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The Mitchell Area Safehouse received 2,880 calls on the organization's crisis hotline in 2013. "That's startling," said Marilyn Haley, executive director of the safehouse, in an interview Wednesday with The Daily Republic. Also in 2013, the safehouse served 154 adults and children who needed shelter at the safehouse. At any given time, the organization has capacity for 25 people. "Sometimes we double up," said Coleen Smith, shelter coordinator, adding there are seven rooms. "Right now, it seems when someone leaves, we turn around and admit someone that night.
Kevin Karhoff loved music, and it showed in his everyday life. First Reformed Church lost its worship leader Saturday when Karhoff, 47, died after a battle with T-cell lymphoma. Karhoff came to Mitchell in 2010 with his wife, Kim, and their seven adopted children. In 2011, he was diagnosed with T-cell lymphoma, had a bone marrow transplant and was declared cancer-free in 2012. The cancer returned in spring 2014, said the Rev. Dean Ulmer, lead pastor at First Reformed Church.
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
GANN VALLEY -- A Gann Valley couple who gained grandparental visitation rights of their granddaughter may lose them after the child's mother and therapist say the child isn't safe at the grandparents' house. John and Mary Naser received visitation rights through a court order in August 2011.
What some view as a novelty, David Finnell sees as an opportunity to help others. Hookah pipes were the center of controversy a couple years ago in South Dakota when an indoor commercial smoking ban was put in place by the Legislature. Hookah parlors in Rapid City fought to keep their place in the community, and won. However, in Mitchell, the pipes -- which are intended to be used to smoke blended tobacco -- are available only in one shop. "We wanted to promote a more healthy lifestyle," Finnell said.
A man died from Ebola Wednesday morning in Dallas, but that doesn't concern medical officials in South Dakota as much as the flu and enterovirus. Avera Health Systems has protocol in place to handle anyone who comes in with Ebola, including at Avera Queen of Peace Hospital in Mitchell. "All our hospitals have isolation negative air pressure rooms," said Jay Gravholt, public relations for Queen of Peace.
WESSINGTON SPRINGS — A principal in Wessington Springs said dozens of elementary school students are home sick with stomach flu-like symptoms. Jason Kolousek is the K-12 principal in Wessington Springs. He said about 40 students were absent from school Wednesday, the majority of them due to illness. He estimates 70 percent of them have stomach flu-like symptoms. The school district has about 300 students. "I wouldn't say this happens yearly," Kolousek said of the high number of students out sick at once.
A Clark man was sent to jail Tuesday after he appeared in court regarding a probation violation. Chance Terrill, 21, in August denied he violated his probation. He was sentenced in January to a suspended three-year prison term and given 90 days in jail for possessing cocaine. He pleaded guilty to the charge in December after a urine test showed he had cocaine in his system. Terrill was scheduled for a 3 p.m. court trial Tuesday, but went before Judge Tim Bjorkman at about 10:15 a.m. Terrill told Bjorkman he was going to speak with an attorney Tuesday.
A Mitchell woman who was involved in a meth lab in July was sentenced Tuesday to jail time and a suspended prison term. Susan Normile, 20, will spend 180 days in jail for a possession of a controlled substance conviction. She pleaded guilty to the charge in August. The meth lab was discovered July 8 after a report of a theft of electricity brought police to an apartment building at 814 N. Winsor in Mitchell. Normile was living at the apartment with Donald Kindt, 39, and a 1-year-old child.