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Two area high school students were awarded $1,000 scholarships from Dakotaland Federal Credit Union to continue their education after high school. Bailey Rudebusch, of Howard, and Spencer Mohr, of Mitchell, were among eight high school seniors who were awarded the scholarships. The students were chosen based on applications and essays highlighting the changes they would make in their communities if given the opportunity.
Firefighters responded to a rural Mitchell salvage yard Wednesday after a prescribed burn spread to nearby tires. At about 3:45 p.m. on Wednesday, the Mitchell Fire Division responded to a call from approximately three miles west of Mitchell at H&R Salvage after wind caused a pallet fire to spread unexpectedly, according to Mitchell Assistant Fire Chief Paul Morris. "That's what happens this time of year. You got a lot of dead grass out there and stuff. Doesn't take much to get that going," Morris said.
More patients will now have access to cancer screenings. The Avera Cancer Institute in Mitchell and the Avera Queen of Peace Foundation announced Wednesday afternoon the expansion of the Avera Queen of Peace Cancer Screening Program. Patients who meet the guidelines in the communities served by Avera Queen of Peace will be eligible for financial assistance for skin and breast cancer screenings at any time.
WITTEN — Two Tripp County men were arrested for allegedly taking thousands of dollars worth of milo from an area grain elevator. Rodney Farley, 55, and William Whitaker, 54, both of Witten, were arrested in March and charged with taking $9,000 of the grain from Witten Elevator, court documents state. On Feb. 19, Whitaker allegedly loaded up to four loads of milo onto semi trucks operated by Farley, who delivered the milo to Dakota Mill & Grain in Presho under the name Advanced Grain Pricing.
The following cases were disposed in Davison County Magistrate Court between Jan. 16 and Jan. 30. • Elizabeth Marie Little Hoop, 29, Mitchell, no driver's license; $54 fine; fine suspended; $66 costs; conditions: pay fines, costs and fees; have court appointed attorney fees reduced to a civil lien. • Justin Lee Moody, 18, White Lake; speeding on a state highway; $39 fine; $66 costs; no proper license plates on vehicle; $54 fine; $66 costs.
GREGORY — A Platte man was seriously injured when a semi truck he was driving left the road and rolled in the ditch near Gregory. Troy Sprik, 46, was driving a 2007 KW T800 semi hay grinder on Highway 47, about 19 miles north of Gregory, when the vehicle left the roadway and rolled, according to the South Dakota Department of Public Safety (DPS). The vehicle entered the east ditch at about 8:15 a.m., DPS said. Sprik was not wearing a seat belt and suffered serious, non-life-threatening injuries.
ALPENA — An Alpena man was indicted for allegedly raping and having sexual contact with a minor in February. Jose Vasquez-Perez was indicted by a Jerauld County grand jury for rape and sexual contact with a child younger than 13 years old, court documents state. According to court documents, Vasquez-Perez committed the alleged activities on Feb. 17 in Jerauld County.
LAKE ANDES — Criminal charges against a Delmont man accused of rape were dismissed. Charles Mix County prosecutors recently dismissed a second-degree rape charge filed against Dennis Streyle, 28, who was accused of raping a woman on Sept. 3 in his home south of Delmont. "Just after reviewing the evidence, I just didn't feel it was a case I could take to the jury and end up with a guilty beyond a reasonable doubt," said Deputy State's Attorney Scott Podhradsky, who dismissed the case.
A Mitchell man was sentenced to 10 years in prison after admitting to sexually touching a young girl. Donald Jackson, 30, was recently sentenced to 15 years in prison, five suspended, for each of two counts of sexual contact with a girl between the ages of 6 and 7, court documents state.
Pheasant Country Pheasants Forever Chapter No. 872 held its 32nd annual Seed Distribution Day on Saturday outside of Mitchell. The event allows seed to be distributed for planting wildlife food plots, with Pheasant Country encouraging landowners avoid to harvesting the food plots until the following spring. The event took place at the Ranek Ag Fertilizer plant and more than 50 vehicles were in line when the event started at 8 a.m.