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Are bloggers -- those pesky, pajama-wearing screed writers -- journalists? In South Dakota, at least one state judge says they are. Besides captivating the South Dakota political world recently, the State of South Dakota v. Daniel Willard misdemeanor "robo-call" trial in Madison also had the South Dakota blogosphere abuzz. Circuit Court Judge Vincent Foley ruled that blogger Pat Powers, owner of the conservative South Dakota War College blog, was a journalist due to his previous reporting on the matter.
It was on July 23, 1888, that a group of Norwegian Lutherans met together in John Reirson's store and organized the Norwegian Evangelical Lutheran Church of Mitchell. They hired the Rev. A.J. Lee, who lived in Mitchell, to preach once a month. The group took up subscriptions for money, work or materials from members and townspeople and also made a mortgage. With the members doing most of the work, they had their little white church on South Wisconsin Street. It stood almost all alone on the prairie.
A Chamberlain man is accused of possession with intent to distribute and being a drug user in possession of a firearm. Rodney Hickey, 48, was indicted in July by a federal grand jury. Hickey appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno on Aug. 28 and pleaded not guilty. Hickey allegedly possessed hydrocodone, a controlled substance, in January and intended to distribute it. The indictment also alleges he knowingly possessed firearms while being a drug user.
A Fort Thompson man has pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm. Bryant Ross, 39, appeared before U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange on Aug. 29 and pleaded guilty to the indictment. The maximum penalty upon conviction is 10 years of imprisonment, a $250,000 fine or both, three years of supervised release, an additional two years of supervised release upon revocation, and a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund. Restitution may also be ordered.
Junior Achievement of Mitchell recently announced that Jeral Gross is serving as the board chairman for the 2013-2014 year. Jacqson Collins, First National Bank South Dakota; Jen Johnston, Cabela's; and Dustin Ludens, Morgan and Theeler Law Firm, were recently elected to the JA Mitchell board.
HOVEN -- Family, friends and colleagues said their last farewell Friday morning to Jay Duenwald, a tall, strong farmer who gave 40 years of his life to protecting unborn children and along the way became one of South Dakota's foremost opponents of legalized abortion. Duenwald, age 76, died Aug. 31. He was known for his refusal to accept no for an answer when he wanted something important, but his will couldn't overcome the Parkinson's disease that forced him into a wheelchair in his final years and ultimately took his life.
The Mitchell Area Charitable Foundation announces a partnership with the Mitchell Aquatic Club for the second annual Reverse Raffle to be held Oct. 22. The event will be sponsored and hosted by First Dakota National Bank in conjunction with a Chamber of Commerce "'Mix and Mingle" from 5 to 7 p.m. If 500 tickets can be sold, the Mitchell Aquatic Club will be able to purchase new timing equipment and the Mitchell Area Charitable Foundation will meet its fundraising campaign goal and earn a $50,000 matching grant from the South Dakota Community Foundation.
The master of business administration—strategic leadership program at Dakota Wesleyan University is now an educational member of the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE), and has affirmed its commitment to excellence in business education. This is the first step toward accreditation for both the undergraduate and graduate programs, said Dr. Monty Bohrer, associate professor of business administration and economics at DWU.
LOWER BRULE -- A Lower Brule woman recently pleaded guilty to assault. Monica Quilt, 41, appeared Wednesday before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno and pleaded guilty to assault by striking, beating and wounding. The maximum penalty is one year in prison, a $100,000 fine or both, one year of supervised release, an additional year of supervised release upon revocation, and a $25 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund. Restitution may also be ordered.