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TABOR -- The small southeastern South Dakota town of Tabor, population 423, will look more like a European village this weekend during the 64th annual Czech Days. For two days, the town will swell to overflowing with people from all over the region and world who come to celebrate the Czech culture. Kolaches, a Czech pastry, will be consumed by thousands and festival-goers will stay busy with a parade, music and dance performances and other activities. Following is a schedule of events. Today 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Craft Fair-School Gym 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
5 p.m., Kids inflatables and entertainment open, raffle tickets on sale 5:30 p.m., Pork sandwiches and hot dog serving begins ($5 for sandwich, chips, pop) 5:45-6:45 p.m., Registration/check in for 5K & 10K Run & Fun Run at southwest corner of Middle School 6:15 p.m., Honorary co-chairs (past and present) meet near stage 6:20 p.m., Opening remarks Survivors check-in and line up for Survivor Lap (pick up balloon inside MMS) 6:30 p.m., Opening Ceremony Introduction of honorary chairpeople & honorary laps (Mary Ackman, Dave Christenson, Scott Hille) Past honorary chairs and surviv
A safe stolen earlier this month from Mitchell Locker has been recovered, but with several hundred dollars missing. The 18-inch-wide safe was taken after at least one person forcibly entered Mitchell Locker between June 2 and June 6. The safe was later found west of Mitchell in a ditch near 256th Street about one-quarter mile east of 401st Avenue. The area is approximately 1.5 miles south of Interstate 90 and two miles west of Betts Road.
The man who pleaded guilty Tuesday to charges related to a fatal traffic crash March 24 in Mitchell could still be punished with life in prison. Despite a plea agreement in which prosecutors agreed to recommend Michael Sedlmeier, 46, serve no more than 40 years in prison, a judge could still give him a life sentence. Sedlmeier pleaded guilty Tuesday to first-degree manslaughter and third-offense drunken driving. He had pleaded not guilty April 17 to those and other charges, but changed the plea after an agreement was reached.
PLATTE -- A 61-year-old man and a 63-year-old woman were found dead Tuesday on a boat at Dock 44 Marina Bay. The Charles Mix County Sheriff's Department found the bodies on what was described as a "large cabin boat" while responding to a report of a boating accident at 10 a.m. The bay is on the Missouri River near Snake Creek Recreation Area, 14 miles west of Platte. The sheriff's office said the cause of death appeared to be carbon monoxide poisoning. Names of the victims are being withheld while authorities contact the victims' families.
Once again, Ken Tracy is the winner. The Mitchell City Council examined returns from the June 5 election during a special meeting Tuesday and said it was satisfied with the results, which were finally determined after a second and third counting of the votes on Thursday. The council always performs an official canvassing of ballots after each election. The council declared Councilman Tracy the mayor-elect and said a 2011 council decision, halted from taking effect by a petition drive, to convert three streets from one-way traffic to two-way was overturned by voters.
A 20-year-old Yankton man was sentenced Tuesday in Mitchell for felony drug possession. Steven Ray Weber was sentenced to 30 days in jail, fined $600 and put on probation for four years for possession of a controlled substance. He pleaded guilty to the offense on May 1. He was granted a request to serve his jail time in Yankton County in order to continue to work at his job on work release.
A 37-year-old Mitchell man was sentenced Tuesday to 45 days in jail and four years on probation for possession of oxycodone. Christopher Adam Sudbeck pleaded guilty to the offense May 1. In exchange for the plea, prosecutors agreed to drop three other drug-related charges. "You're old enough to know better and you've had a previous felony conviction," Judge Sean O'Brien told Sudbeck. "What you did was just plain dumb." Sudbeck was also fined $600. The court agreed to allow Sudbeck to start serving his jail sentence Aug. 1 to accommodate his job schedule.
A Mitchell man who used a forged prescription to obtain oxycodone was sentenced Tuesday to four years on probation. Shane Alan Hietman, 37, was also sentenced to 30 days in jail and fined $300 for the offense. He was given credit for 19 days already served. Heitman pleaded guilty May 1 to obtaining possession of oxycodone by theft. He was indicted on the charge in April after using a forged prescription to get the drug from a local pharmacy.
A 19-year-old Mitchell man was sentenced Tuesday to 35 days in jail and put on probation for two years for multiple drug charges. Trevor Jacob Kohlrus was also fined a total of $500, ordered to enroll in the state 24/7 Sobriety program and is required to submit to weekly drug tests after he pleaded guilty to possession with the intent to distribute less than 1 ounce of marijuana and possession of less than 2 ounces of marijuana. A 50-day jail sentence was reduced after Kohlrus was given credit for 15 days served.