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Hannah Studenberg and Zachary Buchmann announce their engagement. Parents of the couple are Mike and Carrie Henrickson, and David and Teresa Buchmann, all of Mitchell. Hannah will attend Dakota State University, Madison, this fall to pursue degree in computer science. Zachary will also attend DSU to pursue a degree in game design. A June 20 wedding is planned at Zion Lutheran Church, Mitchell.
Want to be a movie star? Mitchell-area residents may have a chance. Charlie Buhler said she is readying to resume filming on her feature film, “The Great Silence” in the area, and hopes to get local people involved. Buhler, a Mitchell native and 2006 Mitchell Christian graduate, is the film's director. She said the film still has a number of roles to be filled, and encouraged all ages and ethnicities to submit photos. "It would be great to see some familiar faces in the movie," she said. The film will be shot in the Mitchell area in June and July, she said.
A person riding a bicycle Friday in Mitchell crashed and was eventually flown to a Sioux Falls hospital with injuries. According to law enforcement, a person riding their bike lost control, crashed and then was unconscious when medical personnel arrived. Sgt. Ryan Erickson, of the Mitchell Police Division, said several witnesses called in the crash, which occurred on the 2000 block of West Havens Avenue. After being transported to a local hospital, the person was flown to Sioux Falls because of injuries. The bicyclist's name and age were not immediately available.
KENNEBEC — The name of a man who died following an ATV rollover Thursday morning has been released. Clyde "Wayne" Copeland, 78, of Kennebec, was traveling up a steep hill and an ATV rolled over on top of him, said Lyman County Sheriff Steve Manger. Copeland died at the scene. The crash occurred at Copeland's residence, which is northeast of Kennebec.
FULTON — A woman who law enforcement says is suicidal purposely caused a crash Friday near Fulton, but she received only minor injuries. Julie Eppel, 43, of Mitchell, "decided she wanted to end her life" and at about 11:30 a.m.
A look at news from around the region, as reported by weekly newspapers and staff reports: Aurora County COMMISSION APPROVES OPT-OUT INCREASE: The Aurora County Commission has approved increasing its opt-out to $600,000 to be on the 2016 taxes to go toward upgrades to the county's roads, bridges and courthouse. The county previously had a five-year opt-out of $400,000 per year set to expire in December. Starting next year, the county will collect $600,000 per year for two years that will be put in restricted reserve capital outlay funds.
TORONTO — Mitchell was not named the Intelligent Community of the Year on Thursday night. The city was named one of the Intelligent Community Forum's Top7 localities in the world earlier this year, but Mitchell did not get the distinction as the overall winner. Thirteen Mitchell representatives attended the ICF summit from this week in Toronto to share the city's story and network with other technologically progressive cities. Columbus, Ohio, was named the overall winner. Other cities up for the award, in no particular order, were Arlington County, Va.; Ipswich, Queensland, Australia
KENNEBEC — A Kennebec resident died Thursday morning in an ATV rollover crash in a rural pasture. The driver, who is not being identified until the family is notified, was the only person involved in the accident, which occurred northeast of Kennebec. Lyman County Sheriff Steve Manger said the sheriff's office received the call at 10:16 a.m. A report has not yet been filed and information on the driver has not be released.
Ron and LuEva Halweg, Mitchell, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Sunday, June 7. The couple celebrated with their family.
Pat and Bernie Tegethoff, Mitchell, will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary at an open house at noon on Sunday, June 14, at the Moose Lodge, Mitchell. They were married on June 15.