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A look at news from around the region, as reported by weekly newspapers: Freeman LOW NUMBERS THREATEN FOOTBALL PROGRAM: With just 14 boys in grades 8-11 committed to playing in 2014, the status of football at Freeman Public School is in jeopardy, according to school Superintendent Don Hotchkiss. "If we get to August without more than 10, 12 kids, it's pretty hard to have a football team," Hotchkiss said. While the school was interested in a co-op agreement with Freeman Academy for football, that may not provide any help for the Freeman Public. Freeman Academy Superinten
Rails to the Future announced recently that more than $1 million has been raised in local match for the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant the state of South Dakota is applying for. The State's TIGER grant application is seeking $12.6 million for a $29 million project to rehabilitate the state-owned railroad from Chamberlain to Presho. Earlier this month, the state Railroad Board committed $14 million toward the grant.
A Dakota Wesleyan University student is $5,000 richer. Ashley Kingdon-Reese, a Dakota Wesleyan University nursing student, created a business model that won first place in the student competition portion of Governor's Giant Vision Awards. South Dakota Chamber of Commerce and Industry President David Owen announced the top winner of the 2014 business and student business competitions during the Governor's Office of Economic Development conference banquet Tuesday in Sioux Falls. Ashley Kingdon-Reese, of Huron, is a DWU nursing student and creator of Independent Health Solutions.
The following local educational institutions have announced the Easter holiday closing hours: Mitchell Technical Institute will be closed today in observance of the Good Friday holiday. Regular offi ce hours...
A Gregory man convicted of second-degree burglary was sentenced Tuesday by U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange. Roger King, 46, was sentenced to 37 months of custody, 36 months of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund. King was indicted by a federal grand jury on April 12, 2013. He pleaded guilty on Feb.
Mitchell Area Garden Club met at 9:30 a.m. March 18 at the James Valley Community Center with 14 present. First item on the agenda was a lesson on coloring eggs by wrapping and securing red and/or yellow onion husks around a raw egg before boiling them. The result is fascinating: after cooling a bit, rubbing the egg with a drop of vegetable oil, each egg resembles lovely Italian marble orbs -- no two ever the same. Connie Bormann then called the business meeting to order by joining in the Garden Club Pledge.
A Mitchell man is accused of driving under the influence for a third time. Arlington Milk, 49, was arrested April 8 after Mitchell Police Officer Jackson Brown pulled him over at 11:20 a.m. According to court documents, Brown knew Milk had a suspended driver's license, which dispatch confirmed, so he pulled Milk over. Milk smelled of alcohol and his speech was thick. Milk admitted to Brown that he consumed "a lot of alcoholic beverages," according to court documents. Milk told Brown he could not perform the walk and turn or one-leg stand tests due to trouble with his left knee.
A second group of individuals from Wagner has been indicted by a federal grand jury on drug charges, according to the office of Brendan V. Johnson, United States attorney. The first group was indicted in December 2013 and included five people. Helen Ann Archambeau, age 55; Desmond Basil Heth, age 35; Cindy Lynn Schunk, age 37; Natasha Ann Archambeau, age 32; Mona Fay Winckler, age 58; Leslie Lee French, 31; and Brenda Evette Alonzi, age 53, were indicted on March 5 for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.
A Lower Brule man convicted of assaulting, resisting or impeding a federal officer was sentenced Monday by U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange. Dru Peterson, 26, was sentenced to eight months of custody, two years of supervised release and a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund. Peterson was indicted by a federal grand jury on Nov. 14. He pleaded guilty on Jan. 22. The conviction stems from an incident on Sept. 3, when officers were dispatched to Peterson's home because of an active tribal warrant.
In observance of Good Friday, garbage collection in the City of Mitchell will begin at 7 a.m. today and be finished by noon. The City of Mitchell Regional Landfill will close at noon today. Dependable Sanitation will follow the city schedule for recycling. For information, call 995-8564 or go to www.cityofmitchell.org .