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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.
Firefighters responded to a small fire at 7:15 a.m.
PICKSTOWN -- Strong winds caused a camper to roll on U.S. Highway 18/281 at Fort Randall Dam around 10 a.m. Wednesday. South Dakota Highway Patrol Trooper Aaron Hanson said a pickup driven by Jason Tramp, 40, of Yankton, was pulling a 1969 13-foot camper. Instead of taking the road below the dam, Tramp went on top of the dam. The camper flipped on its top about one-third of the way across the dam, Hanson said. Tramp and his son were not injured in the incident. Hanson estimated the camper sustained about $1,000 in damage.
Two of 16 businesses checked Oct. 12 by the South Central Alcohol Task Force failed alcohol compliance checks. The VFW Post 2750 and the American Legion both failed the checks.
A Highmore woman pleaded not guilty Tuesday to second-degree burglary. Angela Alice Harris, 41, is charged with second-degree burglary for allegedly entering a residence last March in rural Davison County, west of Mitchell. She faces a maximum of 15 years in prison and a $30,000 fine if convicted. A trial is set for December.
A Mitchell woman pleaded no contest Tuesday to giving false testimony during a July protection order hearing. Karina Willoughby, 36, is charged with perjury and faces a maximum of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine. In exchange for her plea, prosecutors agreed to recommend she receive a suspended execution of sentence. Sentencing is set for December.
A 21-year-old man pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges related to his alleged role in a series of vehicle thefts and acts of vandalism in July in Mitchell. Daniel James Tingle, of Mitchell, is charged with one count of grand theft and one count of intentional property damage.
An 18-year-old Huron man pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity Tuesday to charges related to his alleged role in a car fire last month in Mitchell. Patrick Red Legs is charged with intentional property damage and reckless burning or exploding for allegedly setting a car on fire Sept. 9 near the 900 block of West Second Avenue in Mitchell with two other men, Jeremiah Hart, 22, of Huron, and Matthew Hart, 20, of Mitchell. He faces a maximum of 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine for each charge. A psychiatric evaluation was ordered and a trial was set for December.
The Mitchell Rotary Club has announced that the start time for the debates, scheduled on Thursday and Nov. 1, has been changed to 12:20 p.m. The debates will be at the Ramada Inn during the regular Rotary Club meetings. The first debate will feature Referred Law 14. David Owen, state Chamber of Commerce and Industry president, and Ben Nesselhuf, state Democratic Party chairman, will participate. The second debate will feature Referred Law 16. Melody Schopp, state secretary of education, and Sandy Arseneault, South Dakota Education Association president, will participate.