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PLATTE -- After spending a few years away from her home state, Jennifer Gilbertz came back to South Dakota seeing -- or, rather, smelling -- things from a new perspective. Scents have now become an integral part of her life as she creates new smells every day. The White Lake native opened The Prairie Perfumery and Boutique in February at Platte. The business features an antique table from her father's barn at White Lake. The table is the center of Gilbertz's work, as it and shelves behind it contain essential oils and other materials she uses to make perfumes and colognes.
Proposed legislative redistricting for South Dakota would place Jerauld County with Davison and Aurora to constitute District 20. A special committee made up of 15 legislators has been hashing out new districts all summer. The change is required after new census data was released. State Rep. Lance Carson, RMitchell, and Rep. Tona Rozum, RMitchell, said they don't see a problem with Jerauld County joining Aurora and Davison.
KIMBALL -- Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway is negotiating to operate massive trains on the state-owned rail line that runs from Mitchell to Chamberlain. The trains, known as shuttles, would consist of 110 cars dedicated to quickly moving hundreds of thousands of bushels of grain over long distances in a matter of hours, said Bruce Lindholm, the rail program manager for the state Department of Transportation. Burlington Northern is negotiating with Dakota Southern Railway, which has a lease from the state to operate the Mitchell-to-Chamberlain line.
A proposed dairy in Hanson County received its water-rights permit Wednesday after an hour-long reconsideration hearing in front of the state Water Management Board in Pierre. The board decided to deny a motion by a group of Hanson County residents to reconsider the issue, said Eric Gronlund, natural resources engineer for the South Dakota Water Rights Program. Some Hanson County residents requested the hearing, arguing that an original notice did not comply with statutory requirements and another notice was deficient, said R.
ALEXANDRIA -- Wessington Springs School Superintendent Lance Witte was sentenced Wednesday to eight days in jail for a driving under the influence arrest in August. Witte was pulled over on Interstate 90 Aug. 5 in Hanson County for driving erratically and arrested for DUI. This is his second DUI conviction in the last 10 years and his fifth overall (the other DUIs were in the early 1990s). A third DUI in the current 10-year period would be charged as a felony instead of a misdemeanor. In a field sobriety test during the most recent arrest, he registered a 0.157 blood alcohol level.
CHAMBERLAIN -- An addition to the Akta Lakota Museum at St. Joseph's Indian School will benefit alumni and current students alike, according to the school's executive director. Officials, alumni and students recently held a groundbreaking the approximately $3 million museum addition and alumni center on campus. The Rev. Stephen Huffstetter, executive director at St. Joseph's, is excited about the projects. The idea for the project started about four years ago when officials knew they needed more climate-controlled space for the museum.
Dozens of ranchers asked the South Dakota Supreme Court on Monday in Mitchell to reinstate their lawsuit seeking state compensation for damage from prairie dogs. The case was one of three heard by the South Dakota Supreme Court during the first of three days of oral arguments in the Sherman Center on the Dakota Wesleyan University campus. The court travels around the state each year to hear arguments and allow the public better access to its proceedings.
A Mardi Gras theme brought people streaming onto Mitchell's Main Street Saturday morning for Dakota Wesleyan University's homecoming parade. Floats of all shapes and sizes drove slowly down the street, with parade participants giving candy to smiling children on a pleasant fall day, Marching bands from area schools provided enthusiastic music, bringing many children to the edge of the street to dance. Others clapped and cheered as the bands marched past them. Evan Doorn, 3, of Mitchell, enjoyed almost every entry that made its way by the Corn Palace.
WAGNER -- More than 400 people cheered and applauded the newly inducted members of the Yankton Sioux Tribe Business and Claims Committee Friday in Wagner. Speakers expressed the importance of leadership, unity and a stronger government. Incoming chairman Thurman Cournoyer Sr. stated he plans to bring the tribal council back to a place of honor by providing transparency, better law and policy enforcement and promoting the tribe's heritage.
MOUNT VERNON -- Two people who mean a lot to Mount Vernon will be inducted into the Heroes' Field Courtyard prior to the homecoming football game tonight. Carol Johnson, a community member and avid volunteer, and the late Robert Mathis, who was declared missing in action during the Korean War, will receive the honor this year.