A Spearfish man won big in Deadwood on a Wheel of Fortunate slot machine. 

Terrance Hupp claimed a $231,184.55 Mega Jackpots award Sept. 15 at The Lodge at Deadwood Gaming Resort. 

Hupp was in Deadwood for business with his wife and was shocked to take home such a prize. He had looked away from the screen for a few seconds, and when he looked back, he was amazed to find out that he was richer.

The couple plan to use their winnings for retirement.

Guard taps first new judge advocate

The South Dakota National Guard commissioned its first female judge advocate in its 150-year history Friday.

Karla Marie MacArthur of Rapid City was sworn in as attorney and then as an officer in the Pennington County Courthouse, making her the newest member of the state National Guard's Judge Advocate General Corps, according to a news release.

Judge advocates investigate, prosecute and defend those charged with crimes in the military, provide legal advice for soldiers and work with international contracts.

MacArthur has served in the National Guard since 2006, most recently as a human resource specialist.

DAV gets replacement van

After more than 600,000 miles of driving veterans to appointments at the VA Black Hills Health Care Center, the Disabled American Veterans organization has retired four of its vans and bought replacements. 

The donation by the DAV is valued at more than $100,000.

The service organization has partnered with Veterans Affairs facilities throughout the country since 1973 to help veterans seeking medical care. Vans are bought with donations from veterans service organizations and community donations, along with matching funds from the DAV Columbia Trust Fund.

These four vans will replace vans, each with more than 150,000 miles, that have previously served veterans in Winner, Pierre, Rosebud and Scottsbluff, Neb.

More than 80 volunteers provide transportation to an average of 800 veterans each month and drive an average of 35,000 miles each month.

For more information about the transportation network, call Don Sealock at 347-2511 ext. 7065.

Rapid City teacher nominated for state title

Rapid City Area Schools teacher Katie Anderson has been named one of the five finalists for the South Dakota 2013 Teacher of the Year. 

The other four finalists are Connie Gretschmann of Avon, Shelly Loehrer of Milbank, Carolyn Spielmann of the West Central school district and Kenneth “Lance” VanderVorst of Herreid. 

The candidates are selected regionally and undergo a rigorous selection process, starting out at the district level. Earlier this month, they traveled to Pierre to meet with a selection panel and past award recipients.

The winner will be announced Oct. 11, during a recognition banquet at the Cedar Shore Resort in Chamberlain.

The winner will receive the use of a new car for one year, a technology package to use in the classroom and will represent South Dakota as a candidate for the National Teacher of the Year award. 

United Way kicks off in the Southern Hills

The Southern Hills United Way Kickoff and Day of Caring starts Tuesday with an 11:30 a.m. luncheon at Crazy Horse Memorial. 

The Custer High School Singers will perform, and campaign co-chairmen Scott Lepke, superintendent of Custer Schools, Mike Hanson, superintendent of Hill City Schools, and Bill Graham, president of the Hot Springs School Board will speak. 

After the luncheon, volunteer teams will work at various sites throughout the Custer and Hill City area.

If you would like to submit information for the weekly Region Roundup column, email managing editor Pat Butler at patrick.butler@rapidcityjournal.com.

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