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The following cases were disposed in Davison County Magistrate Court between Jan. 6 and Jan. 20.
The Mitchell Area Optimist Club is encouraging area students to contemplate the phrase "How My Passions Impact the World" as part of the Optimist International Essay Contest for this year. The optimist club will judge the local students' essays, based on the theme of "How My Passions Impact the World" and determine the top winners. Both a boy and girl winner will receive a $250 cash prize and the essay winners will be sent to the district level in Fargo, N.D., where college scholarships are available for top winners.
A potential gas leak turned up clean, sources said Monday evening. Rob Parker, officer in charge of the Mitchell Fire Division, said firefighters responded to a suspected gas leak at Marlin’s Family Restaurant in Mitchell around 7:30 p.m. Monday. Parker said the restaurant’s employees had evacuated the building as a precaution by the time firefi ghters arrived. NorthWestern Energy employees did check out the leak, company spokesman Tom Glanzer confirmed, but found almost unreadable trace levels of natural gas.
Dakota Wesleyan University, Mitchell, has announced the dean’s list for the fall semester of the 2013-2014 academic year. Students must earn a GPA of at least 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and complete at least 12 hours of academic work during the semester. These students were named to the dean’s list: Aberdeen: Ariana Arampatzis; Armour: Lydia Ymker; Ashton: Shayna Frost; Baltic: Deborah Koopman, Glenn Scotting; Belle Fourche: Nathanial Collins; Big Stone City : Kayla Mielitz; Blunt:
Esther Swift, Burke, sponsored by the Burke Post 28 and representing District 3 of the South Dakota American Legion, won the State Championship Oratory Contest for 2014. She was awarded a championship trophy, a $1,000 scholarship and a plaque to be displayed in her home school’s trophy case. Swift will now represent South Dakota American Legion in the National Contest in April in Indianapolis, Ind.
David Stevens, a Republican from Mitchell, has announced his candidacy for a District 20 House of Representatives seat. Stevens would represent Aurora, Davison and Jerauld counties. "Having lived and worked in South Dakota for nearly all of my adult life, I recognize the treasure we have here," Stevens said in a news release. "I would like to give back to the state that has given me so much."
Students will be compensated under the ButlerEdge program that begins in fall 2014. The two-year program will consist of a combination of classroom education and a dealer internship.
The Mitchell High School spring band concert originally scheduled for March 11 has been rescheduled to 6:30 p.m. April 1 in the MHS auditorium. Contact MHS Director of Bands Ryan Stahle at (605) 995-3040 with any questions
WHITE LAKE -- A lawsuit against two 4-H officials has been dismissed, and a girl accused of cheating has been reinstated to competition. Greg Kroupa, of White Lake, filed the lawsuit on behalf of his daughter, Bayley Kroupa, in 2012 after she was banned from 4-H. She was accused of showing a different swine at the 2011 state fair than at her county fair. The state 4-H organization alleged she represented the two animals as one, which would be a violation of the 4-H code of ethics.
A 58-year-old Mitchell man was likely out for a walk when he collapsed and died from a medical event last week, Detective Lt. Don Everson said Monday. Timothy Sattler, who lived in Mitchell for about five years, was found Thursday morning lying face-down in a parking lot directly east of the Corn Palace in the 600 block of North Lawler Street. Everson, of the Mitchell Police Division, said Sattler was approximately two blocks from Sattler's house when he was found.