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LAKE ANDES -- A Minnesota man was airlifted to Sioux Falls following a life-threatening rollover crash near Lake Andes. Wilson Davila-Martin, a 25-year-old man from Pequot Lakes, sustained life-threatening injuries on Friday night after being ejected from the vehicle he was driving two miles east of Lake Andes on Highway 18. Charges are pending against Davila-Martin in relation to the crash, according to the South Dakota Department of Public Safety.
SANBORN COUNTY—A Huron woman has been identified as the victim of a one-vehicle fatal crash that occurred Wednesday night. Callyann Wallenstein, 27, was pronounced dead at the scene of a 9:55 p.m. crash on South Dakota Highway 37 on Wednesday after her vehicle went off the roadway and rolled, according to the South Dakota Department of Public Safety. The crash occurred approximately 10 miles south of Huron in Sanborn County. Wallenstein was thrown from the 2003 Chevrolet Tahoe she was driving. She was not wearing a seat belt.
WINNER — Fundraising for a $23 million hospital expansion in Winner has eclipsed $1 million. According to Jody Engel, communications director for Winner Regional Healthcare Center, along with the fundraising, the project is being paid for with a low interest Community Facilities loan from the United States Department of Agriculture, $3 million from the late John and Raymond Erickson brothers, a 10-year, $1 million donation from Sanford Health, as well as $3 million in local philanthropic donations.
A look at news from around the region, as reported by weekly newspapers: Wagner PROTESTERS RIDE THROUGH WAGNER IN SOLIDARITY: On March 30, a small group of people gathered outside tribal headquarters in Wagner in a ceremony representative of their solidarity in protest against the Keystone XL Pipeline. The riders, known as Sungwatogda "Fearless Horses," delivered a proclamation from Chairman Brandon Sazue Sr. to the Yankton Sioux Tribe.
BROOKINGS — The Mitchell High School student-run newspaper, The Kernel, and the Mitchell High School Yearbook class has won 11 awards. During Wednesday's South Dakota High School Activities Association high school press convention in Brookings, The Kernel was given an "excellent" rating in the newspaper category. Staff on The Kernel also earned individual awards. Senior Masey Lambert earned "superior" ratings for her submissions in school activity photo and sports photo and she earned two "excellent" ratings for news writing and general news.
A Mitchell man was bitten by a dog Thursday near Mitchell's Main Street while attempting to break up an altercation between two dogs. The man, whose name is not available, refused medical service from the Mitchell Department of Public Safety, and the dog that bit the man will be forced to be registered as a potentially dangerous animal, officials say.
Larry Thompson, the CEO of Vantage Point Solutions, was formally appointed to the Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee (BDAC) on Thursday. The BDAC will provide advice and recommendations for the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) — an agency that regulates interstate and international communications by radio, television, wire, satellite and cable in all 50 states.
HURON — A 27-year-old woman died in a one-vehicle crash Wednesday night. At approximately 9:55 p.m., the woman was driving southbound on South Dakota Highway 37 when the vehicle she was driving went off the roadway and rolled, according to the South Dakota Department of Public Safety. The crash occurred approximately 10 miles south of Huron in Sanborn County. The name of the person is not being released pending notification of family. She was the only occupant in the vehicle.
The following cases were among those heard Tuesday by Judge Tim Bjorkman during a circuit court session at the Davison County Public Safety Center in Mitchell. Sentencings • Lavern White Mouse, 64, of Fort Thompson, was sentenced to 30 days in jail, credit for 29 days served. White Mouse is charged with possession of hydrocodone.
Two local banks were placed on lockdown late Wednesday afternoon after a caller reported a suspicious person near the area. At 4:16 p.m., law enforcement received a call about a male sitting in a vehicle near First National Bank. The reporting party witnessed the male put what appeared to be a firearm in his hand and walk toward the bank, according to Mitchell Police Sgt. Joel Reinesch. The Mitchell Police Division was dispatched, and the First National Bank and the nearby Wells Fargo Bank were placed on lockdown.