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After a wage dispute deadlocked contract negotiations between the city of Mitchell and 78 union employees earlier this year, the two sides have resolved their differences and tentatively agreed to a contract through 2019. The proposed collective bargaining agreement will be reviewed at Monday's regular City Council meeting at City Hall, and if approved, it will be effective Jan. 1, 2017 to Dec. 31, 2019.
A look at news from around the region, as reported by weekly newspapers: Wessington Springs SACC HELPS SPRINGS MASONS CONTINUE CHILD IDENTIFICATION PROGRAM: The Springs Area Community Club provided a $500 grant to help the Wessington Springs Masonic Lodge host another Child Identification Program for area children and families. CHIP is a comprehensive child identification program that consists of five major components: a webcam, still photo, a brief 10-20 second webcam interview, fingerprinting by scanner, a dental bite impression and a DNA cheek swab.
OACOMA — Beth Kaltsulas has been named the 2017 South Dakota Teacher of the Year. Kaltsulas, a teacher from the Yankton School District, was given the title Thursday night during a banquet at the Cedar Shore Conference Center in Oacoma. Kaltsulas, who has taught in the school district for 30 years, teaches sixth grade math at the Yankton Middle School. As the state's teacher of the year, Kaltsulas received a $5,000 cash award and a $1,000 honorarium from the S.D. Board of Regents to present a series of professional development seminars for aspiring teachers.
WESSINGTON SPRINGS — A jury has been selected and attorneys are prepared to deliver opening statements Thursday in a trial for a man charged with seven counts of child rape. Mitch Caffee, 33, of Wessington Springs, is charged with seven counts of first-degree rape of a girl from July 2, 2012, to Jan. 22, 2016, in four locations in Jerauld County. The girl was between the ages of 7 and 10 at the time of the alleged incidents. Caffee is also charged with four counts of sexual contact with a child under 16.
MENNO — A fire destroyed a wooden silage shed last week near Menno. At approximately 3 a.m. on Oct. 6, firefighters responded to a wooden structure fire on 282nd Street north of Menno, according to Menno Fire Chief Jai Walter. Fifteen firefighters arrived on scene, but the small wooden structure, which was attached to a grain silo on land owned by David Mehlhaff, had already collapsed. Fire crews doused the collapsed shed and remained on site for approximately 90 minutes.
Firefighters responded to a false alarm at the Davison County Courthouse late on Tuesday. At approximately 8:30 p.m., Mitchell firefighters traveled to the courthouse in response to a report of a fire alarm that was called in by an alarm company, according to Mitchell Patrol Sgt. Joel Reinesch. The Mitchell Department of Public Safety received a call from the alarm company asking authorities to investigate the situation. Reinesch said it's not the first false alarm to come from the courthouse, and an alarm can be set off by certain weather patterns, like high humidity.
OLIVET — A Sioux Falls woman sustained serious injuries Monday during a one-vehicle rollover crash that vaulted her vehicle into the air. Ladanna Stubbe, 43, was traveling northbound on South Dakota Highway 25 in a 2014 Toyota Camry when she failed to negotiate a curve and struck an approach to a field just south of Highway 18, about two miles west of Olivet, causing her vehicle to leave the ground, according to the Hutchinson County Sheriff's Office.
Two people were arrested Tuesday for burglarizing several storage units and vehicles in Mitchell. On Tuesday, Mitchell police executed a search warrant on a motel room located at 1700 S. Burr St., resulting in the arrest 24-year-old Amber Lynn Lautt and 34-year-old Jesse Lee Pence, both of Mitchell.
With a theme of "Home for the Holidays," Mitchell's 2016 Parade of Lights will take place on Monday, Dec. 5. The parade, which starts at 6:30 p.m., will run on Mitchell's Main Street from First Avenue to Ninth Avenue. Chili and cookies will be served and an awards ceremony and tree lighting will follow the parade at the World's Only Corn Palace. Santa will also be at the Corn Palace from 4-6 p.m. and after the parade.
WINNER — A Mellette County jailer was sentenced on Wednesday to six months in the Winner Jail for helping an inmate avoid a urine test. Forty-seven-year-old Kimberly Dewes, of White River, was employed at the Mellette County Jail when she allowed a 24/7 Sobriety Program participant to submit a "clean" urine sample instead of urinating into a specimen container provided by the jail, according to a press release from the Attorney General's office.