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The man charged with arson for allegedly starting a fire last month inside an apartment building in downtown Mitchell has pleaded not guilty. Stephen Seltz, a 30-year-old Mitchell resident, was arrested the day after a Nov. 6 fire damaged apartments and a few businesses inside a building at 304 N. Main St. Seltz, who remains in custody, briefly appeared in court Tuesday at the Davison County Public Safety Center in Mitchell to enter a written arraignment and plea of not guilty.
The Mitchell City Council voted Monday night in favor taking steps toward building a new indoor swimming pool at the city's existing Recreation Center. The council voted 6-2 in favor of asking the Mitchell Board of Education to transfer the ownership of enough land near the Recreation Center to build the pool at that location, as well as give the city permission to move ahead with planning the pool before the ownership of the land is transferred. Mel Olson, Dave Tronnes, Randy Doescher, Marty Barington, Dan Allen and Jeff Smith voted in favor of the motion.
A Mitchell man who was injured in a crash last month in Hanson County has been charged with driving without a license. Justin Iburg, 24, was injured in a crash at about 2:30 a.m. Nov. 22, when his vehicle drifted off 416th Avenue, a paved road west of Alexandria in Hanson County, and struck a metal guard rail. Iburg fell about 25 to 30 feet to a riverbank below the road after the driver's side door of his vehicle was torn off in the crash, Hanson County Sheriff Randy Bartlett told The Daily Republic last month.
The Mitchell City Council plans to decide tonight where to build an indoor swimming pool planned for the city. The agenda includes a 5:55 p.m. Traffic Commission meeting and a 6 p.m. council meeting, both in Council Chambers at City Hall, 612 N. Main St.
WINNER -- Winner Mayor Jess Keesis gave a simple explanation Friday after finding his name on a list of people with delinquent property taxes in Tripp County. "I just forgot," Keesis told The Daily Republic. "That's all." Keesis was listed as having not paid $88.51 in property taxes he owed last year in Tripp County for property associated with his home in Winner, according to the Tripp County Treasurer's Office. Keesis said he did not realize until Friday he still had unpaid property taxes.
There have been more hunters but fewer planes landing at the Mitchell Municipal Airport for pheasant hunting season so far this year, according to Mike Scherschligt, the airport's manager. The statewide pheasant hunting season began Oct. 18 and will last until Jan. 4.
The South Dakota Supreme Court has ruled that a lawsuit against NASCAR driver Clint Bowyer filed by a custom motorcycle builder based in Mitchell should be dismissed due to a lack of jurisdiction. Klock Werks Kustom Cycles sued Bowyer in May 2012 in Davison County after he failed to pay nearly $31,000 for a motorcycle customized by the company in late 2008 and early 2009.
WASHINGTON -- In his farewell address on the Senate floor, retiring Sen. Tim Johnson lamented the decay of cooperation and bipartisanship he has observed during his 28 years in Congress. Johnson, 67, will retire having served three terms in the U.S. Senate and five terms in the U.S. House of Representatives.
It won't be looking a lot like Christmas in Mitchell anytime soon. The National Weather Service forecast calls for a high temperature of 45 degrees today in Mitchell, then a high of 51 degrees Friday and 57 degrees Saturday. If the temperature Saturday actually reaches 57 degrees, it will be the warmest the city has been since Nov. 4, when the temperature hit 58 degrees. It is unlikely, though, the high temperatures this week will set any records in Mitchell. The high temperature record in the city for Dec. 11 is 65 degrees, set in 1968; for Dec. 12 is 59 degrees, set in 1939; and for Dec.