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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.
MOUNT VERNON -- A $3.1 million sanitary sewer replacement project is more than half completed in Mount Vernon. City Finance Director Brenda McPeek said H&W Contracting, of Sioux Falls, is working on the sewer pipes and David VanDerPol Construction, of Harrison, is working on two new lagoons west of town. "It's been moving really well," McPeek said. "They're ahead of schedule." Throughout most of the construction, crews have been fortunate to have dry conditions. From Aug. 15 through the beginning of October, the area received 0.02 inches of rain.
Mitchell police are looking for a male subject who allegedly exposed his genitals and touched himself in view of a female pedestrian Saturday morning. A 50-year-old woman was walking her dog at 9:30 a.m. Saturday when she noticed a male walking behind her and watching her on the 700 block of West Fourth Avenue. When she stopped, the male walked to an area between two houses across the street. He continued to watch the woman as he exposed his genitals and touched himself, according to information gathered by police. "It was such a bold act that we're kind of concerned," said Detective Lt.
ALEXANDRIA -- A group of citizens has filed two legal actions in an attempt to prevent the creation of a large-scale dairy operation in Hanson County. The Concerned Citizens of Hanson County, through its attorney R. Shawn Tornow, of Sioux Falls, has filed an appeal regarding a water permit for the proposed Hanson County Dairy, which is spearheaded by Michael Crinion, of Brookings. The state Water Management Board approved Crinion's request for a water permit on July 13. Then, on Oct.
PLATTE -- After spending a few years away from her home state, Jennifer Gilbertz came back to South Dakota seeing -- or, rather, smelling -- things from a new perspective. Scents have now become an integral part of her life as she creates new smells every day. The White Lake native opened The Prairie Perfumery and Boutique in February at Platte. The business features an antique table from her father's barn at White Lake. The table is the center of Gilbertz's work, as it and shelves behind it contain essential oils and other materials she uses to make perfumes and colognes.