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The Davison County Commission will meet Tuesday for their regular meeting, with the jail and highway issues on the agenda. The meeting will start at 9 a.m. at the Davison County North Offices located at 1420 N. Main St. in Mitchell. The commission will meet with Corrections Administrator Don Radel at 9:15 a.m. and Highway Superintendent Rusty Weinberg at 9:30 a.m. The agenda is as follows: • 9 a.m.: Call meeting to order, Pledge of Allegiance, approve previous meeting minutes, hear citizens input and board reports.
Is it time for the Corn Palace Festival to move? The Mitchell City Council will discuss and consider that change on Main Street for the annual August festival during its regular Monday meeting. The council members plan to meet at 6 p.m. at Mitchell City Hall at 612 N. Main St. The discussion will center on a possible change in the alignment of the rides and the carnival on Main Street. The city's five-year agreement with Goldstar Amusement, the current carnival provider, has expired, and the city is in the process of renewing its deal.
No one was injured when a pickup truck caught fire Friday afternoon in Mitchell. A 2003 Dodge Ram 1500 caught fire due to an engine malfunction, according to Mitchell Fire Battalion Chief Ben Vanden Hoek. Firefighters received the call at 12:17 p.m. and responded to the fire at the intersection of Foster Street and Shanard Road. Vanden Hoek said the fire took under a minute to extinguish.
A man arrested in February on charges of transporting 50 pounds of marijuana on Interstate 90 was sentenced last week to 25 days in jail and three years probation. Aaron Beach, 34, of Spokane, Washington, was stopped while traveling east in Lyman County by a Highway Patrol officer on Feb. 17. According to court documents, the officer saw Beach give him a startled look, then "snap his head back forward" when they made eye contact.
Several agencies responded to a large fuel spill late Thursday night east of Mitchell. Authorities said a truck was leaking fuel at Highway 38, near 414th Avenue, in western Hanson County. The South Dakota Department of Transportation was on scene Friday morning. No other information is immediately available.
WINNER—A Sioux Falls man was sentenced last week to spend about four years in prison for receiving prohibited items while in jail. Tanner Turkey, now 25, had items such as marijuana and coricidin HBP cough and cold pills delivered to him in the Winner City Jail in late March and early April.
PIERRE — South Dakota Department of Public Safety Secretary Trevor Jones announced Thursday he is leaving his post for a job with Dakota State University, working in the university's digital forensics lab. Jones has been the secretary throughout Gov. Dennis Daugaard's administration, following a 20-year career in law enforcement. Following his departure, Deputy Secretary Shawnie Rechtenbaugh will serve as Interim Secretary for the balance of the administration.
GANN VALLEY — Arrest warrants were filed on Tuesday in Buffalo County for two men who allegedly stole thousands of dollars in equipment. Complaints were filed Friday against William Langstraat, 22, of Stickney, and Tyler Naser, 44, of Gann Valley. According to court documents, the complaint is based on information from an investigation by the Department of Criminal Investigation. It asserts that Langstraat and Naser stole property from a fencing company and that they stole items including an electric generator, log chains, a deep cycle marine battery and chain binders.
The Mitchell man who was arrested following a Father's Day hit-and-run that injured two teenagers was sentenced Tuesday to 18 months in prison, concurrent with a longer sentence for forgery. Ricky Ferguson, 37, pleaded no contest to a first-offense DUI and to a hit-and-run resulting in injury. The state dropped the additional charges of a third-offense DUI, resisting arrest, obstructing police and eluding.
South Dakota's two U.S. senators said they are pleased with the news that President Donald Trump's administration will initiate the process to make 15 percent ethanol-blended fuel — commonly known as E15 — available year-round. Republicans John Thune and Mike Rounds each said that the change would benefit South Dakota farmers and consumers. Previously, the blend was not allowed between June 1 and Sept. 15, prohibiting the sale of the fuel during the primary months for summer travel.