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MOUNT VERNON — Todd Schlund credits his success in life to those around him -- his family, his parents and the people of Mount Vernon and surrounding area, to name a few. "I'm here because I've had great people carry my dumb butt, and the good Lord has a great sense of humor," he said. Schlund, 51, grew up on a hog farm outside Mount Vernon. He now lives in Locust Grove, Va., and is a STAT MedEvac helicopter pilot for Children's National Medical Center in Washington, D.C. His expansive experience as a decorated U.S.
Synthetic and designer drugs have filtered into South Dakota, and officials are working to keep them off retail shelves. Substances such as 25i, K2 and Spice have been deemed controlled substances -- meaning they're illegal -- under South Dakota law. The drugs, which are synthetic, cause similar effects to drugs like LSD, marijuana and methamphetamine. Some gas stations in South Dakota were selling synthetic drugs over the counter. With some prodding from the attorney general's office, many of those stations have discontinued offering those items. S.D.
Keeping juvenile offenders in community will be an act of reinvestment, according to officials. The state recently created a possible way to reduce costs within the juvenile justice system, while increasing public safety and holding youth responsible for their actions.
WOONSOCKET -- The Sanborn County Sheriff's Office worked with Codington County Search and Rescue in late February in a continued search for Rachel Cyriacks. "We're still just chasing leads," said Tom Fridley, Sanborn County sheriff, in an interview with The Daily Republic last week. Law enforcement searched two private scrap yards and one S.D. Game, Fish and Parks public hunting area, but came up with nothing. Cyriacks was 30 at the time of her disappearance in November 2013. Her current age is 32.
Officials and residents expressed interest and concern about funding for better roads and bridges, particularly in rural areas, during a legislative forum -- also known as a cracker barrel -- Monday afternoon in Mitchell. District 20's two representatives, Tona Rozum, R-Mitchell, and Josh Klumb, R-Mount Vernon, and Sen. Mike Vehle, R-Mitchell, held their final forum of the 2015 legislative session at Mitchell Technical Institute.
A Mitchell family is lucky to be alive after suffering carbon monoxide poisoning. Allan Miller woke up before his 5 a.m. alarm Monday as usual. But when he got out of bed, his usual routine went awry. "When I swung my legs over the bed, that's when I started getting dizzy. I thought I was having a heart attack," Allan told The Daily Republic earlier this week. With the feeling that he may need to go to the emergency room, he woke up his wife, Laura.
The Mitchell Fire Division is seeking bids for a new tanker truck. "It's something we've been budgeting for five years," said Paul Morris, assistant fire chief. Bids will be received until 1:30 p.m. on March 11 at Mitchell City Hall at 612 N. Main St. The fire division is looking for a 2,000-gallon tanker. The division recently negotiated a new contract with the Mitchell Rural Fire Association, he added. Mitchell will now provide fire protection services to portions of Beulah and Lisbon townships in Davison County and portions of Hanson and Plano townships in Hanson County.
A judge determined Tuesday that Kristopher Aslesen is a danger to the public and deserves prison time. The 31-year-old Mitchell man pleaded guilty in December to fourth-degree rape, which means the victim was between 13 and 16 years old and the perpetrator is more than three years older than the victim. Aslesen was accused of the crime in March 2014 and pleaded not guilty in April 2014. Later that year, he changed his plea. Judge Tim Bjorkman sentenced Aslesen to 15 years in prison -- the maximum penalty for the crime -- but suspended five of those years.
Unexpected issues in the Corn Palace have led to nearly $175,000 in change orders throughout Phase 1 of the renovation. The city started with more than $302,000 in a contingency fund in case changes were needed during construction. Stephanie Ellwein, Mitchell's city administrator, said contractors found several issues that needed immediate fixing and updating. For example, they opened up a dropped ceiling and found another ceiling above with light fixtures that needed to be removed.
Mitchell's CHS Farmers Alliance plans to start rebuilding its chemical storage warehouse in the next couple of weeks. The former warehouse burned in an early-morning November fire that blanketed the town in a putrid smell. CHS General Manager Jim Morken said Thursday the estimated losses from the fire will total more than $2 million. He explained the warehouse will be built on the same site as the previous building.