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HURON—Two people were seriously injured in a rollover on Wednesday afternoon near Huron. A 2003 Ford Explorer was traveling south on South Dakota Highway 37, near mile marker 124, one mile south of Huron at 2:57 p.m. when the driver, Hector Pineda Guzman, 30, of Waseca, Minnesota, lost control while in the passing lane. The vehicle went into the west ditch and rolled multiple times. Guzman and a backseat passenger, Maria Lopez, 25, of Huron, suffered serious, non-life-threatening injuries, while a 17-year-old front seat passenger, of Huron, suffered minor injuries.
Two more concerts are set for the spring at the Corn Palace, including the return of the hit '80s cover band, Hairball. The Corn Palace announced Wednesday that Hairball will be back in Mitchell on April 9, and country artists Mickey Gilley, Johnny Lee and Jeannie Sealy will perform on May 20 at the Corn Palace.
Authorities are looking for a purse snatcher, and asking for the public's help. According to a statement released Wednesday afternoon by the Mitchell Department of Public Safety and the Mitchell Area Crime Stoppers, police are asking for information regarding the theft of a purse from a Mitchell home. The statement says an unknown person or people entered a residence in the 100 block of North Foster Street between the hours of 10 p.m. on Jan.13 and 8:30 a.m. on Jan. 14 and stole a woman's purse containing cash, endorsed checks and credit cards.
The Mitchell Parks and Recreation Department and American Red Cross are sponsoring a lifeguard training course Feb. 19-21 at the Mitchell Recreation Center. The class will be from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Feb. 19, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Feb. 20 and 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Feb. 21. Participants must attend all sessions and class size is limited. Fee for the course is $155 per person and participants must be at least 15 years old to take the class. For more information, contact the Parks and Recreation Department at 995-8450.
SALEM — A man charged with intentionally damaging a highway pleaded guilty to a lesser charge and now faces sentencing. Melvin Stahl, 65, of Bridgewater, pleaded no contest on Jan. 14 to intentional dumping on a highway's right of way, a class 1 misdemeanor, punishable upon conviction of up to one year in jail and a $2,000 fine. Stahl was originally charged with causing intentional damage to a highway, a class 6 felony, which state's attorney Jim Davies said was an unusual charge that he had never seen before. The intentional damage charge was dismissed.
A man was released from the hospital Tuesday after driving into two parked cars Saturday in Mitchell. Wiley Steele, 21, of Mitchell, was transported by ambulance to Avera Queen of Peace hospital Saturday in Mitchell after his 2005 Pontiac G6 collided with two parked cars on the 300 block of East 11th Avenue, said Mitchell Patrol Sgt. Adam Frerichs. The crash was reported at about 5:20 a.m. Saturday near the intersection of 11th Avenue and Kimball Street.
Former Mitchell High School basketball coach Gary Munsen's funeral and visitation ceremonies at the Corn Palace will be livestreamed through Dakota Wesleyan University and aired on television through Mitchell Telecom. Munsen, 72, died early Tuesday at his Mitchell home. A prayer service will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday at the Corn Palace. The visitation will be livestreamed on a YouTube channel at https://youtu.be/5P6qD64dwD0 .
A look at news from around the region, as reported by weekly newspapers: Salem MCCOOK CENTRAL 1924 BUILDING DEMOLITION TO BEGIN FEB. 1: The McCook Central High School "1924" building's demolition is set to begin Feb. 1. A new building will be constructed in its place. The project, headed by Peska Construction, of Sioux Falls, will take down a building that has served the community for more than 90 years.
CARTER — Law enforcement arrested two people allegedly involved in an armed robbery before leading a high-speed chase. Michael Swalley, 24, of Mission, and Marcitta Connors, 21, of Lexington, Nebraska, allegedly fled from law enforcement on Dec. 25 in Mellette and Tripp counties at speeds that consistently reached 100 mph, court documents state, and were wanted in connection with an armed robbery that occurred in Lexington, Nebraska.
The Mitchell Police Division is looking for a man who is possibly suicidal, authorities said Thursday morning. An alert from the Mitchell Department of Public Safety said police are looking for 23-year-old Gage Michael Brock, an American Indian male. At this time, there is no known risk to the public but police want to check on his welfare.