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FORT THOMPSON -- A former Crow Creek Sioux tribal chairman sentenced to three years in prison for bribery and accepting kickbacks will have his appeal heard by the U.S. Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Paul, Minn., next month. A federal jury convicted Duane Big Eagle in August 2011 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 Dec.
RAVINIA -- The Douglas County Sheriff's Office says two people are in custody after leading law enforcement officers on a high-speed pursuit for more than an hour Thursday before running out of gas. Douglas County Deputy Sgt. Jason Babl said Thursday afternoon the two people arrested were still being identified and charges against them were still pending. The chase began around 11 a.m. when Babl and Douglas County Deputy Gene Niehus attempted to stop a vehicle for allegedly traveling southbound at 90 mph in a 55 mph zone on 402nd Avenue in northwest Douglas County.
While Mitchell City Councilman Greg McCurry said the city's nuisance code enforcement is about being "good neighbors," some downtown business owners seem to think the city could be a bit more neighborly when notifying them of violations. Local business owners were given the opportunity to discuss and ask questions about the city's nuisance codes at a seminar Thursday evening at Mitchell Technical Institute's south campus amphitheater. The event was hosted by Mitchell Code Enforcement Officer Jeff Lanning and Mitchell Main Street & Beyond.
WHITE LAKE -- State 4-H officials say a federal judge made clear errors in allowing a White Lake girl to compete in 4-H while allegations of cheating made against her are settled in court. In a 57-page brief submitted Tuesday to the U.S. Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, state 4-H officials asked the court to throw out Judge Karen E.
In recent months, local employers have repeatedly called Bryan Hisel to report another potential employee who chose not to move to Mitchell simply because he or she couldn't find a place to live. Armed with new information from an in-depth study on rental and single-family housing in Mitchell, Hisel, executive director of Mitchell Area Development Corp.
The construction of a new 52-unit apartment complex in southern Mitchell will begin in less than two months, a developer announced Wednesday. The complex, known as South Point Village, will be located on an empty stretch of land located directly west of Menard's, according to a release acquired Wednesday by The Daily Republic, issued by South Point Village LLC, the Mitchell-based company behind the project. The construction of the apartment complex is the first phase of a five-phase project, the release says.
Two South Dakota companies accused of mislabeling gasoline have asked a judge to dismiss the class-action lawsuit filed against them. M.G. Oil Company, based in Rapid City, and Harms Oil Company, based in Brookings, filed a motion to dismiss the suit Friday. The lawsuit itself was filed July 2 by six people, including state Rep. Mitch Fargen, D-Flandreau. The suit alleges both companies knowingly mislabeled 85 octane gasoline as 87 octane for at least 10 years.
Two people face multiple charges following an apparent hit-and-run Saturday afternoon in Mitchell. Ivan Ray Watts, 36, of Mission, was allegedly driving in the 100 block of West Seventh Avenue with Jerilyn Roberta Grassrope, 40, of Mitchell, as a passenger when he sideswiped another vehicle, court documents say. After allegedly leaving the scene of the crash, Watts and Grassrope switched positions in the vehicle before they were found by police in the 400 block of East First Avenue. Though he was seated in the passenger seat when law enforcement arrived, a police affidavit says
WAGNER -- The trial for the former Wagner police chief accused of covering up his girlfriend's methamphetamine use has been moved to Mitchell. Magistrate Judge Pat Kiner signed an order Sept.
Two school bus drivers have been ticketed in separate crashes five weeks into the school year, but Mitchell Superintendent Joe Graves said the situation is not cause for panic. "Of course any bus accident concerns you," Graves said.