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ALPENA -- Ronny Kopfmann lost what he called his "million-dollar view" Wednesday night after a tornado destroyed his farm southwest of Alpena. The Jerauld County commissioner has lived on the farm the majority of his life, having been born and raised in the now-obliterated farmhouse and having raised his children there with his wife of 42 years, Linda. "We normally would have sat in the kitchen until the storm passed," Linda said. Instead, Ronny was watching the tornado come from the south near Lane right toward his farmstead. "I thought we better head to the basement," Ronny said Thursday
EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the second of three profiles on the honorary co-chairs for Friday's Heart and Sole Cancer Walk and Run in Mitchell. Cancer took Joni Rasmussen's chance to have children, but she refused to let that define her. The 29-year-old remains as spunky as ever, sporting a short haircut, sassy attitude and a stronger sense of hope she wants to share with others fighting cancer. Rasmussen is one of three co-chairs for this year's Heart and Sole Cancer Walk and Run, which takes place at 6:30 p.m. Friday at the Mitchell Middle School.
Mitchell police arrested a man Wednesday evening after he was reported to be intoxicated at the public library earlier that afternoon. The man's name had not been released when this edition went to press, but he was booked into the Davison County Jail, according to the Mitchell Police Division. Law enforcement also did not release what he was charged with. Because the case is still under investigation, law enforcement would not confirm many details. Officer Mici Bolgrean said police were called to the Mitchell Public Library for an intoxicated male.
A Mitchell woman was sentenced Tuesday to three years in prison for violating her probation. Melissa Livingston, 35, failed to successfully complete the James Valley Drug Court program, which was one of the terms of her probation. She was on probation for a possession of controlled substance conviction. "She's been given numerous chances on probation," said Katie Mallery, assistant South Dakota attorney general, during court Tuesday at the Davison County Public Safety Center. "Drug court was her last chance.
A Mitchell man who admitted to lying during his presentence investigation had to submit to a urinalysis drug test before being sentenced. Ricky Taylor Jr., 19, received jail time for ingesting a controlled substance, methamphetamine, to which he pleaded guilty in May. Before attorneys could make their arguments for sentencing Tuesday during court at the Davison County Public Safety Center, Taylor's attorney, Doug Papendick, made a motion to change a statement in Taylor's presentence investigation. Taylor said in the PSI he had not done meth.
Infectious laughter and a helping hand both describe one of Mitchell's most positive people, according to the Rev.
Children are one of South Dakota's most important investments. And with a 17 percent poverty rate for children in South Dakota, the investment can't wait. That's the message a group of child advocates delivered on Tuesday in Mitchell, highlighting child care and education, and the need for it in the state. "Our message to you today is invest in children, and the earlier you do that, the better," said Dr. Greg Boris, senior policy and program specialist with Voices for Children.
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A man fishing Monday on the James River saw an overturned boat on shore and called his wife about it. She then reported the boat to South Dakota State Radio, and it was later determined it was the same boat that was stolen with its trailer over the weekend from the 1300 block of North Rowley Street in Mitchell. Detective Lt. Don Everson with the Mitchell Police Division said Tuesday the case is still unresolved when he was asked whether police have any suspects. Between 9 p.m. Friday and 6 a.m.
Casey Girard admitted during a psychosexual evaluation to several instances of inappropriate contact with children before he raped a child he babysat. The 23-year-old Mitchell man was sentenced to 35 years in prison during circuit court Tuesday at the Davison County Public Safety Center in Mitchell. Girard pleaded guilty in February to raping a 4-year-old child in November while babysitting that child. "In many ways, this is a very sad story," Judge Tim Bjorkman said during sentencing.