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A proposed traffic change in downtown Mitchell is now in effect. One month after the Mitchell Traffic Commission approved a shift from one-way to two-way traffic on portions of Second, Third and Fourth avenues between Rowley and Lawler streets, the change went into effect on Friday afternoon. The plan was approved by a unanimous vote of the Traffic Commission and no petition for referendum was returned to the city to put the change to a public vote.
South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard has declared a state of emergency due to drought conditions in the state. The emergency declaration allows farmers and ranchers to cut and bale state highway ditches adjacent to their property, and the South Dakota Department of Transportation has suspended mowing operations until July 5 to allow farmers to access the hay along ditches. During this time, the state DOT will continue to mow in urban areas. The state is also authorizing producers to travel statewide without a commercial driver's license, in an effort to ease transport of feed.
A 10-county training exercise scheduled for Saturday has been postponed due to unsafe water conditions at Lake Mitchell. The dive team exercise was intended to simulate a situation in which a vehicle had become submerged in the lake and officials were tasked with recovering the driver and passengers from the water.
BON HOMME COUNTY — A Tyndall man was charged with fourth-degree rape after allegedly having sex with a teenage girl. Sergio Blanco, 26, was arrested recently and charged with fourth-degree rape and sexual contact with a child under 16 after performing sexual acts with a 14- or 15-year-old girl, court documents state. The rape charge stems from an incident between March 15 and March 30, while the sexual contact charge stems from an incident between March 15 and May 22.
Here's what you need to know heading into Friday. 1. 2. The Mid-Central Educational Cooperative met Thursday at the cooperative's office in Platte to finalize some of the "loose ends" left before services cease , including the sale of the building.
A Mitchell city employee sustained minor injuries in a two-vehicle crash Thursday that left a city vehicle upside down.
LOWER BRULE — An effort to curb crimes on the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe took effect Wednesday, after an official signing ceremony at the Lower Brule Sioux Tribal Courtroom. The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) is a collaborative effort between the South Dakota U.S. Attorney's Office and the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe that allows eligible tribal members between the ages of 18 and 24 to avoid federal prosecution and prison after committing a crime.
TRIPP COUNTY — The investigation into the death of a 17-year-old who was killed while hunting in northwest Tripp County Saturday morning should conclude by early next week, according to authorities.
Two Avera therapy locations in Mitchell have merged. Avera Queen of Peace Hospital announced Thursday that Avera Advanced Physical Therapy (AAPT), located at 409 S. Ohlman St., joined Avera University Physical Therapy (AUPT), at 2100 N. Kimball St., on June 9. Jeff Lee, the sole therapist who served clients at AAPT, has transferred to the AUPT location Therapists at AUPT provide a variety of occupational, physical and speech therapy services. The purpose of the merge was to "provide efficient, cost-effective care to area patients," according to a press release.
The city of Mitchell is discouraging contact with Lake Mitchell for at least one more week. With chlorophyll levels climbing up to 193 parts per billion at the center of the lake as of the most recent test, the city will maintain the warning advisory in effect for another week. A warning is sparked by chlorophyll levels surpassing 50 parts per billion, and a lake closure would be recommended if chlorophyll levels exceed 5,000 parts per billion.