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WOONSOCKET — Three people have been indicted by a grand jury on burglary and grand theft charges in Sanborn County. Dakota Pater, Erin Lee, both of Huron, and Ian Austin, of Woonsocket, were indicted and charged Thursday with third-degree burglary and grand theft, according to the Sanborn County Sheriff's Office. The indictments stem from burglaries that took place in August and October of 2016 in Woonsocket. In both burglaries, firearms were stolen from a residence. No other information was immediately available.
The Mitchell FFA Chapter will celebrate National FFA Week, Feb. 18-25. This year's theme is Transform Purpose to Action and it embraces more than 89 years of FFA traditions while looking forward to the organization's future. Nearly 650,000 members will participate in National FFA Week activities at local, state and national levels. These members have a passion for agriculture.
The family of former Mitchell Mayor Paul Tobin announced Monday morning a donation to Mitchell's LifeQuest worth approximately $250,000. LifeQuest is an agency in Mitchell whose mission is to create opportunities that enrich lives while working with people who have developmental disabilities. Paul Tobin, Mitchell mayor from 1980 to 1986, served on the Board of Directors for the Mitchell Area Adjustment Training center, which later became LifeQuest. Tobin was the board president from 1981 to 1982.
Four Mitchell residents have recently been inducted into Circle of Honor, an honorary organization for UPS drivers who have achieved 25 years or more of accident-free driving. Kevin Doorn, Kelly Gregg, William Koupal are Mitchell residents whose UPS work location is Mitchell, and Dennis Thompson — a Mitchell resident whose work location is Huron — were honored Monday.
In observance of Presidents' Day, city offices will be closed today and the regularly scheduled Mitchell City Council meeting will be held on Tuesday. The City Council meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall.
A look at news from around the region, as reported by weekly newspapers: Presho LYMAN DISTRICT HIRES NEW SUPERINTENDENT: The Lyman School Board has hired its new superintendent. The board voted unanimously Feb. 10 to offer a three-year contract to Rob Davis. Davis is currently the superintendent and seventh- through 12th-grade principal at McIntosh and has been with the district for eight years.
Mitchell police are looking for a person accused of stealing from a Mitchell business in the early morning hours Wednesday. According to the Mitchell Police Division, an unknown individual broke into a business at approximately 1:50 a.m. located on the 500 block of East Norway by an unknown individual who forcibly opened a safe and took more than $1,000. The Mitchell Police Division has not released the specific name of the business at this time, likely due to Marsy's Law, a victim rights bill.
MARTY — A Marty man pleaded not guilty to a federal count of sexual abuse after allegedly engaging in an illicit act with a minor. Burton Rainbow, 34, pleaded not guilty to the charge Friday in a United States magistrate court hearing, according to the United States Attorney's Office. Rainbow was indicted on Feb. 7, stemming from an incident in August 2015 in which he allegedly engaged in a sexual act with a juvenile female and placed her "in fear," the U.S. Attorney's Office said.
The Daily Republic's Matt Gade was recognized Monday night as the Pictures of the Year International's Sports Photographer of the Year. Gade's portfolio of 22 sports images was honored with the first-place prize. Included in the portfolio were images comprised from athletic events at Dakota Wesleyan University, Mitchell High School, South Dakota State University and University of Nebraska-Lincoln, along with rodeo events and other prep sports in the region.
HARTFORD — Three Hartford teenagers were charged with illegally hunting deer last month in McCook County. The three 17-year-old boys "willfully and unlawfully possessed" a deer on Jan. 14 in McCook County, according to court documents. The Daily Republic is not printing their names because they are minors. According to the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks website, East River deer season ran from Nov. 18 to Dec. 3, and antlerless deer tags were valid from Dec. 30 to Jan. 7, which means the boys allegedly harvested the deer one week after the season closed.