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The Davison County commissioners will deal with property tax and spending issues when they meet in regular session at 9 a.m.Tuesday at the courthouse 200 E. Fourth Ave., Mitchell. As part of its regular Tuesday meeting, the commission will convene for the first time this year as the County Board of Equalization.
Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell recently received a $1 million donation from the Randall family to support an existing endowed scholarship. Ron and Charlys Randall, of Mitchell, recently presented a check for $1 million to DWU President Bob Duffett. The gift was made to the F. Dwain Randall Endowed Scholarship, which is the most prestigious academic award given at DWU. The Randall Scholarships were established in 1983 by the Randalls in memory of Ron's father, F. Dwain "Doc" Randall.
Mitchell businessman Brian Klock will be among a contingent of 15 South Dakota business and agriculture leaders departing today with Gov. Dennis Daugaard for a trade mission to China. "South Dakota companies have immense growth potential in the Chinese market," Daugaard said.
BROOKINGS -- The Mitchell High School jazz band won first place Thursday at the eighth annual SDSU/Brookings Optimist Jazz Festival. Band director Ryan Stahle said the MHS musicians claimed first place overall in a competition in which more than 20 schools competed at three venues in Brookings. First-place soloist awards went to Peter Novak, Sid Stemper, Chris Sejnoha and Brady Dice, and the Mitchell High School trombone section was also recognized as outstanding. "I am really proud of the kids and their achievements this year. They worked incredibly hard this year," Stahle said.
Three Mitchell High School students were recently elected to positions on the state student council association. The students are Mason Wenzel, state president; Robert McCardle, James River Region sergeant-at-arms; and Shelby Riggs, treasurer for the James River Region. The MHS students were among 745 students and advisors from 60 statewide high schools who attended the 26th annual state convention of the South Dakota Student Council Association March 24-26 in Pierre. Other MHS students who attended the convention included Jacey Brunsen, Paige Grace, Jacob Rice, Stephanie Sanderson, Tiadra
A Mitchell man was arrested March 25 for allegedly failing to register as a sex offender and living too close to Mitchell High School. Daniel William Forcier, 26, was convicted of indecency with a child and sexual contact in 2004 in Texas, according to court documents. He moved to Mitchell in December, where he lived at 417 E.
A 28-year-old Mitchell man is accused of having sex with a 13-year-old girl. James Clayton Taglioli Jr. is charged with fourth-degree rape, a felony with a maximum punishment of 15 years in prison and a $30,000 fine. He was arrested March 27. According to court documents, Taglioli is alleged to have had sex with a 13-year-old girl sometime between Feb. 11 and March 27 at a residence in Mitchell where he and the victim were living at the time. Court documents say Taglioli admitted to authorities to having sex with the victim once during the time alleged and claims the act was consensual.
LOWER BRULE -- A Lower Brule man died in a vehicle accident over the weekend. According to a funeral home handling arrangements, Clinton Skunk, Lower Brule, 20, died Saturday in a motorcycle accident. Lower Brule tribal law enforcement declined to release any details about the accident Tuesday evening.
Mitchell police officers served a search warrant at a home in the city Tuesday afternoon as part of a theft investigation. Police searched the home at 809 Kynette Place at around 4 p.m., said Detective Sgt. Don Everson. He said no one was taken into custody after the warrant was served, and the search was not tied to a series of home and business thefts reported in the city recently. More details may be released Wednesday, Everson said.
Sgt. Dave Beintema of the Mitchell Police Division said Tuesday that officers are investigating three thefts that occurred in Mitchell between March 27 and April 1. In all three cases, the thief or thieves entered through unlocked doors. Wednesday, police received reports that alcohol and a cell phone charger were stolen from a room that was left open at the Corn Palace Motel. Saturday, a female student at Dakota Wesleyan University reported the theft of a $200 ring and a North Face jacket worth about $100 from a dormitory room at 1200 W.