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A local woman has accepted a $10,000 offer from a Hot Springs-based cellular tower company and one of its former employees, ending a lawsuit that arose after a 2010 traffic crash in Mitchell. Diane Reed and her attorney Timothy James, of Yankton, filed a lawsuit last summer claiming John Adam Hamilton, a former employee of Black Hills Towers LLC, acted negligently on Sept. 15, 2010, when he allegedly backed a truck owned by Black Hills Towers into Reed's vehicle while the two were waiting at a traffic signal in the 500 block of East First Avenue.
A proposed tax increment financing district for a 31-unit housing project south of the Mitchell Middle School received approval Monday from the city's TIF Review Committee. The proposal will now go to the Mitchell Planning and Zoning Commission for further consideration, with a public hearing scheduled for Jan. 28, according to City Planner Neil Putnam. The proposed TIF district would coincide with the development of a 31-unit housing complex on a section of land south of West Eighth Avenue, north of West Seventh Avenue, east of North Iowa Street and west of North Montana Street.
The number of flu cases is on the rise in South Dakota, and the Mitchell area isn't immune. "In the last two weeks, we saw a peak in the number of positive tests in our area," said Avera Queen of Peace Hospital Director of Infection Control and Employee Health Pat Reiner, a registered nurse. The number of cases at the Mitchell hospital fell this week, Reiner said, but she couldn't say if that was the start of a new trend of just a temporary lull. The latest South Dakota Department of Health influenza surveillance report, which covers the week of Dec. 30 to Jan.
FORT THOMPSON -- A former Crow Creek Sioux tribal chairman convicted in a bribery and kickback scheme has lost his appeal. In a judgment filed Thursday, the U.S. Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the conviction of Duane Big Eagle, who was found guilty by a federal jury in August 2011 of one count of bribery and two counts of conspiracy to bribe a tribal official.
MARTY -- New charges have been filed against the man accused of fatally shooting his uncle and wounding another relative Nov. 27 at a trailer home near Marty on Yankton Sioux tribal land. A superseding indictment filed Tuesday charges 23-year-old Dancing Bull Fischer with one count of second-degree murder, one count of assault with intent to commit murder and two counts of discharging a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence. Fischer is accused of killing 47-year-old Tony Fischer Sr.
A third person has been arrested in connection with an early morning fight on New Year's Day in an alleyway behind a bar in downtown Mitchell. A news release issued Wednesday by the Mitchell Police Division says 21-year-old Alisha Belle Munroe, of Mitchell, was arrested Tuesday and charged for her role in the incident, which authorities say occurred in the 400 block of North Main Street in the west alleyway behind the Moonlight Bar and Lounge and involved as many as 14 people.
A column of smoke rose above a Mitchell neighborhood Monday afternoon as firefighters spent several hours battling a house fire at 219 E. Seventh Ave. Shortly after 2 p.m., the Mitchell Fire Division responded to reports of smoke coming from the home, Mitchell Public Safety Chief Lyndon Overweg said in an interview with The Daily Republic at the scene. One adult and two children were inside the home when the fire started, but all three escaped without injury.
The parents of a 3-month-old infant who died after she was allegedly beaten by another child at an in-home day care in rural Mitchell have settled out of court with the day care's owner. Donald Howard and Amy Ruml, parents of the late Brooklyn Howard, have reached a confidential out-of-court settlement with Lacey Marie Tebay, according to the parents' attorney, Scott Heidepriem, of the Sioux Falls-based law firm Johnson, Heidepriem and Abdallah. The settlement was reached in late December, Heidepriem said in an email reply Monday to The Daily Republic.
A soon to be five-term state senator from Mitchell says he still gets excited by the new people and fresh ideas at the outset of each new legislative session. "You're always wondering how a new Legislature is going to work," said Sen. Mike Vehle , R-Mitchell. "It's a steep learning curve, and shucks, I'm still learning." The 2013 legislative session begins Tuesday in Pierre, when Vehle and his fellow District 20 legislators, Rep. Tona Rozum , R-Mitchell, and Rep Lance Carson, R-Mitchell, each return to the Capitol. Their district includes Davison, Aurora and Jerauld counties.
As long as the wind is blowing and the turbines are spinning, South Dakota's wind industry seems poised to stay on course -- for at least another year, anyway. A one-year extension of the wind industry's federal production tax credit was passed last week by the House of Representatives as part of the deal meant to prevent the country from falling off the "fiscal cliff." "This will help us get by one more year," said Rob Rebenitsch , executive director of the South Dakota Wind Energy Association.