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OMAHA — Friend de Coup maintained its strong start to the 2018 season. On Saturday, the Mitchell High School show choir was named Grand Champion in the Omaha Westside Competition of Excellence. The group also won Best Band and Best Vocals. "Westside is a very big, extremely competitive event with amazing groups from all around the region," said Jen Randall, director of Friend de Coup. "To even be in the finals with so many talented show choirs is an honor, but to win and take home captions, such as Best Vocals, makes for a very special day."
The Davison County Commission has some unfinished business. After opening bids for highway projects last week, the five-person board will award bids at its 9 a.m. Tuesday meeting at the Davison County North Offices. The commission will also meet with Director of Physical Plants Mark Ruml about the third floor Davison County Courthouse lighting. Ruml brought proposals to the board last week, which ranged from a low bid of $468 to replace the existing metal halide lights or $2,358 to convert the bulbs to LED. Agenda items
PARKSTON — A Sioux Falls man is charged with nine felonies for allegedly using checks in Hutchinson and Davison counties that did not belong to him. A warrant of arrest for Ryan Aadland was issued Wednesday, alleging the 31-year-old wrote and cashed phony checks in August and September at various locations in Parkston, Mitchell and Sioux Falls.
A look at news from around the region, as reported by weekly newspapers: Wessington Springs SHERIFF'S OFFICE ASSISTS WITH DRUG BUST: The Jerauld County Sheriff's Office assisted the Huron Police and U.S. Marshals with an FBI-coordinated drug bust on Thursday. An alleged international drug dealer and known gang member was arrested without incident at a Huron residence early Thursday morning.
ARMOUR — An Armour city building caught on fire early Friday morning, officials said, and the cause is still unknown. At approximately 4:15 a.m., the Armour Fire Department was called to a fire at the city maintenance shop on Main Street in Armour, according to Fire Chief Travis Sparks. The building sustained "a lot" of smoke and heat damage, Sparks said, but is not completely destroyed. The fire department was on scene for approximately two hours, and firefighters returned to the station by 6:30 a.m.
One person was arrested and charged with a felony after allegedly setting off explosives near a Mitchell apartment. On Jan. 19, Mitchell police responded to a report of a loud "explosion" outside of an apartment complex located on East First Avenue. The explosion shook the building and rattled windows, but did not cause any damage, according to court documents. Several neighbors identified Andrew Castle as the culprit and said he sets off similar explosions up to four times each week in the early morning hours.
FREEMAN — A Freeman woman pleaded guilty this week to setting her father's home on fire in November. During a hearing on Thursday, 27-year-old Joslynn Rabb pleaded guilty to reckless burning or exploding for the Nov. 20 fire that destroyed the residence at 28237 U.S. Highway 81, south of Freeman. On the morning of Nov. 20, Freeman firefighters responded to the fire and located Rabb walking away from the residence, on Highway 81.
HERRICK — After more than 18 months of court proceedings, a Herrick man has pleaded guilty to driving over a man in August 2016. The charges stem from a June 21, 2016, incident in which Young allegedly used a pickup to drive over a man outside an Eighth Street residence in Herrick following a verbal altercation. The man was transported to a hospital in Burke, where he received treatment for a broken ankle and road rash, court documents state.
Here are bankruptcy filings in U.S. Bankruptcy Court, District of South Dakota, for Jan.18 through Jan. 24. Individuals can file Chapter 7 petitions (asking that debts be liquidated); Chapter 12 (a simplified reorganization method for farmers and ranchers whose gross debt does not exceed $1.5 million); and Chapter 13 (a plan to repay some debts in three to five years). Businesses can file Chapter 11 petitions to reorganize their debts under a court-approved plan for repayment. • Big Stone City: Tyler Alan Luvern Gertsema, Chapter 7; Takara Jean DeAnn Gertsema, Chapter 7.
Here's what you need to know going into Friday: 1. Chamberlain Elementary School implemented a program, called Walk to Read, to ensure its students are robust readers. 2. South Dakota legislators are looking to repeal Marsy's Law, and it could be the first state to do so.