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A 19-year-old Mitchell man was arrested for solicitation of a minor Tuesday, the same day he pleaded guilty to sexual contact with another child younger than 16. Mitchell police arrested Alec Joseph Thraen in connection with an online investigation the department conducted. Thraen allegedly contacted a person he thought to be a 14-year-old female and made arrangements to have sex with her in his apartment. This is a felony charge, punishable by up to 10 years in prison, a $20,000 fine or both.
A Mitchell man received a two-year suspended execution of sentence for distribution or possession with intent to distribute Tuesday at the Davison County Public Safety Center in Mitchell. Brit Jones, 21, is a student at Dakota Wesleyan University working on his bachelor's degree in behavioral sciences. He told Judge Sean O'Brien he hopes to become a counselor to help students prevent this type of situation. Jones, a former DWU football player, pleaded guilty to the charge in June. Jones will also serve 30 days in the Davison County Jail.
A Nebraska man pleaded guilty Tuesday in Mitchell to two felony counts of possessing, manufacturing or distributing child pornography. Bruce Warnke, 57, admitted to downloading an image and a video depicting children younger than 18 engaged in prohibited sexual acts. The maximum punishment for the charges is 10 years in the South Dakota State Penitentiary, a $20,000 fine or both. In June, Warnke brought his computer to a computer repair shop in Mitchell to be repaired. The police were called when the repair technician found files on the computer that involved children.
WESSINGTON SPRINGS -- Wessington Springs School Superintendent Lance Witte is back at work after the school board placed him on administrative leave last month following two drunken driving arrests. In a statement Witte posted on the Wessington Springs School District's website under the Spartan Spotlight section, Witte said this: "Wessington Springs School Board decided to remove me from administrative leave and to be reinstated as Superintendent and Secondary Principal.
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Sen. John Thune is seeking to move ahead in Senate leadership. "At this time I am announcing my intention to seek the support of my Senate Republican colleagues to serve them as the next chairman of the Senate Republican Conference," Thune, R-S.D., said Tuesday. Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., announced Monday he will resign as chairman of the Senate Republican Conference. That prompted Thune, the chairman of the Republican Policy Committee, to make a bid for the position, considered the No.
MOUNT VERNON -- The city of Mount Vernon recently received a new mayor and a vacant city council position. Former Mayor Jason Christensen moved to Mitchell, leaving the city without a mayor, said Brenda McPeek, city finance officer. The council swore in Council President Tim Petersen as mayor and will search for his replacement. Anyone interested in serving from Ward 2 for the city can call (605) 236-5207. The person appointed to the position will serve until the general election in April, McPeek said.
Mitchell Technical Institute President Greg Von Wald said recently that glitches have been ironed out in a new computer system that was designed to speed the processing of student financial aid applications. The problems resulted in delays processing financial aid payments for some second-year students during the system's first week of operation, he said, but those issues have been fixed. This fall was the first time the school's new computerized management system saw action, he said, and that created slowdowns, especially for some second-year students who received loans through the federal
The Hutchinson County Sheriff's Office and the state Division of Criminal Investigation are seeking information regarding a shooting incident in July. On July 31, in the early morning hours, three Caucasian males apparently were shooting at an abandoned house near the Old Elm Hutterite Colony, according to the Hutchinson County Sheriff's Office. At the time, some people were in the house. No one was injured. The three males aged from 15 to 25 years old and were in a late model, white, Ford F250 crew-cab pickup.
WINNER -- The Winner School District recently approved the lease of three rooms at its former middle school to the South Dakota State University Cooperative Extension Service for a regional center. SDSU Extension announced earlier this summer that Mitchell's regional center will be located at the new Mitchell Technical Institute campus south of Interstate 90. At that time, the location of the Winner regional center had not been announced. Originally, SDSU planned on seven centers, but the number was increased to eight in order to better serve the southwest region of the state.
Good, but spotty. That seemed to be the consensus when The Daily Republic interviewed crop observers in 17 area counties in early to mid-September. Plentiful moisture for much of the spring and summer helped the crops that were planted, but a wet spring prevented some areas of fields from being planted, and spring and summer flooding wiped out other areas of fields.