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PIERRE -- Seven weeks after Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced a comprehensive driver license improvement plan, most wait times have been reduced significantly at Sioux Falls exam stations, his office says. The governor ordered the plan implemented on July 11 after learning that some applicants for driver licensing services were waiting for 120 minutes or longer at the two Sioux Falls exam stations.
SPRINGFIELD -- The South Dakota State Supreme Court filed an opinion this week stripping a Springfield man of a $500,000 jury award after he was struck by a turning tractor in 2009. John Walter, who may have been under the influence of alcohol while riding his motorcycle at the time of the accident, will need a retrial in the case if he hopes to receive any money for the accident. The opinion stated that Walter's lawyers misled the jury in a trial against the driver of the tractor, John Fuks, last year by implying that Walter wasn't impaired at all because he wasn't prosecuted for a
GANN VALLEY -- Lightning struck some alfalfa bales south of Gann Valley around 12:30 p.m. Thursday and started them on fire, said Buffalo County Sheriff Wayne Willman. The fire burned about four acres of grass and hay, and about 100 bales, owned by David and Jeffrey Fuegen. Willman estimated each bale to be worth about $100, and the total loss to be about $10,000 or more. Kimball and Gann Valley fire departments responded to the fire and were still on scene at 5 p.m. Area farmers, ranchers and neighbors also came to aid in fighting the fire.
Police officials say damages were minimal after a trailer caught fire outside the Corn Palace Motel Wednesday morning. The Mitchell Police Department received a call at 1:35 a.m. Wednesday, when an 8-by-10 flat trailer full of old newspapers was reported to be on fire, according to police reports. Police said the fire was started by an "undetermined cause." They said there were minor damages to the trailer, which was parked on Burr Street by the motel, and officers were able to move the trailer before any buildings were damaged. No one was injured.
The Mitchell Historic Preservation Commission will discuss proposed façade improvement plans for the Midtown Plaza when it meets at noon today. The city and Mitchell Main Street & Beyond have created a fund to assist downtown business owners to improve their façades.
A Mitchell girl was cited following a two-vehicle accident Tuesday evening. Around 5:10 p.m., Alyssa Green, a 15-year-old from Mitchell, was driving a 1992 Chevrolet pickup south at the intersection of Sanborn Boulevard and Hanson Street, according to Mitchell Police Division reports. Green turned left and the front end of her pickup struck a 1980 Yamaha Moped driven by Nickolas Schrupp, 23, who was going north through the intersection. According to police, the pickup also struck Schrupp's left leg. No injuries were reported, and police reports estimate $800 in damage to Gr
SPRINGFIELD -- Details are unknown at this time but a woman and a young girl were airlifted to a Sioux Falls hospital following a single vehicle accident on Highway 37 near 308th Avenue Saturday around 2 p.m. about four miles north of Springfield. Units from the Bon Homme County Sheriff's office and the Tyndall Police Department responded, as did Springfield and Tyndall ambulances.
The Davison County commissioners will meet regular session at 9 a.m. Tuesday in the Commissioners' Room at the Courthouse, 200 E. Fourth Ave., Mitchell. The agenda includes: * 9 a.m. Call to order, Pledge of Allegiance, approval of past meeting minutes, citizen input. * 9:30 a.m. Register of Deeds Deb Young, a request for purchase authority for office equipment. * 9:40 a.m. Treasurer Brenda Veldheer, regarding the resignation of an office employee and permission to advertise for a replacement. * 9:50 a.m.
The Mitchell Board of Education will meet in regular session at 5 p.m. today in the Mitchell High School library. Board members will take an annual tour of the high school following the business portion of its meeting. The agenda includes: * Appointments of school board members to various committees by school board President Theresa Kriese. * A report from board member Neil Putnam on the activities and the strategic plan of the Associated School Boards of South Dakota. * A report from school Superintendent Joe Graves. * Board consideration of several personnel items.
SALEM -- A freak all-terrain vehicle accident around 11:30 p.m Saturday ended with a Salem man being flown to Sioux Falls with serious, but non-life threatening injuries. According to S.D. Highway Patrol reports, Thomas Hamre, 29, of Salem fell off his Arctic Cat ATV after taking a turn too sharply at the intersection of Main Street and Washington Avenue. Hamre fell on his face, receiving fractures and road abrasions. He was flown to Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls for treatment.