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MOUNT VERNON -- A Farmers Alliance water truck partially tipped over around 1:30 p.m. Thursday about two miles north of Mount Vernon. According to Jim Morken, of Farmers Alliance, driver Greg Miller took a tight turn onto 397th Avenue and his rig's trailer wheels sank into the soft shoulder of 251st Street. There were no injuries. Morken had no estimate of damages to the truck.
DE SMET -- Horizon Health Care Inc., based in Howard, recently received a $1.04 million grant to expand dental and medical access in De Smet. De Smet's Horizon Health Care Clinic is housed in the local hospital, which plans to use that space in the near future. The grant is provided through the national Affordable Care Act and will provide access for approximately 2,500 new patients. "This grant will help us to continue to provide close-to-home access to preventive dental care in a cost-effective setting," said John Mengenhausen, CEO of Horizon Health Care, in a news release.
The tale of a Mitchell man's theft of a 10-point whitetail buck from the back of a vehicle last December in Mount Vernon recently appeared in a national hunting magazine. Bryan J. Buck, 27, was sentenced to 60 days in jail with 58 days suspended and 12 months of probation for the taking the buck from the vehicle of Mount Vernon resident Kenny Hostler. Buck was also fined $384 and ordered to pay damages of $250 to Hostler and another $1,000 for unlawful possession of big game. The Daily Republic reported the theft after it occurred in December.
The Mitchell Fire Division is flushing hydrants in all parts of the city. It will continue into the summer. This can stir up residue in water lines, so if residents see firefighters in their area, Fire Marshal Marius Laursen advises people to run an empty load in a washer before doing clothes to avoid damage or discoloration. Call Laursen at 995-8440 with questions or to find out when crews may be in a particular neighborhood.
Sizable hailstones fell in multiple locations throughout The Daily Republic's circulation area Tuesday night. The biggest reported to the National Weather Service was 1.25-inch hail located one mile northwest of Salem.
ALEXANDRIA -- Funding to support a Hanson Community Library project for which ground was broken Tuesday came from four sources: a fundraising committee, a Community Development Block Grant, the City of Alexandria and the Hanson School District. The fundraising committee has raised $284,000 and plans to continue its efforts during construction. The Community Development Block Grant was awarded to the city of Alexandria in the amount of $300,000. The city of Alexandria is providing $100,000. The balance of the project, estimated to be around $400,000, will be paid for by the
A 56-year-old man was sentenced Tuesday in Mitchell to 45 days in jail for possession of more than 2 ounces but less than one-half pound of marijuana. Lawrence Bahm was arrested for the drug charge in July 2011. In addition to jail time, Judge Sean O'Brien suspended his two-year prison sentence and fined him $300. Assistant Attorney General Katie Mallery recommended Bahm be given the suspended two year prison term. Bahm's attorney, Donna Bucher, of Mitchell, said a medical condition led her client to use marijuana.
A man convicted in 2009 of having sexual contact with a child younger than 15 admitted Tuesday in Mitchell to violating multiple conditions of his probation. Loren Gene Mead, 21, admitted to being convicted in January of failure to register as a sex offender and failure to provide notice of a change in address in Minnehaha County.
A Mitchell man pleaded guilty Tuesday to using a forged prescription to obtain oxycodone from a local pharmacy. Shane Alan Heitman, 37, faces a maximum of 10 years and a $20,000 fine for obtaining possession of oxycodone by theft. He was indicted on the charge in April. In exchange for Heitman's plea and his agreeing to pay prosecution costs, the state agreed to recommend a suspended execution of any prison sentence and ask for no more than 30 days in jail. A presentence investigation was ordered and sentencing was scheduled for June.
An 18-year-old sex offender living in Mitchell could spend as many as five years in prison for violating the terms of his probation. Dustin Nordrum served 75 days in jail after he was convicted in December of fourth-degree rape. Nordrum was also given a suspended five-year prison sentence by District Judge Sean O'Brien for the incident. Nordrum was arrested April 16 for allegedly failing to provide a written notice of a change in his address, as is required by law for registered sex offenders. He appeared in court Tuesday and admitted to the violation.