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ARMOUR -- A judge set a preliminary hearing for a Delmont man during his initial court appearance in Douglas County Thursday on assault and burglary charges. Elmer Goehring, 42, is accused of assaulting former Douglas County sheriff Tim Simonsen on April 24. Judge Steven Jensen set a preliminary hearing for Goehring for 9 a.m. June 30 in Olivet. Jensen, the presiding judge of the First Judicial Circuit, will appear by ITV from Elk Point. Goehring is charged with one class 2 felony count of burglary for entering Simonsen's home intending to commit a crime.
The medical condition of a key witness in a federal bribery case against the Crow Creek tribal chairman has led the U.S. Court to continue the trial until Aug. 1. It was set to begin June 7. The United States moved on May 27 to reschedule the trial against Duane Big Eagle Sr. because witness Archie Baumann is being treated for cancer. Baumann, who was a contractor doing business at the Crow Creek Reservation, allegedly gave money to Big Eagle as a bribe. According to U.S.
SPRINGFIELD -- A group of residents in Springfield is working to honor veterans with a memorial in a local park. Connie Allen, chairperson of the Springfield Veterans Memorial Committee, said the city has never had a memorial other than a small plaque on the main street, which came from the former college campus. The committee organized in October 2010 and the project quickly snowballed as the community rallied behind the idea. "It has just gone like gangbusters," said Allen, who is also a member of the American Legion Auxiliary.
Voters in some area communities went to the polls Tuesday to elect city council and school board members. Following are unofficial results. Montrose city: Paul Klaudt won by a margin of two votes, 27-25, against Monica Johnson in Ward I. Doris Sager received the most votes, 25-16, in Ward II against Bruce Krier. The City Council will canvass votes at its regular June 14 meeting. Kimball city: Jesse Baker will begin his term as a Kimball city councilman June 6, after the city canvasses votes. Baker defeated Duane Overweg with 23 votes compared to Overweg's 16.
KIMBALL -- Two weeks after her mother fought to keep her alive in a submerged vehicle, little Keeva Brennan, 1, is breathing on her own, no longer on a feeding tube and should go home today. On May 25, Yesenia Brennan, of Kimball, was driving her daughters, Keeva and Elena, 4, to daycare when their vehicle flipped into a ditch off a gravel road. Yesenia's husband, Mark Brennan, said the loose gravel caused Yesenia to lose control. The road is currently being used as a shortcut while state Highway 45 is being repaved.
Mitchell City Council incumbent Dan Allen won his second full term representing Ward 2 by beating newcomer Tim Moon in Tuesday's election. "I heard I won. I was surprised it was that wide of a margin," Allen said Tuesday evening. Allen received 345 votes for a 73 percent victory, while Moon received 128 votes, or 27 percent. Voter turnout for the ward was not immediately reported by election officials, but citywide turnout for the election was 23.4 percent. Allen, 51, was appointed to a vacant seat on the council in 2006 and elected to a three-year term in 2008.
Some area school districts and cities will hold elections today. All polling places are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Following are summaries of races with more than one candidate. McCook Central School District: Four candidates are vying for three, three-year terms. Incumbent David Eichacker, currently board president, is running for re-election. Newcomers Paul Larson, Joni Wagner and Peggy Butzke are also running. Incumbents Carla Eichacker and Tim Kirby chose not to run for re-election. Residents can vote at the school's library.
ARMOUR -- The Douglas County Commission recently appointed a new emergency manager after Neal Moad resigned at the end of April. Commission members said they did not receive a written resignation from Moad, who is also the Armour police chief. "My office did not receive a resignation, statement or letter," said Gary Denke, county auditor. However, Moad said he submitted a written resignation at least 2½ weeks prior to his resignation.
Mitchell Area Right to Life shared a video with about 100 people Sunday to show that abortion is not the only choice in a crisis pregnancy. "Our whole purpose is education," said Valerie Johnson, South Dakota Right to Life education coordinator and vice president of the organization. The video, "Blood Money: The Business of Abortion," interconnected history and real-life commentary from both former abortion doctors and clinic operators, and women who have had abortions. It was shown at the Davison County Fairgrounds near Mitchell.
Aberdeen's mayor told Mitchell's Rotary Club on Thursday at the Ramada that a city manager has been a great addition for the northeastern South Dakota city. Voters in Mitchell will decide Tuesday whether to add a city manager to city government. Aberdeen Mayor Mike Levsen said there is a misperception in Mitchell that a city manager will be similar to a king. Levsen said that's not true. "A city manager is an employee," he said. The council directs a city manager in what to do, he said, whereas a mayor doesn't have to take direction from the council.