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MOUNT VERNON -- Authorities are seeking information regarding two recent thefts that took place by the railroad tracks near the elevator in Mount Vernon. The first incident occurred between July 20 and July 23 when 15 heavy oak railroad timber crossing pieces were stolen. The pieces are valued at $3,750, and some had already been notched and were ready to be placed on the tracks.
SCOTLAND -- State Rep. Frank Kloucek, a Democrat from Scotland, has announced his candidacy for District 19 state Senate. A legislator for more than 22 years, Kloucek describes himself as an advocate for family farms, small towns and constituents. "We need a state senator who always puts the people first, who is not a quitter and can handle the stress of the job," Kloucek said in a news release.
LOWER BRULE -- A Lower Brule man was sentenced Monday to eight months of home confinement for burglarizing the Lower Brule Solid Waste Facility in December. Daniel Berry, 23, pleaded guilty in May to third-degree burglary after he was indicted on the charge by a federal grand jury in March. In addition to the time Berry will spend under house arrest, the court also put him on probation for two years and ordered he pay $1,427 in restitution. The conviction stems from an incident in which Berry broke into the Lower Brule Solid Waste Facility and stole a variety of tools and other
PLANKINTON -- The Aurora County Commission hopes to decide next Tuesday whether to appeal a recent verdict forcing the county to pay $600,000 in damages to Thompson Farms. The commission met with its legal counsel Tuesday and discussed the possibility of an appeal, said commissioner Pat Cranny. The county has 30 days from the date the formal judgment is entered to file an appeal. A Yankton County jury decided Friday that the county owed $600,000 in damages to Thompson Farms for a 1998 zoning ordinance capping dairy cow numbers.
George McGovern will celebrate his 90th birthday from 5 to 7 p.m. today at Josiah's Coffeehouse and Cafe in Sioux Falls. The public is encouraged to attend. In lieu of cards or gifts, McGovern has asked for contributions to be made to the South Dakota Democratic Party. McGovern, a former U.S. senator who was born in Avon and raised in Mitchell, turned 90 on July 19.
The regular meeting date of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2750 has been changed from the first Tuesday of the month to the second Tuesday. The date change allows the post quartermaster more time to complete the month-end reports. The next post meeting will be at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 14.
WASHINGTON -- Chamberlain native Rachel Knust, 26, has been hired as Sen. John Thune's press secretary. "I'm pleased to have Rachel in this new role and look forward to her contributing to the press operation," Thune said in a press release. "With strong South Dakota roots and both legislative and communication experience in the Senate, Rachel is well equipped to hit the ground running." Knust declined to be interviewed by The Daily Republic.
The South Dakota Department of Transportation began work Wednesday on state Highway 262 between Alexandria and Bridgewater. Work includes cold milling of the asphalt concrete; culvert extension and replacement; grade raises; shoulder and ditch shaping; and a new asphalt concrete surface. Traffic through work areas will be controlled by flaggers and a pilot car. Moderate traffic delays should be expected in the work zones, and travel on some portions of the project will be accommodated on gravel surfaces.
Details are unknown at this time, but Davison County Chief Deputy Steve Brink said a motorcyclist struck a deer on Rowley Street, several miles south of Spruce Street outside Mitchell before 6 a.m. Saturday. Brink said the motorcyclist was hospitalized and the deer was killed. The deputy who took the original accident report was off duty and was not immediately available.
The Davison County commissioners will meet in regular session at 9 a.m. Tuesday at the courthouse, 200 E. Fourth Ave., Mitchell. 9 a.m. Call to order, Pledge of Allegiance, approval of past meeting minutes. 9:30 a.m. Highway Superintendent Rusty Weinberg, regarding a new hire and the purchase of a replacement semi-truck. 10 a.m. First reading of burn ban ordinance, which will allow commissioners to levy fines for non-compliance. The current burn ban is a resolution that relies solely on the cooperation of county residents. 10:15 a.m.