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Here are five things to know headed into Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017: 1. Salem got smacked with weather damage late Tuesday night, and more severe weather is on its way to eastern South Dakota. 2. Here's our next feature in our prep focus series: Burke/South Central runner Kray Person.
A Mitchell man who allegedly admitted to police he sexually abused a female juvenile over a two-year period pleaded not guilty Tuesday in court. Rodney Helseth, 57, is charged with 10 felonies related to fourth-degree rape and domestic abuse. He entered a plea of not guilty to all 10 charges at the Davison County Public Safety Center.
The following cases were among those heard Tuesday during a circuit court session at the Davison County Public Safety Center in Mitchell. Guilty pleas and sentencing
An Amber Alert has been issued for three missing female children. Authorities have asked for help in seeking three missing children who were abducted at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday from Royal, Iowa. The Amber Alert stated the children and their abductor are heading to northwest Iowa or Minnesota. The suspect, identified as 25-year-old Danica Noel Arzaga, is a white female with black and purple hair and a large eagle tattoo on her upper chest.
KENNEBEC — This is no bull. There was a bull moose in South Dakota. Steve Halverson, 52, of Kennebec, spotted a moose Tuesday wandering through central South Dakota. Dale Gates — a South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks Department regional conservation officer — said he's aware of the moose's visit and called it an anomaly. "Occasionally, moose just go wandering and get into places they aren't usually seen," he said. "On average, we get two or three per year in the central part of South Dakota."
Here are five stories to know headed into Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2017: 1. Naomi Powers and Jarod Uher were named this year's Mitchell High School homecoming queen and king. Bonus video, too! 2. What's a hospitalist program? Avera Queen of Peace started one on Monday.
At first he didn't succeed, but a young Mitchell resident will try a run for City Council again in 2018. Clay Loneman, 23, has thrown his hat into the Ward 1 City Council seat yet again to represent southwestern Mitchell on the eight-person board. But this time, he isn't expected to battle an incumbent for the job in 2018. Earlier this year, in a three-way race with Councilman Steve Rice and challenger Sabrina Velin-Kraus, Loneman garnered 87 votes. Rice won the three-year term with 236 votes, and Velin-Kraus earned 22 votes.
MURDO — Two people were killed in a Sunday morning crash west of Murdo. A 2013 freightliner semi was traveling east on Interstate 90 at approximately 11:25 a.m., 14 miles west of Murdo, when it entered the median, traveled into the westbound lanes and collided with a 2017 Dodge Ram 1500 pickup. Both vehicles then entered the north ditch and caught fire, according to the South Dakota Department of Public Safety.
The community can expect to see multiple emergency response vehicles throughout Mitchell on Tuesday. A community-wide disaster drill will be conducted at approximately 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday in Mitchell, causing multiple emergency response vehicles to be at the city's health care facilities. Emergency responders and health care personnel will be collaborating with actors to create scenarios for the drill. In a press release from Avera Health, officials want the public to know measures will be taken to make it clear this is a drill and not an actual emergency.
FORESTBURG — Three teenagers sustained minor injuries after a car and ATV collided Saturday morning in Forestburg. At 11:56 a.m., a 19-year-old female was driving a 2000 Buick LeSabre westbound on Highway 34 near 405th Avenue in Forestburg when a 2012 Polaris Ranger ATV, driven by 13-year-old Zachary Jones, entered the median. Jones, of Artesian entered the roadway and started to cross the divided highway when the two vehicles collided, according to the South Dakota Department of Public Safety.