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4 Broadcaster Press February 18, 2020 www.broadcasteronline.com Make-A-Wish® South Dakota Celebrates Valentine’s Day Questions The Granting Of Its 1,500th Wish Sioux Falls, SD – Make-A-Wish® South Dakota has been granting wishes for children with critical illnesses since 1984. On Feb. 11 in Brookings, the chapter celebrated the granting of its historic 1,500th wish come true, a milestone the chapter crossed when it granted seven-year-old Ryker’s wish to meet NHL goalie, Tuukka Rask of the Boston Bruins. The 1,500th wish was official when wish kid Ryker returned from Boston on Jan. 5. During the 1,500th wish celebration, Ryker and his family shared stories from his wish, including highlights of the two Boston Bruins games they attended, Ryker’s celebrity meeting and skate on the ice with Tuukka Rask, and their interaction with the entire Bruins team, from the players to the highest levels of management. Tuesday’s celebration highlighted the significance of the chapter’s 1,500th wish, and its vision to grant the wish of every eligible child. “We are overjoyed to celebrate the impact Make-A-Wish has had on 1,508 kids, their families and our communities over the past 35 years in South Dakota,” Sue Salter, president and CEO of Make-A-Wish South Dakota said. “Wishes bring out the best in everyone, giving children and their families hope, strength and joy when they need it most. Today we celebrate all the wishes that have come true thanks to the volunteers, generous donors, boards and staff, and all those wishes yet to come.” By Daris Howard My roommate, John, drove the rest of us crazy. He was always burning something when he cooked, and most of the time he just cooked beans. In addition, his diet of beans made him a veritable methane volcano, continually spewing forth toxic gas. Whether it was cooking, destroying the bathroom, or just generally messing up the apartment, he had a masterful talent akin to the god of chaos. But John had one big thing going for him that I definitely didn’t have. He was really good looking. Not that I thought he was, but the girls sure did. They swooned around him so much that it made a person sick, or, in my case, maybe a bit jealous, especially with Valentines’ Day coming up. Valentines’ Day was on a Saturday, and that was the day of the girl’s preference dance. Since it wasn’t common for a girl to ask a guy out in those days, the preference dance was the one time they could show a guy that they really liked him by being the one to initiate the invite. The campus population was fifty-six percent female, so statistically, every guy had a good chance. There were a few girls I liked, and I really hoped one of them would ask me. Of course, all nine of us guys in the apartment had similar hopes, so in mid-January we created an apartDrivers 1335 Other Employment ment pool as to who would be asked first, second, third, 1310 Construction 1310 Construction 1315 etc. No one except John put him first on the list, and no Class A CDL Certified Pharmacy one except myself put me as last. Many of my roommates EXPERIENCED DIESEL MECHANIC Drivers Needed Technician thought that since I was a varsity athlete, I would be asked or applicant committed to beFull-time • $20 – $30 per hour with benefits Local Ag business looking first. for Class A CDL Driver to coming certified within 2 Will be working on trucks and heavy equipment haul hay, grain, fertilizer and years. 30-35 hours per I, however, knew that wrestling didn’t draw a great alfalfa pellets. Driver must week, High School diploma crowd of female admirers, and I was rather shy. My forays possess a Class A CDL with required, pharmacy experiEXPERIENCED HEAVY into dating were quite limited. But what was humiliating a Doubles endorsement. ence preferred. Work at least to the rest of us was that John had six invites before any Our driver will periodically every third Saturday. No holEQUIPMENT OPERATOR load and off-load trailers, idays, nights or Sundays. of the rest of us even had one. But, finally, everyone in our safely operate equipment, Salary based on experience. Full-time • Part-time • Sometime apartment had received one except me. I won the apartand secure loads on trailers. Send resume to: Will train the right person! ment pool for that, consisting of two gallons of ice cream, Driver will work an average acct@yanktonrexall.com of 45 to 50 hours a week and or mail to: School is free here, all you have to do is show up every day! but that was little consolation as we approached the Monbe home nightly. Pay com109 W. 3rd St., day before the dance and I still hadn’t been asked. John $20 – $30 per hour with benefits mensurate with experience. Yankton, SD 57078. started to rub it in until my other roommates, understandPlease call 605-655-5754. Contact Dana at 605-660-8309 (Cell) or ing how I felt, threatened his life. Ask for Dana or Stacy at 605-563-2881 (Office) There was I hoped Utica Gravel 1330 Professional an experiencedis looking for to go out with.one girl, more than all of the others,the only Loader Her name was Bonnie, and she was 3D Digging & Employment Operator for our gravel pits girl in my Fortran programming class. She was beautiful Trucking, LLC located in South East South with long dark hair and big brown eyes. There were more Dakota. Individual must have Centerville, SD experience operating a loadthan fifty other guys in the class, but she happened to sit er in a gravel pit along with by me. I was the best programmer, and she liked to check experience loading trucks. her work against mine. Willing to work 50+ hours a I decided I would ask her out, but I didn’t dare ask her week with overtime pay and Great benefits and work in all weather condifor Saturday, sure she would have already asked someone tions. earning potential. to preference. I thought maybe I would ask her to a movie Competitive pay based on for a different day. On that Monday I mustered all of my Career opportunities experience. Call 605-655-5754 or fill out courage as I went to class. available upon application at 30653 N. US Just before class started, I turned to her and said, “Uh, completion of Hwy 81 in YANKTON, SD. Bonnie, I was wondering if you . . .” I didn’t get a chance to