Walt Bones was sitting in a New Zealand airport recently when he ordered a hamburger from McDonald's. When he opened the packaging, he found a picture of a rancher who provided the beef for the burger. "If McDonald's can put a face on a hamburger in New Zealand, think of the value of having your face on a good quality product coming from South Dakota," Bones told attendees Thursday during the final day of Dakotafest, an agricultural trade show near Mitchell.
ARMOUR -- An 18-year-old California man has pleaded guilty to two counts of simple assault in connection with two July Fourth incidents in Armour. Brandon Joseph Boeding, of Fullerton, Calif., entered the plea as part of a plea bargain Thursday in the Douglas County Courthouse. He had earlier pleaded not guilty to first-degree burglary, two counts of simple assault and one count of consumption of alcohol by a minor. Boeding was accused of entering the tent of a 15-year-old Brandon girl at the 4-H fairgrounds in Armour on July Fourth, during a 125th anniversary weekend in Armour.
KIMBALL -- Chuck Jepson is excited to see the dirt fly. Work on a massive grainloading facility has begun this week between Kimball and White Lake. Jepson, whose Liberty Grain LLC group plans to build what he's previously referred to as an "elevator on steroids" about six miles east of Kimball, said topsoil is being stripped for building sites and roads. Starting next week, he estimates 40,000 cubic yards of dirt will be moved per week. By the end of September 2012, he expects the facility to be ready to handle grain.
ALEXANDRIA -- The 16-year-old girl being tried as an adult for the murder of a Mitchell High School student pleaded not guilty to all charges Wednesday in Hanson County. Maricela Nicolasa Diaz made her second appearance in adult court for the November 2009 murder of Jasmine Guevara. Attorney Chris Nipe, of Mitchell, entered the plea on behalf of Diaz.
The proposed budget for the Mitchell School District's 2011-2012 year met with little questioning at the board's public meeting Monday. Although the board took no official vote on the budget, board members did outline the proposed $22,207,735 in expenditures. Of that, $14,054,756 is marked for the general fund, $3,200,032 for capital outlay, $3,134,462 for special education, $1,526,583 for food service and $291,902 for the pension fund. Of the $14,054,756 marked for the general fund, $11,930,762, or 85 percent, will go to salary and benefits.
For three years, Jason Bates has been the owner and operator of Big Dummy's, a Main Street Mitchell bar where darts are thrown and beers are served. But, once a year, Bates dons an orange beret and becomes "Dupae Rupa, the Belgian Brawler," a wrestler who headlines the annual Dummerslam wrestling event held in the bar's outdoor beer garden. Since its inception two years ago, the event has sold more than 100 tickets each year, Bates said, drawing fans of all ages -- provided minors come with their parents -- to an event he describes as "family-oriented." "Lots of families come and enjoy the
The speeding ticket received by Bill Janklow in June was at least his fourth in four years within South Dakota since his probation ended for a fatal Moody County crash. Janklow, a four-term South Dakota governor who resigned from the U.S. House of Representatives in 2003 after being convicted of second-degree manslaughter in the death of a Minnesota motorcyclist, was cited for speeding in June of this year as well as once in 2010 and twice in 2008. In two of the four tickets, Janklow was cited for driving 80 mph in a 65 mph zone.
A Mitchell restaurant is again serving food this week after shutting down food service for two weeks because of a health code violation. Jim Causey, co-owner of Signatures, said the restaurant had water leaking in the dining room and kitchen. Because of the leaks, Causey said he was told by a representative from the South Dakota Department of Health to stop serving food until the necessary repairs were made. "He basically said 'Either I'm going to close you or you're going to agree to do this,' " Causey said Friday.
A former South Dakota governor and U.S. representative who drove a vehicle that collided with and killed a motorcyclist near Flandreau in 2003 was cited in June for driving 80 mph in a 65 mph zone. William "Bill" Janklow, 72, was cited on June 27 for speeding on a state highway, according to court documents. Janklow was driving a 2012 Mercedes on state Highway 46 in southeastern South Dakota at 11:56 a.m. when he was pulled over by a South Dakota Highway Patrol officer. He paid a fine of $59 and court costs.
The superintendent of the Wessington Springs School District received a suspended imposition of sentence Tuesday in Mitchell for driving with a revoked license, in what appeared to be a case of clerical confusion. The granting of a suspended imposition of sentence means that the misdemeanor conviction will be removed from Lance Witte's record provided he remains a law-abiding citizen for 60 days and pays his $500 fine before 5 p.m. Friday.