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SPRINGFIELD -- A Springfield woman and her passenger suffered a vehicle rollover Saturday but were not seriously injured. The South Dakota Highway Patrol said Linda Deming, 39, was traveling south on 390th Avenue, about five miles southeast of Marty, when she and a passenger spotted a deer. The Highway Patrol said by the time Deming brought her attention back to the road, it was too late to stop at an intersection. She then tried to turn, entering the south ditch, and the vehicle rolled.
Davison County commissioners will meet in regular session at 9 a.m. Tuesday at the courthouse, 200 E. Fourth Ave. Mitchell. The agenda includes: 9 a.m. Pledge of Allegiance, approval of past meeting minutes, citizen input. 9:30 a.m. Renewal of liquor and wine licenses. 9:40 a.m. Emergency Management Director Jim Montgomery, with a status report on a project to wire a generator transfer switch into the county fairgrounds building's electrical system. The switch will allow a generator to be plugged into specified circuits, in the event of an emergency.
Some domestic violence resources in southeastern South Dakota: Mitchell Area Safehouse/Family Visitation Center, 1809 N. Wisconsin St., Mitchell, www.mitchellareasafehouse . org, 1-888-996-8909, or 605-996-4440, serves Aurora, Davison, Douglas, Hanson, Jerauld, Sanborn, Minor and Hutchinson counties. Jan Manolis Family Safe Center, Huron, www.facebook.com/jmfsc , 1-605-350-6690 or 1-605-350-6663, serves Beadle, Hand, Sanborn, Jerauld and Kingsbury counties. YWCA Family Violence Program, 707 Dakota Ave.
STICKNEY -- A 14-year-old Stickney girl suffered minor injuries in a one-vehicle accident Friday morning. Bayleann Cooper was driving her 1997 GMC Jimmy northbound on U.S. Highway 281 about three miles north of Stickney at around 7:30 a.m. when the vehicle drifted to the east side of the road, according to South Dakota Highway Patrol Trooper Aaron Hanson. Cooper's vehicle drifted onto the highway shoulder, and then she tried to steer back onto the road when she lost control, Hanson said.
Mitchell High School's student newspaper, The Kernel, won first place recently in its division of a statewide contest. The contest included this year's first editions of high school student newspapers from across South Dakota. The Kernel, which is advised by Brooke Pejsa, placed first in the division for high schools with enrollments of more than 175 students.
VIVIAN -- A Rapid City man was killed Friday in a one-vehicle rollover crash on a gravel road north of Vivian. Kevin Joseph Casey, 51, was driving a 2010 Dodge Ram 2500 northbound on 293rd Avenue when the vehicle left the gravel roadway and rolled about three miles north of Vivian. The crash occurred sometime between midnight and 7:40 a.m., according to a state Department of Public Safety news release. Casey was found dead at the scene of the crash.
LOWER BRULE -- A Lower Brule man pleaded guilty Thursday to one count of abusive sexual contact. Merle Wilson, 56, now faces a maximum of three years in prison and a $250,000 fine. The charge stems from a July 31 incident in which Wilson had sexual contact with a female victim, who at the time was incapable of appraising the nature of the conduct and was physically incapable of rejecting the sexual contact. Wilson was released on bond pending sentencing, which has been set for February.
MOUNT VERNON -- Two Mount Vernon residents were arrested Nov. 27 after police allegedly found traces of methamphetamine on a pipe inside their apartment. Joshua Samuel Johnson, 25, and Sara Ann Claggett, 32, are charged with possession of methamphetamine, a felony, and possession of drug paraphernalia, a misdemeanor. The charges stem from a police search of the couple's apartment, located in a basement at 104 South Earl St., during which two pipes and scale were found in a wooden box. One of the pipes field-tested positive for methamphetamine, a police affidavit says.
The state medical association on Wednesday called Gov. Dennis Daugaard's proposed 3 percent boost to Medicaid reimbursements "an important step in the right direction" but also expressed concerns about access to care. The South Dakota State Medical Association represents 2,000 members, including physicians, members and medical students.
WILLISTON, N.D. - North Dakota oil production has helped lift U.S. monthly oil production to the highest level since 1998. The Energy Information Administration said Tuesday that U.S. crude oil production averaged nearly 6.5 million barrels per day in September, the highest volume in nearly 15 years. The last time the United States produced 6.5 million barrels per day or more was in January of 1998, the EIA reported. Since September 2011, U.S.