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A quick and easy meeting of the Davison County Commission led to the approval of several bids for highway department purchases. The commission approved bids for various supplies and projects throughout the year at its regular meeting on Tuesday at the Davison County North Offices. Bids for chemical purchases for the Weed Department, however, were tabled until the Weed Board could meet, according to Auditor Susan Kiepke.
One Mitchell Christian School student is putting her mark for all-state band. Eighth-grader Staci Wolbrink was presented a three-year member award last weekend at the South Dakota Middle School All-State Band competition in Huron. Wolbrink has been a member of the honor band for all three years of competition. The 18th Annual Middle School All-State Band competition holds two bands each year: the festival band and honor band.
The future of the jazz band at the Mitchell High School is looking good. The Mitchell Middle School Jazz Band took home first place in the middle school division Monday night at the Jazz of the Upper Great Plains Festival at Augustana College. Ryan Stahle, director of bands, said seven middle school programs competed from both Iowa and South Dakota. "The future of jazz and music in Mitchell is looking bright," Stahle said. "These kids have worked really hard and their hard work paid off."
A man who broke into a Main Street restaurant last year in Mitchell was ordered to serve 90 days in jail. Laramy Brink, 26, of Mitchell, was sentenced Tuesday to five years in prison, suspended to 90 days in jail with credit for one day served, for breaking into Scoreboard Pub & Grille on Nov. 27 on Main Street in Mitchell.
WAGNER — Two men were recently charged with burglary after allegedly stealing cold medicine from a business in Wagner. Arrests warrants were issued recently for Maurice Lester, 19, and Jubal Grant, 18, both of Vermillion, who are charged with taking medicine valued at nearly $300 in November from Shopko in Wagner, court documents state.
MONTROSE — A Montrose man was arrested for allegedly taking $40,000 worth of equipment from an area gravel pit. Christopher Morrison, 46, was arrested Feb. 14 and charged with grand theft for taking copper wiring from several gravel equipment machines from a gravel pit northwest of Montrose. Owners valued the equipment at $40,000, court documents state.
SALEM — A government building in Salem requires minor repairs following a fire on Friday. The building caught fire after a welding mishap during construction of a hoop barn, according to Salem Fire Chief Nathan Olinger. At approximately 6:40 p.m. on Friday, Salem firefighters responded to the 300 block of West Norton Avenue in Salem when the wall of an under-construction steel hoop barn caught fire during welding, Olinger said.
The Davison County Commission will consider a handful of purchasing items at its upcoming meeting. The five-person board will discuss a crack seal purchase and open both highway and chemical bids during its regular meeting 9 a.m. Tuesday at the Davison County North Offices. The board will also host a 30-minute closed-door session to consider "personnel." Agenda items The commission will consider the following agenda items:
WHITE LAKE — The White Lake Fire Department is the proud new owner of a thermal imaging camera. Thanks to a $3,500 grant from the Central Electric Operation RoundUP program, the department was recently able to purchase the $5,900 camera, which detects heat and assists firefighters in finding hot spots in a home and people, animals or objects in a smoke-filled room. "It allows you to detect fire in a wall, for example, if smoke is coming out of a house and you can't see the flames," White Lake Fire Chief Matt Doering said.
A jury convicted a Chamberlain man of committing robbery and kidnapping to obtain methamphetamine following a two-day jury trial in Mitchell. Ryan Bruguier, 27, was convicted Friday of first-degree robbery and second-degree kidnapping following a trial at the Davison County Courthouse in Mitchell, stemming from a July incident in which he trapped a man inside a Mitchell apartment and forcibly took methamphetamine from him, court documents state.