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BURKE — A man charged with making explosives and threatening a Veteran Affairs hospital is set for trial after the court declined his motion to dismiss the case due to an extended period without a hearing. Martin Rezac, 61, of Dallas, appeared in court Monday at the Gregory County Courthouse in Burke and asked the judge to dismiss his case because a trial was not scheduled within 180 days of his initial appearance, court documents state, but Judge John Brown decided there was good cause for the delay.
After more than a decade in business, a Mitchell manufacturer is being recognized globally for quality production. AKG in Mitchell was recently awarded a gold supplier quality award by Caterpillar, a global producer of construction equipment. AKG became the only supplier in South Dakota to receive the honor after producing engine coolers with zero defects from March to November.
LAKE ANDES — A vehicle involved in a fatal crash was crushed prematurely, which destroyed evidence and resulted in the driver receiving a plea deal in his favor. Albert Fischer, 26, of Lake Andes, pleaded no contest on Jan. 9 to hit-and-run causing death or injury and first-offense driving under the influence, stemming from an April 26 rollover crash on Highway 50 near Wagner that killed his 22-year-old brother, James Fischer, of Lake Andes, court documents state.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The United States Department of Agriculture could be led by a non-Midwesterner for the first time in more than a decade, but South Dakota’s Republican delegation approves of the nomination. On Wednesday, President-elect Donald Trump nominated former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue as Secretary of Agriculture, the final cabinet position selected by the administration, and the trio of lawmakers from South Dakota have expressed support for Perdue and see him as a strong leader for the industry.
With its first shipments complete, Mitchell’s new Coca-Cola distribution center has been deemed the “flagship” for beverage distribution in South Dakota. The first shipments of Coca-Cola products were trucked out of the company’s newly constructed Commerce Street facility on Tuesday, 17 months after the last Mitchell distribution center was destroyed in a fire, and the facility’s manager says the company is better situated than ever.
LAKE ANDES — Emergency? Don't call 911. After county officials asked the Yankton Sioux Tribe to pay for 911 services for the first time, Tribal Police Chief Chris Saunsoci has asked tribal members to call his department's administrative phone number, (605) 384-5691, instead of the county-run 911 center. "Definitely, call us," Saunsoci said.
KENNEBEC — Seven lakes are getting extra attention in South Dakota’s fishing survey this year, but anglers would be forgiven if they’ve never heard of them. In a first-of-its-kind study for the state, the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks and South Dakota State University have come together to study seven small lakes, including three in Lyman County, and how the lakes impact local economies.
CHAMBERLAIN — More than two years after a shootout with law enforcement that injured a highway patrolman, the suspect is expected to plead guilty but mentally ill. That means 44-year-old Donald London may never spend time in prison for what Attorney General Marty Jackley has called “one of the most dangerous events in South Dakota history” in which 100 rounds were fired in a January 2015 standoff that included about 130 law enforcement officers.
The number of DUI charges is on the rise in Davison County, but local officials say they are making fewer arrests. According to the South Dakota Unified Judicial System, there were 203 DUI charges filed in Davison County in 2016, a jump from 181 in 2015. Last year’s DUI charges is also a five-year high in Davison County, which matches a statewide trend.
AVON — A proposed wind farm near Avon, which was tabled in September, could yet take off with a different look. Prevailing Winds filed a notice with the South Dakota Public Utilities Commision in December showing interest in developing 13 different wind farms in Bon Homme and Charles Mix counties, according to Project Manager Roland Jurgens. The notice comes after Prevailing Winds withdrew its application to build a 201-megawatt wind farm north of Avon on Sept. 13.