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A look at news from around the region, as reported by weekly newspapers: Aurora County HIGHWAY SUPERINTENDENT, WORKER FIRED; REST JOIN UNION: The rocky affairs of the Aurora County Highway Department have resulted in two employees being terminated, after special meetings of the Aurora County Commission. On Jan. 27, the board met for 4 minutes in executive session and voted to terminate Andy Espedal's employment.
Hubert Bietz, Mitchell, will celebrate his 85th birthday at an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 15, at James Valley Community Center, Mitchell. His birthday is Monday, Feb. 16. The event is hosted by his family.
Vernon Hegwood, Mitchell, will celebrate his 85th birthday on Wednesday, Feb. 11. His family requests a card shower. Greetings may be sent to 1401 E. First Ave., Mitchell, S.D., 57301.
E.D. "Hit" Mayer, Mitchell, will celebrate his 90th birthday on Tuesday, Feb. 10. His family requests a card shower. Greetings may be sent to 1108 W. Williams St., Mitchell, S.D., 57301.
LAKE ANDES — Circuit Court Judge Anderson issued his decision to convict Ronald Fischer, 30, of Lake Andes, on two counts of vehicular homicide, a Class 3 felony, each carrying a maximum sentence of 15 years imprisonment and/or $30,000 fine. Anderson also convicted Fischer of one count of driving or control of vehicle with alcohol blood or while under the influence of alcohol or drug, a Class 1 misdemeanor, and one count of ingesting non-alcoholic substance to become intoxicated, a Class 1 misdemeanor. "Ronald Fischer's decision to drive while under the influence of alcohol was a sense
Sojourner's Bridge Club met on Jan. 26 at the James Valley Community Center, Mitchell. We were pleased to have five tables playing with 19 regular members and one guest, Doris Schaffer, playing. High prize went to Carol Fergen, Ron Morgan was second and third was Harold Brisbin. the next meeting will be Feb. 9.
A girl, Ella Marie Leighton, was born on Oct. 23, 2014, to Jordon and Danielle Leighton, Mitchell, at Avera Queen of Peace Hospital in Mitchell. Grandparents are Tony and Sandra Schwader, Howard; Joe and Julie Walter, Howard; and Brian and Kelli Leighton, Madison.
A boy, Jarrin Michael Muntefering, was born on Jan. 30, 2015, to Kaitlin Minder and Jordan Muntefering, Mitchell, at Avera Queen of Peace Hospital in Mitchell.
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A Mitchell woman wants to raise chickens in city limits. Peggy Miiller asked the Mitchell City Council on Monday night to consider allowing residents to be allowed to keep chickens in their backyard. "There are several communities that already allow this opportunity, such as Sioux Falls and Spearfish," she told the council during the citizens input portion of the regular meeting at Council Chambers in City Hall.