’ acce

Experts say the Seeds for the Future Act will increase farmers’ access to these 21st century seeds by making much-needed investments in public breeding programs. More Info...

Secretary Perdue says Trump understands the needs of farmers.

Secretary Perdue says Trump understands the needs of farmers. More Info...

Comparing production measures in a broader group allows us to see wher

Comparing production measures in a broader group allows us to see where we are as a business and what we should be working to improve. More Info...

The week of May 13, only 35% of the crop was planted, this week USDA s

The week of May 13, only 35% of the crop was planted, this week USDA says 56% of soybeans are in the ground, 14 percentage points ahead of the five-year-average. More Info...

AgriTalk After The Bell Host Chip Flory talks market with Joe Vaclavik

AgriTalk After The Bell Host Chip Flory talks market with Joe Vaclavik of Standard Grains. Davis Michaelsen has the news, and Cary Artac of Artac Advisory has his weekly charts. More Info...

AgriTalk Host Chip Flory get the latest on the Farm Bill with Rep. GT

AgriTalk Host Chip Flory get the latest on the Farm Bill with Rep. GT Thompson. Machinery Pete checks in from the auction block, and his Pick of the Week is another record setter! More Info...

Farmers work with service dogs to help overcome disabilities.

Farmers work with service dogs to help overcome disabilities. More Info...

Packer margins have grown to exceptionally high levels in recent weeks

Packer margins have grown to exceptionally high levels in recent weeks, while feedyard profits have eroded. More Info...

While changes in temperatures and humidity trend as they have in the p

While changes in temperatures and humidity trend as they have in the past 50 years, research from Michigan State University shows that crop yields can not only survive – but thrive. More Info...

Married Filing Separate May Be in Play

There will be more married filing separate filings in 2018 due to the new tax law. We go over a couple of examples. More Info...

Tom and Shannon Olson have been raising water buffalo for 27 years.

Tom and Shannon Olson have been raising water buffalo for 27 years. More Info...

The owner of Amazon.com is worth an estimated $130 billion and he attr

The owner of Amazon.com is worth an estimated $130 billion and he attributes his work ethic and resourcefulness to spending summers helping his grandpa on the family ranch. More Info...

Especially in times of drought or emergency feeding, producers have to

Especially in times of drought or emergency feeding, producers have to consider which is more efficient to feed the herd: drylot feeding or hauling purchased forage. More Info...

One of the challenges of public discourse in this increasingly tumultu

One of the challenges of public discourse in this increasingly tumultuous 21st century is the absence of rationality in debates over the issues that strike sparks among interest groups. More Info...

Severe dryness is dampening moods and outlooks across the barren West

Severe dryness is dampening moods and outlooks across the barren West Texas fields. It’s a stark reality for dry fields that cotton has claimed, but it's not stopping the industry from looking to the future. More Info...

You know as well as the next farmer fertilizer is critical to promote

You know as well as the next farmer fertilizer is critical to promote healthy, high-yielding crop growth. More Info...

Soybean Planting Pace Well Above Average

Soybean Planting Pace Well Above Average More Info...

The landscape of the food industry is changing.

The landscape of the food industry is changing. More Info...

As the market continues to decline into the teens and breakevens dippi

As the market continues to decline into the teens and breakevens dipping into the red, the feeder will have some tough marketing decisions to make over the next few weeks.   More Info...

AgLaunch and the Tennessee Department of Agriculture announce the firs

AgLaunch and the Tennessee Department of Agriculture announce the first seven farmer-led projects connecting farmers with pre-commercial technology More Info...

The Secret Life of Corn

Following record crops and record grain stocks, farmers are finding new ways to use corn. Ethanol and animal feed seem to be old hat, making way for new uses such as shoes, car cushions and moisturizers. More Info...

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To better serve our readers in the future, we’d really appreciate feedback from you, our reader. Please take a short survey, and you’ll be entered for a chance to win one of three Farm Journal Bluetooth speakers. More Info...

While the agreement with China isn’t signed, Ross says the U.S. will

While the agreement with China isn’t signed, Ross says the U.S. will drop its tariff threats against China, opening the door for more ag exports to China. That positive rhetoric helped fuel commodity markets Monday. More Info...

The FBI took particular interest in whether feed ingredients present a

The FBI took particular interest in whether feed ingredients present a potential agroterrorism threat, More Info...

Two peach fruit flies were found in Palm Beach County, Fla., on succes

Two peach fruit flies were found in Palm Beach County, Fla., on successive days earlier this month, the second time the pest — which has dozens of fruit and vegetable host plants — has been found in the state. More Info...

