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PIERRE -- The appeal of a former Crow Creek Sioux tribal chairman sentenced to three years in prison for bribery and accepting kickbacks should be denied, says a brief filed Tuesday by the U.S. Attorney's Office. A federal jury convicted Duane Big Eagle, 62, in August of two counts of conspiracy to bribe a tribal official and one count of aiding and abetting the bribery of a tribal official. He filed an appeal of the conviction on Dec.
In her opening statement at a trial Tuesday at the Davison County Courthouse in Mitchell, a state prosecutor compared a Mitchell woman's alleged crimes to a mother helping her children open a lemonade stand. "Instead of selling lemonade, the kids are selling marijuana," said Assistant Attorney General Katie Mallery.
The parents of the 6-year-old boy who suffered smoke inhalation in a house fire Friday in Mitchell now expect he will make a full recovery. Jacob Sehnert remains hospitalized at Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, but is doing well, according to a statement released Monday afternoon from his parents, Jordon and Jessica Sehnert. The couple's other son, 3-year-old Jaxon Sehnert, died Saturday at Avera McKennan from smoke in-halation suffered in the fire. "We are overwhelmingly saddened by the loss of our son," says the family's statement, released by Avera McKennan.
I moved to Mitchell about six months ago. At least, I intended to move to Mitchell about six months ago. After being offered a job at The Daily Republic in September, I had about three weeks to move from my hometown of Appleton, Wis. Despite a distance of 535 miles, I was more than happy to make the move after having spent more than a year looking for a job in my field since graduating with a journalism degree from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay in May 2010. My first priority quickly became finding a place to live. My needs, I thought, were not overly complicated.
vMitchell has a "good bad problem" when it comes to housing, according to Bryan Hisel. Hisel, the executive director of both the Mitchell Area Development Corp. and Mitchell Area Chamber of Commerce, said finding an open and affordable apartment or single-family home in Mitchell is becoming increasingly difficult. "Housing is the No.
ALEXANDRIA -- State officials are pondering how to measure the impact of a proposed 7,000-head Hanson County dairy's impact on an aquifer. The state Water Management Board approved a water permit for the proposed dairy in July that would have allowed the dairy to drill three wells and pump 500 gallons of water per minute, or 720,000 gallons per day, from the Floyd East James Aquifer.
The last person charged in a string of thefts at Dakota Wesleyan University during Thanksgiving break was sentenced Tuesday. Darius Parnell Lawson, 19, was sentenced to four years of probation, 100 days in jail and fined $500 for his participation in the theft of numerous items from dorm rooms at DWU.
SALEM -- As South Dakota Army National Guard units from six cities prepare to leave their current armories, officials in those cities have made plans to utilize the facilities. The state Army National Guard announced Friday that units from Salem, Platte, Winner, Miller, Redfield and Webster will be relocated because of federal budget cuts and U.S.
ALEXANDRIA -- Attorneys representing the 17-yearold girl accused of the premeditated murder of a 16-yearold Mitchell girl have asked a judge to move the trial out of Hanson County. Maricela Nicolasa Diaz, of Fort Wayne, Ind., and Guanajuato, Mexico, pleaded not guilty in adult court in August 2011 to charges related to the November 2009 murder of Jasmine Guevara in Hanson County. Diaz's attorneys, Chris Nipe and Doug Dailey, both of whom work out of Mitchell, filed a pretrial motion March 20 for a change of venue that, if granted, would move the trial to another county.
A second man has been convicted in connection with a pair of Sept. 30 incidents at Thirsty's Bar in Mitchell. Thomas Somerville, 38, of Mitchell, pleaded no contest Thursday through his attorney to a reduced charge of disorderly conduct for grabbing 36-year-old Clint Dreyer, of Fargo, N.D., by the throat and shoving him to the ground inside the bar. Somerville, a manager at Thirsty's, was fined $500 plus $66 in court costs and sentenced to 30 days in jail.