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Year after year, the interstate near Mitchell is producing more speeding tickets. Capt. Jason Husby, commander of the South Dakota Highway Patrol's District 2, which includes southeast South Dakota, said the Mitchell Squad intentionally placed more emphasis on Interstate 90 last summer, which led to an increase in both tickets and warnings. "I don't know if there's more speeding. We definitely got more of them stopped last year, I guess is the best way to put it," Husby said.
PIERRE — The GEAR UP case will continue to be prosecuted by the Attorney General's Office after a resolution to appoint a special prosecutor was tabled. Senate Concurrent Resolution 8, which would have requested South Dakota's attorney general to appoint a special prosecutor to handle all criminal and civil cases regarding EB-5 and GEAR UP, was withdrawn last week. The bill's sponsors noted the "grave consequences" from the two scandals and the government's "susceptibility to corruption, cronyism and nepotism."
HURON — Farmers are becoming increasingly optimistic about the future of their industry, but they see the near future as fairly bleak. A recent survey showed 71 percent of producers expected widespread good times over the next five years, a significant increase from October when 35 percent of producers expected a better future.
PIERRE — After seven months as South Dakota's secretary of agriculture, Mike Jaspers believes farmers' financial struggles could continue to grow. Jaspers was appointed as secretary of agriculture by Gov. Dennis Daugaard on June 7, replacing Lucas Lentsch, who served since 2013. Jaspers took office on July 5, and a review of the department's Farm Loan Mitigation program wasn't encouraging for the near future.
OLIVET — Parkston High School's former head football coach pleaded no contest to embezzling thousands of dollars, partially to buy jerseys for a women's rugby team. Tony Axtell, 30, of Sioux Falls, changed his plea Monday from not guilty to no contest for one count of embezzling about $9,500 from the Parkston football team from Aug. 17 to Oct. 28, 2015, according to Hutchinson County State's Attorney Glenn Roth.
PLATTE — A former Highway Patrol trooper who admitted to taking nearly $70,000 in evidence money has stepped down as president of a local school board, but some community members want him to leave the board entirely.
CHAMBERLAIN — A discussion about the repeal of an initiated measure became heated during a District 26 public forum in Chamberlain. State Sen. Troy Heinert, D-Mission, and Rep. Jim Schaefer, R-Kennebec, arrived Saturday at the Chamberlain Community Center to discuss the ongoing legislative session, and the repeal of Initiated Measure 22 quickly became an issue of contention for Schaefer, who voted for the repeal. "People are working to get what really needed to happen in that bill," Schaefer said. "The people spoke, but I don't think that most people understood it."
PRESHO — Since her diagnosis in November, Sheila Manger hasn't been able to bowl with her friends, but she's still on their minds every week. "Every week, we'll say something ... and it will remind us of her," said Manger's friend, Nicole Husman. Husman has been on a four-woman bowling team with Manger for approximately 10 years, she said. And in that span, Manger showed up each Wednesday to bowl in the league. But the team has found a substitute this year, as Manger was diagnosed in early November with cancer in her bones and lungs.
Mitchell police responded to 117 burglary alarms in 2016. They found zero burglaries. That's according to Mitchell Assistant Police Chief Mike Koster, who said in an ideal world there wouldn't be false alarms. But, he said, responding is part of an officer's duty. "It's just one more component of our job. It wouldn't be a lot different than some of the 911 calls that come in that aren't true emergencies," Koster said.
PICKSTOWN — The eagles have landed near Pickstown. But they may not be there for long. With ice covering much of the Missouri River, a population of bald eagles have found their way to Fort Randall Dam, just southwest of Pickstown, where they've taken over trees and skies in search of open water and an easy meal.