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A 3-year-old boy was missing from his rural Hanson County home for about two hours Sunday when he decided to go for a walk. Authorities were alerted by a passerby at 10:30 a.m. that there was a child walking along Highway 38 with his dog, said Kevin Kayser of Hanson County Emergency Management. Soon, first-responders from several offices, including sheriff’s offices, fire departments, emergency managers and other organizations in Hanson, Davison and McCook counties were looking for the boy.
One person sustained minor injuries in a two-vehicle crash Saturday evening on Highway 37. The crash occurred at 5:12 p.m. at mile marker 88, 10 miles north of Mitchell. The 19-year-old driver of a 2008 Chevy Impala, attempting to make a right turn onto 240th Street, was rear-ended by a 2008 Ford Edge, according to the South Dakota Department of Public Safety.
A Mitchell man was arrested Sunday night after he fled the scene of an injury crash, drove drunk and eluded law enforcement, authorities say. Ricky Ferguson, 37, is in custody Monday at the Davison County Jail on charges of felony injury hit-and-run; eluding law enforcement; reckless driving; resisting; obstructing; and third-offense driving under the influence, according to Mitchell Assistant Chief of Police Mike Koster.
The Davison County Commission will discuss parking lot repairs at the county's public safety building and the fairgrounds on Tuesday. That item will be discussed with Physical Plant Director Mark Ruml during the county's regular meeting at 9 a.m. Tuesday at the Davison County North Offices in Mitchell. The agenda includes: • 9 a.m.: Call to order, Pledge of Allegiance, approve minutes, hear citizen's input and board reports. • 9:15 a.m.: Hear a report from Tech Solutions' Ramon Shultz regarding technology updates.
HOT SPRINGS — Carrie Wintle, of Iroquois, was crowned Miss South Dakota during the annual pageant on Saturday. A former Miss South Dakota Outstanding Teen winner, Wintle received a $9,600 scholarship for winning, after competing as Miss State Fair. First runner-up was Amber Hulse of Hot Springs, garnering a $4,300 scholarship, while Second runner-up was Miss USD Heather Egbert of Vermillion, taking home a scholarship of $1,500. Third runner-up was Miss Central States Fair Evy Johnson of Firesteel, and fourth runner-up was Miss Siouxland Kaitlin O'Neill, of Aberdeen.
A water main break in the 700 block of South Minnesota Street Sunday has resulted in leaving some Mitchell residents without water. The city of Mitchell said the 600 and 700 blocks of South Minnesota Street will be without water until sometime Sunday afternoon. Public works employees will be fixing the water main during the morning hours on Sunday.
A look at news from around the region, as reported by weekly newspapers:
For the last seven years, one of South Dakota's few massage schools has been a best kept secret in Mitchell. Springs Bath House School of Massage Therapy has churned out many of the city's massage therapists currently in practice. Sisters Olawa and Mele-Ann Rae-Bruhjell own and operate the school. Both are certified therapists and instructors, but Mele-Ann is the lead instructor while Olawa also teaches and handles the administrative side. They recently moved the school from Miller Avenue to Fourth Avenue in the former U.S. Post Office building across from Wells Fargo.
The following cases were among those heard recently during a felony court session at the Davison County Public Safety Center in Mitchell.
Students from the University of Exeter, England, and Augustana University in Sioux Falls arrived at the Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village on Wednesday to participate in the Village's 15th annual archaeology field school. The four-week field school became a permanent feature of the Village starting in 2003. The excavations are carried out inside the Thomsen Center Archeodome, a climate-controlled building that was placed over a small portion of the Village in 1999.