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It could be three weeks before autopsy results provide investigators with clues as to what may have caused a 61-year-old woman to apparently lose control of her car and fatally crash into a pond outside Cabela's Thursday. Authorities identified the driver of the vehicle late Thursday as Jane Virginia Strong, 61, of rural Mitchell. Strong was pronounced dead at the scene.
A rural Mitchell woman died when her car plunged into a pool outside Cabela's in Mitchell Thursday. Jane Virginia Strong, 61, apparently lost control and drove off Spruce Street by Cabela's and crashed into the nearby pond shortly after 3 p.m. The cause of the crash was undetermined Thursday night. Emergency vehicles surrounded the pond outside Cabela's and eventually located the vehicle, which had sunk into 18 feet of murky water.
City officials hope to take major steps toward deciding the future of Mitchell City Hall during budget meetings next week, Mayor Ken Tracy said Wednesday. Two options remain in the city's quest to relocate City Hall: move the offices to Mitchell Technical Institute's recently vacated north campus building or build a new city hall downtown, Tracy said. A pair of detailed proposals shown Monday to the Mitchell City Council outlined both options.
WHITE LAKE -- State 4-H officials are appealing a federal judge's decision to allow a White Lake girl to compete in 4-H while allegations of cheating made against her are settled in court. The appeal comes as a result of a lawsuit filed in March against the state 4-H office by Greg Kroupa, of White Lake, on behalf of his 16-year-old daughter, Bayley.
The thin blue line protecting Mitchell grew a little stronger Monday when the city's first group of volunteer police officers in nearly two decades was sworn in. After about four months of twice-weekly training sessions, five reserve police officers were administered their oaths by Municipal Judge Patrick Kiner during a brief graduation ceremony in front of family and friends in the training room at the Mitchell Public Safety building. They are the first unpaid volunteer police officers to serve with the Mitchell Police Division since the early 1990s. "This is the first time in
The owner of the Sweet Shoppe Deli is accusing the former owners of fraud, harassment and failing to honor the contract they entered into when they sold the business last November. Ashleigh Nolz, current owner of the Sweet Shoppe & Deli, is denying allegations made in a lawsuit filed July 12 by one of the business' former owners, Luauna Dean, of Tualatin, Ore., who claims she is still owed $10,000 for the purchase of the business.
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.