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The Daily Republic took home 30 awards, including Sweepstakes, in the South Dakota Newspaper Association's 2016 Better Newspapers Contest. The awards were announced during the SDNA annual convention Friday in Aberdeen. The Daily Republic competes in a division for newspapers with circulations up to 12,000. The Sweepstakes award is presented to the newspaper that compiles the most points from the individual awards. In addition to winning the Sweepstakes, The Daily Republic's assistant editor, Evan Hendershot, was named South Dakota's Outstanding Young Journalist.
The following cases were disposed in Davison County Magistrate Court between March 27 and April 10. • Beth J. Christensen, 34, Alpena, fail to maintain financial responsibility; $134 fine; $66 costs; conditions: pay fines, costs and fees; work/school/treatment permit authorized upon proof of financial responsibility and employment and turning in a valid driver's license. • Mitchel Scott Bridges, 30, Mitchell; fail to maintain financial responsibility; $134 fine; $66 costs; conditions: pay fines, costs and fees.
A new Scotchman and Miss Wesleyan have been crowned. Andrew Schwader and Ariana Arampatzis, seniors at Dakota Wesleyan University, were named Scotchman and Miss Wesleyan Friday night during the university's annual honors banquet. The titles are the university's highest honors, and are based on campus leadership and service, community leadership and service, academics and character. The Miss Wesleyan title began in 1929, while Scotchman started in 1938.
WAGNER — Two alleged parole absconders were arrested after hitting a police officer with a vehicle and fleeing the scene, authorities said Friday. Fred Greger, 43, and Jennifer Johnson, 33, both of Wagner, were taken into custody by tribal law enforcement Thursday following a high-speed chase that spanned 20 miles and ended near the South Dakota-Nebraska border, according to the Wagner Police Department.
A look at news from around the region, as reported by weekly newspapers: Plankinton FINAL PAYMENT ON SCHOOL'S ADDITION WITHHELD: The final payment to Mueller Lumber for the Plankinton school's new elementary addition was withheld at the April school board meeting. Plankinton Board of Education Chairman Jason Heezen told the board the roof in the new addition has leaked in a few spots, as has the elementary resource room's window.
A Mitchell magistrate judge will soon be leaving Davison County. Magistrate Judge Gordon D. Swanson was appointed Friday morning by Gov. Dennis Daugaard as a circuit court judge in South Dakota's Fourth Circuit Court. Swanson will succeed Hon. Randall L. Macy, who is retiring in June. The Fourth Circuit includes Butte, Corson, Dewey, Harding, Lawrence, Meade, Perkins and Ziebach counties.
LAKE ANDES — A Mitchell woman has been charged with a felony after allegedly driving into a pedestrian in Lake Andes. Lauren Kiyukan, 44, was charged with hit-and-run causing injury for an incident on Feb. 18 in which she struck a man while driving a vehicle on Highway 50, court documents state. At about 9:30 p.m., law enforcement received a report of a man struck by a white Chevrolet Suburban, court documents state.
Dakota Wesleyan University will hold Commencement ceremonies at 1 p.m. Sunday, May 7, at the Corn Palace, Mitchell. Dusty Johnson, Mitchell, will address the 236 graduates. Johnson is vice president of consulting at Vantage Point Solutions, Mitchell, and a candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives seat. Baccalaureate services will be held at 7 p.m Saturday, May 6, at the Sherman Center on DWU campus with the Rev. Eric Van Meter, campus pastor giving the welcome and baccalaureate message. The services will also include a hooding ceremony.
SPRINGFIELD — Two inmates in Springfield were arrested after allegedly assaulting a man in prison. Robert Hernandez and John Reddest, both 23-year-old inmates at Mike Durfee State Prison, were recently charged with aggravated assault for injuring or attempting to injure a fellow inmate on Dec. 17, court documents state. Hernandez and Reddest are charged with two counts of aggravated assault, Class 3 felonies, each punishable upon conviction by up to 15 years in prison and a $30,000 fine.
TYNDALL — Two people sustained minor injuries after a two-vehicle crash Wednesday evening in Tyndall. Brecken Bullard, 17, was injured when her vehicle collided with a vehicle driven by Geddes resident John Estrada, 35, at 5:30 p.m. at the intersection of South Dakota Highway 50 and Main Street in Tyndall. Estrada also sustained minor injuries, according to the South Dakota Department of Public Safety.