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Mitchell residents can see first-hand the vibrant colors of various stained glass windows of some of the city's oldest churches in an upcoming tour. The Sanctuary Stained Glass Tour, hosted by the First Lutheran Church Women, will be held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on March 26. The tour will take window fans on a journey of Mitchell's churches, and is intended to ignite discussion about art, history and gospel behind each stained glass window.
A Bridgewater-Emery student took home an armful of awards — including the top title — at the recent state visual arts competition. Jessica Jaeger, of Bridgewater-Emery High School, was awarded Best in Show for Class B at the third annual State Visual Arts Competition and Gallery in Rapid City on Saturday. The Best in Show award is awarded to one entry in each class, regardless of category, with the highest ranking from the state gallery judges.
A man who stole a vehicle and firearms in Mitchell was sentenced Tuesday to five years in prison. Andrew Kiner, 18, of Mitchell, was sentenced to 10 years in prison, five suspended, for second-degree burglary, three years in prison for third-degree burglary and two years in prison for each of two counts of grand theft. The sentences were ordered to run concurrent, or at the same time, and Kiner was given credit for 128 days served.
Mitchell Technical Institute can now offer another certificate option for its students. On Monday morning, the South Dakota Board of Education approved a new welding certificate option at Mitchell Tech, which will be an alternate second-year option in the existing welding program. While the current program emphasizes machining and manufacturing in its second year, the new certificate will offer a focused emphasis on specialized welding processes like gas metal arc, gas tungsten arc, shielded metal arc and flux core arc.
Grass near the Dakotafest grounds caught fire Monday when a garbage burn grew out of control. At about 11:45 a.m., six Mitchell firefighters responded to a call just west of the Dakotafest grounds, southeast of Mitchell, where a patch of grass caught flame. According to firefighter Rob Parker, who was the officer in charge of the incident, the land's owner, Gary Schlaffman, was burning a rubbish pile when the wind shifted and carried embers from the fire and burned less than one acre of grass.
A look at news from around the region, as reported by weekly newspapers: Freeman FREEMAN PUBLIC FACING FINANCIAL SHORTFALL: The Freeman School District is facing a financial challenge that could lead to a decision by the school board to opt out of the state-imposed tax freeze for the first time in 15 years. The district's general fund is currently in the red with a $35,444 deficit. At this time last year, the general fund balance was $465,270.
PIERRE — The South Dakota Supreme Court affirmed a decision to bar public access to portions of two expanding sloughs in Day County. On Wednesday, the state's highest court upheld a circuit court decision to bar public access to the portions of Jesse and Duerre sloughs that lie on private land, but the court removed a portion of an earlier decision that would block the South Dakota Department of Game, Fish & Parks to allow public access if GF&P were authorized by the state Legislature to do so.
Friend de Coup is asking its fellow show choirs to "PAC" their bags. The Mitchell High School show choir is determined to fill up the school district's new $15.3 million performing arts center — referred as the PAC — today for the annual Show Choir Classic takes place. The event — which has been dubbed the Friend de Classic — begins at 8 a.m. with preliminaries. Doors open at 7:30 a.m. The top-six finalists will perform again at 6:30 p.m for the final round.
Five burglaries since the beginning of March in rural Davison County have prompted the Mitchell Police Division to ask for the public's help locating the responsible party. On March 1, a Grey Chevy Suburban was stolen from a residence at 40145 255th St., and was later discovered in a rural area a short distance from the residence, Mitchell police said Friday. The vehicle had been lit on fire and destroyed. Also on March 1, a new dog kennel was stolen from the back of a maroon 2006 Ford F250 Pickup at 25433 406th Ave. Also stolen was a pair of white leather gloves.
LAKE ANDES — Stealing more than $1 million from an area education cooperative was made possible by a change in accounting software. During a court hearing Wednesday at the Charles Mix County Courthouse, Judge Bruce Anderson asked Tim Flannery, audit manager for the South Dakota Department of Legislative Audit, how the Westerhuises were able to take so much money from the organization. Flannery said it was a simple matter of using a different kind of software.