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Dakota Wesleyan University will celebrate Commencement on May 6, with honorary degrees given to two alumni.
A look at news from around the region, as reported by weekly newspapers: Reliance ENGINEERING FIRM TO STUDY DRAINAGE ISSUES: Representatives from the Short Elliott Hendrickson met with the Reliance Town Board April 3 to discuss the survey they will conduct regarding roads and drainage in town. Reliance received a Special Evaluation Assistance for Rural Communities and Households, or SEARCH, grant in December from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Development department and will receive $15,000 in funds to cover the survey.
Mitchell High School's Programming II class competed at USD's Parallax Robot Maze Solver Competition, also known as the High School Robotic Programming Contest, on April 11. Marisa Osterloo and Brayden Polreisz placed first within South Dakota and second place overall among teams from Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota. Osterloo and Pollreisz received a trophy, a 64 GB USB memory stick and half-price housing at USD.
PIERRE — The South Dakota Supreme Court has upheld the constitutionality of a Scotland, South Dakota, man's conviction for killing his 4-month-old son. Forty-four-year-old Chris Miller was sentenced to life in prison for the death of his son, Jacob Miller, and an additional 50 years for aggravated assault in January 2013. A Turner County jury found Miller guilty of second-degree murder and aggravated assault in connection with the March 2011 death.
Charges are pending against a Sioux Falls man whose semi jackknifed closed Interstate 90 Wednesday morning, according to a press release from the S.D. Department of Public Safety. James Fenning, 56, was driving a 2015 Freightliner Tractor east on I-90 when he lost control. The semi slid until it struck an overpass bridge 20 miles east of Sioux Falls, near Montrose, blocking and closing both eastbound lanes for 45 minutes. No one was injured in the crash and Fenning was wearing his seat belt. Weather was a factor in the crash.
Publisher Rory Palm is leaving The Daily Republic to become the regional president of Adams Publishing Group Media of the Rockies. Palm started at The Daily Republic on Aug. 25, 2014. His final day at the Mitchell newspaper is May 18.
The following cases were among those heard recently during a felony court session at the Davison County Public Safety Center in Mitchell. • Aphelia Whiting, 38, of Sioux Falls, failed to appear in court on a second-degree kidnapping charge; Court issued a $5,000 cash bond bench warrant for her arrest.
A convicted sex offender accused of raping a 15-year-old boy pleaded guilty Tuesday to two counts of fourth-degree rape during felony court. Sterling Keizer, 24, of Mitchell, was arrested in February after Keizer admitted to his probation officer that he had consensual intercourse with a minor on four separate occasions, according to court documents. In return for his guilty pleas regarding two of those incidents, the state agreed to drop the other two charges.
Area residents are coming to grips with the impact of a debilitating blizzard, as eastern South Dakota was pounded with heavy, wet snow Saturday. More than a foot of snow and winds gusting to as high as 60 mph greeted those in the city of Mitchell, which has begun the process of digging out from the storm. No travel is advised throughout the area through Saturday night and into Sunday morning.
A look at news from around the region, as reported by weekly newspapers: Woonsocket