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One out of every five juvenile arrests last year in South Dakota was related to drugs, putting a somber outlook on a problem at the forefront of the state's law enforcement. There were 1,056 juvenile arrests for drugs, narcotics or drug paraphernalia last year in the state, according to the new Attorney General's Crime in South Dakota report released Wednesday. That's quite the jump from 2008 when there were 573 juvenile arrests for the same violations.
A circuit court was correct when it told a jury not to consider "assumption of risk" regarding a case that involved a 71-year-old man who was severely injured five years ago at the Mitchell Menards store, the state Supreme Court has ruled. The South Dakota Supreme Court recently affirmed a decision by the circuit court regarding $2,295,971.97 awarded by a Davison County jury for injuries suffered by Ronald Jensen on Aug. 1, 2012.
PIERRE — He's the state's non-meandered waters mediator. Kevin Robling was put on special assignment by the South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks Department last year to implement House Bill 1001, aka the non-meandered waters legislation enacted following a special session in June last year. His job puts him at the epicenter of what sometimes seems to be an insurmountable task — helping outdoor enthusiasts find common ground with South Dakota landowners to allow recreational opportunities such as fishing and hunting.
WAGNER — She ties students' shoes, wipes their tears and gives countless hugs. Marilyn Zylstra is definitely deserving to be recognized as a life-changer, Wagner School District officials say. Zylstra is a first- through fourth-grade secretary in Wagner and 50-year employee of the school district. Earlier this month the 70-year-old was nominated for the 2017-18 LifeChanger of the Year Award, which "recognizes and rewards the very best K-12 educators and school district employees" in the nation.
There's been a noticeable difference in pregame shootarounds during Jason Christensen's coaching tenure at Dakota Wesleyan University. While transforming from a six-win season in his first year to a now top-10 nationally ranked team eight years later, the success has brought fans to the Corn Palace significantly earlier on nights DWU hosts a basketball doubleheader. In his first couple years, the 2 p.m. shootaround was fairly quiet.
"Tale as old as time ... True as it can be ... " Could you hear Mrs. Potts? I don't even need to watch "Beauty and the Beast" to hear her motherly voice singing perfectly to the tune that almost every parent knows. In 1991, Disney came out with the cartoon version of "Beauty and the Beast" that was redone and released last year with human actors Emma Watson (Belle), Luke Evans (Gaston), Dan Stevens (Beast) and others.
SIOUX FALLS — It’s a Republican rooster battle. South Dakota gubernatorial candidates Marty Jackley and Kristi Noem revealed over the weekend detailed initiatives to enhance the state’s pheasant population while campaigning at the 2018 National Pheasant Fest & Quail Classic. Both acknowledged the importance of pheasant hunting as an economic driver for South Dakota and used the gathering as a platform to discuss their respective five-step programs.
TRIPP — Following two executive sessions during a public meeting, Tripp-Delmont Superintendent Gail Swenson and school board member Jeff Kramer resigned earlier this week. Tripp-Delmont School Board President Becky Hotchkiss on Saturday morning mostly declined comment citing “personnel issues.”
Thousands of orange- and flannel-clad folks are arriving to South Dakota this week, but fall pheasant opener certainly isn't here. National Pheasant Fest & Quail Classic begins Friday and runs through Sunday at the Denny Sanford Premier Center in Sioux Falls. Among the notable speakers expected are South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard, U.S. Rep. Kristi Noem and South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks Secretary Kelly Hepler.
Davison County's former veterans service officer who was fired in November has filed an appeal to the South Dakota Department of Labor for "unlawful disciplinary action" and for "wrongful termination." Jessica Davidson, through her Sioux Falls-based attorney R. Shawn Tornow, is seeking a judgment from the state regarding her termination by the Davison County Commission, according to recently filed documents.