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RELIANCE — One man sustained serious, non-life threatening injuries Monday in a one-vehicle crash. A 69-year-old male driver was traveling north at 3:34 p.m. on South Dakota Highway 47, one mile south of Interstate 90, when his vehicle went off the roadway, went through a ditch, into two ravines, a pasture and eventually stopped in a cornfield, according to officials. The South Dakota Department of Public Safety said he was treated at a Chamberlain hospital and eventually transported to a hospital in Sioux Falls.
LAKE ANDES — Firefighters have responded to a blaze on the east side of Lake Andes three times between Sunday evening and Monday. According to Lake Andes Fire Chief Rod Bergin, an old, abandoned home started on fire at approximately 4:30 p.m. Sunday on the east side of town, near the lake. The blaze spread to a shelterbelt that has continued to reignite, Bergin said, forcing officials to return to knock down the flames. About 22 firefighters from the Lake Andes and Ravinia fire departments were on scene for about five hours Sunday. They returned twice Monday.
A vehicle that was reported stolen in Huron was recovered Sunday evening in Mitchell when the vehicle's owners were in town for a graduation party and noticed it. Bo Burkel, 25, of Woonsocket, was arrested for possession of stolen property, a Class 4 felony, when police located him driving a black Ford F-150 in the area of the 1401 South Main trailer park, court documents state.
VIVIAN — A Vivian man was charged with first-degree murder of a 7-week-old infant. Gerald Raymond Brink, 36, faces life in prison or death for his alleged involvement in the May 4 death of an infant, according to a press release from the state Attorney General’s office. Brink, who was arrested on Saturday, was charged with one count of first-degree murder.
Several small items dot the Davison County Commission's Tuesday agenda. At the five-person board's 9 a.m. meeting on Tuesday, the commission will consider items varying from grant applications to out-of-county jail contracts and the potential approval of a new road name. The commission will meet at the Davison County North Offices at 1420 N. Main St. for the meeting scheduled to last until at least 11:15 a.m. Agenda items The commission will consider the following agenda items:
Officials responded to a crash Sunday afternoon near Burger King, on Main Street in Mitchell. According to police, a motorcycle was struck by a Ford pickup truck at 2:45 p.m., and the motorcycle's driver sustained a leg injury. He was transported to Avera Queen of Peace Hospital in Mitchell. No further information was immediately available.
A Mitchell woman was cited for failing to yield at a stop sign following a Saturday morning crash that injured one person and resulted in two vehicles being towed. A 2016 Ford Escape driven by 74-year-old Joyce Byrd, of Mitchell, was traveling east on National Guard Road when she failed to stop at the stop sign at the road's intersection with South Dakota Highway 37, according to Mitchell Police Sgt. Brad Buysse. At 9:20 a.m., Byrd entered the intersection and collided with a 2008 Ford F150 driven by Ernie Frey, 59, of Mitchell, traveling north on Highway 37.
A 4-year-old boy sustained minor injuries when he was struck by a vehicle Saturday afternoon. The juvenile was playing in a yard at 1:04 p.m. on the 400 block of East Seventh Avenue in Mitchell when he walked into traffic, according to the Mitchell Police Division. A 2002 Chevy Suburban, driven by 46-year-old Leanna Schafer, of Wessington Springs, was traveling west on East Seventh Avenue when Schafer saw the child enter the street. Schafer hit her brakes and "barely bumped" the child, police said. She was traveling between 15 mph and 20 mph prior to the incident.
Mitchell Christian Students were recognized for their "hard work and excellence" last Thursday during the annual awards banquet. Award winners include: American Legion Citizenship Award: Zach Bosworth Zach Buche Memorial Scholarship: Colette Haag David Baas Memorial Scholarship: Kaitlyn Asmus, Abbie Reynen, Carlie Vander Pol, Zach Bosworth, Taylor Lepke, Colette Haag and Tanner Jorgensen Alicia Beukelman Memorial Scholarship: Abbie Reynen
A look at news from around the region, as reported by weekly newspapers: Wessington Springs NOEM ANNOUNCED AS WESSINGTON SPRINGS COMMENCEMENT SPEAKER: The Wessington Springs High School senior class recently announced that U.S. Rep. Kristi Noem will be this year's commencement speaker at graduation, held at 2 p.m. May 20 at the elementary school gym. The class picked Noem because it feels she is a good role model for young people. — Wessington Springs True Dakotan Tyndall