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MARSHALL, MINN.—For the second straight year, the Mitchell High School marching band earned first place in the Navy Class of the Pursuit Excellence Marching Competition. The event, which was held at Southwest Minnesota State University's Mattke Field in Marshall, Minnesota on Saturday, featured 19 bands from Minnesota, Iowa and South Dakota. Aside from winning its division, which are separated based on the size of each band, Mitchell received the sixth highest score of the 19 bands competing.
The Mitchell Police Division issued an alert Saturday, warning residents to be on the lookout for two Hispanic males attempting to "short-change" businesses. According to the alert, the two men were seen in Mitchell businesses Saturday afternoon trying to "exchange large denominations and short-change businesses." The subjects were described as men in their late 20s to early 30s and were last seen wearing white shirts and blue jeans.
LAKE ANDES — A Lake Andes woman is facing minor injuries after driving through a road blocked for construction Friday. Helen Oconnor, 68, was driving on Sixth Avenue in Lake Andes around 1:30 p.m. when she drove through the road and hit a parked construction trailer. She then crashed into a tree, according to Derik Rolston of the Charles Mix County Sheriff's Department. Rolston said Oconnor was traveling about 15 mph. Oconnor, who was driving a 1999 Ford Windstar, was transported to the Wagner Community Hospital for minor injuries.
Jenifer Lyn Polreis and Stanley Lee Sherwood announce their engagement. Parents of the couple are Beth Polreis, Parkston; and the late Donna Sherwood. Jenifer is a registered nurse at Avera Queen of Peace Hospital, MItchell, and Averan Bormann Manor, Parkston. Stanley is employed at Coborn's, Mitchell. An Oct. 8 wedding is planned.
PLANKINTON — Marv Jira, Plankinton, will celebrate his 80th birthday on Tuesday, Sept. 20. His family requests a card shower. Greetings may be sent to 25301 381st Ave., Plankinton, S.D. 57368.
LETCHER — Norma Fristad, Letcher, will celebrate her 90th birthday on Sunday, Sept. 25. Her family requests a card shower. Greetings may be sent to 39310 239th St., Letcher, S.D. 57359.
Jessica Schiefen and Curtis Deinert announce their engagement. Parents of the couple are Paul and Jan Schiefen-Koerner, Lincoln, Neb., and the late Jim Schiefen; and Lynn and Rhonda Deinert, Mount Vernon. Jessica attended Creighton University and is a nurse practitioner at MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas. Curtis attended the University of South Dakota and is a product manager at Orion AdvisoR Services based out of Omaha, Neb. An Oct. 8 wedding is planned in Omaha.
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BURKE — A Burke woman was charged with child abuse after allegedly driving while intoxicated with her 2-month-old child in the vehicle. Brooke Hoffman, 35, was arrested on Aug. 26 and charged with child abuse and driving under the influence after law enforcement found her driving a silver Buick out of the Pump N Stuff parking lot in Burke while intoxicated, court documents state. At about 10 p.m. on Aug. 25, law enforcement received a report that Hoffman was driving drunk with a child in the car. She was later located at the gas station with a baby in a car seat.
Six Mitchell residents were indicted by a grand jury and accused of charges involving cocaine, methamphetamine and marijuana, the South Dakota Attorney General’s Office announced Thursday, stemming from two separate...