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PLANKINTON/WHITE LAKE -- Nine businesses in Aurora County passed alcohol compliance checks conducted Jan. 18 by the South Central Alcohol Task Force. White Lake City A Bar Z, Sportsman's Pub, Ehler's General Store and White Lake Municipal Bar in White Lake all passed. The Roadhouse Bar, Plank Inn, Ron's Market, Commerce Street Bar and Grille and Ponderosa in Plankinton all passed. There were no failures. On a first offense, if a person who sells alcohol to a minor has passed a certified alcohol management class, the state can fine that business $500.
Rep. Kristi Noem will host a town hall meeting in Mitchell on Friday. Noem, R-S.D., will be at the Highland Conference Center, 2000 Highland Way, from 10:30-11:30 a.m. The second-term congresswoman from rural Castlewood is making a tour of the state doing such meetings. She will take questions from the audience following a short presentation. Please RSVP to the Mitchell Area Chamber at 605-996-5567 or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you plan to attend.
A Mitchell man who apparently suffered an intentional self-inflicted gunshot wound Thursday night is in fair condition at a Sioux Falls hospital, authorities say. The man, whose name authorities have not released, was still in an intensive care unit Friday at a Sioux Falls hospital, but is responsive and aware of his surroundings, according to Mitchell Police Detective Lt. Don Everson. The Mitchell Police Division went to 1220 E. Havens Ave., Lot No. 197, at 7:24 p.m. Thursday after a 911 call alerted police of the incident. The man was reportedly in critical condition that night.
Two Mitchell residents were arrested Wednesday after law enforcement executed a search of their residence and allegedly found more than 5 pounds of marijuana. Jared Nespor, 23, and Melissa Schuppan, 24, are charged with four felonies as a result of the search, which took place at their residence at 1109 S. Rowley St.
HONOLULU, Hawaii -- Mitchell is a smart community, but it's not one of the Top7 Intelligent Communities of the Year, according to the Intelligent Community Forum, a nonprofit policy research entity that founded the awards competition in 2007. Mitchell was named to the Smart21 of 2013 list last year.
PIERRE -- A collection of open-government bills found limited success Wednesday in a legislative committee. The House State Affairs Committee gutted the intent of one bill, killed two bills and approved two others. The legislation was drafted by Gov. Dennis Daugaard's open government task force. House Bill 1108 seeks to extend open government requirements to local government committees. Current law says a public body must be created by law or resolution, and have sovereign powers, to be subject to the state's open-meetings law.
U.S. Sen. Tim Johnson, D-S.D., is continuing his push for a new long-term farm bill, he said Wednesday. Johnson is a cosponsor of recently introduced legislation that is nearly identical to the bipartisan farm bill the Senate passed last year.
PIERRE -- House members voted 66-0 Tuesday in support of HB 1072. It's a bill pushed by the state chief justice to allow political parties to endorse or nominate candidates for judicial office. The reason it's needed, as Rep. Tim Johns, R-Lead, explained, is to avoid future potential lawsuits, after a Montana law similar to South Dakota's current ban was struck down by a federal appeals court last summer as a violation of freedom of speech.
PIERRE -- Legislators have fought repeatedly over parking lot issues, and it looks like they may again this session. HB 1129 attempts to prohibit businesses and employers from having a policy or rule against employees having firearms or ammunition in their vehicles in the parking lot, so long as the weapon or ammo is out of sight. Rep. Lance Russell, R-Hot springs, and Sen. Ernie Otten, R-Tea, are the main sponsors on this bill. Last year the House passed a similar bill from then-Rep. Val Rausch, R-Big Stone City, but a Senate committee killed it.
PIERRE -- Sen. Shantel Krebs is pushing a proposal for a $5 million grant program for agricultural facilities. Krebs, R-Renner, would make the money available to the state Department of Transportation to use for grants for roads and bridges to new ag facilities. The legislation, SB 155, would cover processing, handling or loading of crops and raising or feeding livestock, including dairy. But the projects can't be inside city boundaries. Her lead sponsor in the House is Rep. Justin Cronin, R-Gettysburg.