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A Mitchell man will be honored for his dedication and service by his alma mater. Bryan Hisel, executive director of the Mitchell Area Development Corporation (MADC), has been chosen to be one of four distinguished alumni from the University of South Dakota in Vermillion. Hisel earned his bachelor's in 1973 from the university in English and psychology and his master's of public administration in 1982. He was selected for his professional achievement.
WAGNER — A Wagner man pleaded guilty to assaulting a Wagner police officer and escaping from county jail in Lake Andes. Jubal Grant Jr., 19, pleaded guilty on Friday at the Charles Mix County Courthouse to two charges related to aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer and one charge of first-degree escape by a prisoner. A sentence hearing is scheduled for Dec. 14, but Grant is facing up to 50 years in prison, according to Scott Podhradsky, of the Charles Mix County State's Attorney's office.
Dakota Wesleyan University will recognize three alumni with Distinguished Alumni Awards during the annual Legacy Banquet this week. Receiving distinguished alumni awards this year are: For the College of Leadership and Public Service: Betty Oldenkamp '82; for the Donna Starr Christen College of Healthcare, Fitness and Sciences: Terry Dolan '62; and for the College of Arts and Humanities: Jim Gritzner '69.
VERMILLION — University of South Dakota's top official will soon retire. President James Abbott announced Wednesday that his 20-year career at USD will come to an end in June 2018. Abbott, 69, serves as USD's 17th president and the only alumnus to serve as president. He is the second longest-serving president in the university's history after becoming president in 1997.
Mitchell will soon be without its candy shop. Sweet Fix Candy & Pop Shop is going out of business, according to a post from the business's Facebook page. The Sunday announcement said everything in the store is 35 percent off, and customers should "save on all of your favorite candies before they are gone!" The shop opened up on Mitchell's Main Street more than six years ago. In 2014, the candy shop, which was formerly called Dakota Candy Company, moved from its downtown location to the retail center on East Spruce Street, directly north of Menards.
Rock opera fans in the Mitchell area are in for a treat. The Corn Palace announced on Wednesday it would welcome The Wizards of Winter, a holiday rock opera group, on Dec. 3 during the group's 14-city tour. For $20 a pop, or $25 on the day of the show, attendees will be treated to a Sunday performance featuring former members of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Rainbow, the Alice Cooper Band and the Ted Nugent Band. The 12-member ensemble will perform a holiday rock opera called "Tales Beneath a Northern Star."
Here's what you should know heading into Wednesday: 1. A Bridgewater-Emery teacher has been selected as this year's Dakota Star Talent Search winner , earning a recording session and $1,000.
Austin Buysse and Chesney Nagel were named Dakota Wesleyan University’s homecoming king and queen late Tuesday during coronation. Nagel is from Springfield and an athletic training major. Buysse is majoring in sports management and minoring in communications. He is from Minneota, Minnesota.
PLATTE — Two men were injured after swerving to miss a deer Monday night north of Platte. At 8:30 p.m., Quinterio Holman, of Trumann, Arizona, was driving southbound on Highway 45 approximately 22 miles north of Platte when he swerved to miss a deer. Holman, 24, was driving a 1991 Dodge Ram pickup and had a 23-year-old male passenger, according to the South Dakota Department of Public Safety. The vehicle left the road, vaulted across the gravel road and came to rest in the creek north of 254th Street.
FORT THOMPSON — A Fort Thompson man pleaded not guilty to assault in federal court on Sept. 18. On Aug. 27, Austin Paul Abernathy, 26, allegedly assaulted his intimate partner with a knife with the intent to commit murder, according to a Monday news release from the United States Department of Justice. He was indicted by a federal grand jury on Sept. 12 for assault to commit murder, assault with a dangerous weapon, and assault resulting in substantial bodily injury to an intimate partner.