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Doug Koenig's YouTube video of landscapes in the Fairfax area shows the region's beauty, from a big red barn to the sparkling blue Missouri River. However, the aerial drone Koenig used to create "Life From A New Perspective" crashed into the river and cannot be recovered, he said. So he has entered his video into a contest that could win him a replacement aircraft. Drone-maker DJI Innovations is conducting an online video contest through July 27. The makers of the ten videos with the most likes will win a DJI Phantom drone and carrying case, according to the DJI website.
CHAMBERLAIN -- Authorities responded to a pair of accidents Saturday on Interstate 90 near Chamberlain. In the first accident at 11:39 a.m., said Highway Patrol Trooper Justin Schmiedt, a westbound sport utility vehicle carrying a male and female left the roadway and rolled near the I-90 rest stop at Exit 264. Schmiedt said the driver apparently lost control and rolled the SUV into the median. A Chamberlain ambulance transported both occupants to Sanford Chamberlain Medical Center.
A bid for the purchase of county land south of the Public Safety Center is among the items to be considered Tuesday when the Davison County commissioners meet in regular session at 9 a.m. at the courthouse, 200 E.
FREEMAN -- A Freeman man whose left arm was seriously injured in a mowing accident Friday is recovering in a Sioux Falls hospital. Elrod Kaufman, described as a man in his 70s, was mowing hay at 2:55 p.m.
ALEXANDRIA -- A 17-year-old boy from rural Alexandria was injured at about 8:30 p.m.
Annette Bosworth, a Plankinton native, said Friday she will announce next week her intention to enter South Dakota's 2014 U.S. Senate race. She plans an announcement at noon Tuesday on her parents' farm near Plankinton. Bosworth, 41, is a Republican who works as a physician in Sioux Falls. One of South Dakota's Senate seats will be vacated by Sen.
About 500 NorthWestern Energy customers in Mitchell were without power for a few hours Thursday after gusty winds knocked over a power pole. The Mitchell Police Division responded to the call on the 1600 block of East Third Avenue, where the power pole fell across the alleyway. The pole landed on a 1977 Dodge motorhome, causing about $5,000 in damage. The winds were about 25 mph from the south. NorthWestern Energy spokesman Tom Glanzer said workers replaced the pole Thursday afternoon. Most customers were back with power within a couple hours, he said.
A Mitchell man was arrested at about 8 p.m. July 4 for allegedly boating while intoxicated on Lake Mitchell. Cory Ladd Marek, 25, is charged with boating while intoxicated, a misdemeanor with a maximum punishment of one year in jail and a $2,000 fine. According to court documents, Wildlife Conservation Officer Evan Meyer was conducting safety checks on Lake Mitchell and made contact with Marek, and observed the presence of alcohol. Meyer then arrested Marek after conducting a series of sobriety tests. Marek is scheduled to appear in court later this month.
WHITE LAKE -- An 82-year-old Redfield man was killed and his 12-year-old granddaughter was injured in a motorcycle crash shortly after 9:15 a.m. Thursday on Interstate 90 about three miles west of White Lake. Donald Lewis was driving westbound on I-90 on a 1988 Harley Davidson FLTC motorcycle when he left the roadway to the north and entered the ditch, where he lost control of the motorcycle and rolled, according to the South Dakota Department of Public Safety.