Daily Republic News Staff
ALPENA -- An Alpena couple face multiple drug charges after numerous law enforcement agencies took part in a search of their home last week. Tyler Bartunek, 29, and Cindy Bartunek, 36, are each charged with multiple felonies, including manufacturing and possessing controlled substances, violating a drug-free zone and keeping a place for the use or sale of controlled substances.
ALEXANDRIA -- An Alexandria man who was the driver in a motorcycle crash that killed his passenger has been charged with careless driving and driving without a motorcycle license. Sean Baas was the driver in the May 3 crash that resulted in the death of Jorden Hanson, of Woonsocket, who was the passenger on the motorcycle Baas was driving. Hanson County State's Attorney Jim Davies told The Daily Republic on Monday that it took several months for charges to be filed due to the length of the investigation by law enforcement, which was not completed until October. Baas lost control of the moto
The Daily Republic is seeking nominations from readers for its second annual Person of the Year award. The award will be presented to the person who is judged to have had the most impact on Mitchell or the Mitchell area (anywhere The Daily Republic print edition is circulated) during the 2014 calendar year. Mitchell Mayor Ken Tracy was named the newspaper's inaugural Person of the Year in 2013. Nomination letters may be sent to Luke Hagen, editor, at firstname.lastname@example.org with "Person of the Year" in the subject line, or mailed to his attention at The Daily Republic, 120 S.
The Mitchell Police Division is investigating the death of a 43-year-old woman whose body was found at about 2 p.m. Tuesday inside an apartment at 600 W. 15th Ave. in Mitchell. Detective Lt. Don Everson told The Daily Republic on Tuesday that an employee of the landlord at the apartment complex notified authorities after discovering the body in one of the apartments.
A 24-year-old inmate attempted to hang himself using a bedsheet in his cell Friday at the Davison County Jail in Mitchell Don Radel, the jail's administrator, told The Daily Republic that the inmate was not seriously hurt, but was still examined by paramedics and taken to Avera Queen of Peace Hospital in Mitchell after the incident. The inmate was discovered in his cell shortly before noon by staff members at the jail who were passing out medications to other inmates, Radel said.
The Davison County Commission will meet at 9 a.m. Tuesday at the Davison County North Offices, located at 1420 N. Main St.
MENNO -- The high temperature Saturday in Menno peaked at 68 degrees, smashing a record for the day set 82 years ago. The previous high temperature record for Nov. 29 in Menno, located in southern Hutchinson County, was set at 63 degrees in 1932, according to the National Weather Service. The heat wave did not last for long, though, as the temperature in Menno dropped to 30 degrees by 6:10 p.m.
A look at news from around the region, as reported by weekly newspapers and The Daily Republic: Lyman County RAISES APPROVED FOR COUNTY EMPLOYEES: The Lyman County Commission recently approved salary increases effective next year for county employees, and approved a longevity policy to reward long-time employees. The salary increases will vary based on the experience and responsibilities of each employee, but will generally be between 4 percent and 15 percent.
WAGNER -- A 36-year-old man died Friday in a single-vehicle rollover about six miles west of Wagner. Joseph Earlwin Bernie, Sr., of Wagner, was driving east on state Highway 46 in a 2000 Ford Explorer when the vehicle crossed the centerline and entered the north ditch, according to the South Dakota Highway Patrol. Bernie attempted to steer the vehicle back onto the road but overcorrected, which caused the vehicle to roll. Bernie was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected from the vehicle. He suffered fatal injuries in the crash. No further information was immediately available.
Travelers in South Dakota should have something to be thankful for when they fill their tanks this Thanksgiving. The average price of gas in South Dakota had declined for 33 straight days as of Tuesday, down to about $2.82 per gallon, according to a AAA report. That's the lowest average price in the state since Oct.