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From trick-or-treating to spooky parties, area clubs and organizations have put together various events in Mitchell and the surrounding community for Halloween. The fun starts today and ends on Monday, Halloween. FRIDAY • The Ron and Sheilah Gates Department of Theatre at Dakota Wesleyan University is hosting its annual haunted house on Main Street at the former Moonlight Bar. The haunted house will be open 7 to 11 p.m. Oct. 28-31. Cost is $5 per person and proceeds go to the DWU Theatre Club. SATURDAY
A Mitchell man was arrested Thursday morning on drug and assault charges after allegedly fleeing police on foot. James Brinker, 38, was charged with possession of methamphetamine, simple assault and obstructing law enforcement after allegedly running one block away from police and hiding in an egress window, according to the Mitchell Police Division. At approximately 8:20 a.m., Brinker's wife called police to remove Brinker from a residence on the 500 block of East 12th Avenue, as she was fearful for her safety, police said, but Brinker was gone before police arrived.
A Mitchell man was arrested and charged with possessing child pornography. Erik Nielsen, 33, was arrested on Sept. 29 and charged with possessing, manufacturing or distributing child pornography after law enforcement allegedly found inappropriate images in his email accounts. According to court documents, Nielsen used a Twitter account and two email addresses to share images "consistent with child pornography."
Helen Strong, Mitchell, will celebrate her 80th birthday at an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 29, at Bishop Hoch Villa, Avera Brady Health and Rehab, Mitchell. The event is hosted by her family. Greetings may be sent to 500 S. Ohlman St., Room 308, Mitchell, S.D. 57301.
CANOVA — Joanne Schulz, Canova, will celebrate her 85th birthday on Thursday, Oct. 27. Her family requests a card shower. Greetings may be sent to 339 Kate St. S., Canova, S.D. 57321.
CHAMBERLAIN — A Chamberlain man was arrested earlier this month after assaulting another man with a machete. Rodney Rohrbach, 49, was indicted for aggravated assault on Oct. 13 after threatening a man with a machete at 211 N. Merrill St. in Chamberlain, court documents state. According to court documents, Rohrbach entered a man's residence on Oct. 2 and forced his way through a locked door, leading the man to grab a machete for protection.
BRIDGEWATER — Firefighters extinguished a house fire Monday night that displaced a Bridgewater family. A dozen firefighters from the Bridgewater Fire Department responded to a blaze at approximately 9:30 p.m. Monday at a two-story home at the corner of Highway 42 and Bridgewater Road within the city limits, Fire Chief Craig Meyer said. On scene, Meyer saw a small flame coming from a bay window on the lower floor. The fire crew was able to extinguish the fire in about an hour.
SIOUX FALLS — Amidst "leadership and staffing changes," Argus Leader Media announced a staff reduction Tuesday, dismissing eight employees from the company. Among the changes, in conjunction with similar moves occurring at many of parent company Gannett's 109 local sites, President of the USA TODAY Network's West Plains region Katy Jack-Romero announced the role of president of Argus Leader Media has been added. Jack-Romero, who is based in Colorado, succeeds Bill Albrecht, who had been president in Sioux Falls since 2013.
Delmar and Marlene Koch, Mitchell, celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in August at a lake home in northern Minnesota with their three children and their spouses and five grandchildren. The couple married on Oct. 26. 1956.
A girl, Serenity Love Healy, was born on Oct. 11, 2016, to Matt and Joni Healy, Mitchell, at home. She joins siblings Noah, Micah, Mercy, Gabriel, Glory, Promise and Charity. Grandparents are John and Vicki Healy, Mitchell; and John and Verna Koskan, Wood.