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SALEM -- A water shortage looms in Salem after the city's water treatment plant was shut down due to what a city official believes is a problem with the plant's computer-run control system. Bill Selland, water and sewer superintendent for the City of Salem, said the malfunction occurred sometime between 5:30 p.m. Tuesday and 8 a.m.
A Mitchell-area farmer was sentenced Tuesday to 30 days in jail and ordered to pay $13,722.21 in restitution for stealing more than 750 bushels of corn from his neighbor in December. Scott Suelflow, 53, pleaded guilty to one count of grand theft on May 31, more than five months after he was arrested for stealing corn out of storage bins on the farm of Gene Stehly in rural Mitchell. In exchange for his plea, prosecutors agreed to drop an additional count of grand theft.
It might be a good time for a swim. With the temperature today in Mitchell expected to reach 98 degrees with a heat index of 104, and the National Weather Service forecasting highs above 90 for the rest of the week, Mitchell Recreation Coordinator Kevin DeVries expects locals will come in droves to the city's pool looking for relief from the heat. "We're hoping for good numbers," he said. No matter how hot the weather gets, DeVries said the pool will stay open. "We do have the umbrellas that people can sit under for shade," DeVries said.
An autopsy of a three-month-old infant who died Tuesday in Davison County has been completed, but authorities continue to withhold further information three days since the death occurred. Investigators are apparently still determining the circumstances surrounding the death of Brooklyn Kennedy Howard, daughter of Amy Ruml and Donny Howard, of Mitchell.
A local bar manager is the man behind a company recently brought into a lawsuit that arose after an assault outside a Mitchell bar in September. V.V. Inc. is a defendant in a lawsuit filed by Vicki Hubner, mother and conservator for Clint Dreyer, a Fargo, N.D., resident who suffered permanent brain injuries in a beating outside Thirsty's Bar.
WAGNER -- Six recently suspended Yankton Sioux tribal officials allegedly broke into the tribe's headquarters Thursday morning in Wagner after the facility's locks were changed in an attempt to keep them out. In a written statement released Thursday, the six suspended tribal officials claim the June 15 General Council meeting at which they were suspended was illegally convened by Tribal Chairman Thurman Cournoyer Sr.
Authorities have not released any new information regarding the Tuesday death of a three-month-old infant who was being cared for at a day care in rural Davison County. "We just don't have any additional information right now," said Sara Rabern, spokeswoman for the South Dakota Attorney General's Office. The investigation began Tuesday following the death of Brooklyn Kennedy Howard, the daughter of Amy Ruml and Donny Howard.
WAGNER -- Six new interim members of the Yankton Sioux Tribe Business and Claims Committee were reportedly sworn in Wednesday after an apparently hectic meeting of the tribe's General Council was called by recently suspended tribal officials. According to Yankton Sioux Tribe member Frances Zephier, the new committee members were sworn in after a General Council meeting was held Wednesday morning by recently suspended Business and Claims Committee Vice Chairwoman Ida Ashes, and suspended committee members Jason Cooke, Jody Zephier, Gail Hubbeling, Brenda Zephier and Nick Cournoyer. Th
The judge who presided over Bill Janklow's 2003 manslaughter trial will temporarily serve in the circuit that includes Mitchell. Retired Third Circuit Judge Rodney Steele will fill in for the retiring Sean O'Brien until a new judge is appointed. Steele was assigned to the position by Chief Justice David Gilbertson, who handles all interim judicial appointments. Since First Circuit Judge O'Brien, 58, recently announced he is retiring effective July 1, the Judicial Qualifications Commission has been in the process of finding a replacement.
WAGNER -- The vice chairwoman and five other members of the Yankton Sioux Tribe Business and Claims Committee have been suspended without pay for misconduct after allegedly trying to cancel a meeting of the tribe's General Council without the authority to do so. Yankton Sioux Tribal Chairman Thurman Cournoyer Sr.