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Two top city employees will not be reappointed to their positions at the next Mitchell City Council meeting July 16, Mayor Ken Tracy confirmed Thursday. Tracy said in response to Daily Republic questions that he spoke with two of the city's nine department heads Thursday morning and told both they will not be retained past the upcoming council meeting.
A local woman is suing a Hot Springs-based cellular tower company and one of its former employees for damages related to a 2010 traffic crash in Mitchell. Diane Reed and her attorney Timothy James, of Yankton, filed a lawsuit Wednesday claiming John Adam Hamilton, a former employee of Black Hills Towers LLC, acted negligently on Sept.
An area man allegedly injured as a result of a 2009 traffic crash in Mitchell now claims he is owed medical expenses and damages from the other driver for pain and suffering. Rollin Scott Woodruff and his attorney E. Steeves Smith, of the Mitchell-based law firm Tinan, Smith and Bucher, filed a lawsuit June 21 against Renae Katherine Gades.
Despite temperatures soaring into the 90s in recent days, the National Weather Service still says there is little risk for a grass fire in the Mitchell area. As of Friday morning, the weather service classified conditions in all of eastern South Dakota as being in low danger of a grass fire. However, on Thursday authorities in Aurora County responded to a hay fire, and firefighters in Brule County responded to two grass fires, according to the Mitchell Police Division's press log. Mitchell Assistant Fire Chief Paul Morris said residents should use common sense when burning outside.
The man responsible for causing a March 24 traffic crash in Mitchell that led to the death of a 9-year-old girl was sentenced Friday to 40 years in prison. Michael Ray Sedlmeier, 46, of Mitchell, pleaded guilty June 12 to first-degree manslaughter and third-offense drunken driving. He had initially pleaded not guilty to those and other charges on April 17, but changed the plea after prosecutors agreed not to recommend more than a 40-year prison sentence. The maximum punishment for first-degree manslaughter is life in prison.
Law enforcement has searched both the home day care and residence of an infant who died under what authorities have deemed suspicious circumstances. The searches were conducted in connection with the death of three-month-old Brooklyn Kennedy Howard, who died June 19 after she was cared for at a home day care in rural Davison County.
SALEM -- Turn on those taps. The city of Salem restored water service to its residents Thursday afternoon. Residents in the city were told Wednesday not to use tap water after a computer component failed and caused the city's water treatment plant to shut down. A replacement part was brought to the city Thursday, said City Finance Officer Lori Heumiller. The part was installed, programming was completed and the water tower was refilling by 3:30 p.m. It had dropped dangerously low Wednesday night and Thursday morning. At 5:30 p.m.
SALEM -- Both residents and city officials in Salem are hoping a problem with the city's water treatment plant is resolved and normal water service is restored before the end of the day. Residents in the city were told Wednesday not to use tap water after a computer component failed and caused the city's water treatment plant to shut down. A replacement part is expected to arrive in Sioux Falls at 10 a.m. today and will hopefully be in Salem shortly after that, said City Finance Officer Lori Heumiller.
SALEM -- What water shortage? While most Salem residents did all they could to conserve water during a shortage Wednesday caused by a malfunction at the city's water treatment plant, there was plenty to go around at the city's newly reopened public pool. The pool had been closed since Sunday because its water pump, which circulates the pool's water through a filter, stopped working.
SALEM -- A water shortage looms in Salem after the city's water treatment plant was shut down Wednesday. City officials said a failure of the plant's computer-run control system led to the problem. The city hopes to have water back on today. Bill Selland, the city's water and sewer superintendent, said the malfunction occurred sometime between 5:30 p.m. Tuesday and 8 a.m.