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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.
ALEXANDRIA -- District Judge Sean O'Brien on Wednesday reversed a decision to grant a state water permit to the developer of a proposed 7,000-head dairy in Hanson County. O'Brien found the South Dakota Water Management Board did not properly research the impact the proposed dairy would have on the region's aquifer -- specifically, the Floyd East James Aquifer -- before it approved the dairy's application for a water permit at a hearing in July 2011. The water permit would allow the dairy to pump 720,000 gallons of water per day from the aquifer. In his written decision, O'Brien said the sta
With cold air and freezing temperatures descending on much of the Mitchell region in recent nights, concerns have arisen about crops planted during an unseasonably warm spring. Overnight and early morning temperatures in the Mitchell area have been below freezing since Sunday, and the National Weather Service expected a low of 24 degrees Tuesday night with frost developing Wednesday morning. Meteorologist Chris Jansen, of the National Weather Service in Sioux Falls, said the recent colder temperatures are not unusual for the first 10 days of April, even after an unusually warm March.
LETCHER -- A pastor's son got a chance Monday morning to be a Good Samaritan. Jesse McLaughlin, 17, of rural Letcher, was driving south toward Mitchell on 407th Avenue near its intersection with 242nd Street when he spotted a horse wearing a saddle but saw no one nearby. He then spotted a man lying unconscious on the east side of the gravel road at approximately 10:45 a.m. The 41-year-old man, Shawn Hart, suffered apparent head injuries after being bucked off the horse near his home in rural Letcher, authorities later said. "I just hoped I wasn't too late," said McLaughlin, son of T.J.
The 9-year-old girl who died March 24 of injuries suffered in a traffic crash in downtown Mitchell was not wearing a seat belt, according to an accident report newly obtained by The Daily Republic.
KIMBALL -- With two new towering grain silos casting long shadows on the plains between Kimball and White Lake, area grain loaders predict competition will increase. Concrete began pouring at the Liberty Grain shuttle-loading facility in December.
City, county and state officials decided Friday that timing adjustments made to traffic lights will help ease congestion at the intersection of Burr Street (state Highway 37) and Spruce Street in southern Mitchell until a plan to renovate the busy crossroads is worked out. County and city representatives met with state Department of Transportation engineer Tammy Williams and others to discuss what could be done to fix the increasingly congested intersection.
A Mitchell man is hoping a judge will overturn a ruling that is keeping him from entering the race for District 20's two seats in the South Dakota House of Representatives. The South Dakota Democratic Party is filing a lawsuit in hopes of overturning a decision made by Secretary of State Jason Gant disqualifying Dave Mitchell, a Democrat of Mitchell, from the race for the South Dakota House in District 20 because of a technical mistake on his petitions.
The vehicle driven by the man authorities allege is responsible for the crash March 24 that resulted in the death of Iszabella Morgan was not registered to him, new court documents reveal. Recently filed court documents show the 1998 Ford Taurus driven by 46-year-old Michael Sedlmeier, of Mitchell, in the fatal crash was registered to Kathleen Northrup. The Daily Republic contacted Northrup on Wednesday, but she refused to comment. While court documents list a Woonsocket address for Northrup, The Daily Republic also placed a telephone call Wednesday to the phone number listed fo
The man arrested in connection with the death of 9-year-old Mitchell girl Iszabella Morgan could now be punished with life in prison after a Davison County grand jury indicted him on charges that include first-degree manslaughter. According to court documents, Michael Sedlmeier, 46, was charged by a grand jury Friday with first-degree manslaughter, drunken driving, aggravated eluding, vehicular homicide, hit-and-run causing death or injury, and reckless driving. First-degree manslaughter is a felony punishable by life in prison and a $50,000 fine.