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PUKWANA -- What started as weekend bar entertainment is now a hugely popular area racing event all summer and into the fall at the Puk U Bar in Pukwana. The Pukwana Crazy Racers started in 2003 with about a half-dozen people racing lawnmowers -- yes, lawnmowers --on a track outside the Puk U Bar. Now, hundreds flock nearly every weekend from May to October to the bar's racetrack to watch more than 30 racers compete for top places in their respective classes. The fastest mowers race at speeds up to 40 mph.
LANE -- Two companies owned by brothers in Woonsocket and Lane have declared bankruptcy but plan to continue serving their customers. Swenson Brothers Grain LLC, in Lane, and Swenson Brothers Partnership, in Woonsocket, voluntarily filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Oct. 17. The companies' activities include grain hauling and a grain elevator in Lane. Chapter 11 allows a debtor to maintain its business and control of assets during the reorganization, which the brothers plan to do, according to their attorney, Thomas Tobin, of Tonner Tobin and King in Aberdeen. According to U.S.
Law enforcement officials are seeking a warrant to search a Mitchell man's car after he was arrested for distributing a controlled substance. Justin Paulson, 31, was arrested in Alexandria Oct. 8 after having allegedly sold one-eighth of an ounce of marijuana to an informant. The informant originally contacted Hanson County Sheriff Randy Bartlett and said Paulson tried to sell marijuana at Platinum Players Club in Mitchell on Sept. 30. In cooperation with law enforcement, the informant bought marijuana from Paulson on Oct.
Although the Mitchell Aquatic Club has been reimbursed for damages caused by a collapsed pool in February 2010, the club's insurance company is suing EZ Pool Products to recover its money. Nautilus Insurance Company filed an amended lawsuit against EZ Pool Products in Davison County in September. Nautilus is alleging negligence, strict liability and breach of warranty against EZ Pool Products, according to court documents.
In the spirit of the season, members, friends, family and others gathered at First Class Wellness and Dance in Mitchell on Saturday to celebrate something that can be very scary. No, this wasn't a Halloween party. Mary Schaefer, owner of First Class, held a Zumbathon to raise awareness of breast cancer, which is celebrated through National Breast Cancer Awareness Month each October. This was the second annual event, from which all funds raised go to the You'll Never Walk Alone breast cancer foundation.
SCOTLAND -- A 20-year passion for perfecting a traditional German dessert has brought a Scotland couple on a journey of patience, challenges and good food. Roger and Lori Pietz started Pietz's Kuchen Kitchen in 2008 and have now opened a retail location in Scotland. Roger is of German descent and Lori comes from a German and Czech background, and it had always been a goal to market the "homemade delight" once they retired, Roger Pietz said. Roger's retirement from a lifelong career in farming came early after a third back surgery.
A Mitchell man pleaded guilty Tuesday to solicitation of a minor. Alec Thraen, 19, was text-messaging a 14-year-old girl on Sept. 19 and 20 regarding prohibited sexual acts, which included having sexual intercourse. According to court records, Thraen was corresponding with the girl, and law enforcement intervened when the issue was brought to them. Investigator Toby Russell posed as the girl with permission from the girl's parents.
The Mitchell man accused of assaulting another man outside Thirsty's Bar pleaded not guilty Tuesday. William Watkins, 34, appeared in court at the Davison County Public Safety Center. Phil Carlson, Watkins' attorney, said Watkins has been incarcerated since Sept. 30, which is when the alleged assault took place. Carlson asked Judge Sean O'Brien for a reduced bond, which is currently set at $30,000 cash. Davison County Assistant State's Attorney Bob O'Keefe said the bond is appropriate, because Watkins is a threat to society. O'Brien agreed and left the bond at $30,000 cash.
A California man pleaded guilty Tuesday to attempting to possess with the intent to distribute less than one-half ounce of marijuana. Caleb Wray, 21, was attending Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell on a football scholarship when he was arrested for attempting to possess more than 1 ounce but less than half a pound of marijuana. Although the state recommended a suspended one-year sentence in the state penitentiary and 60 days in county jail, Judge Sean O'Brien gave Wray 18 months of probation in California and 30 days in the Davison County Jail. On Feb.
A Mount Vernon woman pleaded not guilty Tuesday in Mitchell to aggravated assault. Corey Halweg, 43, was arrested Oct. 9 for assaulting her boyfriend, Dustin Feistner, at his Mitchell residence. During an argument while they were intoxicated, Halweg allegedly went after Feistner with a steak knife and cut his right ear, which required medical attention. Halweg was re-arrested Friday for violating a no-contact bond when she texted Feistner. Donna Bucher, Halweg's attorney, said Halweg accidentally texted Feistner when texting in a circle of friends.