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As of late Tuesday night, the ballot measure to raise the minimum wage both looked like they would pass, with most the state's votes counted.
The voters of District 8 backed a pair of Republicans for their state House of Representatives seats on Tuesday, including a 23-year-old man who will be the state's youngest legislator in the upcoming session. Mathew Wollman, a Republican from Madison, was the leading vote-getter in the District 8 race. He joins Republican incumbent Dr. Leslie Heinemann, of Flandreau, as the two winning candidates to represent the district, which includes Sanborn, Miner, Lake and Moody counties. Wollman had 4,595 votes, or 31 percent, followed by Heinemann at 4,379 votes, or 30 percent.
Charles Mix County Sheriff Randy Thaler, a Republican, won his bid for re-election with 2,049 votes, or 68.5 percent of the votes. Democratic challenger and Wagner Police Officer DesaRae' Gravatt received 943 votes, or 31.5 percent, in the election. "Thanks to the voters for all the support in Charles Mix County as stated by the turnout," Thaler told The Daily Republic Tuesday night. Gravatt said despite her loss in the election she found the outcome to still be "pretty awesome." "Looking back on the election four years ago, there was a total of a little over 1,000 votes," she said.
The following cases were among those heard Tuesday during a circuit court session at the Davison County Public Safety Center in Mitchell: • Elgina Callahan, 41, of Mitchell, pleaded not guilty to unauthorized ingestion of a controlled substance, methamphetamine; a jury trial is set for February; Judge Tim Bjorkman approved a personal recognizance bond. • Micah Barber, 34, of Mitchell, pleaded not guilty to aggravated assault against his girlfriend in May; Judge Tim Bjorkman scheduled a jury trial for February. • Thomas Sessions, 47, of Mitchell, admitted to violating his probation on a thir
CHAMBERLAIN -- A Chamberlain music teacher has been recognized for her outstanding service to South Dakota youth. Faye Stryzewski, a 20-year vocal music teacher, received the South Dakota High School Activities Association Distinguished Service Award on Saturday during the All-State Chorus/Orchestra competition in Sioux Falls. She is a Corsica High School graduate and also taught piano and organ playing out of her home.
Polling places for Davison County include: Precinct 1 votes at Ethan Town Hall, 201 W. Main St., Ethan. Precinct 2 votes at Mount Vernon Senior Center, 200 N. Main St., Mount Vernon. Precincts 3 through 5 vote at Davison County Fairgrounds, 3200 W. Havens Ave., Mitchell. Precincts 6 though 8 and 14 through 20 vote at Mitchell Career and Technical Education Academy (MCTEA) building, 821 N. Capital St., Mitchell. Precincts 9 through 13 vote at the Corn Palace, 604 N. Main St., Mitchell.
WAGNER -- A Wagner man who attempted to strike a law enforcement officer with a vehicle after an "officer-involved shooting" has also been charged with four felonies, according to a Monday press release from the S.D.
Yankton SHARE expanded to Mitchell in October and held a drawing for a Baking/Pantry Pack valued at $30. SHARE is a nonprofit food buying group that offers good, nutritious products at a reduced cost through a volunteer-run, community-based distribution system. Pictured are Tim Buehler, Mitchell SHARE coordinator presenting Cathy Blindauer with the Baking/Pantry Pack that she won in our first monthly drawing. November orders can be placed until Nov. 7 and a drawing will be held on distribution day, Nov. 22, for a Thanksgiving Dinner Package.
RELIANCE — A fire caused by a trailer breaking free and crashing into the ditch on Interstate 90 caused a smoky, fiery mess Friday outside of Reliance. Lyman County Sheriff Steve Manger said the fire started around 2:30 p.m. Friday at exit 248 after a vehicle pulling a trailer west on Interstate 90 came uncoupled and crashed into the north ditch. The trailer got into an old lake bed and started on fire. Manger said that's where the problems started. He said the fire caused huge plumes of smoke that made visibility difficult at times.
A Friday afternoon fire that destroyed a Mitchell home near the M & H convenience store started when food was left unattended cooking on a stovetop. The Mitchell Fire Department was called to 921 S. Rowley St. around 2:15 p.m. Friday. A woman who was staying as a house guest was cooking and left the food unattended when the fire started, Mitchell Fire Chief Paul Morris said. That appears to be the cause, Morris said. When firefighters arrived on scene, the home was engulfed with flames.