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The Areawide Business Council Inc., a regional revolving loan fund sponsored by Planning and Development District III, is offering low interest financing at 2.5 percent to assist businesses in Jerauld County as a result of the recent tornado damage. Loan applications are available through Lori Cowman at District III by calling 605-665-4408 or 800-952-3562. Linda Willman, Wessington Springs City Auditor who serves on the Areawide Business Council Board, said "These are available to all Jerauld County businesses whether your business was damaged by the tornado or not." Applications are being
The South Dakota Newspaper Association Board of Directors on Wednesday issued a statement objecting to the U.S. Postal Service's plan to consolidate more than 80 mail processing facilities across the country, including the Dakota Central Processing and Distribution Facility at Huron. "This latest announcement by the Postal Service hits rural America hard," said SDNA President John Suhr, publisher of the Reporter & Farmer at Webster. "The delivery of newspapers and other publications to our subscribers would be delayed even further.
PIERRE — Gov. Dennis Daugaard has requested a Presidential Disaster Declaration to help South Dakotans whose homes and businesses were damaged by a tornado and flooding last month. The request is for the Individual Assistance program from FEMA. If the president approves the declaration request, FEMA can offer a range of programs designed to help state residents who have been impacted by the flooding. In a letter to FEMA, Gov. Daugaard noted that the damage occurred because of a pattern of severe storms, flooding and tornadoes during the period from June 13 through June 20.
Vandals struck Graceland Cemetery in northern Mitchell between Monday evening and Tuesday morning. According to the Mitchell Police Division, the person or people responsible moved on foot through the cemetery from the southeast corner to the residential area northwest of the cemetery. The damage occurred between 5 p.m. Monday and 7 a.m.
A Sioux Falls man suffered a broken collarbone Tuesday after his vehicle rolled on state Highway 37 north of Mitchell. Rick Hawes, 50, was driving south around 11:30 p.m. Tuesday when he swerved to miss a deer, said Davison County Sheriff Steve Brink. His 2012 Honda Civic hit the cable rail north of the bridge over Firesteel Creek and the vehicle rolled twice. The front right wheel got caught in the cable rail and was ripped off, Brink said. The Civic came to rest in the median on its remaining three wheels. The cable rail was new, Brink added. "The rail didn't break.
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A Mitchell man has pleaded guilty to a felony charge of possessing meth. Robert Pomani, 33, changed his plea to guilty on the count of possession of a controlled substance Tuesday in Davison County court. As part of a plea deal, a reckless burning felony charge related to the crime, that alleged Pomani set fire to Mitchell house last October, was dropped. Pomani's attorney, Keith Goehring, said an agreement has been reached to have Pomani pay restitution for the house based on fair-market value. The possession of meth charge carries a maximum punishment of five years in prison and a $10,00
A Mount Vernon man was sentenced to 210 days in the Davison County jail for sexual exploitation of a minor. Adam Heidinger, 29, was given a 60-day jail sentence to be served immediately. He will also be given three 30-day jail sentences to be served each year on Dec. 15, starting in 2014. Another 60-day sentence will be served on May 1, 2017, and probation periods will be in place between the sentences. Heidinger admitted to secretly recording a juvenile female in November while she took a shower and the video involved nudity.
A Mitchell man has pleaded guilty to a rape charge after admitting to having sex with a 14-year-old girl. Jerold Andersen, 30, pleaded guilty Tuesday in Davison County court to one count of fourth-degree rape of a victim between the ages of 13 and 16 years old. He admitted to having sex with the minor in October 2013 near Lake Mitchell and said he knew the girl was underage when the incident occurred. The crime is a class 3 felony and carries a maximum of 15 years in prison and a $30,000 fine.
A national newspaper trade group has lambasted U.S. Postal Service plans to close or consolidate more than 80 mail processing facilities after January, including one in Huron. The Postal Service announced Monday it is now targeting mail processing plants for its second round of network consolidation.