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ARTESIAN — Burglars got away with an array of stolen goods after smashing a window and gaining access to the Country Pumper convenience store in Sanborn County. The burglary happened Tuesday morning between 3 a.m. and 6 a.m. at the store along State Highway 34, Sheriff Tom Fridley said. No employees were on hand when the incident occurred. An investigation is ongoing, Fridley said, and further details about the suspects or the stolen items have not been made public.
South Dakota's first significant poll in the gubernatorial race in the state is a dead heat. Republican U.S. Rep. Kristi Noem and Democratic State Sen. Billie Sutton each polled with 45 percent of the vote in the KELO-TV/Argus Leader poll, released Wednesday. Libertarian Kurt Evans had received 1 percent of the vote, while 9 percent of voters said they were undecided.
CHAMBERLAIN -- A 73-year-old man from Kimball was found dead in the Missouri River on Monday afternoon. A passerby saw the body in the water and called police. Authorities do not suspect that foul play was involved in the death of the man, who had an extensive medical history, but an autopsy is being conducted. The Chamberlain Police Department, Lyman County Sheriff’s Office and Missouri Valley Ambulance all responded to the scene.
ALEXANDRIA—A family of four was displaced Monday morning when an electrical fire completely destroyed a house in Alexandria. At about 11:30 p.m. Sunday, the Alexandria Fire Department responded to an electrical fire that had started in the Sixth Street home's attic. That fire was extinguished and cleared by about 12:15 a.m., Hanson County Sheriff Brandon Wingert said. At about 5:30 a.m. Monday, the fire department was alerted that the fire had rekindled. The fire was cleared at about 1:30 p.m., and the house was declared a total loss, Wingert said.
Mitchell police are searching for a man believed to have committed an armed robbery at a truck stop early Sunday morning. According to a press release from the Mitchell Department of Public Safety, the man approached another man on foot in the south parking lot of the I-90 Travel Center truck stop at 1821 S. Burr St., and demanded money, threatening him with a black handgun. The victim reportedly gave the man less than $200 cash.
The Ethan Fire Department, with assistance from the Mitchell Fire Department, responded to a structure fire on 411th Avenue between 259th Street and 260th Street north of Ethan on Sunday evening. Large clouds of black smoke were coming from the area. No other information is immediately available.
As Saturday marked the 100th pheasant season opener in South Dakota, hunters noticed an uptick in pheasants numbers in the Mitchell area, averaging 1 to 2 birds per hunter, compared to less than one last season.
Marshall Springer "Good weather makes for a good hunt. It's a prime thing. Good dog work and good people—repeat customers that have become friends over the years. I've got about a half dozen dogs, so I just rotate them all. They're all my favorites." — Springer is a co-owner of the Buffalo Butte Ranch in Gregory. Scott DeMott
Here are bankruptcy filings in U.S. Bankruptcy Court, District of South Dakota, for Oct. 4 through Oct. 17. Individuals can file Chapter 7 petitions (asking that debts be liquidated); Chapter 12 (a simplified reorganization method for farmers and ranchers whose gross debt does not exceed $1.5 million); and Chapter 13 (a plan to repay some debts in three to five years). Businesses can file Chapter 11 petitions to reorganize their debts under a court-approved plan for repayment. • Ashton: James Arthur McGaugh, Chapter 7; Jayme Dawn McGaugh, Chapter 7.
WINNER—A Parmelee man was arrested early Oct. 9 for allegedly hitting a disabled woman in the face and eluding police in a stolen truck.