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The 2012 Mitchell March for Babies raised about $20,000 for the March of Dimes earlier this spring, according to a news release from the organization. The event included a raffle with 52 items donated by local merchants. This newly added activity brought in $1,400. The March of Dimes is a leading nonprofit organization focusing on pregnancy and infant health.
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Sen. Tim Johnson urged his colleagues Monday to work together to pass the next farm bill. Johnson, D-S.D., said it would give certainty to farmers, save taxpayers more than $23 billion over the next 10 years and support millions of jobs. He is a member of the Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee. "With this bill, we are taking several important steps in making our farm support system more responsive to actual need rather than sending payments to producers no matter what they grow," Johnson said in his speech on the Senate floor.
With the move of Central Electric Cooperative to its new headquarters building on Betts Road only weeks away, the pressure is mounting on the Davison County commissioners to come up with workable plan for sharing the space at 1420 N. Main St. when the county moves in later this summer. The county has committed to purchasing the building for $575,000. The space will be divided between the community health nurses and other county offices.
TABOR -- The small southeastern South Dakota town of Tabor, population 423, will look more like a European village this weekend during the 64th annual Czech Days. For two days, the town will swell to overflowing with people from all over the region and world who come to celebrate the Czech culture. Kolaches, a Czech pastry, will be consumed by thousands and festival-goers will stay busy with a parade, music and dance performances and other activities. Following is a schedule of events. Today 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Craft Fair-School Gym 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
5 p.m., Kids inflatables and entertainment open, raffle tickets on sale 5:30 p.m., Pork sandwiches and hot dog serving begins ($5 for sandwich, chips, pop) 5:45-6:45 p.m., Registration/check in for 5K & 10K Run & Fun Run at southwest corner of Middle School 6:15 p.m., Honorary co-chairs (past and present) meet near stage 6:20 p.m., Opening remarks Survivors check-in and line up for Survivor Lap (pick up balloon inside MMS) 6:30 p.m., Opening Ceremony Introduction of honorary chairpeople & honorary laps (Mary Ackman, Dave Christenson, Scott Hille) Past honorary chairs and surviv
A safe stolen earlier this month from Mitchell Locker has been recovered, but with several hundred dollars missing. The 18-inch-wide safe was taken after at least one person forcibly entered Mitchell Locker between June 2 and June 6. The safe was later found west of Mitchell in a ditch near 256th Street about one-quarter mile east of 401st Avenue. The area is approximately 1.5 miles south of Interstate 90 and two miles west of Betts Road.
The man who pleaded guilty Tuesday to charges related to a fatal traffic crash March 24 in Mitchell could still be punished with life in prison. Despite a plea agreement in which prosecutors agreed to recommend Michael Sedlmeier, 46, serve no more than 40 years in prison, a judge could still give him a life sentence. Sedlmeier pleaded guilty Tuesday to first-degree manslaughter and third-offense drunken driving. He had pleaded not guilty April 17 to those and other charges, but changed the plea after an agreement was reached.
PLATTE -- A 61-year-old man and a 63-year-old woman were found dead Tuesday on a boat at Dock 44 Marina Bay. The Charles Mix County Sheriff's Department found the bodies on what was described as a "large cabin boat" while responding to a report of a boating accident at 10 a.m. The bay is on the Missouri River near Snake Creek Recreation Area, 14 miles west of Platte. The sheriff's office said the cause of death appeared to be carbon monoxide poisoning. Names of the victims are being withheld while authorities contact the victims' families.
Once again, Ken Tracy is the winner. The Mitchell City Council examined returns from the June 5 election during a special meeting Tuesday and said it was satisfied with the results, which were finally determined after a second and third counting of the votes on Thursday. The council always performs an official canvassing of ballots after each election. The council declared Councilman Tracy the mayor-elect and said a 2011 council decision, halted from taking effect by a petition drive, to convert three streets from one-way traffic to two-way was overturned by voters.
A 20-year-old Yankton man was sentenced Tuesday in Mitchell for felony drug possession. Steven Ray Weber was sentenced to 30 days in jail, fined $600 and put on probation for four years for possession of a controlled substance. He pleaded guilty to the offense on May 1. He was granted a request to serve his jail time in Yankton County in order to continue to work at his job on work release.