4 Food Marketing Principles Can Rebuild Consumer Trust

Americans’ confidence in the food system has eroded over generations, and building it back will similarly take ongoing investment by all stakeholders. More Info...

Making sure that beef is has a seat at trade negotiations tables has b

Making sure that beef is has a seat at trade negotiations tables has been a focus of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA), along with labeling of “fake meat.” More Info...

With coverage on national TV shows including “The Chew” and “Goo

With coverage on national TV shows including “The Chew” and “Good Morning America,” Sunions tearless sweet onions boasts more than 1.2 billion media impressions in its first season. More Info...

Episode 1: Shifting Disease Pressure With More Soybean Acres

Episode 1: Shifting Disease Pressure With More Soybean Acres More Info...

Republicans, no Democrats, invited to see documents on U.S. election p

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two Republican lawmakers, and no Democrats, are expected to attend a meeting scheduled for Thursday to review classified information relating to U.S. President Donald Trump's suggestion the FBI might have used an informant to gather information on his 2016 election campaign, the White House said on Tuesday.
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Small banks trump Wall Street on Dodd-Frank rewrite

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Congress on Tuesday rolled back some of the restraints imposed on banks after the 2007-2009 global financial crisis, but big players like Goldman Sachs Group Inc , Morgan Stanley and JPMorgan Chase & Co , will not be breaking out the champagne.
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Pulitzer-winning author Philip Roth dies at 85: media reports

(Reuters) - Author Philip Roth, who was both hailed and derided for laying bare the neuroses and obsessions that haunted the modern Jewish-American experience, died on Tuesday at the age of 85, his agent said.
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Black candidate makes history as women advance in U.S. midterms

(Reuters) - Democratic voters rallied on Tuesday for the chance to make history in November by selecting a ticket filled with female candidates, including a bid to elect the first African-American female governor in the United States.
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U.S. court backs transgender student at center of bathroom dispute

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. judge on Tuesday ruled that federal law protects a transgender student who fought all the way to the Supreme Court for the right to use a bathroom at a high school in Virginia that corresponded with his gender identity.
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Trump floats management changes instead of sanctions for China's ZTE

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday floated a plan to fine ZTE Corp and shake up its management as his administration considered rolling back more severe penalties that have crippled the Chinese telecommunications company.
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Trump casts doubt on planned summit with North Korean leader

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Tuesday there was a "substantial chance" his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will not take place as planned on June 12 amid concerns that Kim is resistant to giving up his nuclear weapons.
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Myanmar judge allows documents police say came from Reuters reporters'

YANGON (Reuters) - A Myanmar judge on Tuesday allowed the submission of evidence police say they obtained from the mobile phones of two Reuters reporters arrested in December for alleged possession of secret documents, in what has become a landmark press freedom case.
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Venezuela expels U.S. envoys in response to sanctions

CARACAS (Reuters) - President Nicolas Maduro on Tuesday ordered the expulsion of two top U.S. diplomats in Caracas in retaliation for a new round of sanctions over Venezuela's widely-condemned election, accusing them of a 'conspiracy' that was denied by the State Department.
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Ocean, jungle explosions new risks from Hawaii eruption

HONOLULU (Reuters) - Lava from Hawaii's erupting Kilauea volcano is exploding as it pours into the ocean, shooting rock fragments that are a danger to boaters. Inland, where molten rock is burning through jungle, methane explosions are hurling boulders while toxic gas is reaching some of the highest levels seen in recent times.
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Ocean, jungle explosions new risks from Hawaii eruption

HONOLULU (Reuters) - Lava from Hawaii's erupting Kilauea volcano is exploding as it pours into the ocean, shooting rock fragments that are a danger to boaters. Inland, where molten rock is burning through jungle, methane explosions are hurling boulders while toxic gas is reaching some of the highest levels seen in recent times.
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Pulitzer-winning author Philip Roth dies at 85: media reports

(Reuters) - Author Philip Roth, who was both hailed and derided for laying bare the neuroses and obsessions that haunted the modern Jewish-American experience, died on Tuesday at the age of 85, his agent said.
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Shooter in Panama City, Florida standoff dead: officials

(Reuters) - An armed man who barricaded himself inside a Panama City, Florida, apartment complex on Tuesday was found dead by authorities, officials said in a news conference.
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University of Southern California torn by scandal surrounding gynecolo

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Two-hundred faculty members of the University of Southern California on Tuesday called for the USC's top official to resign over the school's handling of complaints that a campus health clinic gynecologist sexually abused his patients during pelvic exams.
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Texas governor opens school safety summit, vows to protect the 'innoce

