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MOUNT VERNON — A man charged with stealing $400,000 worth of grain was arrested again for a similar offense one day after he was first arrested. Merle Northrup, 46, of Mount Vernon, was charged with grand theft of more than $10,000 on Aug. 26 after collecting and cashing checks for grain belonging to Scott and Dave Estabrook, court documents state.
WOONSOCKET — The man authorities believe to have killed a 26-year-old woman in Woonsocket has been indicted on alternate counts of first-degree murder, second-degree murder and first-degree manslaughter. Matthew Novak, 33, was initially arrested for second-degree murder for the death of Jennifer Gibson on Aug. 31. On Monday, South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley announced that a Sanborn County grand jury had indicted Novak on three alternate counts.
Just in time for the Christmas holiday, Grammy Award winning vocalist LeAnn Rimes will be making a stop in Mitchell. Rimes will be bringing her annual holiday themed tour called, "Today is Christmas Tour 2016" on Dec. 9 to the Corn Palace. Rimes' tour, which is also the title of her 2015 holiday album, "Today is Christmas," was the No. 1. New Christmas Music seller in Target stores countrywide and No. 2 on Billboard Holiday Album Charts. The first single "Celebrate Me Home," a duet with Gavin DeGraw, was the No. 2 most-played new Christmas track last year.
Marv Widmann, Mitchell, will celebrate his 85th birthday on Saturday, Sept. 17. A card shower is requested. Greetings may be sent to 1210 S. Anderson, Mitchell, S.D. 57301.
MOUNT VERNON — Ruth Deinert, Mount Vernon, will celebrate her 90th birthday at an open house from 1 to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 18, at St. Michael's Parish Hall, Mount Vernon. The event is hosted by her family.
ALEXANDRIA — Bill and Connie Bennett, Alexandria, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary at an open house from 4 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Sept.17, at AJ's Party Room, Alexandria. The couple requests no gifts. Greetings may be sent to P.O. Box 52, Alexandria, S.D. 57311
Nikki Seitz and Michael Dawson announce their engagement. Parents of the couple are Mark and Angela Seitz, Artesian; and Dan and Dianne Dawson, Howard. Nikki is a 2011 graduate of Sanborn Central High School and a 2015 graduate of South Dakota State University, Brookings, with a degree in history/secondary education. She is an education assistant with George McGovern Middle School, Sioux Falls.
WHITE LAKE — Marcella Thompson, White Lake, will celebrate her 90th birthday on Tuesday, Sept. 20. Her family requests a card shower. Greetings may be sent to 25845 380th Ave., White Lake, S.D. 57383.
Marilyn Mechtenberg, Mitchell, will celebrate her 80th birthday on Tuesday, Sept. 13. Her family requests a card shower. Greetings may be sent to 1428 W. Ash, Mitchell, S.D. 57301.
Q: Will the dog that bit a mail carrier in Mitchell last week be removed from city limits? A: According to Mitchell Chief of Public Safety Lyndon Overweg, the owner of the dog that bit a U.S. Postal Service employee on the leg last week has indicated he will remove the dog from city limits. Overweg said the dog has two documented bites and has been declared "dangerous." He said the owner can either remove the dog from Mitchell following a 10-day observation for possible rabies symptoms, or the owner can have the dog euthanized.