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PLANKINTON -- A couple who came to Plankinton during desperate times is helping the community rebuild its economy. Ten years ago, Plankinton suffered the closure of the State Training School, and the public school was destroyed by a gas-related explosion that killed two people.
Mitchell's city attorney is attempting to recover more than $50,000 from a former employee who failed to file and pay federal taxes on behalf of his law practice. From 2007 through June of this year, Roxane Tegethoff, who was a bookkeeper for Randy Stiles' law practice in Mitchell did not file Internal Revenue Service Form 941, the Employer's Quarterly Federal Tax Return, which reports employment taxes, withholding amounts, deposit amounts and amounts due to the IRS. Stiles filed a civil complaint Thursday against Tegethoff.
The South Dakota Board of Education approved Monday the implementation of a new program next fall at Mitchell Technical Institute. The board gathered at MTI's south campus for its November meeting, after which the board toured the facility. MTI proposed a farm power technology two-year program to provide skilled workers for farm equipment dealerships. The program will train students for entry-level positions.
An annual tradition on Mitchell's Main Street is once again a great spectacle through a generous donation from a local couple. Larry and Sharon Pietz, of rural Mitchell, planted about 60 pine trees 28 years ago to help create a shelter-belt on their farm northwest of the city.
TYNDALL -- A circuit judge ordered defense and prosecuting attorneys Wednesday to determine whether medical records released in the murder case against a Tyndall man. In a previous motion, defense attorneys Tim Whalen, of Lake Andes, and Scott Podhradsky, of Wagner, requested on behalf of Chris Miller, 37, the release of his wife Stacy Miller's medical records. However, Stacy Miller's attorney objected to that motion Wednesday at the Bon Homme County Courthouse in Tyndall. "I fail to see how any record would establish anything that could be accomplished in cross-examination," sa
LANE -- A Jerauld County village has lost its grain elevator. Swenson Bros. Grain is in the process of filing bankruptcy. After a meeting with creditors on Tuesday, the company will likely decide to file a Chapter 7 bankruptcy, which will liquidate assets and permanently close the business, said Bruce Gering of the U.S. Trustee's Office in Sioux Falls. The company originally filed bankruptcy on Oct.
A Nebraska man will spend 45 days in the Davison County Jail for a child pornography conviction. Bruce Warnke, 57, received a suspended execution of a prison sentence Tuesday in Mitchell for each of two counts of possessing, manufacturing or distributing child pornography. Each sentence is five years to run concurrently. Warnke brought his computer to Mitchell from Butte, Neb., to a computer repair shop to be repaired in June. An employee there noticed files appearing to depict child pornography and alerted law enforcement.
A Mitchell man has been placed in the care of his parents until proper placement is arranged for his developmental disabilities. Brandon Myears, 27, appeared in court Tuesday for a status hearing with his attorney, Tim Whalen, of Lake Andes. Myears allegedly distributed at least two digital images of child pornography to undercover officers in January. In a September hearing, the court declared Myears incompetent to proceed to trial. Dr.
Though bites and injuries caused by animals have declined in frequency this year in Mitchell, a local official said they've occurred at a rate of about one per week for the past few years. While some bites come from wild animals -- feral cats, raccoons, opossums -- most are suffered from dogs. A Nov. 6 incident is one of the most recent examples of potentially dangerous animal activity in the city. Animal Control Officer John Parker followed up on the incident in which a 15-year-old girl suffered a laceration to her head.
At least seven athletes at Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell were recently convicted of possession of alcohol by a minor. Football players Jonathan Bane, Kyle Cool, Dimitri Fahey and Roscoe Lee; women's basketball players Amanda Hart and Taylor Piper; and volleyball player Stacie Brinker were all sentenced in magistrate court recently. The players have not been suspended. DWU Athletic Director Curt Hart said the university doesn't have a policy in place regarding underage drinking violations for athletes. "Each coach handles a situation differently," he said.