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SIOUX FALLS -- A Sioux Falls man surrendered peacefully after a standoff with area authorities Thursday night, according to media reports. Kent Gene Davidson, 36, was located at an apartment in the 500 block of West 16th Street by state Division of Criminal Investigation agents, with assistance from Minnehaha County Sheriff's Office personnel. Because Davidson was considered armed and dangerous, the Sioux Falls Police Department SWAT Team was activated as well and responded to the residence. KELO reported that Davidson surrendered to law enforcement peacefully shortly after 10 p
Voting for the regional round of USA Today's High School Sports Best Mascot competition, which features Mitchell High School's Cornelius, has been extended. Due to high traffic on the website, USA Today has extended the regional round voting period through 2 p.m. Wednesday. Voters will be able to choose from the six regional winners starting at 10 a.m. March 21 through 2 p.m. March 27. Cornelius, which won a state competition to advance to the regional round, had received 14,897 votes as of Thursday afternoon.
FREEMAN -- Freeman's popular Schmeckfest, in its 55th year, starts today and Saturday on the Freeman Academy campus and continues March 22-23. Described by event publicity as "a festival of German handicraft and culinary arts and musical theater," it is meant to celebrate the "Germans from Russia" heritage of the Freeman community. Schmeckfest includes a full three-course meal served family style to 1,000 guests each night.
U.S. Sen. Tim Johnson, D-S.D., and U.S. Sen.
U.S. Sens. Tim Johnson and John Thune announced Thursday that legislation to allow construction of a visitor center at the Minuteman Missile National Historic Site in western South Dakota cleared a hurdle after it was reported out of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. Johnson and Thune's legislation would transfer approximately 29 acres of National Forest Service land to the National Park Service to construct a visitor facility and provide parking.
The death of a 36-year-old Mitchell man last week appears to be accidental and related to illegal drug use, a local police official said Tuesday. Mitchell Police Detective Lt. Don Everson also said there were no signs of foul play in the death of James Mayer, who died Thursday at his home.
WAGNER -- A blaze that took three fire departments at least two hours to extinguish destroyed a tractor and machine shed at a farm Monday west of Wagner, authorities said. According to Eric Anderson, assistant fire chief for the Wagner Fire Department, the fire was reported at approximately 7:15 p.m. Monday by the machine shed's owner, Chad Kreeger.
A Minnesota man who admitted to violating multiple terms of his probation has been sentenced to 180 days in jail and two years of probation. Ian Chapman, 21, admitted in court last month that he missed several appointments with his probation officer, failed to complete a chemical dependency evaluation, drank alcohol and tested positive for cocaine while on probation. Judge Tim Bjorkman sentenced Chapman on Tuesday in Mitchell to 180 days in jail and another two years on probation from the sentencing date.
A Rapid City woman who admitted to using methamphetamine while on probation will undergo treatment before being sentenced. Cassandra Wright, 23, was scheduled to be sentenced Tuesday in Mitchell for violating multiple terms of her probation for a possession of methamphetamine conviction, but Judge Tim Bjorkman postponed sentencing so Wright can enroll in an inpatient substance abuse treatment program in Rapid City. Prosecutors did not object to the sentencing being postponed.
A Mitchell man convicted last year of fourth-degree rape admitted Tuesday to using methamphetamine while on probation. Blair Margiotti, 27, could have part or all of a suspended five-year prison sentence re-imposed for the violation of his probation. Margiotti tested positive for methamphetamine last July, court documents say. Sentencing was set for April.