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Maria Koenen likes to be busy. She doesn't have trouble staying that way, as a senior at Dakota Wesleyan University double majoring in athletic training and biochemistry, applying to medical school, working part-time as an EMT and firefighter and picking up the occasional shift at a hospital in her hometown. Koenen, who recently finished the interview process for medical schools, knew from a young age that she wanted to work in the medical field.
The second segment of construction on South Burr Street is nearing completion as scheduled, and traffic in both directions is expected to open up Monday despite recent low temperatures delaying the pouring of concrete. According to Project Manager Dave Harms of T&R Contracting, the Sioux Falls-based company working with the South Dakota Department of Transportation on the project, one northbound and one southbound lane will be open to traffic from Interstate 90 to just past Spruce Street.
Exactly 100 years to the day after World War I ended with a truce, a refurbished plaque bearing the names of Mitchell High School students who went to fight in the war was unveiled. The plaque was rededicated at a ceremony that fell not only on the centennial anniversary of the war's end, but on Veterans Day.
Dennis Rucker and Steve Parsons served in Vietnam. But after that service, the veterans' differing perspectives took them on two paths with little similarity. Rucker went on to join the Army Reserves and later the National Guard, and he currently works as the veterans services officer for the Yankton Sioux Tribe. Parsons, meanwhile, came home with PTSD and has opted to close the military chapter of his life, for the most part. What the two have in common is how they're grateful to see the way public opinion and treatment of Vietnam veterans have transitioned over the years.
Two Mitchell men have been charged in federal court with sex trafficking and sexual exploitation of a child. Walter Jandreau and Timothy Bingham face between 15 years and life in federal prison if convicted of the charges. Jandreau and Bingham were indicted by a federal grand jury on Tuesday for allegedly profiting from making a juvenile female participate in a commercial sex act. They are scheduled to appear at 10 a.m. Thursday at the United States District Court in Sioux Falls.
South Dakota's District 21 elected on Tuesday to have its lone state Senate seat filled by insurance agent and first-time legislative candidate Rocky Blare. Blare, a Republican who lives just outside Ideal, defeated Democratic Representative Julie Bartling, a retail business owner from Gregory who has served in the legislature for eight of the past nine terms, in a race to claim the seat that will soon be vacated by Democrat Billie Sutton.
The defense for an August 2017 murder case will be permitted to use the alleged victim's reputation as part of its argument when the case goes to trial later this month. The court addressed that and other motions during a hearing Thursday morning in the case of 50-year-old Anthony Lewis, who is accused of stabbing Quinn Schleuning four times at a Mitchell residence, resulting in Schleuning's death.
HOWARD — For the past 18 years, Lanny Klinkhammer has been the sheriff in Miner County, and no one has ever challenged him in an election. But on Tuesday, Miner County voters will have three options for the position, as Sheriff's Deputy Rob Eggert and retired truck driver James Stainbrook are also running for sheriff. Klinkhammer said that when he found out he'd have two opponents in the upcoming election, he wasn't especially concerned. "I didn't really care. I was kind of surprised, but everybody has the right to run," he said.
Consisting of an attorney, a counselor, a business owner, an insurance agent and two farmers, the field of candidates running for legislative positions in South Dakota's 21st district is a fairly diverse one. Of the six legislative hopefuls running in the district, which includes Bon Homme, Charles Mix, Gregory and Tripp counties, two are sitting representatives, only one of whom is running for re-election.
Every seat in the Cornerstone Coffee House and Deli in Mitchell was filled on Friday afternoon by people wanting to hear from Billie Sutton, the Democratic candidate for governor. Sutton told those in attendance that, just as his family rallied around him after a 2007 rodeo accident left him paralyzed by spinal cord damage, he wants voters to band together next Tuesday to vote for him in what has become a very close gubernatorial race.