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A Dakota Wesleyan University men's basketball player who started 11 games last season will have his initial appearance in court later this month for charges of domestic abuse and intentional damage to property. Tyson Smiley, 21, was arrested on Sept. 13 for pushing his ex-girlfriend to the ground and then "taking out his rage" on the hood of a car that belongs to her father, according to a police affidavit. Smiley, of Mitchell, has his initial appearance for the two Class 1 misdemeanors on Oct. 18. If convicted, Smiley could face up to two years in prison and up to a $4,000 fine.
Interest in upgrading another Mitchell sports facility is gaining traction. Drake Field at the Cadwell Park Sports Complex could be next in line to be renovated with artificial turf, according to officials with Mitchell Baseball Association and Dakota Wesleyan University. The field is adjacent to Mitchell's main baseball diamond, Cadwell Park, and is used by teener, high school, and college teams. It could become the second athletic playing field in Mitchell to switch from natural grass to artificial turf following Joe Quintal Field overhaul this summer.
BRIDGEWATER — Charles Liesinger laughed when asked when he'll get back in the field to harvest. Wearing rubber muck boots, the 28-year-old Bridgewater farmer was working in his grandpa's shop Thursday morning as water steadily flowed in ditches throughout the region.
Mitchell Technical Institute is doing a lot of things right. That’s according to Mike Sprang, who has a longstanding association with the now-50-year-old college.
About one month ago, on Aug. 14, a front-page headline of your newspaper read, "Daily Republic to go digital on Mondays." The accompanying story explained, in short, that to read The Daily Republic on Mondays, starting Sept. 17 (next week), readers need to go online and check out our E-Edition. The last Monday print edition was published Sept. 10. Over the past few weeks, our office has taken calls, received letters and emails and fielded a wide variety of comments on the change of publication. We've listened to those readers, some angry, others more understanding.
KENNEBEC — The strong work ethic Rod Bowar has today showed at an early age. As a teen, the Kennebec native earned a job with Kennebec Telephone Company Inc. and worked for owners Lloyd and Delores Johnstone. With less than two years on the job, Bowar found himself working in brutal conditions following an October blizzard in 1978.
Here’s a bit of a rooster rush. The South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks Department is reporting a 47 percent increase from last year in its annual pheasant brood survey, which was released today. Officials are reporting a statewide count of 2.47 pheasants per mile, which is similar to 2014’s survey at 2.68. That year, an estimated 1.2 million pheasants were harvested.
CHANCELLOR — Jeff Spieler studies and teaches corn characteristics. He'll even refer to the plant as having blonde hair and blue eyes. "What I mean by that," he says, "is the traits we're looking for. Does it have yield potential, drought tolerance and disease tolerance?" On a recent muggy August morning, Spieler checked in at a training site, a plot of land near Chancellor, where rows of different types of his Dekalb corn are stretched tall.
The search for South Dakota's pheasant population began this week. State officials got this year's annual pheasant brood survey routes started Wednesday, which continues for three weeks into mid-August. And, the state's top upland game biologist said the heavy amounts of rain that much of eastern South Dakota received this year spring will play a large role in the pheasant population.
Before leaving a large debris field in a residential neighborhood from crashing, Terence Gonzales was traveling 93 mph and had a blood alcohol level of 0.254 percent, according to authorities.