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A suspect in a Mitchell kidnapping case was sentenced to five years in prison for robbery. Alex Rock, 29, of Mitchell, was sentenced Friday to 10 years in prison, five suspended with credit for 197 days served, for second-degree robbery of a 66-year-old man who was forcibly removed from a Mitchell apartment and left in a field without clothes, court documents state. Rock was also ordered to pay $1,049 in restitution and $104 in court costs for the robbery charge, to which he pleaded guilty in February. A count of first-degree kidnapping was dismissed.
PLANKINTON — An old barn was destroyed in a fire Sunday afternoon near Plankinton. Authorities were called to a structural fire near 393rd Avenue and 248th Street — or approximately seven miles northeast of Plankinton — Sunday afternoon, according to the Aurora County Sheriff's Department. Nobody was injured, and Briggs said Sunday the cause was unknown. The Plankinton Fire Department and the Aurora County Sheriff's Department were both on scene. No other information was immediately available.
Davison County will kick off its series of County Board of Equalization meetings Tuesday with a two-hour session. The board will meet during the commission's 9 a.m. meeting at the Davison County North Offices, before the 6 p.m. Consolidated Board of Equalization meeting. The boards consider property assessment appeals. According to the minutes from the April 4 Davison County Commission meeting, the Consolidated Board of Equalization is expected to meet again on April 18. Agenda items The commission's agenda is as follows:
For the second consecutive year, Friend de Coup can be called the best show choir in the state. The group was named grand champion in the Class AA division at the state show choir championship Saturday at Northern State University in Aberdeen. Friend de Coup also won best show band at the event. The state competition featured 11 different schools in various divisions. Sioux Falls Roosevelt Executive Suite took second place, while SF Washington Classic Connection took third.
LAKE ANDES -- A Minnesota man was airlifted to Sioux Falls following a life-threatening rollover crash near Lake Andes. Wilson Davila-Martin, a 25-year-old man from Pequot Lakes, sustained life-threatening injuries on Friday night after being ejected from the vehicle he was driving two miles east of Lake Andes on Highway 18. Charges are pending against Davila-Martin in relation to the crash, according to the South Dakota Department of Public Safety.
SANBORN COUNTY—A Huron woman has been identified as the victim of a one-vehicle fatal crash that occurred Wednesday night. Callyann Wallenstein, 27, was pronounced dead at the scene of a 9:55 p.m. crash on South Dakota Highway 37 on Wednesday after her vehicle went off the roadway and rolled, according to the South Dakota Department of Public Safety. The crash occurred approximately 10 miles south of Huron in Sanborn County. Wallenstein was thrown from the 2003 Chevrolet Tahoe she was driving. She was not wearing a seat belt.
WINNER — Fundraising for a $23 million hospital expansion in Winner has eclipsed $1 million. According to Jody Engel, communications director for Winner Regional Healthcare Center, along with the fundraising, the project is being paid for with a low interest Community Facilities loan from the United States Department of Agriculture, $3 million from the late John and Raymond Erickson brothers, a 10-year, $1 million donation from Sanford Health, as well as $3 million in local philanthropic donations.
A look at news from around the region, as reported by weekly newspapers: Wagner PROTESTERS RIDE THROUGH WAGNER IN SOLIDARITY: On March 30, a small group of people gathered outside tribal headquarters in Wagner in a ceremony representative of their solidarity in protest against the Keystone XL Pipeline. The riders, known as Sungwatogda "Fearless Horses," delivered a proclamation from Chairman Brandon Sazue Sr. to the Yankton Sioux Tribe.
BROOKINGS — The Mitchell High School student-run newspaper, The Kernel, and the Mitchell High School Yearbook class has won 11 awards. During Wednesday's South Dakota High School Activities Association high school press convention in Brookings, The Kernel was given an "excellent" rating in the newspaper category. Staff on The Kernel also earned individual awards. Senior Masey Lambert earned "superior" ratings for her submissions in school activity photo and sports photo and she earned two "excellent" ratings for news writing and general news.
A Mitchell man was bitten by a dog Thursday near Mitchell's Main Street while attempting to break up an altercation between two dogs. The man, whose name is not available, refused medical service from the Mitchell Department of Public Safety, and the dog that bit the man will be forced to be registered as a potentially dangerous animal, officials say.