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A dead raccoon in the middle of Spruce Street caused a pair of motorcycles to run into each other early Saturday morning in Mitchell, with one driver being transported to the hospital. The accident occurred in the 100 block of Spruce Street as a pair of motorcycles were traveling east. The lead driver, Timothy Boggs, 17, of Mitchell, operating a 2005 Kawasaki EX250, swerved when he saw a dead animal.
A Mitchell man was arrested Sunday after he allegedly stabbed another man in the neck with a steak knife, leaving a cut about 6 inches long. The incident happened about 2 p.m. when officers were called to the 100 block of East Third Street. Andrew Spotted Elk, 25, reportedly was the guest of Matthew Dupris, 26, in his Mitchell apartment.
GREGORY — An Aberdeen woman was killed and a Dallas man was seriously injured Saturday in a head-on collision on a rural Gregory County gravel road. The collision occurred around noon near the corner of 292nd Street and 334th Avenue, which is located four miles south and three miles west of Gregory. The South Dakota Highway Patrol reports Ashley Aneas Rosand, 30, Aberdeen, was driving a 1993 Chevrolet Lumina west on 292nd Street and reached the top of a hill when the vehicle collided with a 1992 Ford Explorer being driven by Robert Dennis Watson, 62.
A Mitchell woman was charged with driving under the influence early Sunday, after striking a tree and a power pole. Codi Shields, 27, was driving on North Wisconsin Street when she drove off the road and struck a tree before cutting back across the street and striking a power pole. The incident was in the 1700 block of North Wisconsin and occurred at 12:20 a.m. Mitchell Police Officer Dan Fechner said Shields was impaired at the time and nearly hit an apartment building nearby with her car.
Winners of the 19th annual Jason Kaemingk Memorial Scholarship were named on May 5 during the Pops Concert of the Mitchell High School music department. Winners of the instrumental scholarships were: Maria Glover, Mitchell, daughter of Doug and Sina Glover; and Nadine Moore, daughter of Matt Moore and Shawn Oleson. Vocal scholarship winners were: Macy Swanson, daughter of Greg and Paula Swanson; and Hanna Varilek, daughter of Lisa Wipf. The winners were chosen from applications by selection committee members Chris Miller, Ryan Stahle and Wyonne Kaemingk. The scholarship honors Jason Kaemin
Jesse Tolsma, Mitchell, graduated Cum Laude from Northwestern College, Orange City, Iowa, during commencement ceremonies held May 10. Tolsma received his degree in accounting and business administration. He is the son of Jay and Nancy Tolsma.
Northern State University, Aberdeen, held its commencement ceremonies on May 10, graduating one of the largest classes in recent years. Students with one asterisk graduated Cum Laude; two asterisks, Magna Cuma Laude; and three asterisks, Summa Cum Laude. Local students receiving degrees include: Master of Music Education: Whitney Halverson, Armour; Heather Harnisch, Parkston; Brett Kroeger, Woonsocket; Renee Munsen, White Lake. Master of Science: Jason Stoebner, Mitchell; Jason Stone, Chamberlain. Master in Education: Education and coaching, Kendra K.
Derek Klinkner, Artesian, received his master of science in education during commencement ceremonies at Southwest Minnesota State University, Marshall, Minn., on May 10.
Joshua De Waard, Stickney, graduated from Dordt College, Sioux Center, Iowa, on May 9. He received his bachelor of arts degree in agriculture.
The Dakota Wesleyan University awarded 207 degrees on May 3 during commencement services at the Corn Palace. Dr. Terry Grindstaff, a 1999 graduate of DWU and this year's commencement speaker, shared with students the importance of taking advantage of opportunities and always being ready for them. Grindstaff, of Omaha, Neb., is an assistant professor at the school of pharmacy and health professions at Creighton University, Omaha. An honorary doctor of humane letters was awarded posthumously to Ann Mitchell, accepted by her husband, Dr.