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WAGNER -- A Wagner woman pleaded guilty Tuesday to drug charges and failing to report the death of a child. Laurie Cournoyer, 29, pleaded guilty to one count of possession of a controlled substance - methamphetamine, one count of keeping a place for use or sale of controlled substances, and one count of failure to report the death of a child. All three charges are felonies. The possession charge carries a maximum of 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine.
PIERRE -- Rep. Dan Kaiser, R-Aberdeen, has introduced HB 1100, which would recognize in state law that gold and silver coin issued by the U.S. government is "legal tender for the payment of all debts between the citizens of this state." The bill adds that gold and silver coin can be accepted to satisfy any tax levied by the authority of the state, and that no person can force another person to accept or tender gold or silver coin. A hearing hasn't been set by the House Commerce and Energy Committee, chaired by Rep. Roger Solum, R-Watertown. The intent of the bill is unclear at this point.
PIERRE -- The latest "working holiday" bill this legislative session is SB 83 from Sen. Ried Holien, R-Watertown, that would designate March 29 as Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day. It's set for a hearing Wednesday in the Senate State Affairs Committee. His bill has bipartisan support among its co-sponsor and the lead House sponsor is Rep. Melissa Magastadt, R-Watertown. A hearing date hasn't been set yet by the House State Affairs Committee, which has been assigned two other similar measures. One is HB 1084 from Rep. Jim Stalzer, R-Sioux Falls, which seeks to designate Aug.
PIERRE -- The latest lawmakers to attempt to loosen South Dakota's alcohol-sales system are Sen. Stan Adelstein, R-Rapid City, and Rep. Tona Rozum, R-Mitchell. Their measure, SB 100, would establish a wine direct-shipper permit. The permit holder would be allowed to send no more than two cases of wine per month to recipients at least age 21. Reports would be filed with the state Revenue Department. No hearing is set yet.
PIERRE -- Today is Delmont Day at the Capitol in Pierre, according to a news release from former legislator Frank Kloucek. An event at 10 a.m. in the Capitol Rotunda will include Delmont kuchen and Dimock cheese, plus entertainment. The event helps promote the annual Delmont Kucken Festival and Twin Rivers Old Iron Harvest Festival.
Mitchell Technical Institute's enrollment for the spring 2013 semester sets an all-time record for the school, MTI announced Monday. Current enrollment is 1,115, surpassing the previous record of 1,108 set in fall 2010. The number is up 18 from the fall 2012 enrollment of 1,097. The school has set several enrollment records during the last five years.
As part of their regular Tuesday meeting at the courthouse, 200 E. Fourth Ave., Mitchell, the Davison County commissioners will briefly address a vote taken Jan. 15 to award a contract to Aurora Security Products, of Letcher, for jail security cameras. ASP is owned by Paul Claggett, the brother of Commission Chairman John Claggett, who also voted to approve the contract. Commissioner Claggett later said his vote "was an oversight" and that he would have abstained from voting had he realized the contract was for his brother's company.
PARKER -- A jury has been selected in the trial of a Scotland man accused of killing his infant son. Chris Miller, 39, has pleaded not guilty to multiple charges for allegedly killing his four-month-old son Jacob by shaking and beating him in March 2011. Miller could be sentenced to life in prison if he is found guilty. Attorneys screened as many as 171 potential jurors Thursday and Friday, according to Turner County Clerk of Courts Colleen Dunn. The final jury consists of 12 jurors and three alternates.
A two-vehicle accident Friday afternoon resulted in minor injuries for a Mitchell man. Sgt. Scott Walton with the Mitchell Police Division said Donald McDougal, 47, was driving a 2005 Chevy Silverado east on Eighth Avenue, stopped at the intersection of the Highway 37 bypass, then failed to yield to traffic and was struck by a 1979 Chevy pickup driven by Christopher Drake, 31, also of Mitchell, who was traveling south on the bypass. Walton said McDougal was transported by ambulance to Avera Queen of Peace Hospital with unknown but minor injuries.
SIOUX FALLS -- A 23-year-old man accused of fatally shooting his uncle and wounding another relative Nov. 27 at a trailer home near Marty on Yankton Sioux tribal land pleaded not guilty Thursday to all the charges against him. Dancing Bull Fischer appeared in a U.S. district courtroom in Sioux Falls and pleaded not guilty to a Jan.