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Grace Reformed Church will host the annual meeting of the South Central Classis of the Reformed Church in the United States (RCUS) on Monday and Tuesday, March 27-28. The Classis will begin with a worship service at 6:30 p.m. Monday at Grace Reformed Church, Mitchell. Earlier in the day, delegates will hold an informal roundtable discussion on "Helping Hurting Pastors." The group is comprised of ministers and elders from churches in South Dakota, Colorado, Wyoming and Nebraska and meets annually for worship, fellowship and to carry out business of the larger Church.
The local chapter of Ducks Unlimited will hold a volunteer organizational meeting at 5 p.m. Thursday at The Depot Bar and Grille in Mitchell. The meeting is to help organize for the spring and fall banquets. Refreshments and snacks will be available, along with Ducks Unlimited merchandise. Area Ducks Unlimited representatives will be on hand for questions, as well. For more information or any questions, contact Steve Peschong at 605-999-4574 or Don Thorpe at 605-630-8698.
A look at news from around the region, as reported by weekly newspapers: Wessington Springs PUBLIC HEARING SET FOR MAIN STREET SIDEWALK ASSESSMENTS SCHEDULED: As Wessington Springs multimillion-dollar Main Street project draws to a close, one facet still remains: payment. The bulk of the three-block project was paid for by a $1,420,750.80 funding package that included low interest loans and grant funding. But the sidewalk and curb and gutter that run in front of businesses and residences will be paid for by Main Street property owners.
Avera Queen of Peace is among the best in the nation for rural community hospitals, according to the National Rural Health Association, which released its top 20 rural community hospitals of the country on Friday. The winners are chosen based on the achieved success in overall performance depending on a composite rating from eight indices of strength: inpatient market share, outpatient market share, quality, outcomes, patient perspectives, costs, charges and financial stability.
PARKSTON — After more than 40 years in health care, Gale Walker has decided to retire. The CEO of Avera St. Benedict Health Center in Parkston will step down after a 43-year career on April 1. The Faulk County native began his career in health care as a laboratory and X-ray technologist. He later earned a degree in health care administration from the University of Minnesota.
CHAMBERLAIN — A former highway patrolman was sentenced to five years in prison for stealing nearly $70,000 in evidence money. Brian Biehl, 48, of Platte, was sentenced Friday to five years in prison and ordered to pay a $10,000 fine for taking $69,668 in money confiscated during drug searches while he was employed as a South Dakota Highway Patrol trooper, according to the South Dakota Attorney General's Office.
DANTE — One man died in a one-vehicle crash Thursday night near Dante. A 34-year-old male — whose name is not being released pending notification of family members — was driving southbound on 400th Avenue, approximately one mile south of Dante, when his vehicle left the roadway. The 1999 Ford F250 pickup went into the east ditch and rolled, ejecting him from the vehicle at 10:45 p.m. Thursday, according to the South Dakota Department of Public Safety. The man was the lone occupant involved in the crash.
The following cases were among those heard Tuesday by Judge Tim Bjorkman during a circuit court session Tuesday at the Davison County Public Safety Center in Mitchell. Sentencings • Amber Lautt, 25, of Plankinton, was sentenced to two concurrent four-year prison terms for possession of methamphetamine and aiding, abetting or advising third-degree burglary, suspended to 90 days in jail with credit for 64 days served, and was placed on probation for three years.
Windows were broken in two vehicles Wednesday night in Mitchell, and police have yet to make an arrest. Police are seeking suspects in an act of vandalism that broke windows in at least two vehicles, a sedan and an SUV, that were parked on the same street in east Mitchell, Patrol Sgt. Joel Reinesch said. The incident is believed to have occurred after 7 p.m. One window was broken in each vehicle, initially valued at $100 each, but nothing was taken or left behind, Reinesch said.
CHAMBERLAIN — Four juveniles suffered minor injuries after allegedly stealing a vehicle in Fort Thompson and leading law enforcement on a high-speed chase. A 13-year-old girl, driving a 2006 Chevrolet SUV, allegedly eluded police until the vehicle vaulted off an exit ramp, causing minor injuries for herself, a 14-year-old girl and two 10-year-old male passengers, according to Chamberlain Police Chief Joe Hutmacher.