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RELIANCE — A fire caused by a trailer breaking free and crashing into the ditch on Interstate 90 caused a smoky, fiery mess Friday outside of Reliance. Lyman County Sheriff Steve Manger said the fire started around 2:30 p.m. Friday at exit 248 after a vehicle pulling a trailer west on Interstate 90 came uncoupled and crashed into the north ditch. The trailer got into an old lake bed and started on fire. Manger said that's where the problems started. He said the fire caused huge plumes of smoke that made visibility difficult at times.
A Friday afternoon fire that destroyed a Mitchell home near the M & H convenience store started when food was left unattended cooking on a stovetop. The Mitchell Fire Department was called to 921 S. Rowley St. around 2:15 p.m. Friday. A woman who was staying as a house guest was cooking and left the food unattended when the fire started, Mitchell Fire Chief Paul Morris said. That appears to be the cause, Morris said. When firefighters arrived on scene, the home was engulfed with flames.
Election candidates across The Daily Republic's coverage area responded recently to questionnaires regarding why they are running for office in the upcoming general election. Candidates profiled are in contested races for South Dakota State House of Representatives and Senate seats.
More than 65 students entered pumpkins for the annual pumpkin-decorating contest at Mitchell's Gertie Belle Rogers Elementary School on Friday. The pumpkins were judged on Friday morning and were broken into categories by age, grade level and theme.
A look at news from around the region, as reported by weekly newspapers: Wessington Springs TORNADO DONATION CENTER CLOSES TUESDAY: After more than four months of serving victims of the June 18 tornado, the Wessington Springs Donation Distribution Center is closing Tuesday. The center will have a number of winter items on display Tuesday, when the center is open for the last time. It will be open from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
The person who bought a $1 million Powerball lottery ticket sold in Mitchell still hasn't come forward. Kelly Thompson, director of advertising and public relations for South Dakota State Lottery, told The Daily Republic on Friday that no one has presented a ticket or claimed to have won the prize. Thompson said earlier this week that a convenience store in Mitchell sold the winning ticket, but she would not give further details. The winning numbers came from the Oct. 25 drawing. They are 6, 10, 51, 54, 57, and the Powerball is 12.
WAGNER — Law enforcement arrested a Wagner man Thursday afternoon after the man was involved in an “officer-involved shooting” incident earlier that morning. Russell Duaine Turner Jr., 40, was arrested on three outstanding warrants, according to a S.D. Attorney General’s Office news release.
A Mitchell woman was arrested Wednesday morning after threatening her boyfriend with a large kitchen knife. Melissa Williams, 42, and her boyfriend got in an argument, said Sgt. Ryan Erickson, and Williams took out the knife. She threatened him with it, but the only injury he suffered was a small cut on his hand that required no medical attention, Erickson said. Williams is charged with domestic aggravated assault, which carries a maximum penalty upon conviction of 15 years in prison and a $30,000 fine.
WHITE LAKE — A White Lake teen hit a record-breaking sale price with her steer at the American Royal Junior Premium Livestock Auction in Kansas this week. Bayley Kroupa, 18, received Grand Champion Market Steer, which sold for $200,000 on Monday. According to a press release from the American Royal Livestock Show, Kroupa and the Reserve Grand Champion Market Steer winner donated 10 percent of their winnings back to the Stanley E. Stout Supreme Heifer Memorial Scholarship Fund. Stout was a well-respected livestock auctioneer and heavily involved in the American Royal Livestock Show.
PLATTE — A Nebraska teen accused of stealing from her grandmother's cafe in Platte has pleaded not guilty to two counts of third-degree burglary. Brooklyn DeGroot, 19, entered her plea earlier this month during her arraignment in Lake Andes. DeGroot was arrested in July after she broke into Stockman's Cafe, which is attached to Platte Livestock. According to court documents, the sale barn reported its office had been broken into and law enforcement found DeGroot and her boyfriend, Jon Johns, on surveillance tape from the businesses. The couple used a set of keys that were allegedly s