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South Dakota Couple Finds Success In Leather Goods

A western South Dakota man who got his start as a master of leather crafts selling chaps behind the chutes at rodeos now sells hundreds of pairs around the world.    Jack Gully and his wife, Kelly, have owned and operated K Bar J Leather Co. in Newell for more than a decade. The shop employs about 10 workers, most of whom work on chaps, while some of the others etch designs into leather with lasers.    Jack and Kelly Gully each have their own specialty. He focuses on gun holsters and knife cases, while she makes purses and bags.    Jack Gully estimates he’s sold 70,000 chaps and shipped some of them internationally, including to Europe and Australia.    Newell is about 25 miles east of Belle Fourche.

CDC Honors Parkston Nurse With Childhood Immunization Champion Award

The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is honoring Kerri Lutjens, RN as a 2015 Childhood Immunization Champion. CDC presents the annual awards to recognize individuals making outstanding efforts to ensure that children in their communities are fully immunized against 14 preventable diseases before the age of two. The awards are announced in conjunction with National Infant Immunization Week, April 18-25.