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A Dakota Wesleyan University student died recently, school officials confirmed. Hali Strom, a freshman at DWU, from Crofton, Neb., died at a hospital in Arkansas while on a trip with DWU Student Ministries. Her death is at this time believed to be due to a sudden illness, according to DWU Vice President for University Relations Lori Essig. Further details were not immediately available. Strom recently performed with the DWU Theatre Department and Mitchell Area Community Theatre for their joint production of "Scrooge!
A look at news from around the region, as reported by weekly newspapers: Tripp County SHERIFF RETIRES AFTER 24 YEARS: As Tripp County's sheriff for more than two decades, Clifford "Chip" Schroeder is retiring from law enforcement and is taking on a new county role. Schroeder will move into a position as a Tripp County commissioner. His last official day as sheriff is Jan. 5 and an open house is planned from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Tripp County Courthouse community room. Schroeder has served as sheriff since 1991.
The Davison County Sheriff's Department is investigating a hit and run that occurred on New Year's Day, when a vehicle crashed through a fence on a farm and let a horse out. Davison County Sheriff's Deputy Greg Nelson said the incident occurred on Thursday between 4:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m., but wasn't reported until midnight Friday. The incident occurred north of Mitchell on West 70th Street, Nelson said. Nelson said he believes a truck traveling north crashed through two fences and continued driving north. The horse got out of the yard, but was recovered early Friday morning.
JOHN PAUL II ELEMENTARY SCHOOL Monday — Chicken nuggets, mashed potatoes with chicken gravy, pears milk. Tuesday — Soft shell taco, lettuce, cheese, refried beans, applesauce, oatmeal muffin bar, milk. Wednesday — French toast, sausage patty, baby cakes, fruitable juice, orange, milk. Thursday — Cheese pizza, scooby snack, romaine lettuce, pineapple, milk. Friday — Dice chicken sandwich, cheese stick, carrots, fruit, chocolate milk. MITCHELL ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS Monday — Pizza, sweet potato fries, apple wedges, vanilla yogurt. Tuesday — Popcorn c
Here are bankruptcy filings in U.S. Bankruptcy Court, District of South Dakota, for Dec. 26 through Dec. 31. 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).
An Ethan teen is charged with aggravated eluding after running from law enforcement and driving more than 50 mph over the posted speed limit. Kane McBrayer, 19, was driving on S.D. Highway 42 by Ethan on Dec. 5 when a Davison County Sheriff's deputy clocked him driving 96 mph in a 40 mph zone. According to court documents, McBrayer rapidly accelerated after turning onto another road, causing law enforcement to pursue with emergency lights activated.
A Mitchell man is accused of stabbing another man in a local bar. Reynolds Bruguier, 47, is charged with aggravated assault for using a box cutter to injure a person who was at the bar. The alleged assault occurred at 12:10 a.m. on Nov. 30. The victim told law enforcement another man stabbed him while they both stood at the end of the bar.
Two Utah men were arrested in mid-December after law enforcement pulled them over on Interstate 90 and found 38 pounds of marijuana in a vehicle. Vongmany Mathinpannha, 36, of West Jordan, Utah, was driving an SUV with personal plate and driving 77 mph, 2 mph over the speed limit.
Two people suffered injuries in a two-vehicle accident Wednesday in Mitchell. Mitchell Police Officer Paul Wilson said Marie Kurth, a 42-year-old from Mitchell, was transported to Avera Queen of Peace with minor injuries following the accident, which happened around 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at the intersection of East Fifth Avenue and North Gamble Street. The other driver, 16-year-old Travis Allen, also of Mitchell, was checked by paramedics at the scene for minor injuries. Wilson said Allen was traveling north on Gamble Street in a 2003 Chevy Malibu.
The 23rd annual Mitchell Area Spelling Bee will be held on Feb. 14 in the Rollins Campus Center and Sherman Center, on the campus of Dakota Wesleyan University, Mitchell. For more information, call Linda Farney at 996-2035 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org .