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Use of the Davison County Fairgrounds will be a discussion item at Tuesday's Davison County Commission meeting. The five-person board meets at 9 a.m. Tuesday at the Davison County North Offices, where they will consider a request from the Mitchell Area Development Corporation. Specific details of the request were not included on the commission's agenda. Agenda items The commission's agenda includes the following items:
A look at news from around the region, as reported by weekly newspapers: Plankinton FUNDRAISER PLANNED FOR POOL IMPROVEMENTS: Representatives of the Plankinton Pool Improvement Committee asked the school board on Feb. 12 if they can use the school's gym for the "first big fundraising event" for pool improvements. With permission from the board, the pool committee will sponsor a "donkey ball" basketball contest on April 13. There will also be an auction and meal. — The South Dakota Mail Wessington Springs
The city of Mitchell has declared a snow emergency. Due to Saturday's snow in Mitchell, the city will be plowing snow emergency routes from curb to curb. No parking will be allowed on snow emergency routes until after the storm is over and the streets have been cleared. All vehicles on snow emergency routes will be subject to ticketing and towing.
Chesney Garnos is Miss Mitchell. On Feb. 17, former Miss South Dakota Tessa Dee, a Mitchell native, organized the first Miss Mitchell Pageant in more than 35 years. The event was held at the Mitchell School District Performing Arts Center. Garnos is a recent graduate of University of South Dakota in Vermillion and resides in Pierre, working for U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds. She won a $400 scholarship.
ALEXANDRIA — Six people were injured in a vehicle crash caused by icy roads on Friday morning near Alexandria. The driver of a Chevy Tahoe lost control on the ice-covered Interstate 90, near Alexandria, according to the Hanson County Sheriff's Office. The vehicle exited the road and rolled. All six of the vehicle's occupants were transported to Avera Queen of Peace in Mitchell with minor injuries. Other responding agencies were the Alexandria Fire Department and Mitchell Emergency Medical Services. No other information was immediately available.
WHITE LAKE — One person sustained minor injuries Thursday afternoon in a snowplow versus semi crash near White Lake. At 2:10 p.m., a South Dakota Department of Transportation snowplow driven by a 35-year-old man was traveling east on Interstate 90, approximately 1 mile north of White Lake, according to the South Dakota Department of Public Safety. A semi, driven by 54-year-old Zbigniew Cyran, of Burbank, Illinois, collided with the snowplow that was traveling along the shoulder of the interstate.
VIVIAN — A Vivian man is accused of threatening to shoot his wife if she called police after he shut her hand in a door. On Feb. 16, Steven Sullivan and his wife were arguing when he allegedly pushed her, causing her to fall into a door and the door to shut on her hand, injuring her. Sullivan then left the residence in a vehicle with multiple firearms, and he told his wife "if she contacted law enforcement, he would start shooting," according to court documents.
PIERRE — Sobriety checkpoints are scheduled for 17 different counties during March, according to the S.D. Department of Public Safety. March checkpoints are scheduled for these area counties: Davison, Jerauld and Lyman. Checkpoints are designed to discourage people from drinking and driving and are conducted by the S.D. Highway Patrol.
LYMAN COUNTY — A Washington man was arrested for transporting 50 pounds of marijuana on Interstate 90 in Lyman County. On the evening of Feb. 17, a South Dakota Highway Patrol trooper was parked along the interstate and, as a vehicle with a Washington license plate passed, the driver "looked at me with a startled look, then snapped his head back forward when we made eye contact," according to court documents. The driver, later identified as 33-year-old Aaron Beach, of Spokane, Washington, proceeded to speed up his vehicle so the officer performed a traffic stop.
LYMAN COUNTY — Two Illinois residents were arrested on Interstate 90 in Lyman County when officers allegedly found them in possession of 15 containers of marijuana and 23 containers of THC. According to court documents, a South Dakota Highway Patrol trooper conducted a traffic stop on Feb. 18, and the driver acted nervous while the officer wrote a speeding citation. When the officer conducted a search of the vehicle, he found 15 containers of marijuana that weighed 40.5 grams, and 23 containers of THC that weighed 23 grams.