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WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tim Johnson, D-S.D., issued the following statement Wednesday on President Obama’s ISIS speech. “The president presented a forceful case that it is in America’s interest to degrade and destroy the brutal, growing threat of ISIS in Iraq and Syria. I support the president’s use of airstrikes and drones as part of an overall effort to defeat these terrorists. “But I continue to strongly oppose putting U.S. combat boots on the ground.
Law enforcement responded to an incident just after 4 p.m. Wednesday in rural Alexandria. The Hanson County Sheriff’s Office isn’t commenting on it because of an ongoing investigation, according to authorities. However, the police log distributed to the press from the Mitchell dispatch center listed the initial 911 call as suicide. When The Daily Republic asked the Hanson County Sheriff’s Office whether the incident was a suicide, the department did not comment. The sheriff’s office may release more information later as the investigation wraps up.
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Prairie Fire, the select chamber choir of Mitchell, will be auditioning for new members on the evenings of Monday and Wednesday. Prairie Fire rehearsals are Thursdays beginning Sept. 25 from 7 to 9 p.m. in Smith Hall 211. The rehearsal process for Prairie Fire is short and intense, requiring members to be present for all rehearsals and possess excellent musicianship skills. This fall, Prairie Fire will join with the Dakota Wesleyan Choir and LyricWood Strings to perform the entire Messiah. Performances are at 7 p.m. Nov.15 and 4 p.m. Nov.
A Mitchell man pleaded guilty Tuesday to distributing a controlled substance and admitted to violating his probation for the distribution charge and by eating a marijuana brownie. Benjamin Amadon, 20, entered his plea and admission during regular court at the Davison County Public Safety Center. Amadon was on probation for a 2012 possession with intent to distribute less than 1 ounce of marijuana conviction.
A Parkston woman died Tuesday in a crash on Minnesota State Highway 23 in Rock County, according to a report by the Minnesota State Patrol. Rebecca Kroeger, 19, was driving south on Highway 23 in a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu as David Buol, 39, of Garretson, was driving a 2010 Freightliner van north on the same road. The highway is not divided and the two vehicles collided head on. Kroeger died from injuries suffered in the crash. Buol did not suffer any injuries. Kroeger's vehicle was totaled, and Buol's van sustained serious damage.
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The following cases were among those heard Tuesday during a circuit court session at the Davison County Public Safety Center in Mitchell: • Sean Mutziger, 18, of Rapid City, appeared on a fourth-degree rape charge; he applied for and was appointed an attorney to represent him; a hearing was scheduled for later this month. • Andrew Engels, 20, of Mitchell, had bond revoked for violating his probation by consuming alcohol; Judge Tim Bjorkman authorized work release if he blew a clean breathalyzer before 4 p.m.
A Mitchell man was sentenced Tuesday to four years in prison for violating his probation. Blair Margiotti, 28, admitted in July to violating his probation by drinking. He was on probation for a 2012 fourth-degree rape conviction. Donna Bucher, his attorney, argued that Margiotti would do well if re-released on probation for drug and alcohol treatment, among other opportunities. But Judge Tim Bjorkman didn't agree. "I've gone a long way in giving you opportunities to rehabilitate," Bjorkman said.
Hanson School District was named Tuesday as a $10,000 grant recipient for America's Farmers Grow Rural Education, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund. "We're glad to get it," Superintendent Jim Bridge told The Daily Republic. "It's going toward an alternative education program for kids that do computer-based learning for either AP classes or for online high school classes that aren't offered here." The grant, Bridge said, will fund computers to allow students to take the classes for the alternative education program.