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Wednesday, Dakota Wesleyan University is hosting its first McGovern Hunger Summit on campus at the Sherman Center. Leaders, students and hunger activists from South Dakota will gather to learn how they can start a campaign against hunger, according to the university's website. Alisha Vincent, director of the McGovern Center, said the idea to organize a summit specific to hunger and food-insecure people was built while attempting to fulfill the legacy of the late George McGovern. "We know he cared a lot about hunger both domestically and internationally," Vincent said.
A Woonsocket man is accused of pulling a knife on his ex-girlfriend's boyfriend during a fight at an apartment. Joshua Weber, 20, went to his ex-girlfriend's apartment and fought with her new boyfriend, according to court documents. He is charged with aggravated assault, which carries a maximum penalty upon conviction of 15 years in prison and a $30,000 fine. Around 1:30 p.m. March 23, Weber wouldn't stop knocking on his ex-girlfriend's door or leave the apartment building. The ex-girlfriend let him in later to see what he wanted, and Weber searched the apartment to find the new boyfriend.
A Minnesota man who was stopped for speeding on Interstate 90 outside Mitchell was arrested for possessing illegal drugs. Benjamin Wells, 39, Welch, Minn., was driving 93 mph in a 75-mph zone. Trooper John Lord pulled Wells over and noticed him to be nervous.
When Chris Plowe graduated from Mitchell High School in 1978, he never imagined traveling the world. But for the past 25 years, he has been dedicated researching a vaccine for malaria, the blood parasite transmitted by mosquitoes that plagues many developing nations. After high school graduation, Plowe — now a doctor — attended Cornell University, "with a vague notion about going to medical school," he said. He decided to major in philosophy and completed enough courses to qualify for medical school. A summer of working as an operating room technician for Dr.
Neighbors who live near a corporate hog farm south of Mount Vernon again requested Jackrabbit Farms to do something about an alleged odor from its establishment. Representatives from Pipestone System, which manages the hog facility, and Jackrabbit Farms met with about 10 neighbors Thursday afternoon at the Davison County Courthouse in Mitchell. "The microbes in the pit take years to get fully activated, and then the odor will be reduced," said Sean Simpson, general counsel for Pipestone System. Jackrabbit Family Farm swine production unit is where 5,000 sows are expected to produce up to 3,
A man accused of fleeing police, driving drunk and causing a three-vehicle crash in late March pleaded not guilty Tuesday during court at the Davison County Public Safety Center. Charles Reed, 34, of Mitchell, is charged with third-offense drunken driving, aggravated eluding of law enforcement, vehicular battery and injury hit and run. Police say that on March 20, Reed was trying to kick down the door of a Mitchell apartment. When police arrived on scene, Reed allegedly fled and led law enforcement on a chase in which speed was a factor.
LETCHER — Children in Japan will soon experience what it was like to ride in a stagecoach in the Old West. Hansen Wheel and Wagon Shop, located outside of Letcher, will ship a three-quarter sized stagecoach on Wednesday to Fuji Safari Park in Japan. The park is near Susono City, Shizuoka Prefecture, just miles from Mount Fuji. "They have an Old West area in the park, and they wanted this stagecoach to be built pony-sized for children's rides," said Doug Hansen, owner of Hansen Wheel and Wagon.
Soil preparation is key for beginning gardeners, whether you plan to grow flowers or foliage. Brenda Bode, a master gardener near Mount Vernon, said soil around the Mitchell area is a loam mix, which is good for gardening. If the soil has been undisturbed, it'll be good to work with. If the soil has been compacted, adding good topsoil will help create a better base. "As a rule of thumb, you don't want to take soil out. You want to work with what's naturally there and amend it," Bode said.
Extensive background checks and direct access to criminal records have rendered it useless for local and state law enforcement to keep a running list of officers' petty offenses. The Mitchell Police Division is no exception. "Some officers have misdemeanor convictions," wrote Lyndon Overweg, chief of public safety, in an email to The Daily Republic.
As the interstate speed limit is set to increase to 80 mph Wednesday, officials say only time will tell whether crashes will increase, too. Lee Axdahl, director of the South Dakota Department of Public Safety, said the number of overall crashes in the state has gone down since the previous speed limit increase. "Everything is trending down, but it takes more than just a month or two to see if some trend is actually working. That's what we'll keep an eye on statistically," Axdahl said. Gov.