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LAKE COUNTY — A man who officials say shot a McCook County Sheriff's deputy in the arm has been charged with attempted first-degree murder, and additional felonies. Matthew James Rumbolz, 37, of Montrose, was involved in a pursuit, gunfire exchange with law enforcement and standoff that lasted multiple hours Wednesday in southern Lake County, according to the South Dakota Attorney General's Office.
A Letcher business was honored Wednesday as the South Dakota Small Business Administration's Small Business Exporter of the Year. Hansen Wheel and Wagon Shop was recognized by the South Dakota Small Business Administration (SBA) at the annual SCORE/SBA Small Business Week Celebration in Sioux Falls for its "unique and exceptional" work building custom wagons and coaches. The business' founder, Doug Hansen, was presented the award.
The following cases were among those heard Tuesday by Judge Tim Bjorkman during a circuit court hearing at the Davison County Public Safety Center in Mitchell.
LAKE COUNTY — Dylan Hillestad has been identified as the McCook County deputy shot Wednesday morning. At about 1:36 a.m. Wednesday, Hillestad initiated a vehicle pursuit in northern McCook County that extended into Lake County before being terminated at the intersection of 453rd Avenue and 243rd Street when the suspect's vehicle entered the ditch, law enforcement officials said. The suspect has been identified by law enforcement as 37-year-old Matthew James Rumbolz, of Montrose.
RELIANCE — A train traveling from Chamberlain to Kennebec caused 12 fires to flare up Tuesday afternoon along the railroad track. Around noon, the Reliance Fire Department was dispatched to multiple fires along the railroad tracks from west of Chamberlain to approximately five miles west of Reliance. Each fire along the approximately 20-mile stretch varied from minor to one or two acres in size, according to Fire Chief Shane Reis.
For "providing meaningful service-learning experiences," the Abbott House was awarded the Community Partner of the Year by Dakota Wesleyan University McGovern Center. The Abbott House — a place that offers services such as therapy, education and living options for girls between the ages of 7 and 17 — has been working with the Dakota Wesleyan experimental psychology class this year. The upper-level class provided in-depth research about neurofeedback therapy, a type of real-time biofeedback of brain activity used to help the brain function more effectively.
The city of Mitchell would like to remind the citizens to check their sump pumps to make sure that they are working properly. It is recommended that sump pumps be drained to the curb. If possible, do not drain water in your backyard so you or your neighbor does not have to recycle the ground water. Do not drain sump pumps into floor drains or into the sanitary sewer system. This may cause the sanitary sewer system to back up on you or your neighbors.
Mitchell Technical Institute will hold commencement exercises at 5 p.m. on Friday, May 5, at the Corn Palace, Mitchell. More than 475 students will receive Associate of Applied Science degrees and diplomas. This class contains the first cohort of Build Dakota Scholarship graduates (52) and two dual enrolled students from Mitchell HIgh School who will receive their Power Line construction and Maintenance diplomas a full two weeks before they graduate from high school.
Mitchell Main Street & Beyond will kick off Downtown Thursdays for its third season on Thursday, May 4. This year's event provides a few changes and the most significant is moving the event from a weekly gathering to monthly, while extending the time from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Events will be held on the first Thursday evening of each month through September. The event will remain on Main Street between Sixth and Seventh Avenue in downtown Mitchell and will provide free concerts, food vendors, drinks, activities and booths for adults and children.
CHAMBERLAIN — Two women were charged with possessing drugs and child abuse after allegedly becoming intoxicated and failing to care for their kids. Jacquelyn Ross, 21, of Chamberlain, pleaded not guilty in April to child abuse, ingesting drugs and possessing drug paraphernalia, stemming from her arrest on March 29, court documents state. At about 6:30 p.m., law enforcement responded to a report of two boys, ages 2 and 4, running in Chamberlain. An officer allegedly found the children and then located their mother, Ross, in a nearby apartment, where she'd been sleeping.