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ALEXANDRIA -- The apparent end of a 7,000-head dairy project in Hanson County is a lost opportunity for area farmers, South Dakota Secretary of Agriculture Walt Bones said Thursday. "I am disappointed with the loss of opportunity for farmers to add value to the crops they raise while saving transportation costs with higher fuel prices," Bones said in an e-mail response to The Daily Republic. South Dakota Assistant Attorney General Diane Best, who represented the state during several hearings involving the proposed dairy, confirmed Thursday the dairy had withdrawn its application for
KIMBALL -- As the newly constructed $35.5 million Liberty Grain facility opens for business, local developers have already made plans to take advantage of the area's improved infrastructure. Chuck Jepson, the man behind the construction of Liberty Grain, said Wednesday he has been working as part of a development group, known as Iron Horse Development, LLC, to bring several new businesses to the area near Liberty Grain. "The railroad and good infrastructure really are creating a whole lot of opportunity," he said. Currently, the group is in the process of developing a retail fer
ALEXANDRIA -- Opponents of a proposed 7,000-head dairy in Hanson County say the dairy's developers have withdrawn their application for a water permit, essentially bringing the more than five-year-old project back to square one. "I'm glad that the dairy is finally getting the point that we do not want them here," said Rob Bender, a rural Fulton resident. Bender's property is near the site of the proposed dairy, which is located about two miles north of Fulton. Bender, along with state Rep. Stace Nelson, R-Fulton, organized the Concerned Citizens of Hanson County, Inc.
Although many local property owners have been focused on their roofs since a May 5 hailstorm battered homes and businesses in Mitchell, some may have been entitled to compensation for roof repairs before the first hail stone fell this spring. CertainTeed Corp., a Pennsylvania-based building materials manufacturer, reached a class action settlement in December 2009 with representatives in a lawsuit who claim certain shingles the company produced and sold for almost 18 years are defective.
The parents of a 3-month-old infant who died after allegedly being attacked by another child at an in-home day care in rural Mitchell are suing the day care's owner. Amy Ruml and Donald Howard, the parents of the late Brooklyn Howard, filed a lawsuit Aug. 31 against Lacey Marie Tebay. Brooklyn died June 19 while she was at a day care Tebay operated at her home at 709 W.
CHAMBERLAIN -- Newly raised flags waved in the cool, gusting wind Friday afternoon in Chamberlain as more than 200 people attended a dedication ceremony for the new South Dakota Veteran's Park. The highlight of the ceremony was the unveiling of six 4-by-6-foot granite monuments, each dedicated to a branch of the military.
Last summer, the Mitchell Convention and Visitors Bureau received phone calls from potential visitors asking if the Corn Palace was under water. It wasn't, but even though Mitchell's renowned 91-year-old attraction wasn't swallowed up in the floods that swept across parts of South Dakota in 2011, the number of visitors flowing through its doors during tourist season fell more than 15 percent from the year before. But in 2012, the floodwaters dried up -- and then some -- and visitor attendance at the Corn Palace from May to August increased by nearly 3 percent compared to the same tim
WHITE LAKE -- A White Lake girl and her family who are embroiled in a lawsuit with state 4-H officials were allowed to compete at this year's South Dakota State Fair last week. Bayley Kroupa, 16, won reserve grand champion honors for a goat she entered in the fair, as well as purple ribbons for two animals she entered in the fair's beef competition. Bayley was banned from 4-H competition in October for allegedly showing a swine at the 2011 South Dakota State Fair that had been previously entered in a competition at the Missouri State Fair -- a violation of the 4-H code of ethics.
WHITE LAKE -- A federal judge says her decision to allow a 16-year-old White Lake girl to compete in 4-H amid an alleged cheating scandal will stand while an appeal of the decision proceeds. The ruling is the latest in an alleged cheating scandal brought to court when Greg Kroupa, of White Lake, filed a lawsuit against the state 4-H office and multiple 4-H officials on behalf of his daughter, Bayley.
KENNEBEC -- A Presho man is accused of kidnapping his 10-year-old daughter, firing a gun near her head, striking her with the butt of a gun and shooting her dog. Clinton James Brown, 35, was indicted by a grand jury Friday on 14 felony and three misdemeanor charges. He could face a mandatory life sentence if convicted. A news release was issued Friday by the state Attorney General's Office after the indictment.