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The Davison County Commission will meet Tuesday following a two-week hiatus, considering topics ranging from a medical contract with the Mitchell Clinic to a pair of annual reports. The five-person board plans to meet at 9 a.m. on Tuesday in the Davison County North Offices in Mitchell to host Corrections Administrator Don Radel for a discussion on the county's medical contract with the Mitchell Clinic. The expected 30-minute discussion is projected to take up much of the meeting. No other information regarding the discussion was included in the county's agenda.
BURKE — A Herrick woman is still in shock after charges of aggravated assault against a law enforcement officer and aggravated eluding and reckless driving against her were dismissed. Laura DeLong, 38, of Herrick, was accused of driving at high speeds about five miles west of Bonesteel, and twice swerving toward a Gregory County deputy who was allegedly pursuing her, court documents state.
The city of Mitchell will begin collecting green compost containers, curbside, on the same day as your garbage collection the week of April 3 for those people who have signed up for compost collection. Containers must be curbside and filled only with compostable yard waste. No tree branches, garbage or garbage bags. If you would like to add this service for $4 per month plus the cost of the container, call 995-8465.
FREEMAN — Freeman police are searching for a subject involved the theft of money and personal items from a trailer home Friday afternoon. The theft at a trailer park located at 306 N. Dewald St. in Freeman and was reported to police at approximately 12:50 p.m., according to Freeman Police Officer Jonathan Slevin. Originally reported as a robbery, police are considering the incident a "theft by deception," meaning the suspect "scammed a lady out of her money," Slevin said.
BRIDGEWATER — A Bridgewater-Emery sixth-grade student will represent South Dakota in the National Geographic Bee Championship following a first-place finish at the state competition. Owen Fink was crowned state champion Friday for the second consecutive year, and received $100, the National Geographic Concise Atlas of the World and a trip to Washington, D.C. May 14 through May 17 for the national competition.
PIERRE — Gov. Dennis Daugaard says the state Board of Water and Natural Resources has approved $94.6 million for water and waste projects. The board met Thursday and Friday in Pierre. The $94,620,125 total includes $7,636,000 in grants and $86,984,125 in low-interest loans, with $2,015,000 in principal forgiveness. The grants and loans awarded by the board are administered through the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR). Loans were awarded to these area entities: • B-Y Water District, $4.7 million loan for ground storage water reservoir
Eight weeks of preparation paid off for several Mitchell students. Three teams from the Mitchell High School's Programming II class competed Thursday at the Parallax Robot Maze Solver Competition — also known as the High School Robotic Programming Contest — at the University of South Dakota. Mitchell Team One, placed first among the South Dakota teams and second overall from 38 teams present from Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota, according to Bruce Mastel, the computer department chair for Mitchell School District.
A look at news from around the region, as reported by weekly newspapers: Platte FURNITURE MART TO CLOSE: The Platte Furniture Mart, a longtime staple on Platte's Main Street, will officially close today. Owners Jowell and Patti Gerlach and Wayne and and Mindy Klein purchased the business from Gene and Faith VanZee in 1966. The buildings are for sale. — The Platte Enterprise Scotland
A 10-year-old avoided injuries after a vehicle driven by Mitchell Middle School's vice principal "brushed" the child's backpack Thursday morning at the intersection of Havens Avenue and Rowley Street. According to authorities, police and paramedics arrived on scene at about 7:10 a.m. after Middle School Vice Principal Brittney Eide called the Mitchell Public Safety Center to report the incident. The student was not knocked down or harmed in any way, said Mitchell Police Sgt. Joel Reinesch.
HOWARD — A vehicle was destroyed on Wednesday from an engine fire in Howard. At about 8:50 a.m., six Howard firefighters responded to a vehicle fire on South Maple Street in Howard, where they found the engine of a 2002 Dodge Intrepid engulfed in flame, according to the Miner County Sheriff's Office. The fire was likely caused by electrical problems, the sheriff's office said, but firefighters were able to extinguish the blaze within 15 minutes. The vehicle was parked and had no occupants. No one was injured, but the Intrepid is believed to be totaled.