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WESSINGTON SPRINGS — A Wessington springs man who sustained serious, life-threatening injuries was identified Monday morning as the third person involved in a fatal crash last week. Scott Wenzel, 52, was driving a semi involved in a two-vehicle crash Thursday west of Wessington Springs, according to the Department of Public Safety.
A Sioux City, Iowa, man has been arrested for his alleged role in a Sunday robbery at a Mitchell business. Caleb Robert Babb, 33, was arrested Wednesday for first-degree robbery for a robbery at AutoZone, where he allegedly pointed what appeared to be a black, semi-automatic handgun at an employee and demanded money, according to the Mitchell Police Division.
A man who escaped the Davison County Jail was apprehended by law enforcement after nearly a week on the loose, authorities announced Wednesday. James Wesly Spino, 24, was placed on escaped status from the jail when he violated furlough conditions July 20, and was located by Mitchell police at approximately 2 a.m. Wednesday at a local convenience store, according to officials at the jail.
PLATTE — Authorities have ruled a Platte woman’s death accidental, according to a report released Tuesday. Janet Strickland-Collins was found dead in her residence Friday morning and an autopsy was conducted Monday, according to the South Dakota Attorney General’s Office. The autopsy revealed 66-year-old Strickland-Collins’ death was accidental and was due to blood loss from a shin laceration and “other underlying health-related issues,” according to the Attorney General’s Office.
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The Mitchell Baseball Association will have its annual Coca-Cola Pop Drive on Monday around Mitchell. Players from the Gold, White and Black teener teams, along with Junior and Senior Post 18 Legion players will span the community to sell Coca-Cola products, including Coke, Diet Coke, Mello Yellow, Sprite and water. Players are to load pop starting at 5:15 p.m. and sell until 8 p.m. at the Mitchell Coca-Cola location at 1321 Commerce Street located near the Highway 37 bypass. Players should also wear their uniform and baseball hat.
Tuesday's Lake Mitchell Advisory Committee meeting was canceled due to the lack of a quorum, according to the Parks and Recreation Department. The committee planned to discuss the first meetings of the newly created Watershed Advisory Council (WAC) and Technical Advisory Team (TAT), two committees that met privately for the first time last week. The committees were established as part of a $73,725 Lake Mitchell restoration study with Omaha-based Fyra Engineering.
Jesse Grosdidier's goal 2 minutes, 51 seconds into overtime Saturday helped the Mitchell Marlins top the Aberdeen Cougars 6-5 in a boys hockey game in Mitchell, earning the Marlins their first win of the season. Grosdidier's goal, an even strength goal assisted by Austin Kerr and Drew Kitchens, was his third of the game, helping Mitchell to a home victory.
Former Mitchell Mayor and City Councilman Paul Tobin has died. According to Mark Tobin, Paul's son, Tobin died at the Avera Brady Nursing Home Monday night after fighting his declining health for a number of years. Tobin was 88 years old, having died eight days before his 89th birthday. Tobin, born in Mitchell in 1927, returned home after years of serving in the military and the Federal Aviation Administration to become the city's 29th mayor after years on the City Council. Tobin would serve as Mitchell's mayor from 1980 to 1986, when he was defeated by L.B. Williams.
NorthWestern Energy's electric rates will go up for the first time in more than 30 years, officials announced Thursday. According to a press release from the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission, the commission voted Thursday to allow NorthWestern Energy to raise its base electric rates by 15.5 percent, the first such increase since 1981. PUC Chairman Nelson focused on the reasons for the rate increase in his comments during the meeting, according to the PUC. "It's truly extraordinary to consider the capital investment NorthWestern has made in the last 34 years and the fact that the inc