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FREEMAN — It's Schmeckfest time. The 57th annual "festival of tasting" starts today at 1 p.m. at Freeman Academy, and continues Saturday and March 27 and 28. Each day's festivities build toward the meal, which is served in the Pioneer Hall dining room from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. The community musical, "Big River," is at 8 p.m. today, Saturday, and March 26, 27 and 28.
The Up and Get It 4-H Club met at 4 p.m. Feb. 15 in the Mount Vernon School. The meeting was called to order by President Maggie Mueller. The American Pledge was led by Lane Espedal and the 4-H Pledge by Zach Mikkonen. The roll call topic was, "What is your favorite subject in school?" The secretary's report was given by Kaitlyn Sandland and approved. The treasurer's report was given by Zach Mikkonen and approved. Old business: Thank you cards for the fruit and cookie bags from the Salvation Army for the gift to the Angel Tree were read.
Helping Hands 4-H Club met on Feb. 19 at the 4-H grounds. Pledges were lead by Cooper D. and Dallas D. Secretary's report was read by Samantha F. and approved by Cooper D, seconded by Stockton D. Treasurer's report was given by Mitchell S., approved by Cooper D. and seconded by Jaylie Z. Roll call topic of "What is your favorite movie?" was presented by Aubee T., with 11 members answering. Business: Fruit slips were due to Tonya by Feb. 26. 4-H Camp for ages 8-12 is on June 10-12. Discuss attendance at judging school. Last school was March 11. Horse safety clinic will be March 30.
A North Carolina woman was arrested in late February for possessing Adderall without a prescription. Brittany West, 28, of Cary, N.C., was pulled over for speeding on Interstate 90. According to court documents, West showed signs of nervousness when a highway patrol trooper ticketed her for speeding. When asked about illegal drug use, West said she used marijuana and had some in the vehicle.
Starting April 1, anyone driving on South Dakota interstates can legally drive 80 mph. The South Dakota Legislature passed Senate Bill 1 earlier this month and Gov. Dennis Daugaard signed it into law Tuesday. The interstate speed limit is currently 75 mph. The Daily Republic interviewed Capt. Alan Welsh, of the South Dakota Highway Patrol, regarding the new law and its effects on South Dakota drivers.
A Mitchell man is accused of violating a no contact bond after he assaulted the victim he was supposed to avoid. Alexander Bearrobe-Hofwolt, 21, allegedly assaulted a victim at an apartment building on March 12. When law enforcement arrived, Hofwolt was on top of the victim and punching the victim in the face, according to court documents. When Hofwolt saw officers approach, he evaded police after being told to stop and get on the ground several times. Hofwolt is out on bond for the first assault against his victim, which makes this alleged assault a felony charge.
Douglas County enacted a burn ban Wednesday due to the dry conditions in the county, according to the sheriff's office. The ban will be in effect until further notice. The ban follows burn bans last week and earlier this week by Hanson and Hutchinson counties, also due to the dry conditions. Both are indefinite until the area gets precipitation or the landscape greens up.
Mitchell Fire Division responded to two fires Tuesday afternoon, which resulted in no injuries and little damage, authorities said. Around 4:45 p.m., Captain Ben VandenHoek said a microwave was on fire in an apartment at 408 W. 19th Ave. in Mitchell. He said when firefighters entered the apartment, they could see smoke and a few small flames at the back of the microwave, but the fire was extinguished quickly.
More applications for the Mitchell Board of Education are being taken out and turned in. Kevin Kenkel returned in a petition for a one-year term Tuesday, Superintendent Joe Graves said. He joins current school board members Lacey Musick and Neil Putnam, who are already on the ballot for the possible three-year term. Theresa Kriese, the current board president, and Steve Sibson have taken out petitions for the one-year term on the board but haven't returned them.
A Mitchell man who died in a crash after a chase early Saturday morning has a history of running from law enforcement. Ryan McManus, 33, led law enforcement on a...