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HIGH-SPEED CHASE: A Woonsocket man led police on a high-speed chase Nov. 16 through Woonsocket.

Ryan Schaller, 28, of Woonsocket, was arrested for speeding, driving under the influence, aggravated eluding and resisting arrest after leading police on a 20-minute chase through two counties.

He was clocked at 104 mph around one mile east of Woonsocket. The South Dakota Highway Patrol, Sanborn and Jerauld county sheriff’s offices and the state Game, Fish and Parks Department assisted in the chase.

UNSOLD DEER LICENSES ELIMINATED: The recent crop harvest activity brought reports of dead deer in Sanborn County.

As a result, the South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks Department eliminated all remaining unsold deer hunting permits.

All “any deer” licenses for Sanborn County sold out in the original drawing, but 132 antlerless permits still remained. Those licenses have now been eliminated.

Sanborn Weekly Journal


FIRST IN NATION TO PARTICIPATE IN PROGRAM: A new state program that is designed to return young attorneys from big cities to small towns was approved recently in Douglas County.

Douglas County has become the first in the nation to take advantage of the Rural Attorney Recruitment Program, which was enacted by last year’s South Dakota Legislature.

The Armour Chronicle


ASSOCIATION DONATES $20K TO PROJECT: At an October meeting, the Progressive Salem Association motioned to donate $20,255.89 to the Salem pool renovation project. The motion was approved and now the fund has a substantial base on which to start its fundraising.

The town’s swimming pool was built by volunteers in 1958 for $37,527. The pool has undergone several renovations since its construction, with the most recent being in 2004.

The Salem Special


MEETINGS TO ADDRESS CONSOLIDATION: Corsica and Stickney will hold their first public meetings about the proposed school consolidation to begin next school year.

The Corsica meeting is set for 7 p.m. Monday at the high school gymnasium. The Stickney meeting will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the gymnasium. The public meetings mark the first formal steps for beginning the consolidation process. The schools began co-oping in sports since the 2009-10 school year.

The Corsica Globe


PLANET HEART SCREENING SITE: Platte Health Center Avera is announcing it has made plans to partner with Avera Heart Hospital in Sioux Falls in the Planet Heart program.

It allows residents of Platte and the surrounding areas to access comprehensive heart screening programs that could lead to the detection and prevention of heart-related diseases and complications. Staff at the center are working to get the Planet Heart site up and running in early 2014.

The Platte Enterprise