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PIERRE — For the first time since 1985, South Dakota's average teacher salaries in the 2016-17 school year were no longer the lowest in the nation. The news comes from the National Education Association's 2018 Rankings and Estimates report, an annual report that was released on Monday. According to the report, South Dakota's average teacher salaries increased from $42,025 in 2015-16 to $46,979 in 2016-17 — an increase of $4,954 or 11.8 percent. With the increase, South Dakota's average salary rose from 51st in the nation to 48th.
PIERRE — Dr. Christine Arnold, a pediatrician at Sanford Health in Mitchell, has been named a Childhood Immunization Champion by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC Childhood Immunization Champion Award recognizes individuals who go above and beyond to promote immunization among children in their communities.
The City of Mitchell would like to remind the citizens to check their sump pumps to make sure that they are working properly. It is recommended that sump pumps be drained to the curb. If possible, do not drain water in your backyard so you or your neighbor doesn't not have to recycle the ground water. Do not drain sump pumps into floor drains or into the sanitary sewer system. This may cause the sanitary sewer system to back up on you or your neighbors.
Dakota Wesleyan University will celebrate Commencement on May 6, with honorary degrees given to two alumni.
A look at news from around the region, as reported by weekly newspapers: Reliance ENGINEERING FIRM TO STUDY DRAINAGE ISSUES: Representatives from the Short Elliott Hendrickson met with the Reliance Town Board April 3 to discuss the survey they will conduct regarding roads and drainage in town. Reliance received a Special Evaluation Assistance for Rural Communities and Households, or SEARCH, grant in December from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Development department and will receive $15,000 in funds to cover the survey.
Mitchell High School's Programming II class competed at USD's Parallax Robot Maze Solver Competition, also known as the High School Robotic Programming Contest, on April 11. Marisa Osterloo and Brayden Polreisz placed first within South Dakota and second place overall among teams from Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota. Osterloo and Pollreisz received a trophy, a 64 GB USB memory stick and half-price housing at USD.
PIERRE — The South Dakota Supreme Court has upheld the constitutionality of a Scotland, South Dakota, man's conviction for killing his 4-month-old son. Forty-four-year-old Chris Miller was sentenced to life in prison for the death of his son, Jacob Miller, and an additional 50 years for aggravated assault in January 2013. A Turner County jury found Miller guilty of second-degree murder and aggravated assault in connection with the March 2011 death.
Charges are pending against a Sioux Falls man whose semi jackknifed closed Interstate 90 Wednesday morning, according to a press release from the S.D. Department of Public Safety. James Fenning, 56, was driving a 2015 Freightliner Tractor east on I-90 when he lost control. The semi slid until it struck an overpass bridge 20 miles east of Sioux Falls, near Montrose, blocking and closing both eastbound lanes for 45 minutes. No one was injured in the crash and Fenning was wearing his seat belt. Weather was a factor in the crash.
Publisher Rory Palm is leaving The Daily Republic to become the regional president of Adams Publishing Group Media of the Rockies. Palm started at The Daily Republic on Aug. 25, 2014. His final day at the Mitchell newspaper is May 18.
The following cases were among those heard recently during a felony court session at the Davison County Public Safety Center in Mitchell. • Aphelia Whiting, 38, of Sioux Falls, failed to appear in court on a second-degree kidnapping charge; Court issued a $5,000 cash bond bench warrant for her arrest.