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SALEM—A Pierre man suffered serious, non-life threatening injuries in a two-vehicle crash on Thursday morning nine miles south of Salem. Gerald Langan, 72, of Pierre, was transported by ambulance to Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls with serious, non-life threatening injuries after failing to stop at a stop sign and crashing into a semi at the intersection of U.S.
The Mitchell Area Chamber of Commerce Governmental Affairs Committee is sponsoring an informational forum for the pool referendum vote at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the MTI Amphitheatre, Mitchell. The forum is open and free for the public to attend. Two proponents and two opponents of the project have been invited to participate. The two sides will speak from approximately 7 to 7:50 p.m. Representatives from local media entities have been invited to pose questions to the candidates. Individuals from the public who choose to attend will be able to submit questions to the media representatives.
ALEXANDRIA—A Winner man received minor injuries Thursday after the truck he was driving rolled into a ditch on Interstate 90 near Alexandria. Deon Lombard, 21, was driving eastbound on I-90 when a gust of wind elevated the trailer being hauled by the truck caused the 2011 Ford F-150 Pickup to lose control and tumbled into the adjacent ravine. According to Tony Mangan, public information officer with the Department of Public Safety, Hanson County Sheriff's Office, Mitchell Fire and Rescue and South Dakota Highway Patrol responded to the scene, with Mitchell Fire and Rescue transporting
In a story on Page A7 of Wednesday's edition, The Daily Republic incorrectly reported the year James Van Oort graduated from Dakota Wesleyan University. He graduated in 1999.
The United States Capitol Christmas tree will make a stop in Mitchell on Thursday on its journey across the country from near Seward, Alaska, to the White House. According to Katie Knutson, director of the Convention and Visitors Bureau, a spur-of-the-moment decision will bring the 74-foot tall tree to town. "They weren't actually planning on stopping in Mitchell," Knutson said. "But one of the girls with it was here in Mitchell this summer and saw the Corn Palace and said 'We have to go there.' " Knutson said she received the call informing her of the stop on Tuesday.
ARMOUR—Authorities are looking for someone who vandalized a hog facility in Douglas County earlier this week. Douglas County Sheriff Jon Coler said someone used a tractor pulling a tile plow and drove it down the center of a recently poured concrete floor at 39545 Highway 44, about 8 miles northeast of Armour and 15 miles west of Parkston. He said the vandal struck sometime after 6 p.m.
A man was arrested after a Mitchell taxi driver was allegedly assaulted and robbed by two passengers. Shawn Duffy, 38, of Mitchell, and another unknown male were picked up at about 5 a.m at the Day's Inn Motel by Robert Philips, working as a taxi driver for Becky's Vans in Mitchell, court documents state. Philips drove the men to 900 W. 2nd Ave., where the men allegedly assaulted Philips, took his cell phone and $300 from a money bag and ran from the vehicle. When law enforcement located Duffy, he allegedly had Philips' cell phone in his pocket.
A woman was arrested in Jerauld County after allegedly stealing a vehicle in Mitchell. Skyla Laroche, 25, of Rapid City, allegedly stole a 1999 GMC Yukon that had an attached trailer. The vehicle and trailer belong to Deb Townsend, of Mitchell, and was taken sometime before 2:30 p.m. on Oct. 16 in Mitchell, according to court documents. At about 7:50 p.m., Laroche was arrested for DUI in Wessington Springs by a Jerauld County deputy, who transported Laroche back to Mitchell, court documents state. Laroche told police she and a man named "Ted" took the car.
The first alleged murder trial in Davison County since 2006 began Monday with the beginning of the jury selection. Through this process, attorneys will select jury members to review the case of State of South Dakota v. Donald George McDougal. This process will narrow down a wide field of potential jurors to select ones who are unbiased and fit to serve in the jury. The process is expected to run through Tuesday. There will be no court on Wednesday in recognition of Veterans Day. The trial's opening remarks are expected to begin Thursday.
Leah Rasmussen and Ryan Buse announce their engagement. Parents of the couple are Paul and Laura Rasmussen, Mitchell; and Jeff and Jane Buse, Sioux Falls. Leah is a 2010 graduate of Mitchell Christian High School and a 2014 graduate of Indiana Wesleyan University. She is in her second year at the Sanford School of Medicine. Ryan is a 2009 graduate of Brandon Valley High School and a 2013 graduate of South Dakota State University, Brookings. He is a third year student at Sanford School of Medicine. A Nov. 28 wedding is planned.