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The number of services provided and hours worked each week became points of contention between the two Republican candidates seeking the nomination for Davison County treasurer in the June 5 primary. Challenger Christie Gunkel alleged that the current attitude of the treasurer is that if the office is fully equipped and duties are being performed correctly by employees, the treasurer does not need to be present.
PARKSTON -- A $500,000 fundraising campaign intended to help fund a renovation of the Avera Bormann Manor assisted living and long-term care facility in Parkston is nearing its goal. Avera St. Benedict Health Center President and CEO Gale Walker expects the fundraiser to meet its goal in the next three weeks, but declined to give an exact figure of the campaign's progress. "We're doing really, really well," he said.
Road work in Mitchell is being completed faster than expected, a state Department of Transportation engineer said Thursday.
A Mitchell-based motorcycle company is suing NASCAR driver Clint Bowyer. Klock Werks Kustom Cycles is alleging Bowyer, 32, failed to pay $30,788.45 for the customization of a motorcycle conducted by the company in late 2008 and early 2009. In its complaint, dated Nov. 23, 2011, and filed May 2 with the Davison County clerk of courts, Klock Werks says Bowyer contacted the company on or about Nov. 11, 2008, and hired it to customize a 2009 Harley-Davidson motorcycle.
Steve Sibson said he was "clearly a conservative challenging a liberal" in the race for the District 20 Republican state Senate nomination. Sibson's comment was made during a debate with his opponent, incumbent state Sen. Mike Vehle, R-Mitchell, on Tuesday at Mitchell Technical Institute as part of the Mitchell Area Chamber of Commerce Governmental Affairs Committee forum. Vehle didn't respond directly to the "liberal" charge but said there is "clearly" a difference between him and Sibson.
Steve Sibson said he was "clearly a conservative challenging a liberal" in the race for the District 20 Republican state Senate nomination. Sibson's comment was made during a debate with his opponent, incumbent state Sen. Mike Vehle, R-Mitchell, on Tuesday at Mitchell Technical Institute as part of the Mitchell Area Chamber of Commerce Governmental Affairs Committee forum. The primary election is June 5, and the winner will advance to the Nov. 6 general election.
LAKE ANDES -- A 21-year-old man was sentenced Monday to five years of probation and 90 days in jail for his involvement in a burglary at the Lake Andes Farmers Co-Op in November. Albert Fischer was arrested Nov. 3 and indicted by a Charles Mix County grand jury on Nov.
LAKE ANDES -- A 21-year-old man was sentenced Monday to five years in prison for his involvement in burglaries and elder abuse in May 2011. Austin Blaine, of Lake Andes, pleaded guilty on March 5 to first-degree burglary, second-degree robbery and elder abuse. He appeared at his sentencing hearing Monday at the Charles Mix County Courthouse in an orange jail jumpsuit. The charges stem from incidents at two Lake Andes homes the night of May 7, 2011. According to Charles Mix County State's Attorney Pam Hein, Gunner Olson, 20, has also been charged in connection with the burglaries.
As one company prepares to leave Mitchell later this year, others have expressed interest in the building and workforce becoming available, a city development official said. Verifications Inc., a Minneapolis-based human resources services company, announced April 26 it will close its locations in Mitchell and Aberdeen before the end of 2012. The closures will affect approximately 140 employees in South Dakota, including 79 in Mitchell. The company's Watertown location will remain open. At least two companies have approached Mitchell Area Development Corp.
LAKE ANDES -- A Reader's Digest official said Wednesday the accomplishment of Lake Andes residents was "an example of the can-do American spirit." The comment was made shortly after students, staff and other locals gathered in the lunchroom of Andes Central High School to be part of an online video chat with Reader's Digest public affairs executive Gary Davis. Lake Andes placed fifth in the We Hear You America contest held by Reader's Digest.