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WAGNER — An Iowa man was arrested for allegedly choking his girlfriend during an argument at an area motel. Gregory Koster, 32, of Sibley, Iowa, was charged with domestic abuse simple assault, domestic abuse aggravated assault and violating a court order. Koster is scheduled for an initial appearance on Jan. 9. At approximately 10:17 p.m. on Dec. 13, law enforcement received a call about a fight at the Lakeside Motel in Wagner. Upon arriving to the motel, law enforcement made contact with Koster and his girlfriend.
Davison County's recently fired veterans service officer claims the county didn't follow its own personnel policy prior to her firing. In a letter to Davison County Commissioner Denny Kiner, which was acquired by The Daily Republic, former VSO Jessica Davidson claims she was not provided "notice in writing of the 'proposed disciplinary action.' " Davidson has previously told The Daily Republic she believes she was terminated for "whistleblowing" on actions of the South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs. Department officials have declined to comment.
Here are five stories to know headed into Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2017: 1. Despite the Vikings' great season, Chad Greenway isn't missing football, he said recently. 2. Expansion is on the horizon for Mitchell Tech's Oak Room. Though, no timeline has been set.
EPIPHANY — A 63-year-old Mitchell man was airlifted from the scene of a crash in Hanson County on Saturday with life-threatening injuries. At 3:14 p.m., William Klinkhammer was traveling west on 245th Street, approximately one mile south and one mile west of Epiphany, when the 1995 Ford F-150 he was driving collided with a 2017 Ford F-150 traveling east on the same road, according to the South Dakota Department of Public Safety. The two vehicles collided while traveling on a hill.
Here are five stories to know heading into Tuesday: 1) Daily Republic Sports checks in with the Wagner wrestling team and new coach Robert Kokesh , a former University of Nebraska standout. 2) Meet Laura Alexander , the 23-year-old who has taken on the dutires of 4-H program adviser in Brule and Lyman counties.
A look at news from around the region, as reported by weekly newspapers: Chamberlain CITY TO PURCHASE LAND FOR DEVELOPMENT: In an effort to grow the city of Chamberlain, the city council this week signed an agreement to purchase nearly $1 million in land. The land, purchased from Wesley and Stephen Priebe, is to be used for development. The property is located north of Interstate 90 and south of Sanford Hospital. — The Chamberlain/Oacoma Sun Platte
Times change, but the talk of the town stayed the same. In 2016, we named the progress to restore water quality at Lake Mitchell as The Daily Republic's story of the year, and we were optimistic the city was on track to solve the decades-old algae issues on the lake. Then came 2017. Rather than describing the algae bloom that struck Lake Mitchell ourselves, this is how Lake Mitchell Advisory Committee member Mark Puetz described it.
Here are bankruptcy filings in U.S. Bankruptcy Court, District of South Dakota, for Dec. 13 through Dec. 20. Individuals can file Chapter 7 petitions (asking that debts be liquidated); Chapter 12 (a simplified reorganization method for farmers and ranchers whose gross debt does not exceed $1.5 million); and Chapter 13 (a plan to repay some debts in three to five years). Businesses can file Chapter 11 petitions to reorganize their debts under a court-approved plan for repayment. • Hot Springs: Richard Russel Brothers, Chapter 7. • Meckling: Richard Egan Artichoker, Chapter 7.
Here are five stories to know headed into Friday, Dec. 23, 2017: 1. Moriah Plastow, a Mitchell High School student, was selected to sing in the 2018 High School Honors Performance Series in February at Carnegie Hall in New York City.
STICKNEY — Two people were injured in a two-vehicle crash Thursday near Stickney. Sixty-three-year-old Donald Burmeister, of Mount Vernon, was injured after the 2005 Buick LeSabre he was driving crashed into a southbound 2014 Chrysler Town & Country on U.S. Highway 281. The crash occurred at 11:58 a.m. approximately a half-mile from Stickney. A 36-year-old female passenger in the Town & Country sustained minor injuries and was transported to Armour. Burmeister was transported to a Mitchell hospital, according to the South Dakota Department of Public Safety.