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Brad and Alice Gruis, Baltic, announce the engagement of their son Eric, to Sarah Kruse, daughter of Bob and Rhonda Kruse, George, Iowa. Eric graduated from Tri-Valley High School, Colton, and will graduate in May from Dakota Wesleyan University, Mitchell, with a degree in sports exercise and wellness and a degree in business administration. Sarah is a graduate of George-Little Rock High School and will also graduate in May from DWU with a degree in business administration. A July wedding is planned.
Deloris Miller, Mitchell, will celebrate her 70th birthday on Sunday, May 3. Her children request a card shower. Greetings may be sent to 1307 Palmer Place, Mitchell, S.D., 57301.
DIMOCK — Monica Horstman, Dimock, will celebrate her 80th birthday on Sunday, May 3. Her family requests a card shower. Greetings may be sent to 127 W. First St., Dimock, S.D., 57331.
WOONSOCKET — Ray and Donna Ohlrogge, Woonsocket, will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary on Wednesday, April 29. A card shower is requested. Greetings may be sent to P.O. Box 128, Woonsocket, S.D., 57385.
A pile of ground up hay caught fire Thursday evening south of Mitchell, authorities reported. Davison County Sheriff’s Deputy Tim Reitzel said the fire started a little before 4:30 p.m. Thursday at 25518 411th Ave., south of Mitchell.
A Mitchell man previously charged with felony child abuse took a plea deal Thursday and pleaded guilty to domestic simple assault negligently causing bodily injury. David Fortney, 47, entered his plea during what was originally scheduled as a preliminary hearing. According to court documents, Fortney waived his right to a preliminary hearing, entered his plea and was sentenced Thursday afternoon. Fortney was arrested in late March after being reported for allegedly choking an 11-year-old boy.
CORSICA — A celebration is being organized to honor Corsica School District Superintendent Vern DeGeest on May 4, which has been proclaimed Vern DeGeest Day in South Dakota. A ceremony in DeGeest's honor scheduled for 2 p.m. May 4 at the Corsica High School Gymnasium. Gov. Dennis Daugaard has made the proclamation in honor of DeGeest, who has been in education for 54 years.
Davison County Sheriff's Office released Thursday morning the name of a man who died Wednesday at the Poet Biorefining plant. Police say Christopher Fletcher, 45, of Flandreau, apparently stayed overnight in his semi truck at the plant waiting to deliver a load. He was reported to have diabetic problems and was found dead in the truck early Wednesday. An autopsy is still pending, said Chief Deputy Steve Harr.
A Mitchell man was arrested Wednesday afternoon after allegedly threatening to attack a local business. Nicolas Wilson, 29, visited Gentry Finance in downtown Mitchell to secure a loan, said Patrol Sgt. Joel Reinesch.
Authorities are looking for information regarding a business theft last week. At approximately 10 p.m. on April 18, an unknown male subject entered Sudz, a laundromat business at 508 E. Havens in Mitchell, during business hours.