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A Mardi Gras theme brought people streaming onto Mitchell's Main Street Saturday morning for Dakota Wesleyan University's homecoming parade. Floats of all shapes and sizes drove slowly down the street, with parade participants giving candy to smiling children on a pleasant fall day, Marching bands from area schools provided enthusiastic music, bringing many children to the edge of the street to dance. Others clapped and cheered as the bands marched past them. Evan Doorn, 3, of Mitchell, enjoyed almost every entry that made its way by the Corn Palace.
WAGNER -- More than 400 people cheered and applauded the newly inducted members of the Yankton Sioux Tribe Business and Claims Committee Friday in Wagner. Speakers expressed the importance of leadership, unity and a stronger government. Incoming chairman Thurman Cournoyer Sr. stated he plans to bring the tribal council back to a place of honor by providing transparency, better law and policy enforcement and promoting the tribe's heritage.
MOUNT VERNON -- Two people who mean a lot to Mount Vernon will be inducted into the Heroes' Field Courtyard prior to the homecoming football game tonight. Carol Johnson, a community member and avid volunteer, and the late Robert Mathis, who was declared missing in action during the Korean War, will receive the honor this year.
ALEXANDRIA -- Some Hanson County residents are worried about the possible impact of a proposed dairy in Hanson County.
Several local residents voiced their opinions of how to improve tourism, the Corn Palace and surrounding area at a public input meeting Tuesday. Tourism-Corn Palace Area Development Work Group Chairman Doug Dailey emceed the hour-long meeting, which about 60 people attended. Dailey introduced Tom Meyer from Meyer Scherer & Rockcastle, Minneapolis, to explain what the firm will do during a study on tourism and the Corn Palace. The study will show options of adding onto and improving the building.
The First United Methodist Church in Mitchell began its modern outreach Fusion Worship program Sunday at the Sherman Center on the Dakota Wesleyan University campus. The church and university have been collaborating on how to better reach 18- to 35-year-olds and encourage them to attend church. "It's designed to encourage the development of faith of head and heart," said Brandon Vetter, campus pastor at DWU.
A University of South Dakota professor ended up the target of a lawsuit filed last month in Davison County after he published poetry that was allegedly based on his attraction to a former USD student. Edward Allen, an associate professor of English, first encountered Suzi Grace at USD in Vermillion through one of his students, according to court paperwork. Grace was not a student of Allen's, according to the lawsuit, but Allen allegedly became enamored with her, wrote a poem professing his love for her and gave it to her.
TRIPP -- Students at the Tripp-Delmont School are adjusting "really well" to a new cell-phone policy, said Superintendent Lynn Vlasman. The school board approved the policy at its Aug. 8 meeting. The district joins at least 11 others in The Daily Republic's coverage area that have cell-phone policies. The Tripp-Delmont policy states that students must have their cell phones off or set to silent during the school day. It also states students cannot text while walking in the hallways or on stairs.
A Mitchell man will serve a five-year prison sentence for violating the probation of his fourth-offense driving under the influence conviction and receiving a fifth DUI in the process. Anthony Weber, 32, was arrested for DUI on Aug. 12 in Mitchell. The State's Attorney Office also alleged Tuesday in Davison County Court that Weber violated the terms of his probation from a fourth DUI to remain law-abiding by drinking and driving. The Mitchell Police Division cited Weber on Aug. 12 for reckless driving, eluding law enforcement, fifth DUI and driving under revocation.
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.