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For the last seven years, one of South Dakota's few massage schools has been a best kept secret in Mitchell. Springs Bath House School of Massage Therapy has churned out many of the city's massage therapists currently in practice. Sisters Olawa and Mele-Ann Rae-Bruhjell own and operate the school. Both are certified therapists and instructors, but Mele-Ann is the lead instructor while Olawa also teaches and handles the administrative side. They recently moved the school from Miller Avenue to Fourth Avenue in the former U.S. Post Office building across from Wells Fargo.
The following cases were among those heard recently during a felony court session at the Davison County Public Safety Center in Mitchell.
Students from the University of Exeter, England, and Augustana University in Sioux Falls arrived at the Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village on Wednesday to participate in the Village's 15th annual archaeology field school. The four-week field school became a permanent feature of the Village starting in 2003. The excavations are carried out inside the Thomsen Center Archeodome, a climate-controlled building that was placed over a small portion of the Village in 1999.
The Central Electric Cooperative Operation Round-Up program awarded $12,200 to eight local organizations after the Board of Trustees' meeting on May 23.
GREGORY — An Iona, South Dakota man has been identified as the person who died Saturday in an ATV-semi truck collision north of Gregory. Vincent Svoboda, 81, was driving a 2018 Polaris Ranger XP 900 ATV when he collided with a semi truck and was ejected from his vehicle. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
A Mitchell man will spend seven years in prison after he was sentenced for multiple charges Tuesday at the Davison County Public Safety Center. Jeremy Moore, 41, was sentenced to 10 years in the state penitentiary with five years suspended after pleading guilty to possession of a controlled substance, bupropion. He was also sentenced to a concurrent sentence of five years for second-degree escape, possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine, and possession of marijuana.
A Fayetteville, Tennessee, man has been charged with vehicular battery following a one-vehicle rollover crash last month in central South Dakota. Gregory Chick, 25, was the driver involved in a crash on May 26 that injured a passenger, 22-year-old Ethan Brewer, who was transported via helicopter to a Sanford hospital due to serious, non-life threatening injuries. Brewer is also a Tennessee resident.
The following cases were disposed in Davison County Magistrate Court between March 26 and April 9. • Chaske Brian Miller, 22, Lake Andes; petty theft, second degree, $400 or less; $100 fine; $66 costs; $14.99 restitution; 30 days in jail; 30 days suspended; conditions: pay fines, costs and fees; have no like offenses and obey all laws for six months; repay court-appointed attorney fees to county; pay restitution through the Clerk of Courts.
The following cases were disposed in Davison County Magistrate Court between April 23 and May 7: • Morgan Elaine Sechser, 20, Mitchell; possession of alcohol by minor; $175 fine; $66 costs; five days in jail; five days suspended; conditions: have no like offenses and obey all laws for 360 days; shall pay fines, costs and fees as ordered.