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IPSWICH -- Marian Wibben, Ipswich, formerly of the Spencer area, will celebrate her 90th birthday on Friday, March 7. Her children and grandchildren request a card shower. Greetings may be sent to P.O. Box 734, Ipswich, S.D., 57451.
KIMBALL -- Trial dates for three men accused of printing money and possessing drugs have been canceled. Zane Goodbeau, 59, of Kimball, Chaz Stewart, 20, of Yorba Linda, Calif., and John Laubach, 43, of Kimball, are each scheduled for status hearings in May. Stewart is scheduled for a change of plea hearing in April, according to court documents. The indictments are the result of an investigation that began into the passing of counterfeit bills to several Chamberlain and Kimball businesses.
Now playing at Mitchell's Luxury 5 Cinema: Mr. Peabody and Sherman, 300: Rise of an Empire, 12 Years a Slave, Non-Stop, Son of God.
A girl, Elizabeth Kay Reindl, was born on Jan. 26, 2014, to Anne and Bobby Reindl, Mitchell, at Avera Queen of Peace Hospital in Mitchell. She joins siblings Breanne, Brayden and Corbin. Grandparents are Rob and Jane Hetland, Artesian; and Darwin and Kay Reindl, Wessington Springs.
WAGNER -- Law enforcement arrested a woman Thursday in Wagner on drug possession and distribution charges. Wagner Police Chief Tim Simonsen said the woman was a passenger in a vehicle that initially fled a traffic stop. Simonsen did not have access to the woman's name, age or place of residence when contacted by The Daily Republic.
LAKE ANDES -- The court trial for a Lake Andes man accused of vehicular homicide and first-degree manslaughter has been continued to July. Ronald Ray Fischer Jr., 29, is accused of driving drunk on July 8 and running into two pedestrians in a hotel parking lot in Pickstown. U.S. Fish & Wildlife employee Dr. Robert Klumb, 46, of Pierre, and his colleague Maegan Spindler, 25, of Cazenovia, N.Y., were killed as they packed their boat. Fischer earlier waived his right to a jury trial and requested a bench trial, which was set for April.
Four people were arrested Monday near Mitchell for possessing 10 total pounds of drugs. South Dakota Highway Patrol Trooper John Lord pulled over a vehicle for speeding at about 10 a.m. on Interstate 90. Upon approaching the sport utility vehicle, he smelled the strong odor of burnt marijuana. Upon further search of the vehicle, Lord allegedly found nine 1-pound packages of marijuana, one 1-pound package of hashish, LSD stamps and 10 1-foot-by-1-foot packages of what appeared to be hashish oil. Hashish is a resin that can be extracted from the cannabis plant.
The Mitchell High School jazz band competed at the Jazz on the Upper Great Plains Festival on Tuesday at Augustana College in Sioux Falls. MHS Director of Bands Ryan Stahle said the band placed second out of nine bands in the AA class. Stahle said this is Mitchell's ninth consecutive year earning a top two placing; the band received first place in this category from 2007 to 2013. Sid Stemper received an outstanding soloist award as well. The band will compete next at the Optimist Jazz Festival on April 3 in Brookings.
PIERRE -- The number of South Dakota kids who are overweight or obese was unchanged in the state's latest school height and weight survey. Released by the Department of Health on Wednesday, the survey shows 16.6 percent of students were overweight in the 2012-2013 school year, the same as the previous year. Sixteen percent were obese, nearly unchanged from 15.9 percent the year before.
MONTROSE -- A Montrose couple's home burned to the ground Wednesday afternoon. The Montrose Fire Department responded to a call around noon that Steve and Tammi Miles' house was on fire 10 miles north of town, said Ellen Head, member of and secretary for the department. By the time the fire department arrived on scene, the roof was already gone, she said. "It was engulfed so the only option was to let it burn up," she said. Tammi Miles was at work in Sioux Falls and Steve Miles, a farmer, was not home. The cause of the fire was not immediately determined.