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A man was arrested Wednesday afternoon after wielding a gun in downtown Mitchell in the early morning hours. Wesley Sudbeck, 26, of Mitchell, made suicidal comments to a friend in the early morning hours Wednesday, said Lyndon Overweg, Mitchell chief of public safety. "He was arrested for obstructing an officer," Overweg said. The offense is a misdemeanor. The friend called police around 1:30 a.m.
With few therapists available and no support groups in the state, a Mitchell woman overcoming anorexia took the advice of her California recovery therapist. Tiffany Fraser, 33, will begin leading an eating disorder support group in June, the first of its kind in South Dakota. She has organized Courage to Confront, which covers all eating disorders for people who have been diagnosed or who think they may have an eating disorder. Fraser returned in February from an eight-month treatment program for anorexia and alcoholism in California. "One of my biggest concerns was there are no support me
A Mount Vernon man is still waiting for the person who murdered his father to be executed 35 years after the incident happened. Kenny Helgeland, now of Mount Vernon, was supposed to be with his father, Maynard, the day he was killed in Omaha. "I remember that day very well," Kenny said in an interview with The Daily Republic. "We got up and had breakfast at a restaurant and usually we drove cab together." Instead, on Aug. 27, 1979, Kenny went to horse races in Lincoln, Neb., with a friend while Maynard went to work as usual.
With children, patience is a must. As a child care provider, Rose Menning knows that better than most. Patience and a love of children have helped Menning operate her in-home day care in Mitchell for 27 years. Menning said recently that she is seeing a change in the way child care providers operate. She explained it used to be a place to drop children during the day and let the kids interact with each other.
ALEXANDRIA -- Educators throughout South Dakota want to improve the way their students learn. A group of 60 educators met this week at Granite Springs Lodge outside Alexandria to develop a better system of evaluating student needs. "It's about what's going to be good for kids," said Sandy Arseneault, president of the South Dakota Education Association and a teacher in the Custer School District. The educators arrived at the lodge Sunday for the conference, which ends today, to each begin developing their student learning objectives, or SLOs. After House Bill 1234 failed in the 2012 South D
CHAMBERLAIN -- A Gann Valley woman convicted of killing a 4-year-old boy in 2013 will spend at least the next 65 years in prison. Donika Gonzales, 23, was sentenced Tuesday for beating to death Mason Naser in February 2013. She entered the courtroom handcuffed and in plain clothes, her expression stoic. Judge Bruce Anderson sentenced her to 130 years in prison for first-degree manslaughter and 15 years in prison for aggravated assault. Judge Anderson said Gonzales must serve half of her sentence before becoming eligible for parole.
Six days after his 19th birthday, Mitchell resident Charles Dawes was captured by the Germans during World War II. On the night of Nov. 28, 1944, Dawes and the 103rd Infantry with the 7th Army had been in Germany for just over a month. "We'd gotten hit that day with mortar fire," Dawes told The Daily Republic. "I was a replacement and we were heavily hit that night again." Dawes, 88, said he wasn't supposed to be with the group that was captured on the front lines. He turned 19 years old while on the front lines and became a prisoner of war in the early morning hours of Nov.
Casey Girard admitted during a psychosexual evaluation to several instances of inappropriate contact with children before he raped a child he babysat. The 23-year-old Mitchell man was sentenced to 35 years in prison during circuit court Tuesday at the Davison County Public Safety Center in Mitchell. Girard pleaded guilty in February to raping a 4-year-old child in November while babysitting that child. "In many ways, this is a very sad story," Judge Tim Bjorkman said during sentencing.
An arrest is pending after authorities say someone stole a propane truck either late Saturday night or early Sunday morning from Mitchell Technical Institute and crashed it in a corn field in Bon Homme County. Detective Lt. Don Everson said Monday the Mitchell Police Division is investigating the theft in conjunction with the Bon Homme County Sheriff's Office. "This type of thing doesn't happen every day," Everson said. He wouldn't release the suspect's name or whether the person is a student at MTI, stating the case is still under investigation.
A former Mitchell woman was given a second chance Tuesday during her sentencing for a fourth-degree rape conviction. Alicia Mosser, 19, now of Watertown, received a suspended imposition of sentence, which means if she does well during her five years of probation, she can wipe the felony conviction from her record. Mosser pleaded guilty in July to one count of fourth-degree rape, which means the victim was between 13 and 16 years old and the perpetrator is more than three years older than the victim. In return for her guilty plea, the state dropped a second charge of fourth-degree rape.