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A Mitchell woman charged with kidnapping and robbing a 66-year-old man has pleaded not guilty to both charges. Vanessa Hakl, 36, pleaded not guilty Tuesday to first-degree kidnapping and first-degree robbery at the Davison County Public Safety Center in Mitchell. The charges stem from a Sept. 22 incident in which Hakl and three other people allegedly robbed a 66-year-old man in a Third Avenue apartment in Mitchell, stole his vehicle and left him naked in a Hanson County field. Hakl was arrested on Oct. 23 in Harvey, North Dakota.
The South Dakota Department of Public Safety will limit what information it releases to the public due to the passage of Constitutional Amendment S, or Marsy's Law. The state department released a statement Tuesday after a review of the amendment meant to improve victim's rights by state government attorneys indicated records of state reportable crashes can no longer be made available.
Another ballot question passed by South Dakotans on Nov. 8 has claimed a victim. Gentry Finance, located on Main Street in Mitchell, has closed following the passage of Initiated Measure 21, which bars certain money lenders from making a loan that imposes annual fees, charges and interest at a percentage rate greater than 36 percent. And according to an employee with the Gentry Finance Corporation, each of the company's locations in South Dakota will be closing its doors.
The Davison County Commission will consider an array of items regarding the local jail at its regular Tuesday meeting. The five-person board has scheduled a 30-minute discussion with Corrections Administrator Don Radel to review six items at the 9 a.m. meeting at the Davison County North Offices at 1420 N. Main St. in Mitchell.
Kenneth Heppler, Mitchell, will celebrate his 85th birthday on Friday, Dec. 2. A card shower is requested. Greetings may be sent to 1417 E. First Ave., Mitchell, S.D. 57301.
Sylvia Miiller, Mitchell, will celebrate her 90th birthday on Saturday, Dec. 3. Her children request a card shower. Greetings may be sent to 2511 W. Spruce, Mitchell, S.D. 57301.
Gerald Miiller, Mitchell, will celebrate his 70th birthday on Wednesday, Nov. 30. His children and grandchildren request a card shower. Greetings may be sent to P.O. Box 338, Mitchell, S.D. 57301.
Lee Bahmueller, Mitchell, will celebrate his 85th birthday on Wednesday, Dec. 7. His family requests a card shower. Greetings may be sent to 2325 N. Langdon Court, Apt. 1, Mitchell, S.D. 57301.
Blanche Krell, Mitchell, will celebrate her 100th birthday on Friday, Dec. 2. Her family requests a card shower. Greetings may be sent to 2021 N. Kimball, #3, Mitchell, S.D. 57301.
LifeQuest received an anonymous $15,000 gift to challenge local donors to support the year-end 2016 annual fundraising campaign. Every new or increased gift that LifeQuest receives will be matched dollar-for-dollar up the the first $15,000 received until Dec. 31. "This gift will help raise needed funds that will go toward helping people with disabilities right here in Mitchell," said Pam Hanna, LifeQuest executive director. "We strive to help people have things in their life that make them happy and to live a good life. Donations will help us achieve that."