The Daily Republic
A threat against Mitchell High School on Monday turned out to be a false alarm, according to authorities. At approximately 9:40 a.m., the school district received a report of a “threat of violence” against Mitchell High School, according to Mitchell School District Superintendent Joe Graves. Mitchell police were called, and Graves ordered all doors leading to the outside to be locked at Mitchell schools. Officers were also stationed at Mitchell High School.
KIMBALL — Aberdeen-based South Dakota Wheat Growers announced Tuesday it has purchased the 40,000 ton dry fertilizer plant in Kimball. The fertilizer plant was previously owned by Gavilon Fertilizer, LLC, based in Omaha, Nebraska, which will continue to own and operate the adjacent 2.2 million bushel grain elevator.
Dawson Garcia scored 30 points and Prior Lake snapped Bridgewater-Emery's 29-game winning streak on Friday at the Mike Miller Classic. Garcia, a 6-foot-10 sophomore, added 11 rebounds and finished 11-for-14 at the free-throw line as the Lakers won 72-68 in overtime at the Corn Palace. Sam Nissen added 20 points and four 3-pointers for the Lakers. Jamin Arend led the Huskies with 26 points and Sawyer Schultz added 23 points.
YANKTON — An 18-year-old who was found dead on Sunday died due to blunt force injury to the head and chest after being struck by a vehicle, according to the South Dakota Attorney General’s Office. Justin Baron Arcoren was found dead at approximately 2:30 a.m. on U.S. Highway 81, approximately four miles north of Yankton. The Attorney General’s Office says the cause of death was “accidental.”
EMERY — Nobody was injured when a fire broke out Wednesday night in an Emery home. The Emery Fire Department responded to a fire at 8 p.m. at 341 N. Third St. in Emery, where a candle in the bathroom spread to a vent pipe, ceiling and attic, according to Emery Fire Chief Brian Leitheiser. Three people were home at the time of the fire but nobody was injured, Leitheiser said.
FREEMAN — One person was arrested for allegedly starting a fire on Monday that destroyed a house south of Freeman. Joslynn Rabb, 27, of Sioux Falls, was arrested for reckless burning and taken into custody at the Yankton County Jail, according to Hutchinson County Deputy Dan Schulte. “The house was total loss,” Schulte said.
LESTERVILLE — One person died in an early-morning crash Friday morning north of Lesterville. At 1:04 a.m., a 31-year-old male was driving a 2005 Chrysler Pacifica eastbound on 295th Street near the road’s intersection with 435th street when he lost control of the vehicle, according to the South Dakota Highway Patrol. The vehicle rolled and a 24-year-old passenger was pronounced dead at the scene. He was not wearing a seat belt.
Several area school districts held programs this week honoring veterans in anticipation of Veterans Day, which is Saturday. Submitted photos from area schools are included in this gallery.
YANKTON (AP) — A grievance hearing is set over the Yankton Police Department's firing of its animal control officer in July. The Yankton Daily Press & Dakotan reports that the hearing before the South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation is scheduled for Friday.
A Fulton man has been identified as the victim of a fatal crash on Saturday in Hanson County. Robert Bender, 57, was traveling on 247th Street, near the intersection of 414th Avenue at approximately 1:05 a.m., seven miles northeast of Mitchell, when he lost control of the vehicle he was driving, according to officials.