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A look at news from around the region, as reported by weekly newspapers: Burke GROUND BROKEN FOR NEW DAYCARE CENTER: On Tuesday, construction began on a new daycare center in Burke, located across the street from the City Finance Office. Building activity began when the general contractor, Burke Building Center, contacted Burke Daycare board members and said they had time to start construction.
ALEXANDRIA — A Thursday morning house fire in Alexandria displaced two people, according to the American Red Cross. Hanson County Emergency Manager Kevin Kayser said the fire caused significant damage to the kitchen and porch area of a home on the 500 Block of Fifth Street in Alexandria. "It's burned pretty bad," Kayser said Friday. "I'm not going to say it's a total loss, but there was extensive damage, both smoke and fire."
Morgan Straub was named the 2016 Miss Corn Palace Stampede Queen and Miss Congeniality Thursday night at the Horseman's Sports Arena. Straub was winner in the Queen Royalty division and Shelby Riggs was chosen as the first runner-up as Stampede Queen. Riggs was also awarded the title of Queen Horsemanship. In the Junior Princess Royalty contest, Elle Goehring won Miss Congeniality and Rylee Jennings won Junior Princess Horsemanship. The overall title of 2016 Miss Corn Palace Stampede Junior Princess also went to Rylee Jennings. Lainee Forst was the first runner-up.
A Letcher man faces up to 13 months in custody for his role in the death of a bald eagle in 2015. Ted Nelson, 69, was found guilty with unlawful taking of a bald eagle and unlawful use of the pesticide Carbofuran, a poison he injected in cow carcasses in order to kill predators, according to Wednesday's news release from the U.S. District Attorney's Office.
The following cases were among those heard Tuesday during a regularly scheduled circuit court session at the Davison County Public Safety Center in Mitchell. Not guilty pleas • Jessica Balderston, 33, of Mitchell, pleaded not guilty to simple assault against a law enforcement officer and obstructing police, a jailer or a firefighter. A trial was scheduled for September.
The intersection of Fifth Avenue and Lawler Street in Mitchell will be open for the 2016 Corn Palace Stampede Rodeo Parade on Saturday, whether the street is paved or not. Mitchell's Fifth Avenue is currently undergoing a full reconstruction to replace the sanitary sewer line and other utilities, add new storm sewer and repair the existing curbs and gutters. Public Works Director Tim McGannon said this week Commercial Asphalt is preparing the road for paving, and he said it's possible the intersection could be paved by Saturday morning's rodeo parade.
Kella Rodiek and Cody Long announce their engagement. Parents of the couple are Dusty and Carol Rodiek, Watertown, formerly of Mitchell; and Mike and Kerri Long, Cave Creek, Arizona. Kella is a 2010 graduate of Amherst High School, Amherst, Nebraska, and a 2013 graduate of Wayne State College, Wayne, Neb. She is the lifestyles reporter at The Daily Republic. Cody is a 2008 graduate of Cactus Shadows High School, Cave Creek, Ariz., and a 2014 graduate of Mitchell Technical Institute. He is a welder at Twin City Fan, Mitchell.
A boy, Makel Jamie Waldner, was born on July 7, 2016, to Randy and Maria Waldner, Silver Lake Colony, Clark, at Prairie League Hospital, Watertown. He joins a sister, Rochelle, and three brothers: Alex, Isaiah and Andre. Grandparents are Emanuel and Kate Waldner, Silver Lake Colony; and George and Rachel Hofer, Tschetter Colony, Olivet.
George Freeman, Mitchell, will celebrate his 95th birthday on Monday, July 18. His family requests a card shower. Greetings may be sent C/O Firesteel Healthcare Center, 1120 E. Seventh Ave., Mitchell, S.D., 57301.
Dean and Marion Brakke, Pierre, formerly of the Presho-Kennebec area, will celebrate their 93rd and 89th birthdays on Wednesday, July 20. A card shower is requested. Greetings may be sent to Edgewood, 1950 E. Fourth Street, No. 232, Pierre, S.D., 57501.