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A Dante man is recovering from life-threatening injuries he suffered in a rollover crash Tuesday afternoon. Johnny Ray Wynia, 18, was traveling north on Charles Mix County Road 5 around 4:30 p.m.
And then there were six. Another prospective candidate has joined the other five who are seeking to become Mitchell's next mayor. Becky Haslam picked up petitions Monday. She has until March 27 to file the petitions, which must have at least 50 valid signatures from registered Mitchell voters. The election is June 5. Haslam, 40, ran for the District 20 state House seat in the 2010 election.
Yet another record for warmth was set Tuesday in Mitchell. The thermometer topped out at 82 degrees, according to the National Weather Service. The old record for March 13 was 73, set in 1945, according to the NWS. Tuesday's record high was one of several set across the state on Tuesday, the weather service said. It's been a fall and winter of record highs. Among the high marks set this winter in Mitchell are: 71 on Nov. 24, which was Thanksgiving. 56 on Dec. 26. 58 on Jan. 4. 68 on Jan.
SIOUX FALLS -- The Mitchell High School jazz band placed first in the Upper Great Plains Festival held March 6 on the campus of Augustana College in Sioux Falls. Mitchell won the AA division. It's the sixth year in a row that the band claimed the top spot, said Ryan Stahle, the MHS band director. In addition to the first-place finish, Peter Novak, Alison Day, Brady Dice and Sid Stemper received outstanding soloist awards at the contest. Mitchell competed against six other bands, including ones from Brandon Valley, Sioux Falls O'Gorman and Brookings.
A contemporary rock act and a popular new country duo have been announced as the newest acts for the 2012 Corn Palace Festival, which runs Aug. 22-26. Rockers Hinder will take the stage on Thursday, Aug. 23, and Thompson Square will perform on Friday, Aug. 24. Country stars Thompson Square are up and coming performers and Corn Palace Director Mark Schilling has had luck booking such acts before, including The Band Perry and Josh Turner, both of which he signed before they exploded on the music scene.
CASPER, Wyo. -- The Mitchell native whose body was recovered from a river in his adopted hometown of Casper, Wyo., died of accidental drowning. Natrona County, Wyo., Coroner Connie Jacobson said Michael Melvin Bender's body had no signs of trauma and there was no indication of foul play. An autopsy was performed Thursday. Bender, 53, disappeared Dec. 17 after he left a sports bar in Evansville, a small town on the edge of Casper.
LAKE ANDES -- Two men who escaped from the Charles Mix County Jail on Wednesday have been captured without incident. Authorities apprehended Edward Antelope, 34, and Donald Cournoyer, 28, near Norfolk, Neb., on Monday, according to a news release from the state Attorney General's Office. The men await extradition. Antelope and Cournoyer hid in a shower stall behind a curtain prior to lockdown last Wednesday. The two men then fled through the main door, which was open, around 12:30 a.m. The officers who were initiating the lockdown saw the two men flee, said Sheriff Randy Thaler.
A silent auction and bake sale will also be held during the breakfast. Donations can be made by calling: * Theresa Lauck at 425-2186; * Pat Wilkins at 425-2121; * Tammy Duxbury at 425-2148; * Shear Design at 425-2762; or * Sheri Weber at 425-2708. Monetary donations may be sent to: * Sheri Weber at 44478 251st St., Salem, SD, 57058; or * Theresa Lauck at P.O. Box 1, Salem, SD, 57058. Cash donations may also be made at First Dakota National Bank in Salem. Make checks out to the Patti Deters Benefit Fund.
A 16-year-old Sioux Falls girl was arrested for drunken driving Saturday in Mitchell after law enforcement discovered her driving in excess of 100 mph on Interstate 90. Katie Lynn Azure was arrested shortly after 10:30 a.m. Saturday after a South Dakota Highway Patrol trooper stopped her vehicle for driving 101 mph westbound on Interstate 90 near mile marker 330 in Mitchell. According to the written police report, Trooper Jason Brandt conducted a field sobriety test, which Azure failed.
A third candidate for mayor of Mitchell has filed his petitions. Former city councilman Jerry Toomey filed his paperwork to qualify for the June 5 election on Wednesday, Finance Officer Marilyn Wilson said. Councilman Ken Tracy and Tara Volesky turned in their petitions Tuesday.