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A look at news from around the region, as reported by weekly newspapers: Freeman RETIREMENT RECEPTION PLANNED FOR HOTCHKISS: The public is invited to a reception honoring outgoing Freeman Public Schools Superintendent Don Hotchkiss on May 17. The event will be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Freeman Junior-Senior High School lunchroom. Hotchkiss is retiring at the conclusion of the school year. No formal program is planned. Instead, members of the public are invited to come and go at their leisure. Light refreshments will be served.
EMERY — Central Electric Cooperative will award an Emery day care provider with $2,200 on Wednesday to help construct a new playground. Central Electric will give the Little Learner's Daycare and Preschool $2,200 generated through the Operation RoundUp program intended to help the daycare implement rubber safety matting under equipment, a shaded play area, sandbox and moving the jungle gym. Little Learner's serves approximately 40 children.
Shirley Thelen can now call herself Legionette of the Year. Thelen was pinned District 6 Legionette of the Year for her services and membership in Unit No. 18 of Mitchell's American Legion Auxiliary. This award recognizes the contributions made by an Auxiliary member. Among Thelen's accomplishments include making and donating 45 quilts to the veterans in the local retirement homes and 12 quilts to veterans at the Sioux Falls Veterans Affairs hospital.
LOWER BRULE — One suspect was airlifted and hospitalized after a shooting incident involving law enforcement on an area Native American reservation. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is actively investigating a shooting incident that took place Thursday morning on the Lower Brule Indian Reservation, according to Jeffrey Van Nest, media coordinator for the FBI Office in Minneapolis.
WINNER — A Winner woman was sentenced to six months in custody for possessing a firearm as a felon. The sentence stems from an incident in which Amber Rae Millian, 34, was arrested for spotlighting deer Nov. 18, 2014, on the edge of Winner. Millian was in possession of a .22 caliber rifle and multiple rounds of ammunition at the time of her arrest and had previously been convicted of a felony.
A Mitchell man was recently welcomed as a South Dakota National Guard warrant officer. Kenneth Maas was one of four men named warrant officer following a commissioning ceremony April 8 at Fort McClellan, Alabama, according to a press release from the South Dakota National Guard. Warrant officers make up the technical foundation of the Army, specializing in a technical area such as intelligence, aviation or maintenance.
PIERRE — The state Supreme Court upheld a Parkston drunken driving conviction Wednesday after the suspect claimed his rights were violated. Matthew Hopkins, who was convicted of second-offense DUI after a 2015 incident in Parkston, filed an appeal with the South Dakota Supreme Court to suppress evidence in his case, claiming the officer should have read his Miranda rights. On Sept. 25, 2015, a Parkston police officer followed a vehicle traveling at a high speed to a gas station, where the officer found Matthew Hopkins with his hands in his pockets.
Two Mitchell students are heading to Nashville. Kaitlin Haas and Shalynn Klunder, seniors at Mitchell High School, qualified for the National Family, Career, Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) Leadership Conference in July in Nashville. The two earned the trip to Tennessee by winning at the state event April 4 in Sioux Falls. Their project involved a display and a 10-minute oral presentation. Haas and Klunder's presentation talked about the two Little Free Libraries they created and placed within the Mitchell community.
Two area high school students were awarded $1,000 scholarships from Dakotaland Federal Credit Union to continue their education after high school. Bailey Rudebusch, of Howard, and Spencer Mohr, of Mitchell, were among eight high school seniors who were awarded the scholarships. The students were chosen based on applications and essays highlighting the changes they would make in their communities if given the opportunity.
Firefighters responded to a rural Mitchell salvage yard Wednesday after a prescribed burn spread to nearby tires. At about 3:45 p.m. on Wednesday, the Mitchell Fire Division responded to a call from approximately three miles west of Mitchell at H&R Salvage after wind caused a pallet fire to spread unexpectedly, according to Mitchell Assistant Fire Chief Paul Morris. "That's what happens this time of year. You got a lot of dead grass out there and stuff. Doesn't take much to get that going," Morris said.