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Current affairs always fascinated Kim Olson. The 1996 Mitchell High School graduate, then known as Kim Juffer, began following elections in elementary school and loved Ronald Reagan's speeches. A critical issues class taught by Mel Olson, and participation in debate and extemporaneous speaking further deepened her passion for politics. And they were particularly relevant to her decision to enter the political field later in life. "I'd have conversations with classmates I'd known since I was 5 and find they had different opinions than me," she said. "They think so differently than you.
Lewis Ashker plans to continue fighting for his freedom. Ashker, now 72, remains in the South Dakota State Penitentiary in Sioux Falls serving life in prison for murdering Jerry Plihal. In late November, the South Dakota Supreme Court agreed with a circuit court's ruling to deny Ashker a new trial based on DNA testing of hairs from the original crime scene from 1985.
DELMONT -- Break-ins and burglaries in recent years prompted some Delmont residents to create a community watch, which in turn garnered the city national recognition. Delmont Community Watch, a nonprofit, officially became an organization in December 2013. The community watch recently received an award through the National Association of Town Watches organization, in the neighborhoods/communities category, for making a positive difference in the community and area. "It gets people to get to know their neighbors again," said Michael Williams, co-chair of the community watch.
Wanema Wieczorek said she was destined to use her musical talents for the glory of God. " 'My heavenly father knew me when I was in my mother's womb, and He named me.' That's straight from the Word," Wieczorek said. Wanema is a Cherokee Indian name that means "singing grass." Wieczorek's mother had a Cherokee Indian girl helping her in Oklahoma just before Wieczorek was born.
An 8-year-old boy was clipped by a car Wednesday morning while he was in a crosswalk headed to Gertie Belle Rogers Elementary School. According to police, Kaelie Fuoss, 17, of Ethan, was arrested for reckless driving and failing to report or stop at an injury accident. Sgt.
A sad love story for one person will help spread some Christmas cheer for others after an anonymous note and engagement ring was dropped in a Salvation Army Red Kettle last week in Mitchell. Unbeknownst to bellringers at Cabela's in Mitchell, one person walked by and slipped a $10 bill into a kettle.
An American Indian driving south of Winner is about to crash. The vehicle rolls into the north ditch, just on the other side of Winner tribal housing, about a quarter-mile south of town. Tripp County law enforcement arrives on scene to discover the victim had been drinking and driving. Before they can arrest the man for DUI, he scampered to the south side of 279th Street, to Rosebud tribal land -- beyond the authority of Tripp County officials. "That has happened several times," said Tripp County Sheriff Chip Schroeder.
HOWARD — A Howard man is now facing three felonies after DNA evidence linked him to a 2012 burglary. Shane Muth, 37, was arrested Tuesday and is charged with second-degree burglary, grand theft and intentional damage to property for his ties to a 2012 break-in at Maroney's Bar in Howard. He is being held at Lake County Jail. Court documents state that lottery machines and safes were damaged during a break-in, and money was taken from the machines and one safe.
A Mitchell man was seriously injured in a crash early Saturday morning in Hanson County. Justin Iburg, 24, was driving north on 416th Avenue, a paved road that crosses the James River, west of Alexandria in Hanson County. Around 2:30 a.m., Iburg's vehicle drifted off the west side of the road and struck a metal guard rail, said Hanson County Sheriff Randy Bartlett. "In the process of the collision, the driver's-side door was torn off the vehicle," Bartlett said.
With a quick look at Maggie, a 5-year-old yellow labrador retriever, one would think she's a calm, friendly house dog who loves to get her belly scratched. But there's one clue that shows she's different than your normal, cuddly canine. Her collar reads "accelerant detection K-9." In short, she's an arson dog. Maggie is partnered with Chris Konrad, a South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) agent in Mitchell.