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A proposed merger between two South Dakota-based agricultural cooperatives will not happen, after members of the two sides were split in their vote. In a statement Thursday, the boards of directors of North Central Farmers Elevator and Wheat Growers announced that the member owners voted against the unification of the two cooperatives. A total of 51 percent of North Central members voted against the unification, while 49 percent were in support. The opponents of the merger had more votes, 809-767.
Mitchell authorities say law enforcement have made personal contact with a woman reported missing earlier this week in Georgia, officially ending a missing person case. In a news release Wednesday, Mitchell Assistant Police Chief Mike Koster said Bridget Neugebauer, 42, had made telephone contact with the Mitchell Police Division on Wednesday morning. A family member said Neugebauer was with them in Lawrenceville, Ga., a suburb about 30 miles northeast of Atlanta. The family member told Mitchell police that Neugebauer had been with them since about 2 p.m.
An arrest has been made in the case of a stolen vehicle and short pursuit in Mitchell earlier this month. Daniel Lee Nguyen, 27, of Mitchell, was arrested and charged with possession of stolen property and eluding a law enforcement officer. The charges stem from a June 6 incident where police reported a man left a domestic incident at the Siesta Hotel at 1210 W. Havens Ave., and allegedly led police on a short pursuit on West Havens Avenue and South Iowa Street.
A Mitchell educator was one of 13 new members appointed by Gov. Dennis Daugaard to the Blue Ribbon Task Force, according to a press release from the governor's office. Vicki Harmdierks, principal of Gertie Belle Rogers Elementary School in Mitchell, was one of the appointees announced last week. "I joined with legislators to create the Blue Ribbon Task Force because all South Dakotans want to ensure that we have a school funding system that provides a great education to our young people, based on great teachers," Daugaard said in the press release.
OACOMA — A one-vehicle rollover Monday on Interstate 90 caused minor injuries when a driver attempted to avoid a deer in the road. The incident occurred shortly before 10:20 p.m. Monday one mile west of Oacoma, where a 1997 Buick Park Avenue was traveling westbound on the interstate. According to the South Dakota Highway Patrol, a deer ran in front of a car driven by Brandon Frazer, 25, of Vancouver, Wash.
A pair of weekend crashes—one on a state highway and another on Interstate 90—were caused by drivers who were asleep at the wheel, according to the South Dakota Highway Patrol. Authorities said a crash two miles east of Tyndall on State Highway 50 occurred at 2:30 p.m.
The following cases were among those heard Tuesday during a circuit court session at the Davison County Public Safety Center in Mitchell: • Nathaniel Scott, 22, of Mitchell, pleaded not guilty to possession of a controlled substance, meth; jury trial scheduled for September. • Jamie Shay, 29, of Mount Vernon, pleaded not guilty to identity theft, forgery, two counts of grand theft, possession of a controlled substance, morphine, possession with intent to distribute controlled substance, morphine, and possession with intent to distribute controlled substance, fentanyl; Judge Tim Bjorkman sche
A Mitchell woman who was reported missing has been located, according to her family. Bridget Louise Neugebauer, 42, of Mitchell, contacted a family member Tuesday about her whereabouts. Mark Buck, a younger brother of Neugebauer, confirmed Tuesday afternoon his family has made contact with his sister. He said his family was hoping to get Neugebauer in touch with law enforcement to ensure her safety. "It definitely is a sigh of relief," he said.
Barbara Ann Graff, Sioux Falls, formerly of Mitchell, will celebrate her 89th birthday on Friday, June 19. Her family requests a card shower. Greetings may be sent to Sunnycrest Village, 3904 S. Terry Ave., Apt. 373, Sioux Falls, S.D., 57106.
KIMBALL — Phillip and Maxine Konechne, Kimball, will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary on Saturday, June 20. A card shower is requested. Greetings may be sent to P.O. Box 76, Kimball, S.D., 57355.