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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.
YANKTON -- Testimony from witnesses called Wednesday by defense attorneys for Aurora County portrayed Thompson Farms as a poorly run dairy in financial distress. Thompson Farms has requested $2.6 million in damages from Aurora County due to a 1998 zoning ordinance that forced the multimillion-dollar dairy to close by limiting the amount of animals allowed at an animal-feeding operation.
YANKTON -- Jurors heard testimony outlining how Thompson Farms arrived at its request for $2.6 million in damages from Aurora County as both sides continued to clash in the fourth day of a trial at the Yankton County Courthouse. Thompson Farms asked for $2.6 million from the county because of a 1998 zoning ordinance that essentially forced the multi-milliondollar dairy to close by limiting the number of animals allowed at an animal-feeding operation.
A local man is charged with multiple felonies for allegedly attacking his ex-girlfriend at a motel in Mitchell. Jamie Dean Drapeau, 31, of Mitchell, is charged with domestic aggravated assault and first-degree burglary, both felonies, and false imprisonment, a misdemeanor. The charges stem from an incident that, according to court documents, began at approximately 6 a.m.