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As one of their last actions in 2012, the Davison County commissioners will set the salaries of elected officials. The commissioners will meet at 9 a.m. Thursday in the Commissioners' Room at the courthouse, 200 E. Fourth Ave., Mitchell. It's unclear at this time if the commissioners will also set their own salaries on Thursday, or wait until the first meeting of the new year, as was the case in January. On Dec.
LOWER BRULE -- A Lower Brule man pleaded not guilty Thursday to assaulting a Bureau of Indian Affairs officer with an aerosol can. Elmer Laroche, 26, was indicted Dec. 11 by a federal grand jury on one count of assaulting, resisting and impeding a federal officer. The charge stems from a Nov. 1 incident in which Laroche allegedly assaulted a BIA officer using an aerosol can. Laroche faces a maximum of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine if convicted. LaRoche was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service. A trial date has not yet been set.
South Dakota is the nation's 10th fastest growing state, according to the U.S. Census Bureau's population estimates. The state grew by 1.19 percent since 2011. North Dakota, thanks to its oil boom, is the nation's fastest-growing state since 2011, at 2.17 percent.
The Mitchell Fire/EMS Division will accept donations for the Mitchell Salvation Army from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. today at Third Avenue and Main Street in Mitchell as part of its holiday Fill the Boot campaign. Assistant Fire Chief Paul Morris said his firefighters want to help because the Salvation Army has always been there for them. "They do great work and they help us out throughout the year, bringing us food and keeping us hydrated at fire scenes," he said. "They're out there helping people just as we are," Morris said.
The Daily Republic will not publish on Christmas Day, Monday, or New Year's Day, the following Monday. The newspaper's offices also will be closed those days. Following are some other local holiday hours and closure announcements. James Valley Community Center, Mitchell, will be closed Monday and Tuesday in observance of the Christmas holiday. Dakota Wesleyan University offices will be closed Monday and will reopen at 8 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 2. Classes will resume at 8 a.m. Monday, Jan. 7. Java City, within the McGovern Library, will be closed until Jan.
NEW TOWN, N.D. -- Law enforcement used a front-end loader to break into a New Town home and end a standoff with an armed man Thursday morning. New Town Police Chief Art Walgren said the heavy equipment was used shortly before 10 a.m. to "dismantle the house" to end the standoff that lasted more than 24 hours. "The house is only about half of what it was," Walgren said. No shots were fired while taking the suspect into custody. FBI spokesman Kyle Loven identified the man taken into custody as Michael Jason Smith, 32. He said no one was injured.
WASHINGTON -- The South Dakota congressional delegation came together to express its disappointment with Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki over the future of the VA Medical Center in Hot Springs. U.S. Sens. Tim Johnson, a Democrat, and John Thune, a Republican, and Rep.
South Dakota and much of the nation are not adequately prepared for a public health emergency, a report released Wednesday concludes. South Dakota scored a five out of 10 in the "Ready or Not?
A two-vehicle accident resulted in multiple injuries Tuesday night, according to authorities. Mitchell Police Officer Ryan Titze said around 6:15 p.m. Tuesday, Weston Gauger, 16, of Mitchell, driving a 1999 Buick Regal, and Michael Pick, 50, of Sioux Falls, driving a 1999 Freightliner box truck, collided at the intersection of Main and North Harmon streets. Officer Titze said Pick was southbound on Main, or Highway 37, and Gauger westbound on 38th Street/North Harmon.
LOWER BRULE -- A Lower Brule man pleaded guilty Tuesday to sexual abuse. Martin Charger, 37, faces a maximum of life in prison and a $250,000 fine. He also faces a mandatory minimum of five years of supervised release. The charge stems from incidents that occurred between Jan. 1, 2007, and Dec. 31, 2007. Charger was released on bond until Dec. 26. Sentencing has been set for March.