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An investigator said Monday the natural gas-related explosion that shook a west Mitchell neighborhood Sunday evening is now regarded as suspicious. Mitchell Police Detective Lt. Don Everson said the incident is now being investigated as a "suspicious explosion" but declined to provide any further details. The explosion was reported at 6:07 p.m. at 808 W. Second Ave.
Investigators have found multiple alcoholic beverages in one of the vehicles involved in a fatal crash March 24 in Mitchell, which they say backs up statements made by the suspect after the crash. The items were found on May 20, when Highway Patrol Trooper Micheal Peterson searched the 1998 Ford Taurus allegedly driven by Michael Ray Sedlmeier, 46, in the two-vehicle crash March 24 that caused the death of Iszabella "Bella" Morgan. In Sedlmeier's vehicle, investigators found five bottles of Mike's Hard Cranberry Lemonade, one can of Mike's Hard Lemonade, a paper bag with two bottles
An 18-year-old Mitchell man faces numerous charges after allegedly driving drunk and fleeing from Davison County Sheriff's deputies shortly before 9 p.m.
About 100 families ventured out on a gray and rainy Wednesday evening and attended the Bounce for Fire Safety event and smoke detector giveaway at Becky Moore's State Farm Insurance office in Mitchell. With about $850 in smoke detectors given away, about one per family, Moore considered the event a success. The event was sponsored by Moore's State Farm office, Thomsen Enterprises and Culver's.
WESSINGTON SPRINGS -- The South Dakota Supreme Court has rejected an appeal by a Wessington Springs woman who claimed her neighbor's negligence led to the destruction of her home after the neighbor's home was blown up in a propane explosion. The appeal arose from a lawsuit filed by Marguerite Cashman against Darrick Van Dyke. The two lived next door to each other on Oct. 12, 2007, when Van Dyke's home was destroyed in an early morning propane explosion. The flames from the explosion spread and also destroyed Cashman's home.
PARKSTON -- Parkston Elementary Principal Rob Monson has resigned. Monson announced his resignation May 14 at the Parkston school board meeting. He is leaving the principal's office he has worked in for 15 years to become the executive director for School Administrators of South Dakota. Monson said he has been discussing the move with his family for some time. He will also resign from his position as president of the National Association of Elementary School Principals. "It was a very hard decision," he said.
It demands attention with its colorful domes and spires, its intricate corn murals and the thousands of lights that illuminate it after sunset. "Without the Corn Palace, we wouldn't be the community we are today," said the city-owned facility's director, Mark Schilling. As Schilling and other city officials look to the future, discussions continue on all aspects of the effort to improve and expand Mitchell's iconic 91-year-old building in the hopes of revitalizing it and the historic downtown area.
Mitchell firefighters responded to a camper fire Tuesday afternoon in the Cabela's parking lot. Firefighters appeared to have extinguished the blaze shortly after 4:30 p.m., but the camper was severely damaged. It did not appear as if anyone was hurt in the incident. Further details were not immediately available.
LAKE ANDES -- It's another big year for Lynn Barber. Barber, of Rapid City, has dedicated 2012 to seeing as many bird species in South Dakota as she can. It's an undertaking known in the birding community as a "big year." For Barber, a birder since age 7, it's not her first such endeavor. She set a Texas state record in 2005 when she saw 522 species in one year. In 2008, Barber saw 723 species in another big year across the American Birding Association area, which includes all of the U.S. states except Hawaii, plus Canada and the French islands of St.
In Hanson and McCook counties, campaign signs adorned with the slogan "Vote Stace Nelson for House" have begun to color the rural landscape like a crop awaiting harvest. Nelson, of Fulton, will compete with Sen. Jim Putnam, of Armour; Kyle Schoenfish, of Scotland; and Roger Hofer, of Bridgewater, in the June 5 election for the two Republican nominations for the state House in the District 19 primary. Each party is allowed two candidates for the House and one for the Senate in the Nov.