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Longtime former state legislator and prominent Mitchell businessman George H. Shanard died Friday morning at the age of 86. Shanard served 18 total years as a state senator from 1975 to 1992 and was the Republican majority leader from 1989 to 1992. He was also a leader in the Mitchell business community during decades of work in the grain industry. "George Shanard was one of the good ones," said Dusty Johnson, of Mitchell and chief of staff for Gov. Dennis Daugaard. "He was just a problem solver. I think that's just how he was wired.
DE SMET -- The De Smet Volunteer Fire Department will use a $100,000 federal grant provided to a local electric co-op to buy a new fire engine. The awarding of the grant was announced Thursday U.S.
WAGNER -- For weeks, Frances Zephier has been sounding alarms about the methamphetamine problem in the Wagner area. She and husband Robin Bair have even accused law enforcement officials of ignoring the problem. Wednesday, as news broke that Wagner's chief of police was accused of covering up his girlfriend's meth use, they were not surprised. "It's deep-rooted and goes in every direction," Zephier said. "Methamphetamine doesn't discriminate. It affects us all." The Daily Republic broke the news of Police Chief Jim Chaney's indictment Tuesday on its website, mitchellrepublic.com.
WHITE LAKE -- A fire damaged a home late Monday in White Lake, but firefighters put out the blaze before the home was totally destroyed. The White Lake and Plankinton fire departments responded around 10:20 p.m.
ALEXANDRIA -- A Hanson County official testified Tuesday that she knew building permits issued to a proposed 7,000-head dairy were kept valid beyond deadlines allowed in the county's ordinances. "I understood from the beginning that a project of this size ...
A 21-year-old man was arrested Monday and charged with two felonies in connection with a string of vehicle thefts and acts of vandalism in Mitchell that caused more than $16,000 in damage. Daniel James Tingle, of Mitchell, is charged with one count of grand theft and one count of intentional property damage. He faces a maximum of 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine for each charge. The charges stem from a series of incidents July 23, when at approximately 4:48 a.m.
The man serving time in prison for an assault last September outside a bar in downtown Mitchell has now been sued for his role in the attack. TS Services, another defendant in the suit, filed a complaint July 26 against 35-year-old William Watkins. Watkins was sentenced in February to 13 years in prison with five years suspended on one count of aggravated assault for attacking Clint Dreyer, of Fargo, N.D., outside Thirsty's Bar.
WAGNER -- New criminal charges have been filed against the couple arrested in connection with the death of a 2-year-old girl at a tribal housing project in Wagner. Meanwhile, dozens of people attended a remembrance walk Monday in honor of the girl, on what would have been her third birthday. Taylor Cournoyer, 21, and Laurie Cournoyer, 28, were each charged with a nine-count indictment Wednesday by a Charles Mix County grand jury.
YANKTON -- A jury ordered Aurora County to pay $600,000 to Thompson Farms for damages caused by a county zoning ordinance restricting dairy cow numbers. The jury unanimously agreed on the verdict Friday afternoon following nearly four hours of deliberation. The trial to determine the damages amount, which was moved to Yankton to avoid media coverage in the Aurora County area, took seven days. Because county officials failed to provide timely notice of the lawsuit years ago to the county's insurer, the insurer has been released from liability for the damages.
YANKTON -- A witness for Aurora County told jurors Thursday that Thompson Farms suffered no damage as a result of a controversial county ordinance that capped cow numbers. Thompson Farms has requested $2.6 million in damages from Aurora County, claiming a 1998 county ordinance limiting animal-feeding operations to 1,050 animals damaged the value of the operation and forced the multimillion-dollar dairy to close.