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A look at news from around the region, as reported by weekly newspapers: Burke HANDICAP-ACCESSIBLE VAN DONATED TO VFW POST: Bea Faust recently donated her handicap-accessible van to the Burke VFW. The use of the donation has yet to be decided, but, originally, the organization was hoping to use the van when members needed to make trips to VFW facilities. However, the group is investigating other options. Faust also offered the option of letting the organization sell the van and using the money as the VFW sees fit. -- The Burke Gazette
Police are investigating a vehicle that was left damaged and running on the railroad tracks this morning in western Mitchell. According to Sgt. Terry Reyelts with the Mitchell Police Division, around 7:30 a.m. Friday, police responded to a report of an abandoned vehicle on the railroad tracks near 1500 W. Eighth Avenue. Reyelts said police found the vehicle still running and stuck on the railroad tracks, and the vehicle appeared to be damaged from hitting a railway switch controller. The incident is under investigation. No other information is immediately available.
Maternity patients are happy at Avera Queen of Peace. For September, October and November, Avera Queen of Peace scored above the 90th percentile in patient satisfaction in maternal care in seven out of the eight categories on HealthStreams patient satisfaction surveys. That kind of showing is "practically unheard of," according to Tenille Heier, communications coordinator for Avera, said. "So we're just proud about that, our patients are having a great experience here in Mitchell," she said.
KENNEBEC—An Oacoma woman received a 25-year prison sentence for stabbing a man to death in September. Whitney Renae Turney, 27, was sentenced at the Lyman County Courthouse in Kennebec on Wednesday after pleading guilty to first degree manslaughter in January. Turney was charged shortly after the decomposing body of Calvin Shields was found under a bridge near Crow Creek tribal grounds. According to court documents, Turney stabbed Shields with a kitchen knife after a fight on Sept. 4. Shield's body was recovered on Sept. 7.
CORSICA—An unlocked door led to the burglary of a Corsica business Friday evening or early Saturday morning, in which more than $22,000 worth of equipment was stolen.
Bob Krietlow is not commenting yet on his appointment as interim director of the Mid-Central Educational Cooperative in Platte. The cooperative recently named Krietlow, former Stickney school superintendent, as interim director. Krietlow will replace former Director Dan Guericke, who was recently charged with felony charges for falsifying documents by participating in a conspiracy to backdate four sets of contracts.
Bernie Nolz, Mitchell, will celebrate his 80th birthday on Saturday, March 26. His family requests a card shower. Greetings may be sent to 920 W. Spruce St., Mitchell, S.D., 57301.
DELMONT — Vernon and Loretta (Batterman) Kraft, Delmont will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on Saturday, March 26. Their children and grandchildren request a card shower. Greetings may be sent to 40313 U.S. Highway 18, Delmont, S.D., 57330.
A boy, Dillon Michael Moody, was born on Wednesday, March 9, 2016, to Sally and Josh Moody, Mitchell, at Avera Queen of Peace Hospital in Mitchell. He joins siblings Emily and Mason. Grandparents are George and Sherry Morgan; and Karen Moody, all of Mitchell, and the late Mark Moody.
A Mitchell man's request for bond reduction was denied Tuesday. Cory Linderman, 34, is accused of several drug possession charges, including possession with an intent to distribute methamphetamine and marijuana in a school zone. He is being held on a $25,000 cash bond. His attorney, Dava Wermers, said Linderman asked for a modification in order to find a job and would be willing to do daily check-ins. Linderman told Judge Bjorkman he could get a job at a construction firm in Presho and live with family if his bond was reduced.