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By ANNA JAUHOLA The Daily Republic The Kimball School District is in arbitration this week over problems with a school building constructed in 2004. Retired Judge Gene Paul Kean was named the arbitrator in 2010 after the district filed a civil lawsuit against Swift Contractors of Sioux Falls, the company that constructed the school.
AURORA COUNTY -- A Plankinton native raffled a quarter section of land last weekend to help fund programs that meet the medical needs of the under-served in South Dakota. Dr. Annette Bosworth bought the 160 acres of land on her wedding day 14 years ago -- a piece of land that's been in her family for 150 years. As of Monday afternoon, Bosworth said she'd heard the raffle winner, David Entmer, of Sioux Falls, planned to accept ownership of the land.
After a 2.57-inch rainfall over the weekend, farmers are anxious for the ground to dry up so planting can begin. According to the National Weather Service in Sioux Falls, the Mitchell area received 0.4 of an inch of rain Friday, 0.52 of an inch Saturday and 1.65 inches Sunday. Farmers will likely start planting toward the end of this week or early next week, said Chad Blindauer, president of the South Dakota Corn Utilization Council and a Mitchell farmer. "By the time it dries up, it'll be time to get planting," he said. Larry Wagner, an Extension agronomy field specialist
The former Whittier School building at Second Avenue and Sanborn Boulevard in Mitchell has been cleared out, and new owners are preparing to tackle a renovation. Former owners Boyd and Kay Reimnitz transferred the deed to Whittier Lofts LLC for $175,000 on Monday, according to the Davison County Register of Deeds Office. Ross and Amber Determan, and Brad and Karol Ciavarella, all of Mitchell, are the initial members of Whittier Lofts LLC. The tentative plan is to put apartments in the building, and Ciavarella Design plans to locate its offices in the building. "If we can he
ARMOUR -- A Delmont couple arrested in January on felony drug charges pleaded guilty Thursday to possession and keeping a place for the use or sale of a controlled substance. Brent and Devon Loneman, husband and wife, were arrested Jan. 24 after law enforcement officers conducted a search warrant and found methamphetamine in their home at 306 W. Main St. in Delmont. The hearing Thursday at the Douglas County Courthouse was set for 9:30 a.m., but was postponed for an hour while Brent Loneman's lawyer, Scott Podhradsky, of Wagner, apprised his client about a plea agreement arrangement.
WINNER -- Area residents vented concerns about the U.S. Postal Service during a town hall meeting Tuesday with Sen. John Thune in Winner. About 30 people attended the meeting to visit with the South Dakota Republican, who also presented his views on the economy and national debt. Ken Fay, a New Witten resident in Tripp County, said the town and its 84 residents have spent money to restore the post office building and is scheduled to close. "I don't like being a pawn in a chess game between the Postal Service and Congress," Fay said.
WINNER -- Among several area towns that will hold elections Tuesday, Winner is one of two that will have a measure on the ballot. Residents in Winner will vote on Ordinance 808, which would limit the mayor's hiring and firing abilities. An event in early 2011 sparked the change when Mayor Jess Keesis dismissed Police Chief Paul Schueth without council approval, which current law allows. Should voters pass Ordinance 808, the mayor would no longer have the power to simply dismiss city employees without council approval.
Two Mitchell Technical Institute students are in Davison County Jail after Mitchell police arrested them for huffing canned air and crashing a vehicle. Martin Bruce, 22, of Blaine, Minn., was driving a tan 2002 Kia Spectra east on Spruce Street by the north MTI campus when he blacked out and his vehicle left the road, said Officer Pat Marler. Bruce's vehicle hit a railroad warning sign, a mailbox, telephone junction box and a 6-foot-tall by 8-foot-wide MTI campus sign.
The Mitchell Wesleyan Church started in 1924 with a few people gathering in an upper floor of a downtown building. Now, the steadily growing congregation has outgrown its facility. In the first weeks of May, Palace Builders will begin demolishing the sanctuary, which sits on the south side of the fellowship hall along Sanborn Boulevard. "We're just busting out of the seams," said Chad Glanzer, building chair for the church board.
A former Mitchell man who died during Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2008 will soon receive the Bronze Star for Valor. U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Jeremy Vrooman, who grew up in Mitchell from third to 11th grade, has been deemed a hero by soldiers he led into a mission July 15, 2008. The Bronze Star for Valor is awarded for an act of merit and includes a V on the ribbon, which is awarded for heroism. The award is the fourth-highest combat award given in the U.S. Armed Forces, and the ninth-highest military award.