A lot of correspondence comes over my desk or my voicemail, and many times these messages don't quite fit as story ideas or letters to the editor.
Here are some I've grabbed over the past few weeks.
Looking for Sharley
Leszek Szarlej from Poland sent along a clip from the Nov. 15, 1954, American News: Ricochetting Bullet Kills Black Hills Deer Hunter: A Lead liquor store operator was killed by a richoceting bullet Sunday to become South Dakota's first fatality of the 1954 deer season. Chester W. Sharley, 40, died about 15 minutes after being struck in the back by a bullet fired by W.A. Everhard, 64, Castlewood ...
I am the great-grandson of (Sharley's) brother, living in Poland, Szarlej wrote in his email. He asked if anyone from Lead, where the story was datelined, or the American News area has any information about Sharley or this incident to share.
It's a longshot, but if you would like to get a hold of Szarlej, contact me at the paper.
I had an error in my column last week, referring to the 452nd Ordnance as being with the South Dakota National Guard; of course, the ordnance is with the Army Reserve. My apologies for the mistake.
Reader Jerald Adler spotted the error and shared some history while he was at it:
I joined the Army Reserve in August of 1958 in Aberdeen. I was on active duty for six months with artillery training on the 105 howitzer. After I got off active duty the unit switched over to transportation. It was known as 716th Transportation. We were called to active duty in October of 1961 and were stationed at Fort Chaffee, Arka., the post where I received my artillery training. I was released from active duty in July of 1962.
Back in 1961 when the Berlin Crisis was created there were no National Guard units called in, at least not in South Dakota, but they were put on standby.
Thanks for the information, Jerald.
Makes it difficult to dial
A voicemail left last week on my phone began (and I'm eliminating some of the detail), I want to tell you to take your voicemail and stick it where the sun don't shine! And call me back and let me know Bob Mercer's number.
Had I accomplished these tasks in the order suggested, it would have been most difficult to respond to this caller. For the record, reporter Bob Mercer doesn't work in this building, so he doesn't have a direct work number to call.
If you have a message for Bob, contact me and we'll work on a connection.
The warm weather brought out all sorts of theories last week, like this one left on our general newsroom voicemail:
I wonder if this heatwave is due to the politicians blowing off all that hot steam. Please put this in the paper.
Wish granted! Thanks for the laugh.
We received several holiday cards in the newsroom from local businesses, organizations and readers. We appreciate them all and hung them in the newsroom for some cheer.
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