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The United States holds 25 percent of the world’s prison population, but has only 5 percent of the world’s people. Since 1980, the number of people incarcerated in America has quadrupled from less than 500,000 to 2.4 million.
Jim and Jeanette Ernster, Mitchell, will celebrate their 75th birthdays at an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, July 20, at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, Mitchell. The event is hosted by their children and grandchildren. Greetings may be sent to 413 S. Dobson, Mitchell, S.D., 57301.
Violet Rhoads, Mitchell, will celebrate her 90th birthday at an open house from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, July 19, in the Community Room, Meadowlawn Plaza Apartments, Mitchell. Greetings may be sent to Meadowlawn Plaza Apartments, 200 E. 15th Ave., Apt. 157, Mitchell, S.D., 57301.
Darlene Matson, Mitchell, will celebrate her 70th birthday at an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 19, at James Valley Community Center, Mitchell. The event is hosted by her family. Greetings may be sent to 1820 N. Wisconsin, Apt. C4, Mitchell, S.D., 57301.
A look at news from around the region, as reported by weekly newspapers: Douglas County COUNTY FACES CROP LAND TAX HIKE: Crop-rated ag land in Douglas County will see a 20 percent increase in taxes next year, according to county Equalization Director Jessica Goehring said. She said the move is necessary, given the price of ag land in the area selling for more than $8,000 per acre, and some properties have not been taxed at market value. “Some people are not going to be happy,” Goehring said. She said the 20 percent increase is the maximum allowed in a single yea
Diana Schroeder and Catland Landegent announce their engagement. Parents of the couple are Dan and Nancy Schroeder, Alexandria; and Craig and Sharon Landegent, Alvord, Iowa. Diana is a 2008 graduate of Hanson High School, Alexandria, and a 2012 graduate of South Dakota State University, Brookings, with a degree in wildlife and fisheries science and criminal justice. She is employed with South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks, Chamberlain. Catland is a 2006 graduate of Western Christian High School, Hull, Iowa.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — A new report finds that rural roads and bridges in South Dakota have significant deficiencies and are in need of safety upgrades. The report, “Rural Connections: Challenges and Opportunities in America’s Heartland,” was released Thursday by TRIP, a national non-profit transportation research group based in Washington, D.C.
The death of a 22-year-old Mitchell native has been ruled a suicide.
HURON -- NorthWestern Energy has been working on a major upgrade in the Ethan area and has scheduled an outage on Monday to complete the work. The outage will start around 1:15 p.m. and could last as long as three hours for customers living in Ethan. "We energized the new Ethan substation earlier in the week and have been transferring customers throughout the week in preparation from disconnecting the old substation.
The Mitchell Parks and Recreation Department plans on spraying the City of Mitchell for mosquitoes between 9 p.m. and midnight Saturday. Residents are asked to stay indoors during the spraying and keep pets indoors or in the backyard. With the recent rainfall, residents are reminded to regularly empty or turn over any containers on their property that hold water and wear appropriate clothing or repellent when outside and mosquitoes are present.