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Days after 10 people were shot to death at Texas high school, Governor Greg Abbott met with politicians and school administrators on Tuesday to consider proposals to stem school violence in a state where gun-control measures usually sink in the Republican-controlled legislature.
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Black candidate makes history as women advance in U.S. midterms

(Reuters) - Democratic voters rallied on Tuesday for the chance to make history in November by selecting a ticket filled with female candidates, including a bid to elect the first African-American female governor in the United States.
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Businessman who sold diseased human body parts gets nine years in pris

DETROIT (Reuters) - A Detroit businessman who sold and leased human body parts was sentenced to nine years in prison Tuesday for selling diseased remains to medical educators.
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Workers hit McDonald's with new sexual harassment claims

LOS ANGELES/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Ten women who work at McDonald's restaurants in Detroit, Chicago, Los Angeles and six other cities have filed sexual harassment complaints in the past few days with the federal government against the company and its franchisees, which they said ignored or retaliated against them for such complaints.
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U.S. court backs transgender student at center of bathroom dispute

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. judge on Tuesday ruled that federal law protects a transgender student who fought all the way to the Supreme Court for the right to use a bathroom at a high school in Virginia that corresponded with his gender identity.
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Trump administration to publish proposed rule changes for gun exports:

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration is preparing to publish on Thursday long-delayed proposed rule changes for the export of U.S. firearms, a State Department official said on Tuesday.
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UCC Church

226 E Main St,  Vermillion, SD 57069
(605) 624-3120 Feature

St. Agnes Catholic Church & School

416 S Walker St,  Vermillion, SD 57069
(605) 624-4144 Feature

Vermillion United Methodist Church

25 North Dakota,  Vermillion, SD 57069
(605) 624-2179 Feature

816 E Clark St (at Plum and Clark),  Vermillion, SD 57069
(605) 624-4442 Feature

723 E Cherry St,  Vermillion, SD 57069
(605) 624-2834 Feature

Grace Baptist Church

1102 E Main St,  Vermillion, SD 57069
(605) 624-4949 Feature

20 Mickelson Dr,  Vermillion, SD 57069
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Elizabeth Simmons

Elizabeth Ann Simmons Born February 3, 1955, Lincoln, Nebraska Died May 17, 2018, Vermillion, South Dakota The proud granddaughter of German-Russian and Irish-Canadian immigrants and descendant of early Jamestown settlers, Beth was a passionate advocate for justice and equality. As an artist and educator, she wore many professional hats throughout her life, in an open-ended list to which she was constantly adding: painter, paper-maker, waitress, graphic artist, desktop publisher, disc jockey, educational technologist, editor, counsellor, statistician, advocate. Each new hat came because she believed that there are no things you don't know how to do, only things you don't know how to do yet, and she devoted her energies and endless curiosity to proving that true. But through all of them shone her concern for others and her dedication to making a better world. Beth believed and participated in both informal and formal education throughout her life, achieving a Bachelor of Arts degree in Contemporary Media and Journalism in 1987, Master of Science in Technology for Training and Development in 2004, And Specialist in Education, also in TTD, in 2007. But she never stopped teaching or learning. She lives on in the love of all whose lives she touched and her work will continue. She is preceded in death by her father, Fred Robert Simmons, and mother, Martha Louise (Klaus) Simmons. She is survived by her husband, Christopher Jacques Hoover; sister, Lynda Marie (Simmons) Hopkins; nieces Jennifer Hopkins Pepin and Katherine Hopkins Buckley; informally-adopted son Abul Shaifullah and daughter Musheera Anis as well as grand-daughters Fatima, Bismallah, and Eman Aleman; foster son and daughter Michael and Sarah Fletcher; and exchange daughters Raghda Mashal and Mayada Ali. We will celebrate Beth's life and memory on the afternoon of Thursday, May 31, at the United Church of Christ, Congregational in Vermillion, South Dakota, at 2 p.m. Instead of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Amnesty International.

