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Eileen (Ligtenberg) Van Zee, Platte, and Mike Ligtenberg, Mitchell, will celebrate their 80th birthdays on Sept. 1. Their birthdays are Sept. 2. A card shower is requested. Greetings may be sent to Eileen Van Zee, Box 25, Platte, S.D., 57368; and Mike Ligtenberg, 925 W. Seventh, Mitchell, S.D., 57301.
A boy, Reece David Heisinger, was born on Aug. 10, 2013, to Stephanie and Jeremy Heisinger, Sioux Falls, at Avera McKennan Hospital, Sioux Falls. Reece joins a big brother, Myles. Grandparents are David and Julie Lachnit, and Terry and Gloria Heisinger, all of Mitchell.
PARKSTON -- Guertis Leischner, Parkston, will celebrate his 90th birthday on Sunday, Sept. 1. A card shower is requested. Greetings may be sent to P.O. Box 508, Parkston, S.D., 57366.
When I worked for newspapers, it was a tradition on election night for the employer to spring for a pre-returns meal for the staff members who were on duty for the evening. I don't recall any of any employers springing for a meal for any of the reporters who used to work late on legislative nights, but I suppose somewhere in the field manual of how to treat reporters, there's a chapter that explains the distinction between working late at the Legislature and working late for the general election. That would make for some interesting hair-splitting, I suppose.
A Mitchell man denied an allegation Tuesday that he violated his probation. Jesse White Bull, 27, allegedly violated his probation by not contacting his court services officer, drinking at a bar in Mitchell and not paying his court costs and fines. White Bull was convicted of disorderly conduct in November 2012 and was issued a citation for burglary/breaking and entering in July. Judge Tim Bjorkman granted a furlough in July to allow White Bull the opportunity to set up a payment plan, visit with his probation officer and be released on a personal recognizance bond.
A boy, Aiden Lee Stevicks, was born on Aug. 7, 2013, to Dave and Sara Stevicks, Mitchell, at Avera Queen of Peace Hospital in Mitchell. He joins a big sister, Aubree. Grandparents are Gary and Annet Kropuenske, Hurley; and Tom Stevicks, Dallas.
A Brandon man pleaded not guilty Tuesday to distribution of marijuana. Derek Olson, 18, entered his plea during court at the Davison County Public Safety Center in Mitchell. Olson is accused of distributing more than a half-pound but less than 1 pound of marijuana in June. According to court documents, he was in the Culver's parking lot in Mitchell on June 6 around 11 p.m. At the time, Olson allegedly had 13 ounces of marijuana on him and distributed more than 8 ounces of it to a person in the parking lot. Judge Tim Bjorkman scheduled a jury trial for December.
On the topic of arming school staff on the job -- from Newtown, Connecticut, to Mitchell, South Dakota -- there appears to be a striking abundance of caution. And we believe that is a very good thing. What gives us hope is that this strong, broad reluctance to having school employees carry guns on campus exists today despite the devastating tragedy at Newtown's Sandy Hook Elementary School on Dec. 12, 2012, little more than eight months ago, when a disturbed young man shot dead 20 children and six faculty and staff before killing himself.
A Mitchell man will serve prison time for raping a girl younger than 16. James Taglioli, 28, was sentenced Tuesday during court at the Davison County Public Safety Center. Judge Tim Bjorkman sentenced him to 10 years in prison, but suspended seven years. Taglioli pleaded guilty in June to fourth-degree rape.
PIERRE -- Artists are reminded that the deadline to apply to the South Dakota Arts Council's Artists in Schools and Communities (AISC) and Touring Arts programs is Sunday.