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After being referenced by the Harvard Law Review last year, Dakota Wesleyan University assistant professor of criminal justice Jesse Weins' article on Supreme Court decision-making was recently cited by the chief justice of the Wisconsin Supreme Court. It was also cited in 2010 by a federal court in the National Day of Prayer case. The Wisconsin case, State v. Deadwiller, reviewed the parameters of submitting report evidence in a rape case, which concerns the constitutional right to cross-examine witnesses being called against the defendant.
A local man was arrested Aug. 12 for allegedly breaking into a parked vehicle last month in Mitchell and stealing a purse. Andrew John Schladweiler, 23, is charged with aggravated criminal entry of a motor vehicle, a felony with a maximum penalty of two years in prison and a $4,000 fine. He is also charged with second-degree petty theft, a misdemeanor with a maximum penalty of one year in jail and a $2,000 fine.
Q. Since the American Farm Bureau Federation is a tax-exempt nonprofit, does that mean the city and state will lose out on taxes that had been paid from Dakotafest when it was privately owned? A. The purchase of Dakotafest by the American Farm Bureau Federation will not affect the sales taxes paid at the event, according to Alison Jares, tax administrator for the South Dakota Department of Revenue.
Dakota Wesleyan University's annual Freshman Food Drive will be from noon to 3 p.m. on Aug. 25 throughout the city of Mitchell. Freshmen and new students will canvass the city for donations to the Salvation Army food pantry. Last year's food drive was an all-time record of 4,350 pounds, a steady increase from the previous year's 3,994 pounds and 2011's 2,400 pounds.
Here are bankruptcy filings in U.S. Bankruptcy Court, District of South Dakota, for Aug. 8 through Aug. 14. Individuals can file Chapter 7 petitions (asking that debts be liquidated); Chapter 12 (a simplified reorganization method for farmers and ranchers whose gross debt does not exceed $1.5 million); and Chapter 13 (a plan to repay some debts in three to five years). Businesses can file Chapter 11 petitions to reorganize their debts under a court-approved plan for repayment. • Badger: Terry Dale Andersen, Chapter 7; Peggy Sue Andersen, Chapter 7.
A look at news around the region, compiled from staff reports, press releases and information reported by weekly newspapers: Freeman A couple from Louisiana escaped serious injury last week when they crashed their vehicle outside Freeman.
Dear Heloise: I recently went on a monthlong trip and needed some way of taking a month's supply of pills sorted by daily doses. In the pharmacy, next to the weekly pillboxes, I found a package of 50 small (3 inches by 2 1/2 inches) zipper-top clear, plastic pill bags, each having a place on the outside where the date could be written with a pen. I then put the bags holding the pills into a quart-size zippered bag. -- C.M. Stone in Houston
HURON -- Applications for the 11th Annual Dacotah Star Talent Competition are now available online at www.sdstatefair.com or at the South Dakota State Fair office. The deadline for entering the talent competition is 5 p.m. Monday. The contest is sponsored by Dacotah Bank and KTTW Fox. The grand prize winner in the adult division wins the title of "2013 Dacotah Star," along with a cash prize of $1,000 and the opportunity to star in a commercial promoting Dacotah Star on KTTW Fox.
WHITE LAKE -- A Canadian woman suffered minor injuries after her husband unintentionally backed into her with their car Friday morning at an Interstate 90 rest stop near White Lake. Patricia Beliso, of British Columbia, Canada, and her husband, Tony Beliso, 65, had stopped at the rest stop to switch drivers when the accident occurred, according to Highway Patrol Trooper Mark Nelson.