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Have you been challenged?
By By Jill Meier
Challenger editor

August 26. 2014 11:05AM
Everybody’s doing it these days, including South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard and Brandon Mayor Larry Beesley.

The “everybody’s doing it” craze I speak of is the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, which is the new social media campaign to support finding a cure for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.

Under the rules of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, a person who receives a challenge can either accept the challenge and dump a bucket of ice on their head, or donate $100 to an ALS charity of their choice.

Last week, Gov. Daugaard accepted the ice bucket challenge and gave $125 to the ALS Association in honor of South Dakota’s 125th anniversary. Turns out he was challenged by Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead, and so Gov. Daugaard then issued the challenge to North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple, whose state is also celebrating 125 years of statehood.

To view the Governor’s ALS Ice Bucket Challenge video, you can visit

Just like many of you, I’ve been giggling at the various ALS Ice Bucket Challenge videos that have popped up in my Facebook account, and of course, I’ve been breathing a sigh of relief that no one’s put me to the challenge to me just yet.

Well, just as I was convinced I was going to escape this ice bucket challenge craze, lo and behold came the challenge from my good friend, Wilma Kirkeby.

“I’ve challenged you,” Wilma informed me in a follow-up text. “It’s really not that bad.”
Like many of you, I’ve accepted Wilma’s challenge and will be filling up the bucket with ice and cold water sometime between Monday’s girl’s home tennis match and the local school board meeting.

Then, it will be my turn to pass on the ALC Ice Bucket challenge to a few of my unsuspecting Facebook friends.
Early deadline this week
Because we’re all looking forward to a day off next week – Labor Day – we have early deadlines this week. If you want to submit a news item for publication in the Sept. 3 Challenger, please submit your copy by 5 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 27. Advertising and legal publications also have that same early deadline.
Community organization needs
Needs at the Brandon Area Food Pantry this month are Homestyle Bakes, pancake mix and syrup, jelly, saltine crackers, instant mashed potatoes (bagged), Toast ‘Ems/Pop Tarts, and pudding cups.

While always appreciated, the Pantry has a large supply of canned goods in stock. Monetary donations are always appreciated. Before donating, please check the expiration date, as expired food items cannot be distributed.

The BAFP is located at 406 Main Ave., and is open from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. To donate to the food pantry or for more information, call 582-7001.

The Brandon Lions Club also wants your aluminum cans. Proceeds from the sale of aluminum funds requests to the Club for vision and hearing impairment needs.

The Lions Club collection shed is located in the Sunshine Foods parking lot.

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