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Two businesses failed a recent alcohol compliance check in Davison County. Westy's One-Stop in Mount Vernon failed the check Friday when a clerk asked to see a confidential informant's identification, but still made the sale of alcohol. This was the business' second failure within a 24-month period. Wild Oak Country Club in Mitchell failed the check when a clerk did not ask to see a confidential informant's identification and sold that person alcohol. This is the country club's first failure in a 24-month period.
International trade supports an estimated 124,000 jobs in South Dakota and generated $3.8 billion in goods exports in 2012, according to the Business Roundtable, highlights these and other facts about trade in a new state-by-state analysis. Drawing from new Business Roundtable research and U.S. government data, the facts and figures highlighted in the South Dakota state analysis provide details on the economic benefits of trade and U.S. trade agreements, including:
KIMBALL -- Kimball will celebrate its 20th annual Kolache Day on Saturday in the town's Main Street park. Entries must be submitted by 11:30 a.m. with judging starting at noon. Awards will go to first-, second- and third-place winners. An auction of the items will be held after judging. All proceeds will benefit the local football team.
AMSTERDAM -- On the day I visit the Anne Frank House, which is actually the family's hiding place atop Anne's father's business, the wait to get in is as long as three hours. Such is the attraction of this historic site, 53 years after it was opened to the public. Anne and her family were among an estimated 107,000 Jews deported to concentration camps from The Netherlands during the German occupation in World War II.
WASHINGTON -- Edward Snowden has now been granted temporary asylum in Russia for one year, ending his 39-day stay in the transit lounge of Moscow's Sheremetyevo Airport. The Russian government's position is that Snowden finally "entered" Russia only last week, when he left the terminal. Back on June 25, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov had responded to U.S. extradition requests by saying that Snowden had not technically actually entered the country as he had "not crossed the Russian border."
ANDOVER -- A Minnesota man died in a one-vehicle crash on U.S. Highway 12 two miles east of Andover about 4:30 a.m. Monday. Terry Allen Taylor, 55, of Ortonville, Minn., was westbound driving a 2004 Ford F250 pickup. The vehicle left the road on a curve and entered the north ditch. It struck a concrete culvert before coming to rest. Taylor, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was dead at the scene. No further information is immediately available.
Students cram into hot, humid hallways Monday at Mitchell High School to get photographed for identification cards and to sign up for activities cards and other school programs. School starts...
A Wisconsin woman was arrested Friday in Mitchell for prostitution. Dajuanna Renee Diggins, 25, of Milwaukee, allegedly posted an escort solicitation advertisement on an Internet site. She was arrested after meeting an undercover law enforcement officer at a Mitchell motel and offering him sex in exchange for money. The motel was not involved with the illegal activity, according to Detective Lt. Don Everson, of the Mitchell Police Division. Prostitution is a misdemeanor, punishable by up to one year in county jail, a $2,000 fine or both.
PIERRE -- A battle over health insurance coverage might be moving from the Legislature's chambers to the privacy of the voting booth. Voters could get the opportunity next year to decide whether to allow patients more freedom to choose their providers of medical services, rather than be limited to those participating in their insurers' networks. Even with patient choice, however, the preferred providers would have to be willing to accept the contract terms set by insurance companies for their existing providers.
The city of Mitchell street department will be chip-sealing the following streets today: 600 block of East Hackberry Avenue; 300-400 blocks of East Ivy Avenue; 600 block of East Ivy Avenue; 300 block of West Fir Avenue; 200-700 blocks of South Montana Street; 400-700 blocks of South Iowa Street; 1100 block of South Langdon Street; 500-700 blocks of South Main Street; and 500-700 blocks of South Rowley Street. Please have all vehicles removed from these streets by 7 a.m.