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WAGNER — Charges are pending against a 70-year-old Lake Andes man who was injured Monday morning when his pickup collided with the loader on a tractor, according to the S.D. Department of Public Safety. Ellsworth Chytka was driving a Ford F-250 pickup behind a John Deere tractor hauling a disc on S.D. Highway 50, about four miles northwest of Wagner. The 61-year-old driver of the tractor was traveling south on the highway and had signaled to make a left turn into a field approach when Chytka entered the oncoming lane to pass the tractor.
Mitchell authorities respond to a pedestrian-vehicle incident around 5 p.m. Monday at the corner of Second Avenue and Main Street. According to the Mitchell Police Division, the vehicle was traveling east on Second Avenue and had a green light going straight when a pair of juvenile males were riding scooters north on Main Street and rode out in front of the vehicle. One of the males was hit and and suffered scrapes and bruises on his arms. The driver was issued a citation for an unrelated traffic violation.
PIERRE — Attorney General Marty Jackley is warning South Dakota Medicare beneficiaries to avoid falling victim of scams associated with the new Medicare card. Medicare is in the process of replacing old cards that were identified by social security numbers with a new unique number to reduce fraud. "Medicare began mailing new cards nationwide in April; however, South Dakota is not slated to start receiving cards until June 2018," said Jackley.
RAPID CITY — Regional Health and Mitchell Technical Institute (MTI) have combined their Radiologic Technology education programs into a single program that allows students to complete clinical studies on both sides of the state and earn an associate's degree from MTI in as little as 21 months. Demand for Radiological Technicians is increasing. MTI has a 98 to 99 percent job placement rate within six months of graduation. The cost of the MTI program is less than $23,000 for tuition, fees, books and uniforms.
On May 2, the South Central Alcohol Task Force conducted alcohol compliance checks in Aurora County. The following establishments were checked and passed: White Lake: Jake's Corner, The Pour House, Ron's Market, Hillman's Gas and Garage, Siding 36 Motel and RV Park and White Lake Municipal Bar. Plankinton: Commerce Street Grille, Ponderosa, Ron's Market and Fish Lake Country Club. There were no failures.
Christine Mauszycki was awarded the prestigious Clarke Award for Teaching Excellence Sunday during Dakota Wesleyan University's Commencement services at the Corn Palace.
The best and brightest from the Class of 2018 were honored for their academic achievements at the 28th annual Academic Excellence Banquet held in Pierre on Monday, April 23. The students, identified as the top one percent of their senior class, were honored at the event by Gov. Dennis Daugaard and Associated School Boards of South Dakota (ASBSD) President Todd Thoelke. The event was sponsored by the SD Board of Regents, the SD Community Foundation, and the South Dakota Education Association.
SIOUX FALLS—The Daily Republic took home 27 awards, including Sweepstakes, in the South Dakota Newspaper Association's 2017 Better Newspapers Contest. The awards were announced Saturday at the SDNA convention in Sioux Falls. The Daily Republic competes in a division for newspapers with circulations up to 10,000. The Sweepstakes award is presented to the newspaper that compiles the most points from the individual awards.
A look at news from around the region, as reported by weekly newspapers: Salem STREET AND UTILITY UPGRADES BEGIN: The city of Salem has begun a six-month process to repair many of the city's streets and utilities. The work started Monday and the upgrades include replacing water and sewer lines, storm sewer mins and the street surface.
Here are bankruptcy filings in U.S. Bankruptcy Court, District of South Dakota, for April 26 through May 3. Individuals can file Chapter 7 petitions (asking that debts be liquidated); Chapter 12 (a simplified reorganization method for farmers and ranchers whose gross debt does not exceed $1.5 million); and Chapter 13 (a plan to repay some debts in three to five years). Businesses can file Chapter 11 petitions to reorganize their debts under a court-approved plan for repayment. • Aberdeen: Heather Lynn Wilkinson, Chapter 7; James Moses Jones, Chapter 7.