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Here are bankruptcy filings in U.S. Bankruptcy Court, District of South Dakota, for March 1 through March 7. 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: Kam Lee Schulz, Chapter 7; Amber Renae Schulz, Chapter 7; Jeffrey Christ Brockel, Chapter 7.
FEDORA — A Mitchell man was arrested for felony ingestion of a controlled substance in relation to a late 2017 incident involving a death in rural Miner County. According to court documents, Miner County deputies were investigating a possible drug overdose death on Nov. 19, 2017, in rural Fedora, when they were flagged down by an area farmer who said there was a man sitting in the ditch north of the residence.
CHAMBERLAIN — An undocumented immigrant was arrested in Brule County after being caught driving without a license. On March 6, a South Dakota Highway Patrol trooper pulled over a vehicle driven by Francisco Hernandez after observing the vehicle traveling slowly with its hazard lights on, according to court documents. Hernandez gave false identification to police but it was later determined he was in the United States illegally and had been deported "multiple times" in the past.
A Mount Vernon man entered a no contest plea Wednesday to one count of grand theft for stealing more than $400,000 worth of grain between 2012 and 2016. Merle Northrup, 47, entered the plea during court at the Davison County Public Safety Center.
Good morning and welcome to The Daily Republic's need-to-know page. Here are the stories we think you should know headed into Wednesday, March 7: 1. The early March blizzard kept Mitchell's city snowplows working hard.
State officials have opened Interstate 90 from Mitchell to Sioux Falls. The South Dakota Department of Transportation and Department of Public Safety at 1 p.m. Tuesday said travel "is still very difficult and motorists should travel only if absolutely necessary." The interstate between Mitchell and Murdo is still closed due to blizzard conditions. Officials said there is no timeframe for when that segment of roadway will be opened. Emergency responders are reporting crashes Tuesday morning. And although snow has tapered off, travel is still difficult due to high winds.
The Mitchell School District and John Paul II Elementary will be closed on Tuesday. The announcement marks the second consecutive school closure following a snow storm that swept through the area Monday.
Due to the closure of Interstate 90 from Mitchell to Sioux Falls, Tuesday's edition of The Daily Republic will be delivered late. We ask our print subscribers to be patient while our carriers get the newspaper out during inclement weather.
Teams of students from high schools across South Dakota will compete for scholarships and recognition at the 11th annual South Dakota ProStart Invitational on Monday, March 12, and Tuesday, March 13, at the Highland Conference Center in Mitchell. The competition tests students on baking, culinary and business management knowledge and skills and is open to the public at no charge. Cake decorating teams begin on Monday at noon. On Tuesday, teams go head to head starting at 8 a.m. The competition continues throughout the afternoon, with awarding of prizes at approximately 5:30 p.m.
CHAMBERLAIN — A Chamberlain High School student's father was arrested for drug possession after the child attended school under the influence of marijuana. A high school teacher notified police of a student who was "acting very weird" with bloodshot and glassy eyes on Feb. 15, according to court documents. The student admitted to police and administration that she had smoked marijuana with her dad before school that day. Police obtained a search warrant and found various pieces of drug paraphernalia and pipes with methamphetamine in them.