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A homeless man received four years in the South Dakota State Penitentiary on a forgery charge. Jeffery Koczynski, 22, violated his probation twice prior to this sentence. He was supposed to be in Brookings attending the Teen Challenge program. Instead, he disappeared and the Davison County Sheriff's Office had to recover him. Davison County State's Attorney Pat Smith requested the five-year sentence Tuesday during court proceedings in Mitchell, because that was a suspended imposition from the prior probation violation.
A Mitchell man received prison time Tuesday for violating probation, possession of a controlled substance and identity theft, which are all felony offenses. Joshua Lomme, 21, admitted to violating his probation on a burglary charge, using a credit card belonging to someone else and possessing a controlled substance. Judge Sean O'Brien sentenced Lomme to three years in the South Dakota State Penitentiary with one year suspended for violating his probation, two years in prison for the identity theft charge, and five years with three suspended for possessing a controlled substance.
Mitchell's Historic Commercial District is facing a revision as the South Dakota State Historic Preservation Office implements new requirements. The Mitchell Historic Preservation Commission met without a quorum Wednesday at City Hall to talk about the proposal. Commission member and downtown businessman Jeff Logan said the state office made a drastic proposal with insufficient and inaccurate information. He added that the state is trying to remove too many buildings and sections of the historic district. "We want to make sure some of what we think needs to remain stays," he said.
Much of the corn across South Dakota is looking good for this harvest season, experts say, despite extreme weather throughout planting and growth. The season began wet, with flooding in many areas. Summer temperatures in the high 90s and into the 100s helped dry out most fields. The temperatures also helped crops catch up to where they should be, said Lisa Richardson, executive director of the South Dakota Corn Growers Association. "The corn crop looks better than the nation's," she said.
SCOTLAND -- Despite losing 3½ fingers from his left hand at the age of 3, Wilbur Foss, of Scotland, has spent the last 35 years fiddling lefthanded. He was recently inducted into the South Dakota Country Music Hall of Fame not only for his fiddling abilities, but for having organized the long-standing South Dakota Old Time Fiddle Contest. His life was much different before learning to play. Foss, 90, didn't learn how to fiddle until he was 55 because of what he calls his "handicap." His great-grandfather, grandfather and father all fiddled.
LETCHER -- A film crew from the cable television show "How It's Made" was filming this week at the Hansen Wheel and Wagon Shop in rural Letcher. The shop will be featured on two to three segments of the Discovery Channel program. Doug Hansen, owner of Hansen Wheel and Wagon, said the show's producers contacted him by e-mail about two months ago. "I thought, 'Hey this is pretty cool,' " he said. "They've had us on the radar for about six years." Hansen has been a fan of the show for a while and was excited when they asked to film at his business.
ARMOUR -- A California man was sentenced to five months in county jail Thursday at the Douglas County Courthouse for two counts of simple assault stemming from a July Fourth incident in Armour. Brandon Boeding, 19, will serve his sentence at the Charles Mix County Jail in Lake Andes, less the 74 days he's already served. Once that sentence is complete, he will be sent back to California for a two-year probationary period under the terms of an interstate compact. Boeding assaulted a 15-year-old girl in Armour during the city's 125th anniversary celebration weekend.
PUKWANA -- As state and national pollution standards get stricter, feedlot owners are continuing to upgrade the way they operate. Members of the South Dakota Nonpoint Source Task Force got a close-up look at some of those upgrades Wednesday when they toured two self-contained feedlots in Brule and Charles Mix counties. Charles Swanson, a cattle producer near Pukwana, started on his project a few years ago. He got in touch with Rocky Knippling, project coordinator for the Lewis and Clark 319 Project, to secure funding.
WOONSOCKET -- Officials broke ground Monday on a $3.3 million renovation and addition project at a Woonsocket nursing home. Officials from Prairie View Care Center have worked with the Sanborn County Development Corp., the Small Business Administration, Santel Communications and CorTrust Bank to make the project a reality. "We're just really excited about this," said Darren Swenson, president of Sanborn County Development Corp., which owns the building.
Ron Beavers insists there is more skill involved in IndyCar racing than NASCAR, although he admits he may get himself in trouble for saying that. Beavers spoke to a group of students Friday in the History of American Sports class at Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell. Beavers, 78, is a California native who moved to Gregory in 1993. His son, Aaron, was the head football coach for the Gregory high school football team. While visiting him in the early 1990s, the father and son went to a house auction.