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Three Mitchell High School students were recently elected to positions on the state student council association. The students are Mason Wenzel, state president; Robert McCardle, James River Region sergeant-at-arms; and Shelby Riggs, treasurer for the James River Region. The MHS students were among 745 students and advisors from 60 statewide high schools who attended the 26th annual state convention of the South Dakota Student Council Association March 24-26 in Pierre. Other MHS students who attended the convention included Jacey Brunsen, Paige Grace, Jacob Rice, Stephanie Sanderson, Tiadra
A Mitchell man was arrested March 25 for allegedly failing to register as a sex offender and living too close to Mitchell High School. Daniel William Forcier, 26, was convicted of indecency with a child and sexual contact in 2004 in Texas, according to court documents. He moved to Mitchell in December, where he lived at 417 E.
A 28-year-old Mitchell man is accused of having sex with a 13-year-old girl. James Clayton Taglioli Jr. is charged with fourth-degree rape, a felony with a maximum punishment of 15 years in prison and a $30,000 fine. He was arrested March 27. According to court documents, Taglioli is alleged to have had sex with a 13-year-old girl sometime between Feb. 11 and March 27 at a residence in Mitchell where he and the victim were living at the time. Court documents say Taglioli admitted to authorities to having sex with the victim once during the time alleged and claims the act was consensual.
LOWER BRULE -- A Lower Brule man died in a vehicle accident over the weekend. According to a funeral home handling arrangements, Clinton Skunk, Lower Brule, 20, died Saturday in a motorcycle accident. Lower Brule tribal law enforcement declined to release any details about the accident Tuesday evening.
Mitchell police officers served a search warrant at a home in the city Tuesday afternoon as part of a theft investigation. Police searched the home at 809 Kynette Place at around 4 p.m., said Detective Sgt. Don Everson. He said no one was taken into custody after the warrant was served, and the search was not tied to a series of home and business thefts reported in the city recently. More details may be released Wednesday, Everson said.
Sgt. Dave Beintema of the Mitchell Police Division said Tuesday that officers are investigating three thefts that occurred in Mitchell between March 27 and April 1. In all three cases, the thief or thieves entered through unlocked doors. Wednesday, police received reports that alcohol and a cell phone charger were stolen from a room that was left open at the Corn Palace Motel. Saturday, a female student at Dakota Wesleyan University reported the theft of a $200 ring and a North Face jacket worth about $100 from a dormitory room at 1200 W.
The Davison County commissioners will hold a public auction to lease land it owns in Badger Township when it meets in regular session at 9 a.m. Tuesday at the courthouse, 200 E. Fourth Ave., in Mitchell. The land, which leased for $10,000 to Rick Podzimek last year, lies in the northeast quarter of Badger Township. This 22-month lease will end on Feb. 28, 2015. Since the commissioners were late in putting the land up for auction, this year they decided to extend the leasing period.
The state has awarded an $800,000 loan from the Clean Water Revolving Fund Program to Mitchell for a new lift station. The money will help Mitchell replace an aging lift station on Norway Avenue. The existing station is in poor condition and causing concerns for the city. The project involves replacing the lift station and installing about 100 feet of 6-inch force main and 90 feet of 12-inch gravity sewer to connect to the existing collection system. The estimated cost of the project is $851,000.
Although the rooster's strident wake-up call just before sunrise feels as regular as an alarm clock, the evidence that the birds are somehow driven to herald the dawn has long been anecdotal. After all, a rooster is rarely shy about making his presence known regardless of the time of day. Now, Japanese scientists have quite literally shed light on the phenomenon.
The average farm saw a 3.3 percent increase in net profit from 2011 to 2012, according to financial information compiled from 140 farms enrolled in South Dakota's Center for Farm/Ranch Management. "Net farm profit is money earned before business expansion, loan principal payments and family living expenses are paid," explained Farm Management Instructor Roger DeRouchey. Administered by Mitchell Technical Institute, the farm program helps producers improve their management skills.