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Former Republican Gov. Mike Rounds holds a commanding lead over his Democratic opponent for the 2014 U.S. Senate race, according to a poll released Friday. Nielson Brothers Polling shows Rounds leading Rick Weiland, 54.3 to 27.1 percent, with 18.6 percent undecided. The NBP survey, conducted June 10-14, also asked Republican voters about a primary matchup between Rounds and U.S. Rep.
HOT SPRINGS -- Mitchell's Tessa Dee, Miss Gold Rush, took home a preliminary award in the swimsuit competition at the Miss South Dakota Pageant Wednesday night. Dee took the swimsuit title wearing a white twopiece. She receives $200 for the award. Elkton's Katie Crevier, Miss Eastern Plains, won the preliminary talent competition with unicycle and basketball artistry to "Live Like That." The talent award is a $1,000 scholarship. Preliminary competition continues tonight, with final competition Saturday night. The 2013 Miss South Dakota's Outstanding Teen Competition is tonight.
A Lower Brule man convicted of assaulting, resisting and impeding a federal officer was sentenced Tuesday in federal court to one year probation and a $25 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund. Marty LaRoche, 20, was also ordered by U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno to undergo substance abuse treatment and anger management treatment. LaRoche was indicted by a federal grand jury on March 13 and pleaded guilty on April 25. The charge stems from an incident on Feb.
A man suffered only minor injuries when he fell from a ladder and onto the pavement shortly after 2 p.m. Thursday outside Performance Pets in Mitchell. According to Mitchell firefighter Brad Kobza, the man, whose identity is not being released, was taking measurements for roof repairs near the offices of Performance Pets, which is located at 915 E. Havens St., when the ladder he was standing on gave out and he fell about 10 feet onto the concrete pavement below. The man was taken by ambulance to Avera Queen of Peace Hospital in Mitchell.
The Coffee Cup Fuel Stop, Plankinton, recently failed an alcohol compliance check conducted by the South Central Alcohol Task Force. The business' clerk asked for the confidential informant's identification, but the clerk still made the sale of alcohol. This is the Coffee Cup Fuel Stop's first failure within a 24-month period. Other Aurora County businesses that passed as a result of the alcohol compliance checks were Stickney Lanes, Stumble Inn and C's Legion Hideaway, all in Stickney; Fish Lake Country Club and Ponderosa, both in Plankinton; and Siding 36 Motel and RV Park, White Lake.
A Mitchell man was injured Thursday when the motorcycle he was driving collided with a deer shortly before 5:30 a.m. west of Mitchell. Lucas Johnson, 23, of rural Mitchell, was driving a motorcycle eastbound in the 3100 block of West Havens Street when he crashed into a deer that came out of the ditch, according to Mitchell Police Officer Dan Fechner. Johnson was taken by ambulance to Avera Queen of Peace Hospital in Mitchell with minor injuries. The Mitchell Police Division and Mitchell Ambulance responded to the crash.
TYNDALL -- Tyndall native singer/songwriter Adayla Defiance will release her first original professionally recorded EP, "I Stood in This Place," during an album release concert at 7 p.m. on Friday at the Dakota Theatre in Yankton, with Zak McComas as opening act. Admission fee for the event is $3, which will go to the theater's restoration fund. All tickets are general admission. Children 12 and under get in free. "I Stood in This Place" is available in hard copies and MP3 format.
The Weekend Snackpack program in Mitchell could expand to serve junior high and high school students. An informational meeting about the expansion will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday in Room 103 of the First United Methodist Church in Mitchell. The public meeting will focus on the expansion of the Weekend Snackpack program as it begins coordination with the Dakota Wesleyan University Enactus team. The program is seeking further resources and a larger location to serve more children. The program has given more than $30,000 in food to local children.
The Davison County commissioners will meet in regular session at 9 a.m. Tuesday at the courthouse, 200 E. Fourth Ave., Mitchell. As part of Tuesday's meeting the commissioners will tour the renovations made at the county's North Annex. The former Central Electric Co-op building is being renovated as a new clinic for the county's community health nursing staff and as a site for future commission meetings. Tuesday's agenda includes: 9 a.m. Call to order, approval of past meeting minutes, citizen input. 9:30 a.m.