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HOWARD -- A behemoth building on Howard's Main Street will spring to life this fall during hunting season. Formerly known as Maroney Commons, the Howard Hotel and Conference Center is already booked for the first two weeks of hunting season in South Dakota, said Judy Shaw, executive director of Judy Shaw Foundation. "We're looking to really add to the quality of service and living in the whole region," Shaw said. Shaw is also senior pastor at Center of Life Church in Sioux Falls, which purchased the hotel, conference center and restaurant complex in August. Maroney Commons and the Rural Le
It's been exactly one year since Rachel Cyriacks was last seen. The Woonsocket woman, who was 30 at the time of her abduction, was reported missing in early December. Searches of the area, surveillance footage and interviews have turned up nothing. Authorities fear the worst. "I'm not thinking we will find her alive," said Sanborn County Sheriff Tom Fridley in a Wednesday interview with The Daily Republic. "We've talked to the family and they have had the same feeling.
South Dakota Lottery will make an announcement in Pierre today regarding the $1 million Powerball ticket sold in Mitchell in October. The person or people who bought the winning ticket have not yet been identified because they haven't received their winnings, said Kelly Thompson, director of advertising and public relations for the South Dakota Lottery. The winner or winners could choose to remain anonymous, Thompson said, but she declined to comment on whether there was one winner or multiple winners, or where they are from. "That will all be in a press release tomorrow," Thompson said Mon
WAGNER — A Charles Mix County Sheriff's Deputy used his duty weapon to fire six rounds into a suspect's vehicle and was nearly run over, according to court documents recently obtained by The Daily Republic. Russell Duaine Turner Jr., 40, of Wagner, is accused of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, distribution of a controlled substance to a minor — methamphetamine, possession of a controlled substance and ingestion of a controlled substance. Those accusations stem from an incident that occurred in the early morning hours of Oct.
Researchers can look forward to having better access to some historical South Dakota newspapers without having to drive to Pierre or a local library. The South Dakota Historical Society has been working with the Minnesota Historical Society using a federal grant to begin digitizing 100 rolls of its newspaper microfilm, said Chelle Somsen, state archivist. "We have to select newspapers that have an end date of 1922, so it'll be earlier newspapers that qualify," Somsen said.
WHITE LAKE -- An unexplainable flash of light and comforting gestures from unseen hands are the only proof Bayley Kroupa needs to believe an old friend accompanied her one last time as she won a national livestock show competition. Months before her friend Nick Reimann died in a plane crash in late April, he told Kroupa, "I'm going to hang you a banner with this steer." The Kroupas, of White Lake, and Reimanns, of Ree Heights, have been family friends for years, 18-year-old Bayley Kroupa said, noting she can remember knowing Nick Reimann when she was "teeny tiny." Among all the cattle Reiman
Three of the state's highest judges are up for re-election on Nov. 4. Fifteen judges in The Daily Republic's coverage area are running unopposed and two men in the Third Circuit are vying for one position on the bench. While circuit judges are elected by the people of South Dakota, the Supreme Court justices are appointed by the governor because it is a nonpolitical office.
CHAMBERLAIN -- Motorists on the back roads between Huron and Chamberlain stopped to take photos Wednesday of a U.S. Air Force plane being transported to the South Dakota Veterans Park in Chamberlain. The T-33 Trainer was on display at the Huron VFW for 40 years, but will now make its home in Chamberlain. It's going to be located near Interstate 90. "If you're driving on the interstate and you don't see that plane, you shouldn't be driving," said Tim Thomas, Chamberlain city commissioner and chairman of the South Dakota Veterans Park.
Mueller Lumber Co. employees install rafters on Monday afternoon for a nine-unit garage complex west of Whittier Lofts on Second Avenue in Mitchell. Brad Ciavarella, of Ciavarella Design and one of the investors in refurbishing Whittier Lofts, said the nine garages are single stalls and the loft residents can choose to rent them. The garages should be completed in a month. Ciavarella said they are also nearly finished with refurbishing the former gymnasium inside the old Whittier School-turned-apartments.
The family of an 18-year-old who died in a September house fire in Mitchell has asked to suspend the demolition of the house to preserve evidence. Mitchell City Attorney Carl Koch told The Daily Republic on Monday that he received the request late last week from a legal representative for the estate of 18-year-old Tylor Kostrzewski, a Kimball native and Mitchell Technical Institute student who died in a Sept. 4 fire in a house at 515 W. Third Ave. Chris Nipe, a Mitchell attorney, is representing the estate, Koch said. "We issued a suspension of the demolition permit until Nov.