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The following new books are available at Mitchell Public Library. FICTON: "Swallow," Sefi Atta; "The Sixth Man," David Baldacci; "To the Bright and Shining Sun," James Lee Burke; "Gideon's Sword, "Douglas Preston; "I'll Walk Alone," Mary Higgins Clark; "The Fifth Witness," Michael Connelly; "Water for Elephants," Sara Gruen; "Serendipity," Cathy Marie Hake' "Night Road," Kristin Hannah; "Mine is the Night," Liz Curtis Higgs; "Roastbeef's Promise," David Jerome; "Eve," Iris Johansen; "An Object of Beauty," Steve Martin; "She Walks in Beauty," Siri Mitchell; "Suite Francaise," Irene Nemi
PIERRE - State officials are alerting residents along the Missouri River in South Dakota to prepare for significantly higher water levels as the Corps of Engineers increases releases from the dams. Gov. Dennis Daugaard ordered the State Emergency Operations Center activated effective Wednesday to assure a coordinated response to the increased flows on the river. Winter snow-melt and spring rains have raised some of the Missouri River reservoirs close to record levels. Releases from Oahe Dam north of Pierre were increased on Tuesday.
The cause of death of a 22-year-old Mitchell native remained unknown Monday. Adam M. Aslesen died Friday in Perris, Calif. According to a representative from the Perris Coroner's Facility, an autopsy was conducted Monday, but results will not be available for at least one month. Funeral services will be at First Lutheran Church in Mitchell. Arrangements are pending under the direction of Will Funeral Chapel. As a Mitchell High School student, Aslesen was a threetime state wrestling placewinner who was a speaker at his 2007 graduation.
A Fort Thompson woman has pleaded not guilty to assaulting a federal officer. Sheranda Shields, 20, entered the plea in federal court on May 20. She was indicted by a federal grand jury on May 10. Shields is accused of using a motor vehicle to forcibly interfere or assault a Fort Thompson police officer in September 2010. The maximum penalty upon conviction is 20 years in prison. A trial date has not yet been set.
Local poets will participate in the South Dakota State Poetry Society/Faulk County Historical Society open mike poetry reading event at 1 p.m. June 12 on the lawn of the Pickler Mansion, Faulkton. Area poets participating are Ellen Pudwill and James Van Oort, Mitchell; Kate Schmidt, Wessington Springs; Mabel Picotte, Chamberlain; and MJ McMillan, Murdo. A number of the writers will have their books available for sale.
A plan for a clinic and work on a pair of garages are on the agenda for today's meeting of the Mitchell Planning and Zoning Commission. Avera Queen of Peace is requesting approval of a plan for a clinic at 200 E. Havens Ave. The area is zoned highway business. Avera Queen of Peace Health Services announced last week it will open an urgent-care clinic in Mitchell this summer. Doug and Cindy Symes are seeking a variance to construct a 28-foot by 30-foot garage at 107 S. Harmon Drive.
The city of Winner will hold a town hall meeting Wednesday about saving money on air conditioning and electric hot-water heating. The city wants to reduce its peak power consumption by shutting off users' air conditioning and water heaters for six minutes of every hour at peak times. The meeting will be at the Winner Community Playhouse from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Three wet days left the Mitchell area soggy, with some county roads in poor shape and pools of water standing on already-saturated soil. More than 1.6 inches of rain fell from Thursday through Saturday, according to Don Morin, the National Weather Service's day program manager in Sioux Falls. While there was just a trace of rain in Mitchell Sunday, .92 of an inch fell Saturday, .41 of an inch splashed down Friday and .31 of an inch landed Thursday, totaling 1.64 inches of rain in three days. Davison County Emergency Management Director Jim Montgomery said some areas were hit worse than othe
City Council races and the city manager election will be the topics of a public forum scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. June 2 in the Mitchell Technical Institute amphitheater, 1800 E.
Mitchell police have reported that Rocky Clark has been located. Clark turned himself in Friday night at the police department. The department thanks anyone who helped to look for him.