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Jerome Kills Small, right, leads the Flag Song as Jadyn Huapapi, left, along with other Wagner students and staff, show their respect to the flag on Wednesday. The Flag Song opened the school day as part of the school's celebration of Native American Week. (Photo by Michelle Soukup)
Two South Dakota technical institutes have been deemed the best in the nation. Mitchell Technical Institute and Southeast Technical Institute in Sioux Falls have been named to the nation's top 150 list of community colleges from the Aspen Institute College Excellence Program. The list was released Wednesday, and the two technical schools are now eligible to compete for the Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence and $1 million in prize funds. Mitchell Tech and Southeast Tech were chosen from a pool of approximately 1,000 public two-year colleges.
WAGNER — Three Wagner men were arrested and charged last month for stealing a sound system from the Wagner Community School's football stadium. Bradley French, 19, Francis Coltrin, 20, and Scott Starbuck, 22, were charged in September for third-degree burglary and intentional damage to property.
Here are five stories to know heading into Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017: 1. Mitchell residents can now travel across the Foster Street bridge in eastern Davison County ... It's open! 2. Corsica/Stickney is the final unbeaten team remaining in 9A football.
CHAMBERLAIN — Three area residents pleaded not guilty this week to federal charges alleging they violated the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection and Lacey acts. Christopher Pomani, Michael Pomani and Arvella Pomani were indicted in August for their alleged roles in possessing, selling, bartering and offering to sell and barter a bald eagle, golden eagle and their parts on Oct. 27, 2014, according to the United States Department of Justice. They pleaded not guilty to the charges on Oct. 6.
A lottery ticket sold in Mitchell will make its owner $44,000 richer. The winning ticket was worth $44,554 and sold at Westside Sinclair in Mitchell, according to a press release from the South Dakota Lottery. The winning numbers were 11, 16, 17, 30 and 32 and were drawn on Saturday. The owner of the ticket should sign the back of the ticket and visit a South Dakota Lottery office to claim their prize. The odds of winning were one in 324,632.
MONTROSE — A Montrose man with a previous criminal history pleaded not guilty to stealing multiple firearms Christopher Morrison, 46, was arrested and charged with third-degree burglary of a firearm, possessing a firearm as a previously convicted felon and possession of marijuana. Morrison pleaded not guilty on Oct. 2 to one charge of third-degree burglary and one charge of possession of a controlled substance and entered no plea to the other charges. A sentence hearing is scheduled for Nov. 27.
WINNER — Two people sustained minor injuries after hitting a cow on the road a few miles northwest of Winner. At approximately 7:30 p.m Monday, a 67-year-old male driving a 1997 GMC Suburban was northbound on 313th Avenue when the vehicle collided with a cow that was in the road, according to South Dakota Department of Public Safety. The male driver and a 68-year-old female passenger both sustained minor injuries and were transported to a Winner hospital. The cow was not located by law enforcement.
ALEXANDRIA — One person sustained serious non-life threatening injuries in a one-vehicle crash near Alexandria. At approximately 9:48 a.m. Monday, a 82-year-old man driving a 2016 Hyundai Utility was traveling west on I-90 and gradually left the roadway. He entered a ditch, vaulted off an embankment and landed in a creek, according to South Dakota Department of Public Safety. He was transported to a Mitchell hospital. Officials are not releasing the man's name at this time.
Here are five stories to know headed into Tuesday, Oct. 10. 1. Thanks to Mitchell Girl Scouts Troop 57005, the gravesites of three veterans will now have a "proper headstone." 2. The Minnesota Vikings to a late interception and field goal to beat the Chicago Bears on Monday Night Football.