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PIERRE — At first, Derek Ronning thought his co-workers were playing a joke on him. “I figured maybe they’d put a fake ticket in my wallet to make me think I was a winner,” said the Vermillion man, who works nights for the city of Vermillion. “So I stared at the ticket to see if it was the right game, the right date, the right numbers.” After half an hour of inspection, Ronning came to the conclusion that he was the winner of the $154,737 Dakota Cash jackpot from Saturday’s drawing.
On Saturday, Maj. Gen. Tim A. Reisch, left, adjutant general, South Dakota National Guard, presents his coin as a sign of appreciation to Renae Vanderzee, a recent graduate from Marion High School, during a 114th Fighter Wing unit training assembly in Sioux Falls. Vanderzee organized and prepared care packages that were sent to deployed members of the 1742nd Transportation Co. during their tour in Afghanistan. The items for the packages were purchased with funds raised by Vanderzee as part of a senior project.
SALEM -- A Salem man was arrested Monday for aggravated eluding -- a felony -- hit and run, reckless driving and first-offense drunken driving. James Spath, 27, fled law enforcement late Sunday night, reaching speeds as high as 90 mph, after allegedly being involved in a hit-and-run accident on Interstate 90. Court documents state the victim of the hit and run told law enforcement Spath's vehicle had damage to the passenger side, including a broken headlight. McCook County Deputy Sheriff Casey Urrutia spotted the vehicle at 11:06 p.m.
HOWARD -- Voters re-elected incumbent Mayor Andrew Dold in Tuesday's vote in Howard. Dold received 106 votes, or 54.9 percent of votes, said Howard City Finance Officer Donna Klinkhammer. Losing mayoral candidates and their totals included Donald Arens, 67 votes (34.7 percent); Keith Feldhaus, 16 votes (8.3 percent); and Curtis Dornbusch, four votes (2.1 percent). Dold will serve another two-year term. A total of 193 voters cast ballots, Klinkhammer said.
VERMILLION -- Two Mitchell girls were recognized during this year's South Dakota American Legion Auxiliary Girls State. Tatum Dean, of Mitchell, received the Travis Memorial Scholarship, and Haley Hinker, also of Mitchell, was chosen as the speaker of the House of Representatives during the 68th annual event, which concluded last week at the University of South Dakota with the traditional election of officers and presentation of awards. Under Girls State Director Cheryl Hovorka, 370 girls who will enter their senior year of high school this fall participated.
DELL RAPIDS -- Ray and Wilma Bogenhagen, Dell Rapids, formerly of White Lake, will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary on Friday, June 13. A card shower is requested. Greetings may be sent to 206 E. Fourth St., Dell Rapids, S.D., 57022.
WOONSOCKET -- Charles and Connie Swenson, Woonsocket, will celebrate their 55th anniversary today. Their children request a card shower. Greetings may be sent to 503 SW Court Circle, Woonsocket, S.D., 57385.
A boy, Bo Tobin Pearson, was born on May 19, 2014, to Cassie and Rick Pearson, of Chamberlain, on May 19, 2014, at Avera Queen of Peace Hospital. He joins a sister, Cambry Jo. Grandparents are Rick and Deb Tobin, Plankinton; and Jim and Gay Pearson.
The annual Wolf-King-Paulson picnic will be held Saturday, June 14, at the south shelter at Hitchcock Park, Mitchell. There will be a potluck meal at noon.
ALEXANDRIA -- Luella Schladweiler, Alexandria, will celebrate her 90th birthday on Saturday, June 14. Her family requests a card shower. Greetings may be sent to Box 124, Alexandria, S.D., 57311.