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Terry Harkness

Terry Harkness, 71, of Elk Point, SD, passed away May 17, 2018 after a long battle with Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. The third son of Donald and Helen Harkness, Terry was born August 28th, 1946 in Akron, Ia. He lived in and around Elk Point, SD for most of his life with a handful of years in El Paso, Tx. He enjoyed driving truck for most of his career until he was injured, forcing his retirement. Terry was blessed with four children, Paul, John, Theresa, and James. Grandpa Terry also has 9 grandchildren, Raymond (Jayme) Frye, Dan (Kayla) Salazar, Shelby (Cody) Kiers, Amber Harkness, Brody Frye, Heidi Harkness, Jayce Harkness, Joshua (Sadie Winkler) Frye, and Chris Salazar. He also has four great grandchildren, Audrey and Jacob Schuller, Isabelle Kiers, and Rebekah Frye. Terry is survived by his children, Paul Harkness of Vermillion, SD, Theresa (Roger) Salazar of Medford, NJ, and James (Wendy) Harkness of Vermillion, SD and his daughter-in-law Paula Harkness of Hawarden, IA, his grandchildren and great grandchildren, his siblings Ronald Harkness of Alcester, SD, Rodney (Emma) Harkness of Clint, Tx, Linda (Martin) Ferdig of Queen City, MO, and Nancy Hooker of North Sioux City, SD. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews and special family in El Paso, Tx. Terry is preceded in death by his parents, Donald and Helen Harkness, an infant brother Danny, his son, John Harkness, and special family members Joe and Olivia Fierro.

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Wayne Hawley

Wayne Leroy Hawley, 82, of Burbank, SD, passed away on Tuesday, May 15, 2018, in Vermillion, SD. Wayne was born in Burbank, SD, on October 3, 1935, to parents Loryn and Irene (Gilbert) Hawley. He married JoAnn Marie Brown on April 30, 1954. He and JoAnn farmed near Burbank for many years until his retirement. Wayne spent most of his life in Clay County, dedicating his life to his farm and family, Clay County Fair Board, 4-H, Clay County Township Board, and Burbank #10 School Board. Throughout his lifetime, he enjoyed collecting things, including John Deere items, hats, cast iron cookware, liquor cars, and a menagerie of animals. He was active in preserving the Burbank School and enjoyed being a Kent’s Feed dealer. In his retirement years, he was famous for his “zoo” in Burbank. He and JoAnn enjoyed traveling and wintering in Arizona until her passing in 2008. He is survived by special friend Carol Hawley; children Mark, Larry (Lori), Joyce; siblings Darold (Paulette), Chuck, and Julie (Clark Corwin); grandchildren Allison, Nick, Michaela, Arika, Harrison, Aaron, Rebecca, Cole; numerous great grandchildren, and one great great grandson as well as a big extended family in Burbank and beyond. He was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents, wife JoAnn, brother Glenn, and son Calvin. Pallbearers are Seth Wright, Harrison Hawley, Nick Hawley, Scott Jensen, Shawn Kruse, and Cole Ruhaak. Funeral service will be 10:30 AM Monday, May 21 at the First Baptist Church in Vermillion with pastor Sandy Aakre officiating, burial will follow in the Bluffview Cemetery in Vermillion. Visitation will be Sunday from 5-7 PM with a service at 7:00 PM all at the church. Donations can be made to the Burbank School.

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David Peterson

David Peterson, 70, of Vermillion, SD passed away at his home on Tuesday, May 8. David was born June 13, 1947 in Vermillion to Harold and Nora (Naber) Peterson. He graduated from Wakonda high school in 1965 and served in the Army during the Vietnam War. He farmed all his life and was a friend to many. He is survived by his sisters; Catherine (Gary) Hildebrandt of Decorah, IA, Diane (Michael) Cordray of Blackhawk, SD and Karren Peterson of Aberdeen, SD, a special friend Norma Hermanson of Centerville, SD, three nieces: Mindy, Melony and Dawn and a nephew Jerod, also four great nephews: Garrett, Samuel, Bruce and Aiden. He will be missed by many friends and family.

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David Chase

David Lee Chase, of Yankton, passed away March 5, 2018 at his home in Yankton, SD. David Lee Chase was born March 5, 1934 at home in Falk County, SD to Henry and Gladys Chase. He was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith. He completed eight years of country grade school. He married Wilma Barkl in 1954 and to this union one son, Steve Chase was born. He married Loretta Reggencamp in 1963. To this union one daughter was born Tammy Bieganouski. He worked as a certified welder for Minneapolis Electric Steel in Minneapolis, MN for many years. He moved back to SD in 1984 and operated Chase Welding in Center Point, SD. He retired and moved to Yankton in 2009. He enjoyed going to the Senior Center in Yankton, where he met Mary Garoutte. They both loved to dance and going to rodeos. They attended church together at St. Johns in Yankton. They became great friends and she was his care taker to the end. David is survived by his special friend Mary Garoutte of Yankton, son Steve (Mary) Chase of Conroe, TX, daughter Tammy (Matt) Bieganouski of Salem, SD, sisters; Irene (Lloyd) Luden of Tea, SD, Donna Marcotte of Irene, SD, sister-in-law Joy Chase of Huffman, TX, and 22 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by Henry and Gladys Chase, Jim Chase, Carol Chase, and Bill Marcotte.

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