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WOONSOCKET -- A dedicated couple is working to help others improve their health and well-being through a newly rediscovered "superberry." Emily and Richard George, of rural Woonsocket, moved to the area five years ago from Pennsylvania. Richard's aunt had suggested they visit to check out a farm for sale. They fell in love with the landscape and the people, and decided to move away from the hustle and bustle of the city. "We had a goal to start some kind of business to supplement our income," Emily said.
OACOMA -- The Oacoma town board recently upheld its vicious dog ordinance after a resident requested it be amended. Jessica Countryman-Vennard asked the board at the Aug. 15 meeting to amend its ordinance to allow pit bull terriers already living in the city to remain with their owners. The board declined the request and left the existing ordinance in place, which bans various breeds from the city. The only exceptions are for dogs that lived in the city prior to the ordinance's adoption in 1987.
SALEM -- A farm known for decades as Carl B's place is home to about 40 dairy goats and a homebased business named for the owner's grandfather. The idea of raising goats came from Julie Kolbeck's mother and brother. "My mom had always wanted goats. Then my brother had goats," she said. The Kolbecks moved to Carl B's near Salem in 1997 but didn't start raising goats until 2004. Kolbeck, and her husband, Ron, raise Nigerian dwarf and American Alpine goats. They registered the herd as Carl B's.
UPDATED, 10 a.m. A Mitchell man collapsed from an apparent heart attack early this morning at the Moonlight Bar and Lounge and died later at the local hospital. Owner Greg Foster was preparing cash deposits when he reportedly had a heart attack, said John Dean, owner of the nearby Sweet Shoppe and Foster's friend for 25 years. "His wife, Shannon, ran over to get me," he said, saying Foster fell ill around 7:35 a.m. Foster is typically at the bar around 7 a.m. getting ready for the workday, Dean said. A Mitchell ambulance brought Foster to Avera Queen of Peace Hospital.
GREGORY -- Although Gregory has had a commercial club for several years, community leaders decided it was time to take it a step further. They combined forces with Dallas and have formed the Gregory-Dallas Chamber of Commerce and are currently in the process of interviewing prospects for a director, said Doug Pochop. Pochop, among many other volunteers for the chamber, is excited about a new venture to improve the community and surrounding area. "We decided to do a facelift in partnering with Dallas," he said.
PRESHO -- The Lyman County Sheriff 's Office received a call Thursday around 8 a.m. of a man run over by a pickup at a rest stop near Presho. The incident actually occurred shortly before 6 a.m., but wasn't reported until later because the man said he was OK and left the rest area with a friend, said Sheriff Steve Manger. Manger said the man was sleeping on the grass and remains unidentified because the rest stop caretaker, who was driving the pickup, did not get his name. The caretaker told authorities he didn't see the man lying there and ran over him with a pickup.
A Mitchell man pleaded guilty Tuesday to violating the terms of his probation stemming from a 2009 driving under the influence conviction. Joel Amick, 25, was to not drink, and was to attend Alcoholics Anonymous meetings regularly and have a sponsor, and answer questions truthfully at court services appointments. Amick pleaded guilty to breaking each of those conditions. Judge Sean O'Brien ordered Amick to complete the Teen Challenge Program in Brookings and pay court costs and fines.
FULTON -- A proposed 7,000-head dairy is one step closer to being built in Hanson County, but some in the county say opposition to the project is growing. Michael Crinion, of Hanson County Dairy Developers, recently received verbal approval of a water permit application from the state Water Management Board, pending a fact-finding pursuit. A public hearing was held July 13 before the board, according to Eric Gronlund, natural resources engineer. The quasi-legislative, quasi-judicial board is made up of seven citizens appointed by the governor.
An Armour man has been sentenced to 30 days in the Davison County Jail for stealing from his employer. Jason McNinch, 29, admitted Tuesday to stealing $7,000 from Thirsty's Bar in Mitchell in February. "Usually, in a theft of this magnitude, I ask for a pretty heavy sentence," said Davison County State's Attorney Pat Smith. "But today I'm going to leave it up to you, judge." McNinch's attorney, Randy Stiles, said his client is working to make things right by paying all the restitution and confronting his personal issues.
At least three Mitchell residents found blue streaks of paint on their vehicles early Monday morning. Police are attributing it to vandalism. Preliminary reports were that the cars were spray-painted, but later reports said it was more like household paint, said Patrol Sgt. Dave Beintema. "It happened sometime over the nighttime hours," he said Monday afternoon. "Most victims parked their vehicles and then noticed the damage this morning." All the vehicles were parked curbside -- two on the 400 block of East Third Avenue and one on the 500 block of East Third.