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ONAKA - A 10-month-old child was killed and a man was seriously injured in a one-vehicle ATV crash Saturday on state Highway 20 three miles east of Onaka in Faulk County. Gary Rausch, 53, of Onaka, was driving a 2012 Polaris ATV northbound on a private driveway when he turned right onto Highway 20 and lost control of the vehicle. The ATV rolled onto the driver's side, pinning Rausch and Amaya Larson underneath the vehicle. Rausch was transported to a Faulkton hospital with serious, non-life threatening injuries. Larson, the daughter of Dr.
At their regular Tuesday meeting at the courthouse, the Davison County commissioners will hold the first of two public hearings to reduce speeds to 40 mph on 254th Street from 405th to 408th avenues. The proposed ordinance will also lower gross vehicle weights to 80,000 pounds on all paved county roads, with the exception of 247th Street from Highway 37 to Loomis; and on 397th Avenue from Interstate 90 to Mount Vernon. The ordinance is a preemptive move by the commissioners to limit county road repair expenses caused by overweight trucks. The meeting begins at 9 a.m.
CORSICA -- A Corsica girl suffered broken ribs and a punctured lung in a one-vehicle rollover crash early Friday morning on state Highway 44 about 13 miles east of Platte, and she apparently was not located until hours later. According to South Dakota Highway Patrol Trooper Aaron Hanson, 17-year-old Kerri Baan Hofman apparently lost control of her vehicle when the passenger-side tires drifted off the road toward the south ditch.
The second half of 2011 real estate taxes and mobile home taxes are due in the Davison County Treasurer's office by Oct. 31. Payment may be mailed with a copy of the tax notice to 200 E. Fourth Ave., Mitchell, S.D. 57301, Envelopes must have an October 2012 postmark to avoid interest charges. A receipt will be mailed to you upon request only. Please bring tax notices when making payments. -- From a Davison Treasurer's Office news release Other area meetings listed below are scheduled to take place at the towns' post offices. Tabor: 3 p.m. today. Olivet: 5 p.m.
WAGNER -- A 29-year-old woman arrested in July who allegedly failed to report the death of a 2-year-old girl found dead at her home in a Wagner tribal housing project for nearly two days now faces additional drug charges. Laurie Cournoyer was indicted today and charged with one count of possession of certain unauthorized articles in jail and one count of possession of methamphetamine, both felonies, and one count of ingesting methamphetamine, a misdemeanor. She faces a maximum of 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine for possession of meth, a maximum of two years in prison and a $4,000 fine
HOWARD -- A 20-year-old Brookings County man was wounded in a hunting accident Saturday evening. Shea Oines, of Aurora, was hunting with family and friends about seven miles west of Howard around 6:30 p.m., when he was struck by a shotgun blast from one of the hunters. Oines was treated at the scene by a Howard Ambulance crew, which gave him oxygen and stabilized him before transporting him around 8 p.m.
Alice Nickelson, 4-H youth program adviser for Davison and Hanson counties, will give the Davison County commissioners her quarterly activity report when that board meets in regular session at 9 a.m. Tuesday at the courthouse, 200 E.
A fire on top of a telephone pole was easily contained Thursday night, according to the Mitchell Fire Department. Mitchell firefighter Mark White said the department responded to a telephone pole fire in the alley behind 216 E. 11th Ave. around 7:19 p.m. Thursday. He said firefighters spent about an hour at the scene. As for the cause, White said NorthWestern Energy is still investigating what sparked the flame, and how much damage was done.
High winds continued to rip through the state Thursday, causing vehicle tip-overs and other havoc. Brad Temeyer, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service South Dakota field office, said the highest gust Thursday was at Ellsworth, which recorded a wind gust of 74 mph. Pierre, Faith and Winner all recorded wind gusts in the low 70s.
WASHINGTON -- South Dakota Sens. John Thune and Tim Johnson are among a bipartisan group of senators asking Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack to investigate recent "unusually high differences" between the prices sheep producers are receiving and over-the-counter prices consumers are paying for lamb. Johnson, a Democrat, and Thune, a Republican, signed the letter along with North Dakota Sens. Kent Conrad, a Democrat, and John Hoeven, a Republican; Montana Sens. Max Baucus and John Tester, both Democrats; and Wyoming Sen.