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WATERTOWN — Two Mitchell High School students just booked a trip to Birmingham, Alabama. Raina Grimsley and Madison Hetland placed in the Northern South Dakota District Tournament over the weekend in Watertown, earning spots in the national tournament this summer in Alabama. Grimsley placed first in original oratory and third in domestic extemporaneous in Watertown. The two top students in each event qualified for national tournament, meaning Grimsley will compete in original oratory at the national tournament, according to assistant debate coach Melanie Jacobson.
A Mitchell woman was sentenced to nine years in prison Tuesday for a combination of three crimes, including her involvement in kidnapping a 66-year-old man in Mitchell. Danica Loseke, 36, was initially charged with first-degree kidnapping and first-degree burglary for a Sept. 22 incident in which a 66-year-old man was taken from a Mitchell apartment and robbed.
A suspect in the kidnapping of a 66-year-old man in Mitchell has pleaded guilty. Alex Rock, 29, of Mitchell, pleaded guilty Tuesday to second-degree robbery during a circuit court session at the Davison County Public Safety Center in Mitchell.
WOONSOCKET — Three people have been indicted by a grand jury on burglary and grand theft charges in Sanborn County. Dakota Pater, Erin Lee, both of Huron, and Ian Austin, of Woonsocket, were indicted and charged Thursday with third-degree burglary and grand theft, according to the Sanborn County Sheriff's Office. The indictments stem from burglaries that took place in August and October of 2016 in Woonsocket. In both burglaries, firearms were stolen from a residence. No other information was immediately available.
The Mitchell FFA Chapter will celebrate National FFA Week, Feb. 18-25. This year's theme is Transform Purpose to Action and it embraces more than 89 years of FFA traditions while looking forward to the organization's future. Nearly 650,000 members will participate in National FFA Week activities at local, state and national levels. These members have a passion for agriculture.
The family of former Mitchell Mayor Paul Tobin announced Monday morning a donation to Mitchell's LifeQuest worth approximately $250,000. LifeQuest is an agency in Mitchell whose mission is to create opportunities that enrich lives while working with people who have developmental disabilities. Paul Tobin, Mitchell mayor from 1980 to 1986, served on the Board of Directors for the Mitchell Area Adjustment Training center, which later became LifeQuest. Tobin was the board president from 1981 to 1982.
Four Mitchell residents have recently been inducted into Circle of Honor, an honorary organization for UPS drivers who have achieved 25 years or more of accident-free driving. Kevin Doorn, Kelly Gregg, William Koupal are Mitchell residents whose UPS work location is Mitchell, and Dennis Thompson — a Mitchell resident whose work location is Huron — were honored Monday.
In observance of Presidents' Day, city offices will be closed today and the regularly scheduled Mitchell City Council meeting will be held on Tuesday. The City Council meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall.
A look at news from around the region, as reported by weekly newspapers: Presho LYMAN DISTRICT HIRES NEW SUPERINTENDENT: The Lyman School Board has hired its new superintendent. The board voted unanimously Feb. 10 to offer a three-year contract to Rob Davis. Davis is currently the superintendent and seventh- through 12th-grade principal at McIntosh and has been with the district for eight years.
Mitchell police are looking for a person accused of stealing from a Mitchell business in the early morning hours Wednesday. According to the Mitchell Police Division, an unknown individual broke into a business at approximately 1:50 a.m. located on the 500 block of East Norway by an unknown individual who forcibly opened a safe and took more than $1,000. The Mitchell Police Division has not released the specific name of the business at this time, likely due to Marsy's Law, a victim rights bill.