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A Mitchell man pleaded guilty and was sentenced Thursday for sexual contact with a child under 16, a misdemeanor. The charge was reduced from a felony, according to a plea deal filed in court documents. Jonah Sturgeon, 19, was originally charged in April for fourth-degree rape, a felony, which means the victim was between 13 and 16 years old and the perpetrator is more than three years older than the victim. Sturgeon received a suspended imposition of sentence, which means if he abides by all the rules of his one-year probation period, he has the chance to clear the felony from his record.
MARTY — A father and his three children were injured in a rollover Saturday night near Marty. The accident occurred between 7 and 8 p.m., a half-mile east of Marty, on 303rd Street, according to the Charles Mix County Sheriff's Department. The four people involved in the one-vehicle accident were brought to Wagner Community Hospital with injuries. The investigation is being handled by the South Dakota Highway Patrol. No other information was immediately available Sunday.
The national FFA organization has selected Matt Eichacker, of the McCook Central FFA chapter, as one of two finalists for the American Star in Agribusiness and American Star in Agricultural Placement awards, respectively. Eichacker grew up like most farm kids, eager to run equipment, maintain livestock and work alongside his family. While in junior high, Eichacker knew he wanted to pursue production agriculture as a career. Eichacker has three employers — his father and uncle, Denny Pearson Farms and Central Farmers.
Cub Scout packs and Boy Scout troops will be participating in the annual "Scouting for Food" campaign this week. Bags from the Scouts were distributed throughout Mitchell residences starting Tuesday night for the collection of non-perishable goods for the Salvation Army food pantry. Between 9 a.m. and noon on Saturday, the Scouts will be covering the city to collect the bags of food. This food drive is one way in which Scouts give back to their community.
A Mitchell woman was injured Tuesday evening in a two-vehicle accident near town. According to Highway Patrol Trooper Matt Petersen, a two-vehicle accident occurred at 5:10 p.m. Tuesday on Highway 38, west of the KOA Kampground entrance. Both vehicles were traveling east when Kerissa Plooster, 18, of Mitchell, driving a 1997 Acura, rear-ended a 2000 Subaru Forester driven by Zahava Bost, 31, also of Mitchell. Both drivers were wearing their seatbelts and the airbag of Plooster's vehicle was deployed. Plooster was transported to the hospital for minor injuries.
Cmdr. Elvina Maiden called the meeting of the DAV Auxiliary to order on Oct. 13 with 10 members present. Chaplain Irene said the blessing and we all said the Pledge of Allegiance. Adjutant Judy read the minutes from the September meeting with no corrections. The treasurer's report was given and filed for audit. National Cmdr. LeeAnn Karg's motto is "Together as one: two people united in a singular effort are always much stronger than one." We will work together to assist our veterans. Elaine reported that our membership is now at 129. We are only three short of our quota of 132.
Mitchell Toastmasters Club 495 met on Oct. 16 at DWU with 10 members and one guest, Lisa Arhart, present. President Gretchen Rich opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance, and Molly Sutton gave the invocation. Kay Thomas reported that Duane Duba won second place in the table topics contest at District 78. Gretchen asked Doug Voelske to be toastmaster of the meeting. Doug called on our first speaker of the evening, Gretchen. Her speech was "Ghosts Spirits Burial." Doug then called on Bill Kinder for table topics. He called on five members, with Kay voted the best.
Sojourner's Bridge Club met on Oct. 13, at James Valley Community Center. There were four tables playing with 16 regular members present. High prize went to Ron Morgan. Bev Wire was second and third prize winner was Margie Winter. The next meeting will be Monday.
A Mitchell woman on Tuesday was given a second chance to rehabilitate in the community. Clancy Schooler, 39, was sentenced to serve 120 days in jail for possessing a controlled substance, methamphetamine. Judge Tim Bjorkman suspended a five-year prison sentence. "Just looking at your Minnehaha County charge, and the minimization you make to your serious drug issues is troubling," Bjorkman said.