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FORT THOMPSON -- A Fort Thompson man pleaded guilty April 2 to being a felon in possession of a firearm. Samuel Redwater, 22, faces a maximum of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine, plus up to three years of supervised release. The charge stems from an incident Dec. 19 in which Redwater, who was previously convicted of a felony punishable by a term of more than one year in prison, knowingly possessed a firearm. Redwater was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service pending sentencing, which has been set for June.
FORT THOMPSON -- A Fort Thompson man was sentenced Wednesday for assaulting a federal officer. Dwight Rank, 25, was sentenced to 18 months of probation, six months of home confinement and fined $3,000, plus a $25 special assessment to the Victim Assistance Fund. Rank was indicted by a federal grand jury July 13 and pleaded guilty on Jan. 22. The charge stems from an incident on Jan. 7 in which Rank was driving erratically and was spotted by a Bureau of Indian Affairs officer. The BIA officer activated his emergency lights and siren and attempted to make a traffic stop.
BONESTEEL -- A Bonesteel man convicted of one count of sexual abuse of a minor and one count of sexual contact with a minor was sentenced Monday. United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that Robert Prue, 34, was sentenced to 17 years in custody, five years of supervised release and a $100 special assessment to the Victim Assistance Fund by U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange. Prue was indicted by a federal grand jury on Jan. 18, 2012, and pleaded guilty to the charge on Feb. 6. The convictions stem from incidents that took place between June 22, 2011, and Sept.
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The Mitchell Board of Education will meet in regular session at 5 p.m. today in Room 116 at the Mitchell Technical Institute north campus, 821 N. Capital Street. As part of its agenda, the board will consider: Approving bids for furniture for the new Trades Center building at the Mitchell Technical Institute south campus. Making an official request to the county to conduct absentee voting for the June 4 school board election.
The Davison County commissioners will deal with property tax and spending issues when they meet in regular session at 9 a.m.Tuesday at the courthouse 200 E. Fourth Ave., Mitchell. As part of its regular Tuesday meeting, the commission will convene for the first time this year as the County Board of Equalization.
Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell recently received a $1 million donation from the Randall family to support an existing endowed scholarship. Ron and Charlys Randall, of Mitchell, recently presented a check for $1 million to DWU President Bob Duffett. The gift was made to the F. Dwain Randall Endowed Scholarship, which is the most prestigious academic award given at DWU. The Randall Scholarships were established in 1983 by the Randalls in memory of Ron's father, F. Dwain "Doc" Randall.
Mitchell businessman Brian Klock will be among a contingent of 15 South Dakota business and agriculture leaders departing today with Gov. Dennis Daugaard for a trade mission to China. "South Dakota companies have immense growth potential in the Chinese market," Daugaard said.
BROOKINGS -- The Mitchell High School jazz band won first place Thursday at the eighth annual SDSU/Brookings Optimist Jazz Festival. Band director Ryan Stahle said the MHS musicians claimed first place overall in a competition in which more than 20 schools competed at three venues in Brookings. First-place soloist awards went to Peter Novak, Sid Stemper, Chris Sejnoha and Brady Dice, and the Mitchell High School trombone section was also recognized as outstanding. "I am really proud of the kids and their achievements this year. They worked incredibly hard this year," Stahle said.
Three Mitchell High School students were recently elected to positions on the state student council association. The students are Mason Wenzel, state president; Robert McCardle, James River Region sergeant-at-arms; and Shelby Riggs, treasurer for the James River Region. The MHS students were among 745 students and advisors from 60 statewide high schools who attended the 26th annual state convention of the South Dakota Student Council Association March 24-26 in Pierre. Other MHS students who attended the convention included Jacey Brunsen, Paige Grace, Jacob Rice, Stephanie Sanderson, Tiadra