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LAKE ANDES -- Blue tarps and yellow flags dotted the golf course at Randall Hills Golf Club in Pickstown the evening of July 8, 2013. Those tarps covered body parts from Rob Klumb and Maegan Spindler, employees of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Pierre. Klumb, 46, of Pierre, and Spindler, 25, of Cazenovia, N.Y., died that day when a Dodge Caravan collided with them at highway speed in the parking lot of the Dakota Inn at Pickstown. The van was driven by Ronald Fischer Jr., now 30, of Lake Andes. "Rob was great to work for.
Mitchell police are searching for the driver of a vehicle that led police on a high-speed pursuit late Saturday night. Officer Russ Stevenson attempted to pull over a vehicle at 12th Avenue on Main Street around 10:48 p.m. Saturday for speeding, according to Officer Pat Marler, the supervising officer for the Mitchell Police Division on Monday afternoon. From 12th Avenue, the pursuit increased to speeds above 100 mph near the Mitchell Campground. At one point, the pursuit doubled back and the vehicles headed south into Mitchell. Stevenson terminated the pursuit at 10:50 p.m.
Their romance began in an airplane. D.J. Fischer and Megan (Grove) Fischer, met at South Dakota State University and had a passion for the school. Their first date was spent in a plane, flying over campus. Megan admits she must have seemed nervous on the plane during that date, because just after takeoff, D.J. put his hand on her knee and "made everything seem so right," she explained. The couple eventually got engaged while flying in D.J.'s Piper Lance airplane, and they were married six weeks ago in Mexico. On Sunday evening, a single-engine plane piloted by D.J.
A man was arrested Wednesday afternoon after wielding a gun in downtown Mitchell in the early morning hours. Wesley Sudbeck, 26, of Mitchell, made suicidal comments to a friend in the early morning hours Wednesday, said Lyndon Overweg, Mitchell chief of public safety. "He was arrested for obstructing an officer," Overweg said. The offense is a misdemeanor. The friend called police around 1:30 a.m.
With few therapists available and no support groups in the state, a Mitchell woman overcoming anorexia took the advice of her California recovery therapist. Tiffany Fraser, 33, will begin leading an eating disorder support group in June, the first of its kind in South Dakota. She has organized Courage to Confront, which covers all eating disorders for people who have been diagnosed or who think they may have an eating disorder. Fraser returned in February from an eight-month treatment program for anorexia and alcoholism in California. "One of my biggest concerns was there are no support me
A Mount Vernon man is still waiting for the person who murdered his father to be executed 35 years after the incident happened. Kenny Helgeland, now of Mount Vernon, was supposed to be with his father, Maynard, the day he was killed in Omaha. "I remember that day very well," Kenny said in an interview with The Daily Republic. "We got up and had breakfast at a restaurant and usually we drove cab together." Instead, on Aug. 27, 1979, Kenny went to horse races in Lincoln, Neb., with a friend while Maynard went to work as usual.
With children, patience is a must. As a child care provider, Rose Menning knows that better than most. Patience and a love of children have helped Menning operate her in-home day care in Mitchell for 27 years. Menning said recently that she is seeing a change in the way child care providers operate. She explained it used to be a place to drop children during the day and let the kids interact with each other.
ALEXANDRIA -- Educators throughout South Dakota want to improve the way their students learn. A group of 60 educators met this week at Granite Springs Lodge outside Alexandria to develop a better system of evaluating student needs. "It's about what's going to be good for kids," said Sandy Arseneault, president of the South Dakota Education Association and a teacher in the Custer School District. The educators arrived at the lodge Sunday for the conference, which ends today, to each begin developing their student learning objectives, or SLOs. After House Bill 1234 failed in the 2012 South D
CHAMBERLAIN -- A Gann Valley woman convicted of killing a 4-year-old boy in 2013 will spend at least the next 65 years in prison. Donika Gonzales, 23, was sentenced Tuesday for beating to death Mason Naser in February 2013. She entered the courtroom handcuffed and in plain clothes, her expression stoic. Judge Bruce Anderson sentenced her to 130 years in prison for first-degree manslaughter and 15 years in prison for aggravated assault. Judge Anderson said Gonzales must serve half of her sentence before becoming eligible for parole.
Six days after his 19th birthday, Mitchell resident Charles Dawes was captured by the Germans during World War II. On the night of Nov. 28, 1944, Dawes and the 103rd Infantry with the 7th Army had been in Germany for just over a month. "We'd gotten hit that day with mortar fire," Dawes told The Daily Republic. "I was a replacement and we were heavily hit that night again." Dawes, 88, said he wasn't supposed to be with the group that was captured on the front lines. He turned 19 years old while on the front lines and became a prisoner of war in the early morning hours of Nov.