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WHITE LAKE — Richard and Judy McQueen, White Lake, will celebrate their 45th wedding anniversary today, June 27. Their family requests a card shower. Greetings may be sent to 24182 373rd Ave., White Lake, S.D., 57383.
Kristi Homolka and Jason Vaughan announce their engagement. Parents of the couple are Jim and Elaine Homolka and Mark and Mary Vaughan, all of Mitchell. Kristi is a medical lab tech with Sanford Healthcare. Jason is employed with Graphic Packaging, Mitchell. A July 24 wedding is planned.
Jim and Dorothy Ulbricht, Jackson, Minn., announce the engagement of their daughter, Cassandra Ulbricht, to Philip Hoffman, son of Mike and Bonnie Hoffman, Parkston. Cassandra is a 2011 graduate of Jackson County Central and a 2014 graduate of Augustana College, Sioux Falls, with a degree in elementary education. She is employed by the Harrisburg School District. Philip is a 2007 graduate of Parkston High School, and holds an office technology specialist degree from Mitchell Technical Institute. He is employed with Wells Fargo, Sioux Falls. A Sept. 25 wedding is planned.
Robin Hoffman and Bryce Gades announce their engagement. Parents of the couple are Terry and Anita Aaker and Blair and Lynn Gades, all of Mitchell. Robin is a 2010 graduate of West Central High School and will begin her third year of veterinary school at Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa. Bryce is a 2007 graduate of Mitchell High School and a 2014 graduate of the University of South Dakota, Vermillion, with a degree in physical therapy. He is employed at Belle Fourche Physical Therapy, Belle Fourche. A July 18 wedding is planned at Christ Lutheran Church, Hartford.
A Mitchell resident who was riding her bicycle along First Avenue on Friday was struck by a car and suffered minor injuries. Dakota Anderson, 18, was crossing at the intersection of First Avenue and Rowley Street at 5:52 p.m. on Friday when a 1999 Honda Accord, driven by Jesse Miles, 18, Mitchell, hit her bicycle, according to Officer Mici Bolgrean of the Mitchell Police Division. Miles had been traveling south on Rowley and stopped at the stop sign, but failed to yield to Anderson at the intersection, Bolgrean said.
Public Beach at Lake Mitchell reopened early Friday evening after test results came back showing safe levels of coliform bacteria. The beach, located on North Harmon Drive, was temporarily closed as a safety precaution when a sample taken in the area on Thursday came back showing high levels of coliform bacteria. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, high coliform levels can indicate sewage contamination.
A look at news from around the region, as reported by weekly newspapers: Lake Andes BALD EAGLES BACK IN AREA: Wildlife experts say the bald eagle is making exponential growth in South Dakota, especially near the Lake Andes National Wildlife Refuge. Wildlife Refuge Manage Mike Bryant said populations of bald eagles have rebounded in part because DDT has been banned after its frequent use as pest control in the 1970s. The area has large enough trees to accommodate the birds as well.
A convicted sex offender who failed to register his address prior to moving to Mitchell is accused of illegally residing in a community safety zone. Gerald Ironshooter, 22, of Mitchell, recently moved from Sioux Falls and was arrested for the offense on June 8.
A Mitchell man is accused of damaging a video lottery machine in September by pouring beer on it. Jack Dodge, 57, was arrested on June 13 after he told law enforcement he intentionally poured beer on the machine, but was intoxicated at the time. Court documents also state eyewitnesses saw Dodge cause damage to the machine and video surveillance also captured the incident. Intentional property damage between $1,000 and $100,000 carries a maximum penalty upon conviction of 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine.
Two people are accused of possession with intent to distribute less than 1 ounce of marijuana. Mellissa Shepard, 24, and William Thorpe, 27, were arrested June 17 after law enforcement executed a search warrant at their residence. According to court documents, officers found documents with Shepard and Thorpe's names on them and drug paraphernalia and baggies containing marijuana.