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A look at news from around the region, as reported by weekly newspapers: Stickney FUNDRAISER SUCCESSFUL FOR SENIOR CITIZENS CENTER: A recent quilt raffle in Stickney raised $1,838.50 for new flooring in the Stickney Senior Citizens Center. Modern Woodmen matched $500 raised. The Matching Fund Program offers Modern Woodmen members nationwide the chance to show support for community causes, organizations or individuals in need through fundraisers. These fundraising projects contribute more than $10 million to community needs across the country each year.
Fireworks will light up the night sky on the Fourth of July over Lake Mitchell to commemorate our nation’s Independence Day. The show will begin at dusk or approximately 10 p.m. Tuesday, according to Mitchell Exchange Club’s Troy Eilts.
WEBSTER (AP) — A deceased piano teacher has left her legacy on a South Dakota city by donating $4.2 million for high school scholarships, youth programs, the library and a local church. The Aberdeen News reports that 98-year-old Phyllis Hansee died last year. Tom Sannes, the attorney for Hansee's estate, helped set up the endowments at the South Dakota Community Foundation. He says the funds are going to be a "game-changer" for the Webster community in future decades.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — Drought conditions in South Dakota haven't worsened much over the past week. The latest U.S. Drought Monitor map shows 2 percent of the state being in extreme drought, the same as last week. The area is in north central South Dakota. Another 29 percent of the state is rated in severe drought, up from 18 percent a week ago. Most of the rest of South Dakota is either in moderate drought or abnormally dry. Drought conditions are harming crops and also have prompted many ranchers to sell off cattle.
YANKTON (AP) — The Yankton Sioux Tribe plans to hold a general council meeting to discuss legalizing marijuana for medical and recreational use and hemp manufacturing. The tribe has posted a notice for the July 21 meeting at the Fort Randall Casino Bingo Hall near Pickstown. The Yankton Press and Dakotan reports tribal chairman Robert Flying Hawk has recently stated he's open to legalizing medical marijuana, but not recreational marijuana.
CUSTER (AP) — A former Custer city official has pleaded guilty to child sex charges under a deal with prosecutors. The Rapid City Journal reports that former planning administrator Scott Simianer was accused of inappropriately touching a pre-teenage girl and taking pornographic photos of her in 2015. He entered an Alford plea on Thursday, not admitting guilt but acknowledging that there's enough evidence to convict him. The court treats it the same as a guilty plea. Prosecutors dropped counts of rape and manufacturing child porn.
PIERRE (AP) — A woman serving a 100-year prison sentence for killing her 3-year-old daughter in their Huron home by stabbing her more than 70 times is up for parole again. The Capital Journal reports that 60-year-old Debra Jenner is to go before the parole board in mid-July. She's spent nearly three decades behind bars and already has been denied parole more than a dozen times.
Here are five stories to know heading into Friday: 1. Winner grad Tawny Barry won a national championship earlier this month at the College National Finals Rodeo in Wyoming. 2. U.S. Sen. John Thune's request to help drought-stricken ranchers in SD was approved.
PIERRE — A Dallas man pleaded guilty to making a threatening phone call to a nurse in which he threatened to blow up a Veterans Affairs building. Martin Rezac, 51, entered his guilty plea Tuesday in federal court, admitting to calling and threatening to kill or injure a registered nurse at the Veteran Administration Medical Center in Sioux Falls and threatening to destroy a building on the VA's Sioux Falls campus, court documents state.
Here are five stories to know headed into Thursday: 1. Have you ran over the new speed-bump crosswalk in front of the Corn Palace? 2. The Mitchell Legion baseball team was 'in attack mode' in an 11-2 win over Sioux Falls West.