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Area residents are coming to grips with the impact of a debilitating blizzard, as eastern South Dakota was pounded with heavy, wet snow Saturday. More than a foot of snow and winds gusting to as high as 60 mph greeted those in the city of Mitchell, which has begun the process of digging out from the storm. No travel is advised throughout the area through Saturday night and into Sunday morning.
A look at news from around the region, as reported by weekly newspapers: Woonsocket
Ahead of what has been billed as a "potentially historic" April snowstorm from the National Weather Service, a number of weather closures and cancellations were made Friday.
South Dakota Department of Transportation officials announced the closure of Interstate 90 from Murdo to Mitchell Friday afternoon. The closure will be effective at 2:30 p.m. Central time. The interstate is now closed in South Dakota from Rapid City to Mitchell, with the heavy snow — ranging from 12 to 18 inches across much of southeastern South Dakota — moves east through the state. The National Weather Service has called the storm as potentially historic.
The Mitchell Police Division is searching for a male suspect after a robbery was reported Thursday at a local convenience store. A subject robbed the Easy Come Easy Go store at 316 W. 5th Ave. at about 9:14 p.m. Thursday. The suspect threatened the clerk with a gun that was not seen by the store employee.
Authorities have arrested a Mitchell man who allegedly was involved in a number of vehicle break-ins earlier this week and stole a vehicle from Platte Wednesday. Mitchell Police Division officers arrested Daniel Ray Clements, 24, on Wednesday night, according a press release. Authorities said Clements allegedly broke a window on at least one vehicle in Mitchell and stole items from out of the vehicle early Wednesday and later entered several other unlocked vehicles in Mitchell.
ARTESIAN — The Mitchell Area Crime Stoppers are seeking information on a burglary late Tuesday at a rural Sanborn County convenience store.
Green compost containers curbside began being collected the week of April 2, on the same day as your garbage collection, for those who have signed up for compost collection. Containers must be curbside and filled only with compostable yard waste; no tree branches, garbage or garbage bags. If you would like to add this service for $4 per month plus the cost of a container, please call 995-8465.
A Mitchell woman is accused of aggravated domestic assault after allegedly stabbing her boyfriend with a steak knife. On April 1, Lynette Chargingwhirlwind, 46, and her boyfriend were drinking all day at their residence when Chargingwhirlwind became upset about a family issue, according to court documents. She slapped the victim’s face causing a bloody, swollen lip and then took a steak knife from the kitchen and stabbed the victim once in the chest.
Twelve Dakota Wesleyan University students are candidates for the Scotchman and Miss Wesleyan awards — the highest honor given to students in their senior year at the university. The titles of Scotchman and Miss Wesleyan are given to honor two seniors based on campus leadership, service, community leadership, academics and character. The honor of Miss Wesleyan began in 1929 and the Scotchman in 1938. The title for the Scotchman was borrowed from the university's song, "The Scotchman."