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A Mitchell man received no jail time for committing sexual acts with a juvenile female. On Tuesday at the Davison County Public Safety Center, 20-year-old Austin Wipf pleaded guilty to fourth-degree rape. He was sentenced to zero days in jail, two years of probation and to pay a fine of $913. On March 22, Wipf admitted in an interview with law enforcement to having sex with a 15-year-old female juvenile, according to court documents. Wipf stated he had "consensual sex" with the female juvenile approximately four to five times in 2016 when Wipf was 18 years old.
A Fulton man pleaded guilty Tuesday to committing sexual acts with two female juveniles on the same day. On Tuesday at the Davison County Public Safety Center, 20-year-old Robert Fink pleaded guilty to fourth-degree rape. Judge Chris Giles ordered a presentence investigation and a sentence hearing is scheduled for Jan. 23.
Mitchell's speech and debate teams are at it again. The Mitchell High School students participated in the 19th annual Aberdeen Golden Eagle Cup this past weekend, with several students taking the top places. For speech events, Madison Hetland took first, while Thea Patrick took third in the varsity original oratory competition. RyLeigh Christopherson also took first as Jaclyn McMillen took third in novice original oratory. In varsity extemporaneous speaking, Hetland again took first while Caleb Jarding took third. Patrick also took fifth in informative speaking.
Here are five stories to know heading into Tuesday: 1. The Woonsocket School Board give residents a look at its proposed elementary expansion Monday night. 2. Mitchell's Planning Commission recommended a decision that could impact the city's short-term lodging industry.
The nation's average gas price is steadily rising, but South Dakota fell slightly below the norm on Monday. According to the AAA, South Dakota's average gas price dropped to $2.53 per gallon, just below the national average of $2.56. The national average has increased 9 cents in just 13 days. Since Nov. 1, the state's average also reached $2.56, but has since dropped. On Friday, when the state's average was still $2.56, Mitchell averaged $2.53 per gallon, a total higher than the averages in Yankton and Rapid City. At $2.54, the price was higher in Sioux Falls.
LAKE ANDES — A driver crashed into a fence after falling asleep at the wheel near tribal land in Lake Andes on Thursday. At approximately 12 p.m. on Nov. 9, 34-year-old Kayla Decora, of Sioux Falls, was driving a 2002 Pontiac Sunfire eastbound a quarter mile east of Lake Andes on S.D. Highway 50. Decora allegedly fell asleep at the wheel and entered a ditch near mile marker 340, according to local law enforcement. Yankton Sioux Tribal Police Officer Willard Bruguier said Decora was transported to the hospital by ambulance and the extent of her injuries is unknown.
Here are five stories to know heading into Monday: 1. Mitchell-area residents took Saturday to honor local veterans. 2. Daily Republic Sports takes a look at Dakota Wesleyan University's wrestling team ahead of its upcoming season.
Two Davison County businesses could have their liquor licenses renewed Tuesday. At the Davison County Commission's regular Tuesday meeting, the five-person board will consider renewing the liquor license for Wild Oak LLC and the Kongo Klub. The board will meet at 9 a.m. at the Davison County North Offices at 1420 N. Main St. Agenda items • 9 a.m.: Call the meeting to order, conduct the Pledge of Allegiance, consider approving minutes from the previous meeting and hear both citizen input and board reports.
A look at news from around the region, as reported by weekly newspapers: Wessington Springs WESSINGTON SPRINGS ELEMENTARY MOVES TO STANDARDS BASED REPORT CARDS: Report cards at Wessington Springs Elementary School will no longer feature letter grades. Instead, the district has shifted to a Standards Based Report Card, which tracks a student's performance with numbers. The scale will range from one to four, with fours being the highest score. — Wessington Springs True Dakotan Freeman
Toy Story’s Buzz and Woody made a stop by Longfellow Elementary School. The two Disney character were featured in the school’s bullying prevention assembly — called “Buddy Up – You’ve Got a Friend in Me” — on Friday morning. Two high school boys basketball players, Baley Miller and Carter Cavanaugh, portrayed the characters, according to Longfellow Principal Lisa Heckenlaible.