training program. finish asking because just then the teacher slammed his Bachelor’s degree 1360 Income Opportunity books on his desk and spoke in an angry tone. in a business field “It has come to my knowledge that a few of you young preferred, but not men have asked our student secretary out and then tried NEW AUTHORS WANTED! to get her to give you advance copies of my tests! She has required. Must be Page Publishing will help you Full-Time self-publish your own book. been honest and never even tried to look at them herself. open to relocation. FREE author submission kit! Add’l $3.00 per hour Limited offer! Why wait? Call And let me tell you that asking her out for that reason is the height of rudeness. If it happens again, I will personnow: 855-623-8796 (MCN) for weekend hours. ally take care of the matter. It would be best if none of you Starting at $17.17 / Hour Apply in person at: Become a published author! to ask her out while you are my students.” Publications sold at all major I knew that Bonnie was the department student secDUTIES: Skilled work of average difficulty in the operation of secular & specialty Christian retary. I hadn’t had any such thoughts in mind, but now I the landfill, routine maintenance on the equipment, clean bookstores. CALL Christian 3210 Broadway Ave Faith Publishing for your FREE knew I couldn’t ask her for fear she might think that was the landfill and adjacent property as necessary, and related author submission kit. 1-888- what I wanted. My heart sank. When the teacher finished Yankton SD, 57078 work as required. 981-5761. (MCN) his angry discourse, she turned to me. MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: “Was there something you wanted to ask?” • Applicant must obtain a South Dakota CDL (Commercial I felt so discouraged I couldn’t even look her in the eye Driver’s License) within 60 days of beginning employment. as I shrugged and answered, “No.” • High School diploma or GED equivalent. Each evening as my roommates talked about their fun • Minimum of one (1) year experience in maintenance, plans for Saturday, I left the apartment so I wouldn’t have construction, repair work, or related occupation. to listen. • Experience in the operation of motorized construction As programming class ended on Tuesday, Bonnie equipment. asked, “Are you excited about the dance on Saturday?” BENEFITS: This position offers a competitive benefits is hiring a I just shrugged. She looked at me with surprise. package including health, dental, life and retirement. “Aren’t you going?” Position is open until filled. I shook my head. First review of applications will be February 24th. “Haven’t you been asked?” For a position description, an application or Again I shook my head. to apply online, go to www.vermillion.us/careers. On Wednesday, Bonnie handed me a program. “Would Please submit a completed application: you mind going through my code and checking my outCity of Vermillion • c/o Solid Waste put?” 25 Center Street, Vermillion, SD 57069 “I’d be happy to,” I said. “When do you need it back?” (605) 677-7050 “I hate to put any pressure on you, but I kind of need it EOE by tomorrow,” she said. Pre-employment drug screen “Okay,” I replied. “I’ll get it done.” After class, I went to my apartment, but all of my roomand background check required mates were talking about their fun plans for Saturday, so I went to the library to study so I wouldn’t have to listen. Call 605-267-2768 I did all of my homework, and then I pulled out Bonnie’s mike@pollmanexcavationinc.com program. I traced through the logic. I quickly realized the output was spelling something. Still, it didn’t dawn on me that it was more than a normal program until I realized it Wage: $18.52/Hour Or More had spelled my name. I quickly worked through the rest and found the output to be, “Daris, will you go with me to Depending On Qualifications the preference dance on Saturday?” SHIFT: 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday I quickly put together a program in return that simply output, “Yes!” and 1:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Friday-Saturday I had a lot of fun being with Bonnie that night. And DUTIES: Perform a variety of semi-skilled and skilled work since she invited me first, I didn’t feel any reservation in the operation, servicing, and maintenance of equipment, asking her out after that. And to this day, when I look at and related work in the Water Treatment Plant and Water computer code, I will remember what was one of the most Distribution system. creative dance invites I ever have. MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: What everyone is reading. • Must possess a valid South Dakota Driver’s License. • Applicants must be able to obtain a Class I Certificates from the State of South Dakota for both Water Treatment Benefits: and Distribution within 2 years of hire. • Chance to make a difference in your community! • Applicants must be able to obtain a Class II Water Treatment • Vacations, sick leave and holiday leave/pay Certification from the State of South Dakota within 3 years www.broadcasteronline.com • Competitive Benefit Package of hire. • Starting Pay $21.84 – $23.17 per hour Depending • Must possess a high school diploma or GED equivalent. on Certification and Education BENEFITS: This position offers a competitive benefits • Training and Growth Opportunties package including health, dental, life and retirement. • State Retirement • Women, Minorities, and Lateral Entry Officers are Position is open until filled. strongly encouraged to apply! First review of applications will be February 21st. www.plaintalk.net Apply online at For a position description, an application or https://www.vermillion.us/Jobs.aspx to apply online, go to www.vermillion.us/careers. First review of applications will be on 02/18/2020 Please submit a completed application: Questions? Email: mbetzen@vermillionpd.org City of Vermillion • c/o Treatment Plant Operator Search Manager Trainee Landfill Equipment Operator Full Time Project Foreman/ Operator CDL required Treatment Plant Operator 25 Center Street, Vermillion, SD 57069 (605) 677-7050 Do You Want a Challenge? Vermillion Police is Hiring! EOE EOE
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