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The Daily Republic asked for nominations from readers to help choose its 2014 Person of the Year. Here are descriptions of selected nominees in no particular order. Mitchell Fire Division Mitchell Fire/EMS had a busy year in 2014. Assistant Fire Chief Paul Morris said the numbers are still unofficial, but initial reports show the Mitchell Fire Division responded to 59 fire-related calls in 2014, up from 39 in 2013.
No one was hurt when an accidental gunshot fired through a garage door and into a Mitchell elementary school over the weekend, authorities said. On Saturday afternoon, a man in the 800 block of East First Avenue in Mitchell was in his garage preparing his muzzleloader rifle for a deer hunt the next day, according to Mitchell Police Sgt. Joel Reinesch. The man thought the weapon was empty.
KIMBALL -- The man who barricaded himself for 24 hours in a standoff against law enforcement in rural Brule County earlier this week faces multiple felony charges, authorities announced Friday...
Here are bankruptcy filings in U.S. Bankruptcy Court, District of South Dakota, for Dec. 31, 2014, through Jan. 7, 2015. 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).
Even the penguins thought it was cold Thursday. Cold that gripped the U.S. East and Midwest on Thursday snarled travel, shut schools, filled homeless shelters and even led to zoo penguins being ordered inside, according to Reuters. The coldest place in the country on Thursday was Estcourt Station, the northernmost point in Maine, with temperatures of minus 38 degrees Fahrenheit, Reuters reported. Records were broken from Montpelier, Vt., at minus 20, to Jackson, Ky., with minus 1. Two baby African penguins were moved indoors at the National Aviary in Pittsburgh.
The National Weather Service, Sioux Falls, has issued a blizzard warning for the Mitchell area. According to the South Dakota Department of Transportation's road conditions website, no travel is advised between Mitchell and Humboldt on Interstate 90. Visibility is reported to be near zero due to blowing snow in open areas. A blizzard warning is in effect until midnight Thursday. A strong northwest wind will be present throughout the afternoon, decreasing Friday morning.
Mitchell School District and John Paul II Elementary will dismiss at 1:30 p.m. today, Thursday, because of weather. Superintedent Joe Graves said the combination of increased winds, blowing snow, poor...
KIMBALL -- Authorities have identified the Highway Patrol trooper who was injured Wednesday in a Brule County shooting. Sgt. John Koenig, a 28-year veteran with the patrol who was stationed...
SALEM -- Terry Rieckman, a nagriculture teacher at McCook Central High School in Salem, has been elected as the 2014-15 president-elect of the National Association of Agricultural Educators. Rieckman, who has taught agriculture for 31 years at McCook Central, initially joined NAAE because it was expected of new teachers.
Thanks to a $56,000 grant from the South Dakota Department of Human Services, LifeQuest's job development program, Career Connections, will be able to expand its staff. LifeQuest announced the grant Tuesday, and said the funds could be renewed up to four consecutive years. Career Connections helps people with disabilities find jobs in the community and provides on-the-job assistance, as needed, after a person secures employment. Career Connections plans to use the grant to hire two full-time staff members, according to a press release from LifeQuest.