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Interveners to Northwestern Energy's proposed rate increase have agreed to suspend its Public Utilities Commission application schedule. After 34 years, Northwestern Energy is requesting to raise its rates by 20.2 percent, which equates to an additional $16.76 per month for the average customer. Larger Northwestern customers like Wal-Mart, Toshiba American Business Solutions, Trail King Industries and Redfield Energy have petitioned to intervene in the PUC evidentiary hearing against the rate increase. According to Wal-Mart's petition, the company with 15 facilities and more than 4,700 empl
Students at Gertie Belle Rogers Elementary were evacuated Tuesday amid reports of a false alarm gas leak at the adjoining Mitchell Recreation Center. At about 2 p.m., school officials received the report of a potential natural gas leak.
TRIPP —— A Winner woman has been arrested for allegedly stealing someone's ATV while drunk. Teresa Turnquist, 37, allegedly stole an ATV, worth $26,000 and owned by Allen Bowling, on Aug. 17. Tripp County Sheriff Shawn Pettit could reportedly smell alcohol coming from Turnquist. A PBT showed Turnquist's blood alcohol content to be 0.182.
Firefighters from Fedora and Alexandria on Monday extinguished a fire about 14 miles north of Alexandria that burned about 20 to 30 acres of grass. According to Adam North, assistant fire chief for the Fedora Fire Department, a mower sparked a fire at about 4:20 p.m. The mower was run by Dick Muth, owner of the land, North said. The fire was northwest of the intersection of 421st Avenue and 244th Street in Miner County, about a quarter-mile north of the Hanson County line. North said 17 Fedora firefighters responded alongside about 15 from Alexandria.
Mitchell police arrested a man following an incident at a Mitchell gas station on Sunday. David Larvie, 24, of Mitchell, was arrested Sunday evening, several hours after an incident at County Fair Food and Fuel convenience store. According to a press release from the Mitchell Police Division, Larvie allegedly confronted a female clerk at about 10:15 a.m.
Mitchell police are looking for a man who evaded police in a car chase early Monday morning.
PLATTE —— A Platte woman was injured following a two-vehicle crash Sunday morning near Platte. Pattie DeGrotte, 49, of Platte, was transported to the hospital after her 2006 Jeep Liberty collided with a 2004 GMC Sierra hauling a horse trailer, driven by 64-year-old Larry Friedel, of Stuart, Neb. Tony Mangan, public information officer for the South Dakota Department of Public Safety, said DeGrotte suffered minor injuries. At 11:20 a.m. Sunday, Friedel was traveling east on South Dakota Highway 44, 1 mile west of Platte.
PLATTE—Two Mitchell residents were arrested for burglary on Saturday after allegedly stealing a safe from a rural Platte home. Austin Weins, 20, and Blake Dorris, 19, were arrested after a robbery was reported to have taken place at the home of Leonard and Carol Weins between 12 a.m. and 7 a.m. on Saturday. Austin Weins is the grandson of Leonard and Carol. Aurora County Sheriff David Fink said Weins, Dorris and two juveniles allegedly entered the home and stole the safe containing cash, documents and other materials.
The Mitchell Police Department located a “person of interest” regarding an incident at a Mitchel gas station Sunday. A Nixle alert on Sunday afternoon from the department said the individual is an American Indian man with black hair, between 5 foot 3 inches and 5 foot 8 inches tall, and was last seen wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and sweatpants. Police say the man allegedly went into County Fair Food and Fuel on Havens Avenue in Mitchell around 10:15 a.m. Sunday and asked the clerk for the money in the register. He then made a motion with his arm as if he had a gun. The male then said he was joking and left the store, heading eastbound on Havens. Mitchell police issued another alert around 8:15 p.m. Sunday saying they had located the individual. No other information was immediately available.
Kevin and Louise Thurman, Mitchell, announce the engagement of their daughter, Ashley Marie, to Justin Adams, son of Barbara Jean Adams, of Mitchell. Ashley is a Registered Nurse at Avera Queen of Peace Hospital in Mitchell, and Justin is a Firefighter/EMT in Mitchell. A wedding is set for Oct. 24 in Mitchell.